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Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!

gossip+girl Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!
Bonjour, my pretties. Long time, no blog. Miss me?

After spending the holiday weekend in Seattle, I made it back to Philly just in time for the highly anticipated season premiere of Gossip Girl. The newest eppy “Summer, Kind of Wonderful” delivered the drama, picking right up where season one left off.

If you’re a fan of Gossip Girl, you understand that it’s more than just a television show. It’s a study in style…an Elle editorial personified. The series has some serious fashion cred, as evidenced by its guest appearances. Tonight’s episode featured Tinsley Mortimer (who made a cameo at the white party) and Michael Kors, who will guest in a fashion week-themed episode.

Last week’s giveaway fell through at the last minute…and I feel so awful about it that I pulled out all the stops, this time around. So this week, I’m spoiling you, Gossip Girl style…

Spotted: D hosting a giveaway at SP, in honor of the GG season two premiere!!!

Colette+Malouf+Edie+HB Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!Two lucky readers will each win two haute headbands, courtesy of Colette Malouf, dubbed the “undisputed queen of hair accessories” by New York Magazine.

Her name might not ring a bell, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen her work on Sex and The City, on the runways of Michael Kors and Derek Lam, and on the likes of Oprah, Halle Berry and Anne Hathaway.

Colette+Malouf+Linen+HB Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!The winners will channel their inner queen bees with Colette’s artistic accessories. The Grosgrain Edie Headband (top left) suits Blair, the preppy Park Avenue princess. Steal Serena’s Upper East Side style with the Linen Open Work Headband (bottom left).

gg+dvd Gossip Girl Giveaway!!!Winners will also receive Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season.

Relive the wit, romance, drama, mystery and scandal of season one with this 5-disc, 18-episode set of DVDs that also features:

* Gossip Girl 411 Featurette
* GG Couture Featurette
* A Gossip Girl Wedding Featurette
* Music Videos
* Gag Reel
* FREE downloadable audiobook of Cecily von Ziegesar’s bestselling novel, narrated by Christina Ricci!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name. The subject line should read “Gossip Girl Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, September 7th. Two winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, September 8th, I’ll announce the winners’ names. Please, only one entry per person; duplicate entries will not increase your chances of winning. Contest is open to U.S. and Canadian residents only.

You know you love me for this one.

xoxo,

Spoiled Pretty girl

Pop Goes The Hair Elastic

hair+ponytail Pop Goes The Hair Elastic
Whatever you do, do not purchase “Ponytailers” from Conair’s Styling Essentials line. On a recent trip to CVS, I purchased a set of 75. I used them for the first time the other day, and I’m so upset by the poor quality that I’m tempted to write Conair and demand my money back. Here’s what had happened…

I pulled my hair back into a low pony and secured with one elastic. Then I coiled my hair into a bun and secured with another elastic. While running errands, I felt something hit me in the back of the head – like someone threw something at me. But when I look back, there’s no one in sight…so I chalk it up to my overactive imagination. Then, five minutes later, the same thing happens. I hear a sound behind me, and it feels like someone has thrown something at my head – so now I’m peeved. Except, again, there’s no one there. I reach back and find that my hair is no longer in a bun. Or even in a ponytail. My tangled mess of a mane is flowing freely down my back. Both of the elastics had failed me by up and deciding to spontaneously burst.

I rummaged through my purse for anything resembling a hair taming accessory, but came up empty-handed. Frankly, I was embarrassed to have a handbag so bereft of beauty accessories. Fortuitously, I found a twist-tie (why I have a twist-tie but no barrettes or hair clips is beyond me) in my bag and MacGyver-ish-ly wrapped that sucker around my mortifyingly messy hair. Thank goodness for small miracles, literally.

When I returned home, I removed the twist-tie and pulled my hair back using another of the Conair Ponytailers. Like clockwork, 20 minutes later, it snapped too. Third time was certainly not a charm. And my hair is baby fine, too…not thick at all, so I don’t understand the problem. This product is obviously defective, and I fully intend to contact Conair and express my displeasure.

I did a Google search on “Conair Ponytailers” and it came back empty…which makes me think that this product is no longer on the market. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell my local CVS. So if you see Conair Ponytailers at your local drugstore or mass market retailer, do like Dionne Warwick and “Walk On By.”

Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

The Gossip Girl gals may not all get along, but there’s one thing they agree on – a smoky eye paired with a soft glossy lip.

GG+Blair Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

GG+Serena Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

GG+Georgina Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

GG+Vanessa Gossip Girls Love The Smoky Eye

My favorite look of the finale belonged to Blair. Normally, the combination of messy updo, braids, and Jennifer Behr Patent Orchid Skinny Headband would spell overkill. But on Blair, it was pitch perfect. Serena and Georgina? Meh.

And while I liked Vanessa’s cascade of curls, her dress was a mess. I mean, if you’re invited to attend high society nuptials, don’t show up in an frock homesewn by your BFF’s little sister. It kinda reminded me of the Gordon Gartrell episode of The Cosby Show…except that, in this case, Nessa had no idea how ridiculous she looked. It’s no wonder Nate called it quits.

Put Your Hair In A Bouffant While You Shower

showercaps Put Your Hair In A Bouffant While You Shower
My hair is delicate and dry. For that reason, I don’t wash my hair on a daily basis. Which means that on the off days, I wear a shower cap. But y’all know I can’t be sporting your garden variety, Golden Girls-looking monstrosity. Hell, naw. I rock the Bouffant Shower Caps from Spa Sisters.

These shower caps keep locks & tresses beautifully tucked away & dry, as you shower or bathe. Plus, they’re oversized – so they easily fit over a head full of curlers. Who says shower caps aren’t stylish?

My Pony Tale

scunci hairelastic My Pony TaleI’m a ponytail girl. If you pass me on the street, nine times out of ten, I’m wearing my hair pulled back. Don’t get me wrong, I love hair styling products and I get compliments every time I wear my hair down – but when it comes to my mane, I subscribe to Murphy’s Law.

Pulling my hair back gives me peace of mind – that when I pass a pane of glass or check myself out in a mirror, I will not be horrified by the reflection staring back at me.

When it comes time to tame my mane into a sleek into a pony or bun, my weapons of choice are Scunci No Damage Poly Bands. They keep my hair in place all day – and when it’s time to let my hair down, these hair elastics glide off without pulling or tugging.

Available in two colors (black for those with darker hair, clear for those with lighter hair), they’re virtually undetectable. And for less than $3.50 for a pack of 75, the price can’t be beat.

Here’s The Skinny

skinnyheadband3 Heres The Skinny
Fall has finally come to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, it brought steady rain and winds with it. On days like today, when I don’t feel like doing to much to my hair – because I know the weather will just un-do it – I pull it back into a pony or bun, then reach for a skinny headband. It adds polish to an otherwise bland hairstyle.

This look works better on hair that has a little texture, so if you’re working with freshly-washed hair, use a product like Ojon Animated Styling Cream or Dirt Texturizing Paste by Jonathan Product. To keep the headband in place all day, lightly spray the underside with hairspray before sliding into place.

Nordstrom has some gorgeous headbands, but I suggest getting more bang for your buck by purchasing yours at someplace like Urban Outftters.

Spoiled Pretty Tip: If traditional headbands give you a headache, look for ones with elastic banding on the back.

 

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