Spring trend: Accentuate the waist

A fun accessory for any time of year, but especially hot this spring, is the belt.

But there is so much more to cinching the waist than just a belt! This season, it could be a tied-around obi belt, an accent tie on your palazzo pants or maybe a belt that you’ve decided to tie instead of buckle. This is a trend you can have fun with at minimal fashion risk!

I love how these images from Obi Belt Shop show the difference in an outfit when an obi belt is added!

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The site also offers some ideas on how to tie your obi belt. I’m particularly fond of this one.

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Want something quick and new? Try wearing two skinny belts in contrasting colors at the same time. Then, cross them so that each goes into the other’s buckle. I love this look from FashionRolla.

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For other cute ideas for wearing a traditional belt in a new way, get a long belt and knot it with something fancy. I really like this butterfly knot, also from FashionRolla’s tutorial.

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Love belts? I’d love to hear how you’re wearing yours this season!

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Introducing Pulse Therapy Treatment

Screenshot 2015-03-15 15.58.12At Beauty Bioscience, we’ve been hard at work on our latest product, Pulse Therapy Treatment!

You’ll have a chance to learn more about Pulse Therapy Treatment at 7 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 19, on HSN.

The treatment pairs a super-concentrated retinol complex once a week with a hyper-vitamin complex on the other six days to create fabulous skin. The vitamin complex includes mega doses of Vitamin C, B, D and E.

It all adds up to an amazing anti-aging solution!

As skin ages, it begins to lose elasticity and starts to sag. Pulse Therapy uses the Daily Pulse Serum to stimulate collagen production and smooth skin throughout the week and the Weekly Pulse Concentrate to dramatically stimulate collagen production. It all results in firmer, more youthful looking skin.

I love that 100 percent of participants in a clinical trial (everyone who tried out the product!) had clinically significant improvement in their skin’s firmness and elasticity after 30 days of using Pulse Therapy Treatment.

Here are just a couple examples of before and after photos of the results.

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All of the study participants agreed that Pulse Therapy not only improved the appearance of their skin, but also that these improvements lasted even after the trial ended!

 

 

Here’s what they said:

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84% enjoyed firming, tightening and noticeably reduced pore size.

90% reported a reduction in lines and wrinkles.

97% found their skintone was more even.

 

Even better, it can be a quick part of your evening beauty routine — applied after you wash your face and before you apply Beauty Bioscience’s Ultimate Moisturizing Cream.

I’m so excited that we can now offer Pulse Therapy Treatment to everyone. Be sure to watch HSN tonight!

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What to bring for spring break

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Has all of this winter’s cold weather had you thinking about somewhere warm and sunny — a trip away for spring break, perhaps?

While some of my summer weekend trip tips make just as much sense when packing for spring, there are a few things you may want to consider staples when you pack a bag for that spring trip to the beach. Here are a few of my favorites:

The jacket

Bring along a packable, lightweight jacket. That means one that doesn’t wrinkle much, but also one that is practical, since you’re more likely to have cooler morning and evening temperatures. Throw in one with a hood and you’re prepared for those possible spring showers.

For something cute, yet casual, this Easy-care Mackintosh coat from L.L. Bean could fit the bill.

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Easy-care Mackintosh, $119 from L.L. Bean

A cover-up

Sure, you may go somewhere with a warm beach and plan to even swim in the ocean, but even those of us who enjoy the sun also need a break from it. Make sure that suitcase has something easy to throw on over your swimsuit for some added protection. It helps when it’s something that’s as stylish at the hotel as at the beach.

This gorgeous cover-up maxi dress from Ted Baker London offers style and comfort.

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Window Blossom cover-up maxi dress, $195 at Nordstrom

Hair protection

You know by now to pack your favorite tube of sunscreen when you head to the beach. Just as your skin needs protecting, so does your hair. A hat is always a great option (Remember my guide for the best hats to flatter your face? Many of those styles come in straw or linen for a spring look). But for those times when you’re not wearing a hat, spritz on something like Oribe’s Aprés Beach Wave and Shine Spray.

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Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray, $22-$39 at Oribe

A waterproof phone case

How many of us take our phones to the beach? And how many worry about sand and water as we’re taking pictures? If you’re going to bring it, find a way to protect it. Want something where you can still see your own beautiful case? You can buy waterproof bags that you can slip your cellphone into just for while you’re at the beach. This one from Bed, Bath and Beyond also floats if you’re planning on any time on a boat!

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Waterproof phone pouch, $9.99 at Bed, Bath and Beyond

Those are my spring break tips. I hope it’s a warm week where you are and would love to hear any of your must-haves for when you take that week-long vacation!

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Cold weather makeup tips

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I had every intention to start talking about spring trends in March, but the weather lately has me feeling we’re still firmly entrenched in winter!

So, instead of talking about the bright colors and light fabrics of spring, I’m going to focus on something you can use right now, whether you’re dealing with snow, ice or just cold, windy weather. For those of you in sunnier climates, just file these tips away for next winter.

