Saturday, October 30, 2010

Not So Bling-tastic Belts




In my opinion, these belts are hideous. And if you're an adult and sportin one of these, let me just say that you either look like you borrowed a rodeo cowboy's bedazzled belt, or like you have Peter Pan syndrome and want to fit in with the likes of adolescents. Sorry, that's just my opinion, but it's honest! I just don't find these ugly belts to be in any way fashionable. They're fine for young people, but if you're an adult, these are just bad fashion choices. If you want to wear something with a little bit of a "western" feel or a tad bit of "bling" or embellishment, here are some better options:






Tattoo Fashion





When did people start thinking that it's cool to wear a T-shirt screen printed with a picture of a tattoo on it once you're over the age of 21 and then call that a high fashion garment? If your a teenager or in your early 20's, then I'm sure you can pull this look off and no one will think anything less of you. However, I can't tell you how many 30 and 40 somethings and even beyond, that I see out there wearing this crap! My opinion: If you fall into the category of 25 (hey, I'm giving you some lead way on this one!) and above: You're too OLD to walk around sporting some fugly Ed Hardy T-shirt with brightly colored circus looking pictures of skulls and poker cards!
Leave the Ed Hardy to the kids, please. And if your old ass is out there wearing this label, don't think you're too cool for school, you meat head or wanna be MILF. People are probably really making fun of you and how you look like an old ass dork!

Fake vs. Real



In my opinion, fake fingernails are disgusting! Besides what I think, though, these ugly things are just not high fashion. They scream street walker and "Hello, we're FAKE!"
"So what if I'm getting married", you say? Or how many times have you heard a bride say, "I'm getting my nails done just for my wedding"...and then you see them walking down the aisle with a fresh pair of "French" polished plastic pieces attached to their real nails?
Ladies, please! skip the acrylics and go au naturel. It's so much nicer. You want to look the part of the epitome of class on your oh so special day, don't you? Well, then go for a nice color of polish or get your real nails polished in a French manicure. Even if your nails are short, they'll still look nice....and better than those ugly fake things!

This Is NOT High Fashion, People!!


While perusing public places, watching reality television shows, or even checking out websites that claim to be affiliated with couture fashion, I quite often come across things that blow my mind! I see images of people sporting fashions (if that's what you even want to call it), that clearly do not define, in my mind, what high fashion is all about. Nor do the things that I see even come close to constituting what any sort of good sense of fashion is, either .
Just to name a few, here are some of the things that I really don't think the editors of Vogue would call high fashion pieces:
* Fake fingernails
* Ed Hardy clothing
* Sequined, embellished, or ugly studded belts
* Embellished jeans
* Hoochie mama mini dresses
* Crazy eye makeup
* Chest tattoos
* Pink hair extensions
* Skunk hair
* Way too wavy hair done with a hair tool
* Face piercings
* Skull T-shirts
Stay tuned to let me further explain...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sacramento Fashion Week

Check out http://www.sacfashionweek.com for more information about this event. Let's help put Sacramento on the map and help out local designers, models, photographers, etc!

P.S. If you know how to obtain a ticket to this event, please let me know. I really want to go and hope to post some positive feedback about the event.

Thanks,

Tiffany

xxxx

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Eva Mendes










I happen to think she is stunning and exudes sexiness. I look at her and she makes me want to embrace my femininity. I think she is a true beauty and I love her style. I also happen to think she's a pretty good actress!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Roseville Galleria Up In Smoke


Apparently a distraught 23 year old man sat fire in a Game Stop store at the Roseville Galleria Mall this morning and possibly had an explosive in a backpack that may have started a second fire in the mall as well.
How scary! And how sad for this community near Sacramento County. I love the Galleria Mall and frequent it quite often. This one definitely hits home for me! :(

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

StriVectin-SD: Fact or Fiction?


