Jan 17, 2008

Savvy Style: A Stylish Twist on the Kaftan

Jennifer Lopez in mint green one shouldered Kaftan by Versace

Black full length silk caftan by Temperley London $2539 www,net-porter.com


Multi-colore print sheer cotton kaftan by Emilio Pucci, $539 www.net-porter.com


Multi-colored print cotton kaftan by Emilio Pucci, $815 www.net-porter.com


Chocolate crinkled cotton kaftan by Melissa Odabash, $249, www.net-porter.com

For years my mother would come home from work and put on one these beautiful house dresses. And every time she walked around the house, especially if we had guest visiting she always looked presentable, sophisticated and comfortable. We'll today when she wants to lounge around the house she still wears one, but they have really evolve over the years. A kaftan(sometimes spelled caftan) is worn all over the world by men and women. And not only can it be worn around the house but many use it as a cover-up at the beach or you can put on cute pair of sandals and you'll have a chic dress to wear to a party. Although you can find kaftans anywhere (I even saw them at the beauty supply store) I think the one's offered at http://www.net-porter.com/ give a new twist to an old design. "The Kaftan" comes in many styles, lengths and colors so you'll never have a problem looking stylish around the house, the beach or a party.

Product Review: Infusium 23

My product review for this week is Infusium 23 leave-in treatment. I have used the Original leave-in treatment for many years and I have always experienced really good results. And now Infusium 23 has new packaging and a new "ologie" collection that include leave-in treatments that work to repair your hair based on a certain need. Leave-in conditioners (treatments) to me are a must-have if you want to have healthy hair. Their purpose is to offer continuous moisture and vitamins that nourish , protect and strengthen your hair long after you have shampooed and conditioned it.

If you lack moisture: The Moistur(ologie) line hydrates and replenishes moisture to dry hair.

If your hair needs more strength/protein: The Repair(ologie) line strengthens hair and protects it from damage that leads to breakage and split ends.

If your hair is prone to frizz: The Frizz(ologie) line helps to tame and smooth frizz-prone hair.

If you have colour treated hair: The Colour(ologie) line enriches and protects colour treated hair.

The Infusium 23 mission has not changed since it was created in 1924 and that's to "transform damaged, dry, frizzy, chemically treated and fine hair into shiny, silky, manageable hair".

Their leave-in treatment is good for all hair types and you can find a 16 oz bottle at Walmart for $5.84.

Savvy Home Decor: Glass Art Showpieces


Art Glass Vase by Caleb Siemon, $1050 http://www.guild.com/

Art Glass Plate by Jeri Goodman, $220 , www.guild.com


Glass Art Perfume Bottle by Mary Angus, $365 , www.guild.com


Art Glass Bowl by Janet & Rick Nicholson, $1055, www.guild.com

These beautiful artistic pieces were created using blown glass. The colors and designs are so elegant, vibrant and unique, I can just image what the artists were thinking about when they created these wonderful pieces. I searched through pages and pages of photographs from artists at "The Artful Home" and I found so many bowls, platters and vases, that I simply fell in love with them all. So if you want to add a boost of color or a uniquely designed sculpture to your home decor, how about starting with one of these Glass Art Showpieces.
All these pieces can be found at "The Artful Home" www.guild.com

Jan 16, 2008

Double Duty: Skincare from your Kitchen Cabinet




Left to right: Organic Honey, Chamomile Tea Bags, and Apple Cider Vinegar.
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I have always been what you would call a "kitchen chemist". I like mixing things and making up new products. But what I really like is creating new beauty products just by using basic items around the house. I started this years ago when I got my first pimple and I read how toothpaste could double as a zit cream. After such good results, I started looking in my kitchen cabinets for other things that I could add to my skin care regimen. One of the best facial masks I've ever used was plain honey. It will moisturize and tighten your pores, just put a warm cloth on your face to open your pores, apply honey, leave it on for 7-10 minutes, and rinse with warm water followed by a splash of cool water . The day I ran out of my astringent I was able to make my own using 1/2 apple cider vinegar mixed with 1/2 water. This works great because it restores the pH balance to your skin and helps to fade dark spots. And who doesn't love an at home facial. All you have to do is pour warm water in a bowl and add a chamomile tea bag, cover your head and bowl with a towel and relax for 10-15 minutes. So the next time you run out of any of your skin care products just go look in your kitchen cabinet and see what items can work double duty.

Jan 14, 2008

Oprah Winfrey is getting her "OWN"!


"Savvy Sistah" Oprah Winfrey is making history again and this time she's doing it really big with her "OWN " cable channel. The Oprah Winfrey Network will launch in mid 2009 in 70 million homes and it will debut on the Discovery Health Network. ( home of TLC and the travel channel). At the beginning, you won't see the "Oprah Winfrey Show" because the current syndication deal won't expire until 2011 but with her eye for discovering new talent (Rachael Ray & Dr.Phil) plus her Oprah Winfrey presents movies I'm pretty sure this network is going to be the one to watch.

For full details listen to Oprah talk about her network on The Today Show

Savvy Celebrity: Yolanda Adams



Yolanda Adams is one of the true singers of our day. She was raised in Houston Texas and is a former school teacher and model. She got her start singing with the Southeast Inspirational choir and in 1987 released her first album titled "Just as I Am". I have always liked her because she's real. Every time I see her sing I always sit on the edge of my seat, because I can't wait to hear what's going to come out of her mouth. She has the kind of voice that will make you feel joy, bring tears to your eyes and take you to a place of peace all at the same time. And I like her style, she carries her 6'1 frame very well and seems to pick the right clothes to compliment her. This Grammy award winning gospel artist has sung the National Anthem at the 2007 AFC championship football game, for President George Bush and the TV show America's Got Talent. And because she's a savvy sistah she's not just a singer but she's now hosting the Yolanda Adams Morning Show on Radio One and designing her own clothing line. She's a mother, singer, host and designer and she's my stylish and sophisticated celebrity of the week.
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