While I’ve offered tips in the past on how to care for your hands or healthy steps to better skin, I wanted to highlight a few things to keep in mind to keep your makeup looking its best even as you brave the chill.

Foundation: When you are likely to go from warm building to the cold outdoors and back again, don’t opt for liquid foundation. Most liquid foundations don’t hold up well to the temperature changes. Instead, use a mineral powder foundation.

Concealer and bronzer: Pale, dry winter skin will take a bit more work with concealer and bronzer to cover blemishes that become more apparent in the colder weather and give your skin a warmer glow. Of course, if your skin is lighter in the winter months, you’ll want to go with a lighter bronzer than you use in summer.

Moisturizer: Dry skin cries out for moisturizer, but go for something light and quickly absorbed into the skin. Heavier creams may still be sitting there when you go to apply your makeup — save those for nighttime moisturizing.

Lips: Go for a moisturizing lipstick or lipgloss for a quick look that doesn’t look dry and uneven the way stains and some matte lipsticks can.

Color: Avoid pink and red, particularly if your skin is light in color or ruddy. The colors will make your face look even pinker if it becomes irritated by the wind and cold.

Mascara and eyeliner: Go for waterproof! When it comes to making your eye makeup run, there’s nothing worse than snowflakes, freezing rain or whatever miserable wet weather greets you when you walk out the door.

Finishing touches: If you find your makeup rubbing off onto your layers of scarves and hats, apply some pressed powder as a final step to keep the makeup on your face and off your clothes.

There are my makeup tips for this winter weather. Let’s hope I can bring you some spring makeup tips soon!

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How to get Oscars hairstyles in just minutes

Did you notice all of the low buns and ponytails at the Academy Awards on Sunday?

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Zoe Saldana (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

While a bun or ponytail may seem too basic to pair with the elegant gowns at Sunday’s Oscars, the simple softness of Zoe Saldana’s soft, low bun or sleek simplicity of Lady Gaga’s wrapped low ponytail worked beautifully.

One standout was Gina Rodriguez, whose braided low side bun looked stunning.

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Gina Rodriguez (Photo by Getty Images)

Latin Times walks through how hairstylist Paul Norton pulled Rodriguez’ look together here.

Oscar-worthy hairstyles can take some time, but you can find ways to get a similar look without too much time and effort. And that’s important if you want to look your best but still accomplish everything demanding your time!

For a quick, cute braided bun look, I love the ease of the hairstyle in this tutorial from HeyWanderer.com.

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Another Oscars hairstyle standout was Julianne Moore’s sleek and sophisticated low bun.

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Julianne Moore (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

TRESemme offers a video tutorial on how to get a similar look here.

I’d love to hear your favorite looks from this year’s Oscars!

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More fabulous fashion from New York

Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York wraps up tomorrow and promises to inspire a lot of fun collections for when next fall and winter season rolls around.

The good news is that some of the trends from this fall and winter will continue, giving you a chance to stay in style even as you wear your favorite pieces again. Or perhaps this is a chance to buy something new knowing it will still be in style next year?

The trends continue for plaids, generously cut pants and coats and splashes of red among the dark colors. Fringe and leather continue to be a popular choice for next year.

Among some of the looks that made a splash were the innovative layered outerwear of wool and fur pieces from Jason Wu; and the feminine forms with an edge from Jill Stuart, which included ribbed turtlenecks paired with leather dresses, wide belts and sparkles (you can see the runway video here).

Here are a few items that caught my eye.

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Monique Lhuillier had the runway packed with gorgeous gowns, including this blue number.

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Prabal Gurung showed that shades of orange and rust are still just as stunning for the year to come.

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This asymmetrical skirt paired with a jacket was just one cute look from Charlotte Ronson.

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I wonder, though, do you think this eyeliner style that was on all the DKNY models will catch on?

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Fashion forward: A look ahead for fall and winter

It’s always interesting to see, in the middle of winter, what designers are excited about for the coming fall and winter.

Starting this week, we get to see what designers have in mind for the year ahead. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week runs from Feb. 11-19 in New York.

Last year’s New York Fashion Week called for knits and neutrals, furs and capes. Some styles hearkened back to the ’50s, with short, flared dresses in a multitude of patterns, but others highlighted the styles of the ’80s, including the continued love of metallics. Checks and plaids were hot, in neutral tones and pops of color, and color definitely set off the darker tones of winter.

Already, there are some exciting lines on the horizon, with designers thinking about wardrobe staples in their pre-Fall 2015 collections.

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Donna Karan returns once again to her idea of seven easy pieces to fill a closet and create a signature style, calling the collection “The Uniform of Dressing.” The collection sports grays, blacks, whites and bright reds incorporated into A-line split skirts, oversize shirts, military-inspired jackets, wrap cashmere coats, slouchy trousers and elegant dresses.

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photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney’s pre-Fall collection also focuses on key wardrobe pieces, with wool coats, knit dresses, ribbed turtlenecks and loose trousers in blacks, whites, browns and fun patterns.

