Archive | January, 2014

Getting To The Root Of The Problem

31 Jan

Super-Mom

Last weekend, I drove my daughter to her friend’s house for a play date. Since I had some time to kill and was friends with the girl’s mom, I thought I’d park and come in with Ella to say “Hi” for a few minutes. Apparently, this joint mom/daughter hang out session wasn’t going to fly with Ella. Not because she didn’t want me skulking around, but as she so eloquently informed me, it was because of my appearance. “You’re going to go in?” she freaked as I turned off the ignition. “Your gray is showing!”

I almost kicked her to the curb. But instead, I sucked my lips in, checked out my roots in the rear-view mirror and did my best to ignore her. 

As soon as I got home, I quickly made a color appointment with Angelique and dove into a deep depression about how this expensive root-touch up maintenance was going to be the financial death of me. I’ve been playing a game of hide-and-seek with my gray since I was in my mid-twenties and the bastards are finally catching up. Six weeks between visits has now turned into 5 weeks, but even then, I feel like I could go every 3-4. 

I tried that colored mascara crap that you paint on your roots in-between visits and hated it. I have a huge collection of hats, but I never wear them. Headbands? They give me headaches. So this is what I did. I shaved my head. I’m just kidding. I found this stuff that looks just like a big eyeshadow with a mini paint brush that you’re supposed to brush on over your roots by Adrienne Arpel. It’s called Signature A Thinning Hair Fill & Color from HSN. I am so not a TV shopper. My mom is the queen of info-mmercial shopping and she swore by it. 

I have to admit, it’s quite magical.signature-club-a-hair-fill-and-color-kit-gray-autoship-d-2013060313095334~270904

If you can get past the mugs on these dames in this video, you can learn all about it for yourself (the brunette IS Adrienne Arpel):

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Once I begin to see some silver sparkle around my hairline, I lightly brush the powder over it. If you apply to heavily, the color can show up on your scalp which will cause you to look like you got attacked by Ron Popeil. It took me a couple times to get the hang of it, but now I’m not ashamed to say it’s one of my new best friends.

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January Is The Month To Get Shopping!

24 Jan

Now that the holiday shopping season is a thing of the past and you don’t have to worry about what to gift Aunt Sue or your 4-year-old nephew for Christmas, you can focus on shopping for the most exciting person in your life; you! Admit it, there were probably plenty of jaw-dropping fashions and accessories that you had to restrain yourself from ringing up last month, right? Thought so. (There were plenty for me.) According to the popular advice site LifeHacker.com, January is the best time of the year to spruce up your wardrobe: “[Clothing stores] are all having mad sales after the holiday rush, so now’s a great time to grab some extra clothes if you need them. The selection won’t always be great, but the prices will.”

After searching online through a bunch of popular fashion e-tailers, it’s evident that there are actually still plenty of gorgeous winter wears ripe for the picking. Coats, jeans, riding boots, cozy cardis, you name it! Here is a round up of some of my favorite post-holiday fashion finds your hard-earned cash can buy:

Sonsonate Cardigan

On sale for $79.95 from $148

This fashionable and practical staple with faux-fur panels is a great way to bundle up. 

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Petite Darling Dots Pants 

On sale for $45 from $98

Add some spot-on style to your winter wardrobe with these velvety-flocked polka dot skinny trousers.

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 Oslo Infinity 

On sale for $21 from $30

This cozy, chunky gray scarf is sure to be your new your best friend. 


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Sauce Rainbow Crew Neck Jumper 

On sale for $55.56 from $162.97

Geometric designs were all over the NY fashion week runways. Keep your protractor in your desk and get this instead.

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Gold Suede Cuban Heel Boots

On sale for $35 from $95

The vintage-y metallic finish on these zip up booties is just the right touch of bling.

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