Can’t Get Enough American Apparel

This weekend I spent far too much money at American Apparel. Their stuff is SO useful, that it’s hard to feel guilty (despite my inherent Jewish-ness). I know I’ll live in every single thing I bought. Check it:

Sleeveless Tri-Blend Pleated Pocket Dress ($36) I’m going to pack this on every weekend getaway I take this summer. It’s lightweight, totes flattering, and comes in my fave color, grey. I like that it’s classified as a dress, but it’s so casual in its gym class heathered grey coloring that it can’t be taken too seriously.

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Orange you Glad…

My friend Stephanie and I decided, apropos of nothing, that it would be SUPER to hit up Houston’s for an early bird special (5pm, dolls) have two glasses of wine there, and then hit up Cibar and Olives at the Union Square W Hotel for champagne last night. You know, just ’cause. Needless to say, I’m not feeling so spry this Monday morning. When I’m feeling depleted vitamin-wise, and like I’m positively made of Prosecco, I bust out all of my citrus products. Somehow, they make me feel detoxed and ready to face the week. Read on for my faves.

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An "Elle of a Pedicure"

On Friday, I headed to my fave pink pedicure place, Dashing Diva for their signature “Elle of a pedicure.” It starts with a pink JellyBath containing the Legally Pink Elixir with pure Ylang-Ylang. The JellyBath feels somewhat like dipping your feet in steamy water with floating pieces of jello that adhere to your skin in moisturizing little beads. It sounds kind of vile, but I promise you, it’s quite the opposite. Then, your legs and feet are scrubbed down with Legally Pink Summer Scrub before being washed off again in the tub. A cotton candy mask is applied to legs and feet and is left to set for a few minutes (they wrap your legs in plastic bags for this) before being washed off as well. Feet will be tickled-pink after a 10-minute foot and lower leg massage with a moisturizing Elle of a Body Butter. Toes are completed with a perfect polish of bold Blond Pink nail color, or choose from over 150 shades of Dashing Diva colors. A bit steep at $65 (I can score a pedi in NYC for $10), but worth it as a treat.

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Highlights at Hiro Haraguchi

There’s something to be said for having a colorist who’s blonde herself doing your highlights. They GET it. I went back to the fabulous flaxen-haired Jane at Hiro Haraguchi (Jane did a gloss for me the last time.) This time, I went in for a partial ‘lights sesh, a gloss AND a blow-dry with Ronnie. I sometimes get nervous about a coloring session with someone new, but I knew that would not be the case with Jane, as she is psychic when it comes to strands. I simply asked for a “roots refresher,” maintaining the same color that was growing out, but lightened up a notch for summer. Jane delivered, and I am LOVING my new sunny Kate Hudson-eque locks.

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Weekend Reads from The Beauty Blog Network

Melissa from The Makeup Divas reviews and shares photos of eye shadows and slimshines from the Mac Cool Heat Collection.

A Touch of Blusher looks at Dior’s fall 2008 makeup collection.

Still confused about products that use the words NATURAL, ORGANIC and PURE on their packaging? Cybelesays discovers an organization that’s setting a standard with their seal and some big indy brands are joining up.

Beauty Banter uncovers the most important sweatproof beauty products of the summer – a sweaty face is SO 2007!!!

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Kate Hudson and David Babaii on HSN to Unveil David Babaii for WildAid

Kate Hudson and longtime hairstylist David Babaii will be on HSN to debut their new line of eco-conscious hair care products devoted to wildlife preservation called David Babaii for WildAid. David will share his top styling secrets. Kate will be joining David via phone to chat with HSN callers. Callers will be able to get personalized beauty tips for their hair questions.

Where can you tune in? Put on HSN (Check your local cable provider for details) or visit to watch each segment live online.
July 3rd at 8am, 2pm, and 8pm EST
July 4th at 9am and 6pm EST
July 5th 5am
(will only feature David Babaii)

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Is One of us Supposed to be a Dog in this Scenario?

Happy Friday, gals!

As a tribute one of my FAVE movie characters of all time, hair chameleon Sally Albright, I’ve decided to put together some hair tips that I ALWAYS incorporate into my routine. They’re simple, but oh-so-necessary. BT dubs, remember this scene from When Harry Met Sally? It’s my fave.

Meg Ryan‘s hair is, admittedly, 80s-big and somewhat lackluster, but that was en vogue in those days. Though shine wasn’t in, you can still recognize the health of that mane. And also? We simply must laud her ability to rock at least four different textures throughout the tenure of the film. Here’s what I recommend for Sally Hair.

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Weekly Phenom List: Last Week of June

Origins Sunny Disposition ($20) is what I’d categorize as a blonzer: it’s a pinky-brown blush/bronzer hybrid. It glides on to highlight cheeks, chin, forehead and nose just the way the sun would. Includes antioxidants, lecithin, soybean and aloe. I like to carry it in my purse for mid-day touch-ups.

June Jacobs Lemon Sugar Body Polish ($46) Lemon sugar is my one of my fave combos after lemongrass verbena. Huge skin-scouring sugar granules steeped in oils work to smooth away dry flaky skin. It’s more scrubby than oily, though. Despite its added oil and fragrance (which smells divine) I still use this one before self-tanning (you’re supposed to use plain, non oily scrubs before self-tanning). The results are PHENOM. Its tart scent is reminiscent of one of my fave perfumes, Fresh Lemon Sugar.

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