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photos courtesy of Women’s Wear Daily

Next week, I’ll show you my favorite Fashion Week looks!

Don’t worry. After having a fun look at the trends for next fall and winter, I’ll take some time in March to talk about my favorite looks for this spring!

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Quick fixes to leave the gym looking your best

Woman standing by locker in changing roomIf you started a new workout routine with the new year, you probably already know the important bits of advice for staying healthy and avoiding injury at the beginning of any new workout. (If you are starting a new exercise routine, here is some helpful advice from the Mayo Clinic, which includes tips such as creating the right balance between aerobic activity and strength training and making it part of your regular routine.)

This week, I want to give you something different: Advice on how to keep looking fresh even if you’re taking a lunch hour to squeeze in your workout (or placing that workout between the end of your workday and the start of dinner with friends).

Hair

Pull hair up and away from your face and neck using a ponytail, headband, bandanna or whatever it takes. If you’re working out, you’re sweating, and the less hair coming in contact with your sweat the better for after your workout. After the workout, you can use dry shampoo or a hairdryer to take care of any sweaty strands. If you’re feeling adventurous, try putting your hair up in braids or buns while you’re working out. The updo will leave you with soft waves afterward, or you could leave it up for your next engagement.

Skin

If there’s no time to shower or there isn’t a shower available, go for the wipe-down with fragrance free wipes. The wipes you use to remove your makeup could work double duty for this. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does get the sweat off of your skin. Even if you use the wipes, you might want to take the time to at least rinse your face in the locker room sink with cool water to tone down a hot, sweaty workout face into a rosy gym glow. But avoid the pink liquid soap you often find in public restrooms, which is way too harsh for faces.

Makeup

Once again the natural look is your friend. You can get out of the locker room with a few dabs of tinted moisturizer, a neutral eyeshadow, some mascara and eyeliner and a bit of lipgloss. Blotting papers are also your friend in the coming hours, particularly if you continue to shine a bit post-workout.

Do you have any quick tricks you use to look your best after a workout? If so, I’d love to hear them!

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Whole-body wellness for healthy skin

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Healthy eating and exercise are working on your body, but did you know they also play a role in your skin?

Eating healthy foods gives your skin the vitamins and nutrients it needs to be its best. Regular exercise, meanwhile, promotes circulation, which benefits not only your heart but also your skin.

As the winter months drag on, here are some other things you can do to make sure that healthy glow continues year-round.

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Sleep and relaxation: A good night’s sleep not only reduces puffy eyes in the morning, but also helps keep your skin in top condition. Studies have shown that lack of sleep can lead to dull skin, fine lines and dark circles under your eyes because of how it affects collagen and hormones. This goes hand-in-hand with relaxation. If you can find ways to reduce stress, whether through meditation, a favorite hobby or your exercise routine, the evidence will show up in your skin.

Here’s a good quick relaxation strategy: Place your hand on your stomach and feel how it rises and falls with each breath. Sitting up or lying down, breathe in, count to three and then breathe out. Count to three again and then breathe in. Do this for a minute and feel how your body relaxes.

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Hydration: Inside and out, hydration is key. Pay attention to drinking water throughout the day, but also make sure to hydrate skin in these dry months with serums and creams that will penetrate the layers of skin and plump and smooth it.

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Cleaning and exfoliation: Washing your face each night should be part of your regular routine, whether you’ve worn makeup that day or not. Wash off the dirt, oil and pollution with a gentle cleanser and exfoliate away dead skin cells with a gentle scrub or by making upward circles with your washcloth. Follow with a toner and moisturizer.

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Eating healthy all year long

Resolutions for the new year often involve eating healthier, and I’d like to give you a few foods that will help you do that. Of course, eating well doesn’t mean throwing back a kale-and-blueberry smoothie on top of a bag of potato chips or with a stack of French toast every day, but a sensible eating plan combined with some real power foods will help shape your body inside and out. And that’s a resolution worth keeping.

Here are some top foods to keep in mind:

bunches of kaleDark, leafy greens: Kale smoothies, kale chips, spinach salads, collard greens … these pack in the vitamins and carry more nutritional value per calorie than any other food!

A fresh avocado cut in halfAvocados: Did you know avocados not only give your body good fats and can help protect against certain diseases, but they also contain serotonin, which improves your mood? So they really can help make you healthy and happy.

blue berryBlueberries: These are an antioxidant powerhouse. And they taste delicious fresh or frozen.

Walnuts isolatedWalnuts: For a boost of protein and omega-3s, sprinkle some on your oatmeal, in your salad or in your next smoothie.

ChocolateDark Chocolate: Dark chocolate is good for heart health and mood. Dark chocolate-covered almonds are even better! But limit how much you eat of this stuff, since the fat and sugar in chocolate aren’t good for you.

All this healthy food will help you look and feel your best. Next week, I’ll share some tips on how to get — and keep — your skin healthy this year!

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