Saturday, February 18, 2012

Fashion Essential: The Denim Jacket

The denim jacket is an absolute essential in every chica’s wardrobe. It’s like water in every household. You need it. Why? Well, there’s always certain things that are good investments (like denim jackets) because they never go out of style. They are an accessory. They can always make a dress or skirt shabby and chic.

Don’t believe me?

Reese Witherspoon

Kim Kardashian

Oh, and guys?

They wear them too.


Zac Efron

Still unsure? Well don’t be. Please, take my advice. Go out and buy one of these cuties right now. They go with jeans, skirts, dresses- everything. They just make any outfit 5 times better. And we have no idea why.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mmm... Massage

Tired or stressed after a hard day? Try these tips to help you keep relaxed.

Nail Fixers:
Pour a small amount of sugar into your palm, mix with baby oil, and rub over hands
Soak fingernails in a bowl w/ 1 cup warm milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice for 5 to 10 minutes; rinse off and dry
Dab olive oil into cuticle area and rub in
First of all, everyone needs to get some relaxation in their day. There are tons of ways to do it, but the most effective ways are right here.
  • Take a warm bath
  • Set up a home spa
  • Read a book
  • Watch a movie
  • Do some scrapbooking
  • Take a shower and after rub on lotion
  • Ask someone to give you a massage
  • Take a nap
  • Put a warm pad on your belly or neck

Oatmeal Smoothie Mask
3 tablespoons oatmeal; uncooked
2 tablespoons plain yogurt
Mix oatmeal and yogurt into
a paste and pat onto your face. Hang out for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. 
*For all skin types

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Exercise 101

The Key memo to “staying fit”

How to get exercise, right at your home
  • Set up a home gym. Make obstacles that you have to perform and time yourself.
  • Go outside and get some air: go swimming, ride a bike, go jogging, or jump on a trampoline.
  • Turn on your favorite CD and start dancing.
  • Sign up for a yoga class.
  • Babysit a little kid. (they’ll get you running)
  • Run up and down the stairs.
  • Jump rope.
  • Stretch daily in an open area. 

Ways to stay fit...
  • Avoid any fatty foods, sugars & sweets, or greasy and/or oily goods.
  • Try making dessert healthy: add fresh fruit on top of your cake; make oatmeal cookies.
  • Set up an exercise day with a friend.
  • Avoid the sugar, fatty, and greasy food isles while shopping.
  • Try eating yogurt or making a smoothie for a snack instead of reaching for the cookie jar.
  • Eat many small healthy snacks throughout the day; this way you won’t be tempted to eat so much big and unhealthy meals. 
Chobani Yogurt
Healthy & Delicious 

Healthy Eating

Sugar or Smoothie?
Smoothie is the way to go, of course. But many people prefer the other way. Especially for breakfast, which provides you with the energy you need to get through the day. Obtaining this may help you with test struggles, interacting with peers, and other things you do through the day. Of course, not all smoothies are healthy. There can be smoothies with all sorts of unhealthy foods in them, starting with the basic source- sugar. Even those energy drinks and drinks with caffeine in them like coffee may get you through the day but they are not good to be always gulping down. 
Try drinking a breakfast smoothie every morning and down the cinnamon rolls or sugary cereal. It’ll start you off to a refreshing, healthy day- and I guarantee your body will thank you. 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
  • 8 ounces crushed ice
  • 1 ounce strawberry juice
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 11 ounces plain nonfat frozen yogurt

  • Blend 15 to 20 seconds; use a spatula to remove the thick and creamy smoothie from the blender.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Perfecting Nails

Manicure #1 Make sure all of your nail polish is removed. #2 File your nails and soak them in warm, soapy water for a few minutes. #3 Dry your hands with a soft towel and rub hand lotion in. #4 Wash hands lightly with water afterwards and push your cuticles back gently using an orange wood stick. #5 However, never cut your cuticles because this can lead to infection or damage. #5  Apply a base coat first- this will protect your nail. #6 Then pick out a shade of polish and use 3 strokes to coat each nail. #7 Let dry and end with a top coat- this will keep your polish on longer and reduce chipping. Make sure nails are fully dry before handling anything.

Pedicure #1 Remove old polish with remover using cotton pads before starting. #2 However, don't use cotton balls (this will leave traces of cotton on your nails and be very clumpy and sticky once you start painting them). #3 Use large nail clippers and cut so your nails don't extend over the tip of your toe. #4 File around the corners of the nails in one direction with an emery board for a soft, square shape. #5 Get a large flat-bottom bowl to be your foot bath and fill it with warm water. #6 Add bath salts or aromatherapy oils to the bath and let your feet soak for a few minutes. #7 Add about a quarter cup of milk to warm water (lactic acid in the milk loosens dead skin).

Ped Egg

#8 Trim loose skin with a cuticle nipper (make sure not to cut your toe). #9 Rub the dead skin on the heels of your feet off with a foot file (such as a Ped Egg). #10 Dry feet with a towel and apply foot cream. #11 Use remover to get rid of extra oils on your feet. Pick out your favorite color and complete steps 6 and 7 in the above paragraph.  

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Fashions 2010

Get ready for these trendy fashions!




Snacks Galore

*Note: these recipes/snacks can be used for anything from lunches, to small get-together parties*

Spicy Sausages:
Mini smoked sausages
Bottled barbecue sauce
Toothpicks or skewers
Heat the mini sausages and put them on the toothpicks or skewers. Serve with barbecue sauce. 

Berry Yummy:
One package of strawberries
3 white or milk chocolate baking bars
Break the chocolate into pieces and microwave in a small bowl for one minute on high. Stir chocolate until everything is melted. Next, wash and dry the berries in a strainer, then dip them halfway into chocolate. PLace on a wax-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate until set. 

Cheesy Cucumbers:
One large cucumber
8-ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
One package dry ranch dressing mix
Cut the cucumber into medium slices and arrange on a plate. Mix dressing package, sour cream, and cream cheese in a small bowl. Spread dip over cucumbers and enjoy!