As my skin begins to age, I find myself researching numerous wrinkle creams, anti-aging serums, and even cosmetic procedures. StriVectin always pops up. I'm curious about this stuff, though. How can something originally marketed for stretch marks help with wrinkles? I mean, I guess I can see the correlation, but still...how does it work exactly? And does it actually work?
I have a friend who used this product in the past, but said that she didn't really ever see much difference even after using the product for about a year.
I'm curious. Have any of you out there used StriVectin? Did you have any positive results with it or do you think it's a bunch of b.s.? Let me know what you think before I go out and buy this stuff and possibly waste my time and money!! ;)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

SJP NYC


I love, love, love this scent. It's fruity yet floral for a perfect combination of sweet aroma! It's not too fruity or too floral, but just the right balance of the two scents combined to leave you smelling lovely.
Inspired by SJP's character in Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw, I happen to think that the perfume is a perfect representation of Ms. Bradshaw's style/personality.
This was one of the gifts my hubby bought me for our 1 year anniversary, which we just celebrated last weekend. He purchased the box set, which included the perfume, body wash, body lotion, and a travel size body spray. Yummy! I've been wearing it every day this week and can't stop smelling myself. It's divine!
Check it out and see what you think.

P.S. Check out the SJP NYC website to create some of your own looks inspired by Carrie Bradshaw. Or check out my previous posts to see what you think of the looks I created.

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

SJP NYC - Create Your Look

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wrinkles



So what can you do to prevent from looking like this chick?
According to an article on webMD, dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, and several other experts were asked what really works to reduce wrinkles. This is what they came up with:

1. Avoid the sun. It's the NUMBER 1 cause of wrinkles.

2. Wear sunscreen. If you must go out in the sun, the American Academy of Dermatology says, wear sunscreen! It will protect you from skin cancer, and help prevent wrinkles at the same time.

3. Don't smoke. Some of the research is still controversial, but more and more studies are confirming that cigarette smoke ages skin -- mostly by releasing an enzyme that breaks down collagen and elastin, important components of the skin.

4. Get adequate sleep. Yale dermatologist Nicholas Perricone, MD, says that when you don't get enough sleep, the body produces excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. Get enough rest, Perricone says, and you'll produce more HGH (human growth hormone), which helps skin remain thick, more "elastic," and less likely to wrinkle.

5. Sleep on your back. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) cautions that sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines -- wrinkles that become etched into the surface of the skin and don't disappear once you're up. Sleeping on your side increases wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face-down gives you a furrowed brow. To reduce wrinkle formation, the AAD says, sleep on your back.

6. Don't squint -- get reading glasses! The AAD says any repetitive facial movement -- like squinting -- overworks facial muscles, forming a groove beneath the skin's surface. This groove eventually becomes a wrinkle. Also important: Wear sunglasses. It will protect skin around the eyes from sun damage -- and further keep you from squinting.

7. Eat more fish -- particularly salmon. Not only is salmon (along with other cold-water fish) a great source of protein -- one of the building blocks of great skin -- it's also an awesome source of an essential fatty acid known as omega-3. Perricone tells WebMD that essential fatty acids help nourish skin and keep it plump and youthful, helping to reduce wrinkles.

8. Eat more soy -- So far, most of the proof has come from animal studies, but research does show certain properties of soy may help protect or heal some of the sun's photoaging damage. In one recent human study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, researchers reported that a soy-based supplement (other ingredients included fish protein and extracts from white tea, grapeseed, and tomato, as well as several vitamins) improved skin's structure and firmness after just six months of use.

9. Trade coffee for cocoa. In a study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006, researchers found cocoa containing high levels of two dietary flavanols (epicatchin and catechin) protected skin from sun damage, improved circulation to skin cells, affected hydration, and made the skin look and feel smoother.

10. Eat more fruits and vegetables. The key are their antioxidant compounds. These compounds fight damage caused by free radicals (unstable molecules that can damage cells), which in turn helps skin look younger and more radiant, and protects against some effects of photoaging.

11. Use moisturizer. "Women, especially, are so concerned with antiaging products they often overlook the power of a simple moisturizer. Skin that is moist simply looks better, so lines and creases are far less noticeable," says Ashinoff.

12. Don't over-wash your face. According to dermatologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center, tap water strips skin of its natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles. Wash them off too often, and you wash away protection. Moreover, unless your soap contains moisturizers, you should use a cleanser instead.

13. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). These natural fruit acids lift away the top layer of dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes. New evidence shows that in higher concentrations, AHAs may help stimulate collagen production.

14. Retinoids (including Retin A). The only FDA-approved topical treatment for wrinkles is tretinoin, known commercially as Retin A. Ashinoff says this prescription cream reduces fine lines and large wrinkles, and repairs sun damage. Retinol is a natural form of vitamin A found in many over-the-counter products. Studies show that in a stabilized formula, in high concentrations, it may be as effective as Retin A, without the side effects, such as skin burning and sensitivity.

