Recessionista’s Fabuless Pick of the Week: Claw Clip That Won’t Give You a Headache

Mama Spoiled Pretty kidnapped me on Saturday. Well – not for real, for real. Kidnapping is the term my sister and I use to describe my mom’s habit of holding us hostage during an otherwise enjoyable shopping excursion. This is usually how it goes down…

Mom proposes a shopping trip to one of our favorite destinations: Banana Republic, Bloomingdale’s, DSW, Forever 21, Lord & Taylor, Marshall’s, Nordstrom, Sephora, or TJ Maxx. So we get in Mom’s car and drive off, hoping that whatever we’re hunting for will be waiting for us at the store, in our size, perched on the sale rack. After a few hours of retail therapy, our dogs start barking and we get into the car to drive back to my parents’ house…or so Lauren and I think.

When we’re almost back home, my mother veers off course – and next thing you know, we’re somewhere not fun, like Walmart. And it’s never a quick trip either. Mom will spend 45 minutes pushing her cart up and down aisles before she even starts looking for what’s on her list. And Lauren and I revert to preschool-ish behavior – like whining or saying we have to go to the bathroom – to encourage Mom to move faster than molasses.

But I have to admit that being kidnapped this past weekend wasn’t too bad. While my sister occupied herself carrying out her signature prank (Lauren likes to throw a couple of random items into Mom’s shopping cart, just to watch her hilarious reaction at the register), I killed time in the beauty aisle. I was in desperate need of a hair clip, so I perused the selection from Goody. Goody has never let me down before, so I picked up their new Ouchless Flexible Claw Clip. Not only did this clip not disappoint, I was pretty impressed – because it holds your hair in place without the annoying inconveniences of other claw clips.

First, the clip has covered hinges, which eliminates snags. Second, the teeth are curved in a way that prevents them from digging into your scalp – love that! Finally, the teeth are flexible – so go ahead and lean back, lean back, lean back, lean back. The people at Goody are a bunch of Albert Einsteins, I’ll tell you what.

For less than $4, you get two medium-sized clips…plus motivation to throw out all of those inferior claw clips that have been a pain in your cranium all of these years.

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Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Volumizing Collection Giveaway

Good day, m’ladies. I’m feeling extra generous this week, so I’m partnering with Oscar Blandi for another Spoiled Pretty giveaway. Yay!

Calling all Pronto Dry Shampoo fans! Get the same botanical, paraben-free cleansing by alternating your dry-shampoo routine with Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner, used on the days you do wash your hair with water, to remove build-up, enhance moisture, and instantly boost volume.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo purifies hair, removing build-up and instantly boosting volume. Designed to work alternately with Pronto Dry Shampoo, Pronto Wet is the perfect cleanser for the full-wash days on your coif calendar. Save time with Pronto Dry every other day or when you’re on the run.

Oscar Blandi Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner moisturizes, detangles, enhances fullness, and delivers quick-drying benefits for a fuss-free good hair day. Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Conditioner is an essential part of a new regimen created for cleansing and moisturizing your hair. It is designed to work in combination with Pronto Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Blandi’s best-selling Pronto Dry Shampoo. This advanced conditioner harnesses the power clinically proven AquaFlex technology to deliver velvety-soft hair.

These good-for-you, botanical-packed formulas leave hair full, healthy, and scented with Pronto’s signature lemon verbena fragrance. And one lucky winner will receive both the Wet Instant Volumizing Shampoo and Conditoner – a $48 value!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Oscar Blandi Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 5th. One winner will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 6th, I’ll announce the winner’s name. 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.

Good luck!

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Glam-orous Giveaway, Sponsored by Rodial

Taking off your makeup has never been so glamorous, thanks to Rodial Glam Balm Wipes. These cleansing towelettes, suitable for even the most delicate skin types, gently remove all traces of makeup from the face, lips and around the eyes. The special formulation is enriched with natural bisabolol, vitamin E, provitamin B5 and chamomile extracts which give these wipes their protective and moisturizing properties.

On the nights when I’m too lazy to take off my face, I love using Glam Balm Wipes because they easily remove all traces of my makeup – even stubborn eyeliner and mascara – without leaving my skin feeling dry and stripped. Natural and paraben-free, these wipes are the balm!

This week, Spoiled Pretty is partnering with Rodial for a glam-orous giveaway. Five winners will receive a package of Glam Balm Wipes!

