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Conditioning Cocktails

    Still don’t have soft silly hair after buying almost every moisturizing conditioning product out there, or your client’s hair is still dry and unmanageable let me suggest we go back to old school. Before we had all these lotions and poisons, and modern technology our grandmothers, their grandmothers and so on all had their own concoctions and solutions we all know of, mayonnaise, vitamin E oils, olive oil, coconut oil, neroli oil, ‘which Cleopatra used to drench her hair in and sit for weeks with it on her head until it was washed out 10 times’. For centenaries and till today the one fundamental ingredient was oil, and going back to my assistant training and biology knowledge what I do and use in my studio and suggest to my clients has always been deep conditioners plus an oil added.
    We cocktail our styling aids mixing mousses and gels together or pastes to achieve a certain style and to me the some theory I apply to the homecare regiment I recommend to my clients with their shampoos and conditioners to mix them up 'everyone has more then one conditioner under their sinks, cause your stylist has recommended many or your a product junkie. Back in my day we used a lot of olive oil yup a bottle was also in the despensary, adding it into our treatments for clients and stuck them under steamers, which took 5 washing to get it out, this is why today there are great natural products that are refined without losing the potency of all the old kitchen goodies our granny’s used, who has that kind of time today, 5 shampoos I don’t.

    The recipe; ½, 1 to 2 teaspoons of oil for each time you shampoo your hair; I take the amount of conditioner required for the length and thickness of hair and judge the amount from there. And if you have curly, frizzy fly away hair use a drop into your finishing seriums and styling aids , beat the dry summer heat and watch it control the humidity off your hair.
    After shampoo take your masque, deep conditioners and add oil to it, concentrate on applying it first to the mid-part of the hair working it down to the ends then to scalp massaging it through then use a wide comb gently combing all the tangles out with adding oil to your conditioners you will discover less tangles and hair loss, leave it on for 2 to 5 minutes then rinse.

    And Thank you to my Friend Sandy for inspiring me to share this as she reminded me how great oil is for her hair over our great burger.

    My Recommended products

    Aveda Beautifying Composition ; The Moroccan Oil

Tell Trip I'm Over Him, He's a Creep

    More Virgin Suicides. How about that Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett).
    From now on I will picture every guy that ever rejected me as this guy, sitting ruefully in rehab years later saying "She was the still point of the turning world, man. "

    ps. there is some Josh Hartnett synergy going on today. Melanie did a post about the romantic Muni scene in 40 Days and 40 Nights. SPOILER ALERT: it is really kewt, they have a whole getting to know you/falling in love date on muni! Swoonzville.

Suicidal Tendencies

    I watched The Virgin Suicides recently, for the first time since I had seen it in the theaters. I appreciated it much more this time. I took about 200 screenshots and I am trying to figure out how I should post them. Here is a start:
    screencapture and homages
    via Lux...via Ollie,

Model Hair Spotlight # 1

    Freja Beha Erichsen

    At the age of 18 Freja made her debut as a model in 2005 at the spring/fall Prada, Louis Vuitton, and Miu Miu shows in Milan and Paris. For the past 4 years I have watched her allure us in with her androgynously sexy look with a series of editorials and campaigns that cash in on the Danish beauty’s ability to conjure the masculine as well as the feminine within her poses. I have enjoyed watching her change her hairstyles and cuts, from the shape fringe and straight long hair to a shorter layerd cut to presently a textured bob, striding down the runways of some of the biggest designers in fashion and media pages in the industry. Perfecting her frilly beauty to the edgy style with killer bone structure and her bold attitude, this beauty remains as strong and in demand as ever.

A Day in the Life: Estelle and the Fashion Against Aids Collection

    Hey Glamazons!

    The fight against Aids has a new face: Estelle...and Katy Perry and Yoko Ono and N.E.R.D. Pop's most conscious stars rallied together to design original pieces for H&M's and DAA's (Designers Against AIDS) Fashion Against AIDS collection (25% of the proceeds go to AIDS prevention initiatives). The launch event took place at the new H&M store on 86th and Lexington on Wednesday where guests, including yours truly, sipped Belvedere mixed drinks, jammed to tunes by DJ Kiss, swiped free condoms and shopped before the store opened to the public (and with a pretty discount...lucky, I know!).

    Strewn across 80's-inspired tees and drawn in graffiti and bubble letters, the message of Aids prevention and awareness was still resonant. My favorite, of course, was Estelle's fitted, black and white tee, which reads "Life is too short, have sex, be safe," and features a socially responsible, long-legged black girl in a purple trench and gold pumps. Estelle, herself, was dressed easy, breezy in a Matthew Williamson for H&M colorful maxidress (that I HAVE to own) paired casually with a crisp denim jacket and a Chanel bag. Talk-show diva Andre J chose a bodysuit designed by Roisin Murphy, fishnet tights, a fur and a fierce pair of peeptoes. (Love it!)


    Our fave Britain-to-Brooklyn gal showing off her fab new design.



    Estelle chatting it up with Andre J.



    His shoe game was so severe.


    D.J. Kiss spinning in a fab strapless dress.


    The red carpet in front of the new H&M store on 86th Street and Lexington. LOL @ the girl to the left yawning. Fashion/event-planning is a tiresome job.

    Check out some tees from the collection below and be sure to buy your fave, available NOW, at your local H&M store. C'mon, it's for a good cause!!










    Photos: Getty Images.

Lip Savers

    Summer Lip Care

    This summer don’t forget the lips, which is the thinnest skin of any other area of the face, the lips are virtually defenceless against subtle changes in sun, wind, temperature, dryness, even diet - requiring special attention. We often think applying gloss or lipstick is enough and study’s are showing that more and more woman’s lips are pre-maturing faster. Trick is before applying any lipsticks or glosses or even stains drench your lips with a balm, they’ll look and feel plump and refreshed.
    My recommended products

    Aveda Lip Saver SPF 15: Kiehl's lip Balm SPF 15: La Mer The Lip Blam

Chanel No5

    Legendary Chanel No 5

    Just like in basically every field of art, there are some legends and Chanel No. 5 is without a doubt the most legendary fragrance in fashion history.
    First introduced in 1921, Chanel No. 5 (for your information: 5 was Coco Chanel's lucky number) was planned to be the most expensive perfume in the world. It has been described as "the world's most legendary fragrance", and some of the world’s most beautiful women have appeared on commercials and ads for Chanel No5. Its fragrance has been revised and considered to have a fresher appeal. Fan or not we pay homage to the house of style and elegance. Look for the new commercial with the new spokes model the beautiful French actress Audrey Tautou.

    Cathrine Denuve; Ali macgraw

    Carole Bouquet ; Estella Warren

    Nicole Kidman

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