15. Topical vitamin C. Studies at Tulane University, among others, have found it can increase collagen production, protect against damage from UVA and UVB rays, correct pigmentation problems, and improve inflammatory skin conditions. The key, however, may be the type of vitamin C used. To date, most of the research points to the L-ascorbic acid form as the most potent for wrinkle relief.

16. Idebenone. This chemical cousin to the nutrient coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)is a super-powerful antioxidant. In one study published recently in the Journal of Dermatology, doctors found that with just 6 weeks of topical use, there was a 26% reduction in skin roughness and dryness, a 37% increase in hydration, a 29% decrease in lines and wrinkles, and a 33% overall improvement in sun-damaged skin. Other studies have found similar results.

17. Growth factors. Part of the body's natural wound-healing response, these compounds, when applied topically, may reduce sun damage and decrease lines and wrinkles, while rejuvenating collagen production, studies have shown.

18. Pentapeptides. The results of a study supported by the National Institutes of Health suggested pentapeptides can increase collagen production in sun-damaged skin. Several subsequent studies (including one presented at a recent national dermatology conference) showed that when topically applied, pentapeptides stimulated collagen production and diminished lines and wrinkles.

19. Botox. An injection of this purified version of the Botulinum toxin A relaxes the muscle just underneath the wrinkle, allowing the skin on top to lie smooth and crease-free.

20. Wrinkle fillers. Doctors fill wrinkles with a variety of substances, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other synthetic compounds. Popular treatments include Restylane, Juvederm, and ArteFill, among others.

21. Laser/light resurfacing. Here, energy from a light source -- either a laser or a pulsed diode light -- removes the top layer of skin, causing a slight but unnoticeable skin "wounding." This kicks the skin's natural collagen-production system into high gear, resulting in smoother, more wrinkle-free skin.

22. Chemical peels. In this treatment, one of a variety of different chemicals is used to "burn" away the top layer of skin, creating damage that causes the body to respond by making more collagen. You end up with younger-looking, smoother skin.

23. Dermabrasion. A vacuum suction device used in tandem with a mild chemical crystal, dermabrasion helps remove the top layer of skin cells and bring new, more evenly textured skin to the surface. In the process, fine lines and wrinkles seem to disappear.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Happy Anniversary!








Today my husband and I celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary. He's the love of my life and I'm so blessed to have him as my partner in life. I can't wait to have babies with this man!

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Memories


















Thought I'd post some pics of me and the 'ol hubby since tomorrow we will be celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary! Some of these were taken by my brother-in-law, and some of them were taken by my dear friend Jenna of the blog http://www.jennapaetz.blogspot.com/ a.k.a. Time Well Spent. We used these as both inserts for our Christmas cards in 2008 and as our engagement photos.
Looking back, I can see that this was my fat and happy/emotional eating year, because I was a bit thicker then than I am now...at least I hope so!! :)
I was super excited to be engaged, but I was also emotional because the man that I love was living in L.A. for work, while I was in Sacramento LOATHING my work and drudging through the beginning of a rough Master's Degree program. We were separated logistically for more than a year after having already lived together. Needless to say, it sucked and although I was happy, I was sad, too. (Weird how life works sometimes, huh?) I did a lot of emotional eating then. However, I'm happy to report that I managed to stop eating as much, start working out with a trainer, and my man moved back to Sacramento with me in enough time to plan our wedding and for me to feel like I looked pretty on my wedding day...which is a day I'm still in love with.
When I think back about my wedding day, it's bitter sweet. I have AMAZING memories of that day. It is by far one of the best days of my life thus far. But because it was so great, it makes me a bit sad that it couldn't have lasted longer and that I can't relive it all over again. I think my husband thinks I'm a bit crazy for this. LOL! Oh well, what's a girl to do?!?
Still, I have wonderful memories of my wedding day and how perfect it was. I absolutely loved the love that I felt that day. I couldn't have been happier.
I'm so excited to get to celebrate my one year wedding anniversary tomorrow with my wonderful husband.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Rachel Zoe
























I know there's been some controversy over her weight and her television show as well, but I happen to think she's entertaining and a bit endearing. I also think she has great style as well. She's definitely helped quite a few celebrities with their own style, that's for sure. No matter what you may think of her, one thing's for sure...the girl's good at what she does. She's been in the business for a while, and it doesn't look like she's going to be making a career change any time soon.
Enjoy the pics!
xxx Tiffany