To enter, send an email to spoiledprettycontests@gmail.com. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. The subject line should read “Rodial Glam Balm Wipes Giveaway.” The contest ends at midnight (EST) on Sunday, April 5th. Five winners will be chosen at random from among the entrants. On Monday, April 6th, 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.

Good luck!

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Spoiled Pretty Interview with Style Expert Jess Zaino

Celebrity stylist and television personality Jess Zaino is the girl you want by your side on a fashion-finding mission. With her unique brand of New York sass mixed with Los Angeles insider style, Jess has become one of the most recognizable faces on the style scene.

I’ve been following Jess’ career since her stint as co-host of the Style Network’s Modern Girls Guide to Life. Since then, Jess has entertained and enlightened fashion-challenged gals as the on-air stylist for Style Network shows How Do I Look?, Style Court, and The Look for Less. Her expertise has also been featured on E!, TV Guide Channel, and USA. Most recently, Jess competed on VH1’s Glam God with Vivica A. Fox.

Despite her busy sched, Jess found time to talk fashion trends and share some of her style secrets. Enjoy!

SP: When did you first fall in love with fashion?
JZ:
There was a show on when I was a kid called Webster with Emanuel Lewis. In the opening sequence, he wore a pair of green striped Adidas. I loved those shoes!! I made my mom get them for me and wore them everyday for years. It was then that I realized I could really get into my own sense of fashion.

SP: What was your first big break as stylist?
JZ:
Making deconstructed tee-shirts that I wore as a co-host on a music show. It caught the attention of Kelly Osbourne and a stylist was born.

SP: What does it take to succeed as a fashion stylist?
JZ:
To have an eye for style, detail, art and trends and to apply it perfectly to a look, whether it be on a celeb, a personal client or in a magazine.

SP: What is your style philosophy?
JZ:
Follow your own fashion trends always!

SP: If you could spend the day with one fashion icon (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do?
JZ:
Oooh, this is a toughie. I have so many. A young Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Kate Moss. We would have morning tea and biscuits at the Chateau Marmont and inspire each other with our thoughts on the ways of the world.

SP: What makes a woman stylish?
JZ:
When she is confident in her look.

SP: Who are some of your favorite designers of all time?
JZ:
Valentino, Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Calvin Klein, Moschino, Shoshanna, Charlotte Ronson, and Jennifer Meyer.

SP: Which trends will be big this spring and summer?
JZ:
Bright and BIG floral prints on mini dresses. Global chic floor-length dresses. Graphic tees and DIY denim shorts. Ornamented bangle bracelets. Strappy wedge heels.

SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
JZ:
Those thin headbands worn at the forehead. Ugg, as in ick. And also, yes, Uggs.

SP: Chicest color combinations for spring/summer?
JZ:
Any bright, pop-y colors with black.

SP: Current handbag obsession?
JZ: My own clutch at StreetChicbyJessZaino.com.

SP: Which celebrities are you dying to style and why?
JZ:
I had a dream that I styled Britney Spears the other day. That was fun.

SP: Where are your favorite places to shop?
JZ:
The new TopShop on Broadway in NYC and GiltGroupe.com.

SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
JZ:
Take a look thru the mags and see what your favorite stars are wearing. Take those pix to a Forever 21, H&M or Target and sho’ nuff, they’ll be selling the look for less.

SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
JZ:
Draw attention to your best asset. Single color-schemes work. Don’t wear clingy or shiny coz that will pick up all the bumps and lumps. Wear pants that are slightly below your waist. And high heels will always elongate a look, lift the bum and make you look drop dead sexy.

SP: What are three accessories every woman should own?
JZ:
Fab sunglasses. Fab earrings. Big, fat, fab cocktail rings – Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line rocks around the clock.

SP: What products are staples in your makeup bag?
JZ:
Clinique full coverage foundation, NARS The Multiple for cheeks, Chanel cream eye shadow, Cover Girl mascara, MAC Russian Red lipstick and travel-sized spritzer of Stella McCartney’s Stella.

SP: What other passions do you have besides fashion?
JZ:
Traveling, reading, yoga, long walks, spa-ing, family-ing.

SP: What music are you listening to right now?
JZ:
This very second? Spank Rock on my iPod.

SP: What’s next for Jess Zaino?
JZ:
I am a launching an ultra-sexy and chic, menswear-inspired button-down for women entitled The Boyfriend Shirt for SEW (a men’s bespoke shop in NYC). Help me make it iconic! Stay in touch at TheBoyfriendShirt.com – I’ve also got a couple of television and online tricks up my sleeve. Be a friend at MySpace.com/Superdeluxestyle.

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