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Well, I didn’t win the LOFT Blog Wars – but I thank each and every one of you who voted for Spoiled Pretty. I had a respectable showing in the poll, and appreciate your support.
Even though I came in 3rd, I’m still super stoked because I get to award one of you with a $100 LOFT gift card. And that reader is (drumroll, please)….Christine Fidance!
Congrats, Christine! Now you can go buy the Shawl Collar Waffle Sweater you’ve been eyeing up.
Many thanks to LOFT for sponsoring this giveaway, and to all of you who participated.
Congrats to the winner of the NBC 10 Holiday Beauty Giveaway, Dana Loeb.
Dana will soon receive: candles from the Godiva Home Fragrance Collection, Sephora Fragrance Samples for Him and Her, a Zoya Holiday Minicure Gift Set, Felix Rey Leopard Nylon Cosmetics Case (large), and Bath & Body Works shea socks!
Many thanks to the contest sponsors for a) creating such fabulous products and b) allowing me to spoil Dana pretty.
This is a damn shame. A Milwaukee teacher cut off a 7-year-old’s braid after she absentmindedly kept playing with her hair. Um, isn’t that what 7-year-olds do…act up? If a teacher can’t handle a fidgety first grader, then she should probably look for a new line of work.
If I had a daughter and she came home from class with less hair than she went to school with, I’d be real tempted to schedule a parent/teacher “conference”…and make sure she didn’t have any hair when she showed up for work the next day.
Holiday time is my favorite time of the year. I love scurrying from store to store, playing Santa and getting the must-haves on everyone’s list. I’m a present-wrapping superstar; if there were levels, I’d be a third degree black belt. And the holiday specials at Starbucks (Caramel Brulee Latte, Eggnogg Latte and Peppermint Mocha are my faves!) make the season even sweeter.
But throwing together last-minute ensembles for holiday shindigs? That’s when my inner Scrooge comes out. Here’s the problem – and you can probably relate. You hate everything in your closet; it either doesn’t fit properly, or it’s not festive enough for the party’s dress code. On the other hand, there’s a recession going on and you can’t justify buying an entire outfit for one holiday get-together. Makes you wanna say “bah humbug” and just RSVP with regrets.
Luckily, LOFT is here to rescue you from holiday fashion disaster.
In case you haven’t heard, Ann Taylor Loft is now LOFT. They’ve re-named and re-branded the company, and upped the style ante. And one of the many great things about LOFT that I love is that they’ve got petites! Can I get a hallelujah, shorties?
Anyway, LOFT has some amazing pieces that you can pair with something already in your closet – to create a chic, festive outfit without breaking the bank. For example, pair this Sequin Sparkle Tank with a pair of jean or black pants and layer a blazer or cardigan on top. This Sequin Scarf is only $29.50 and will jazz up just about anything in your wardrobe. What about that go-to little black dress your friends have seen you wear countless times? Take that dress from wah-wah-wah to wow with one of LOFT’s statement necklaces. My favorite is the Clear Gem Bib Necklace with Black Chain – I can think of 10 “new” outfits I could create with this accessory alone!
To celebrate their new name and image, LOFT is having a contest called Blog Wars. Starting today at 4pm, visit LOFT’s Facebook fan page (here’s the link to the actual poll), and vote for your favorite blog (hint: your favorite blog is Spoiled Pretty). On Friday afternoon, the blogger with the most votes wins a $500 LOFT gift card. Child, you know mama loves to shop…so help me out here!
For the world premiere event of the highly-anticipated Sherlock Holmes movie, Sebastian Stylist Design Team Member Thomas Dunkin styled actress Rachel McAdams‘ tresses to complement her Grecian-inspired gown for a red carpet look that radiated grace and glam. All eyes were on Sherlock’s leading lady’s asymmetrical, loosely textured side braid.
Thomas shares styling tips for recreating Rachel’s red carpet look at home:
1) Start by applying a volumizing product like Sebastian Professional Texturizer to wet hair. Blow dry in sections, and pin each section in medium and large sized Velcro rollers throughout whole head and allow to set for 5-10 minutes.
2) Allow to cool then take down rollers, and spray hair with a dry shampoo for added texture.
3) Emulsify a small dab of Sebastian Professional Microweb Fiber between palms and run through top of hair. Backcomb front section and manipulate for height and volume. Secure with pins.
4) French braid bottom half of hair starting behind left ear and pin random remaining pieces into braid for haphazard, playful positioning.
5) Finish the look with Sebastian Professional Shaper Fierce for tousled movement and controlled hold.
I have issues with children sporting grown-up hairstyles. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for children expressing their individuality – but when I see toddlers and young kids with over-styled hair, I can’t help but feel that it’s the wackadoo parents expressing themselves through their offspring.
So when I saw photos of Will, Jada and their brood at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, I threw up my hands. Jaden’s untamed afro appears that it might swallow his head whole, but he’s 11 and that’s the kind of style the kids are into right now. Willow’s hair, on the other hand, is a whole nuther story.
I don’t care who the parents are…no 9-year-old should have a Rihanna haircut. I don’t know what Jada was thinking to let someone shave half of her baby’s head. That poor child is gonna have one hell of a time growing that mess out. You would have thought Jada would have learned something from Cassie’s tress transgressions.
What are your thoughts on minors with major hairstyles?
I’m adding the Jane Iredale Chocolicks Lip Gloss set to Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide – although once you buy it, I doubt you’ll be able to resist your selfish urges and actually give it away.
This collection of mini lip glosses offers any chocoholic four decadent options to satisfy her sweet tooth. And the set gets brownie points for the clever packaging.
What’s even better? These glosses are formulated with 100% natural ingredients; sunflower seed oil has antioxidant benefits and jojoba seed oil hydrates!
* Truffle: rich brown gloss tastes of double chocolate
* Chocolate Orange: shimmering brown gloss tastes like dark chocolate and zesty orange
* Strawberry Cream: glossy pink that tastes like fresh strawberries and white chocolate
* Caramel: sheer bronze gloss with buttery sweetness
The glosses’ pigments are subtle and sheer, so they’re sure to compliment any complexion. They’re on the sticky side, so if you have an aversion to tacky glosses (I happen to be an equal opportunity lipgloss lover) – this is something to note.
The Jane Iredale Chocoholicks Lip Gloss set ($44) is available at dermstore.com and drugstore.com.
For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s 2009 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide!
The Zoya Reverie Collection includes:
Laney (ZP607) – moonlit silver metallic
Adina (ZP608) – duochrome violet metallic
Reece (ZP609) – gilded rose metallic
Happi (ZP610) – pink blush metallic
Gwin (ZP611) – sunny melon metallic
Lana (ZP612) – rich red metallic
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