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Pretty Professional

Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:09
Looking the part of a professional and stylish career woman in intense summer heat can be a challenge but it’s important because, “The way we dress really affects how we’re feeling about ourselves,” says Lisa Jabara, co-owner of Hot Mama. “We have a lot in for summer for our professional moms.” From lighter, gauzy cotton knits to a three quarter sleeve blazer that is professional but not too heavy, there are ways to keep the sizzle exactly where you want it in your wardrobe. Mixing a blazer with a bright, yellow or coral top underneath paired with a fun turquoise… Read more...

Tan Lines Beware!

Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:07
The best way to maintain even skin tone throughout the summer is by applying sun screen, and lots of it. But one afternoon in the sun can imprint a halter top tan line for the rest of the season, and that just won't do when your bridesmaid dress is strapless. Here are some suggestions, as provided by our readers on Facebook, for ways to treat sunburn, and treat it fast, so that you can avoid itching and peeling before your skin's next public appearance. AloeUsing aloe to treat skin raw from a sunburn soothes and and heals. Sarah Griffith Leis… Read more...

Your Best Accessory is Your Smile

Thursday, 07 June 2012 16:38
Are you sporting a sparkling smile? Don't give up your daily dose of coffee (or red wine). Get a perfect grin with these teeth-whitening tips from dentist Dr. Jeff Helmus. Dr. Helmus says most people come to his office for teeth whitening because they want to look younger. He recommends a couple different clinical-strength ways to brighten up teeth that can be done at home or in the dentist chair. Whitening gel, made up of carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide, is squeezed into trays that women wear over teeth for a half hour. "When you put it on your teeth,… Read more...

Tote in Style

Friday, 25 May 2012 12:53
What are you using to organize your office on wheels, aka your car, or to carry your veggies from the garden, or your beach towel to the pool? Farmers markets and beach fronts are dotted this season with market totes in various colors and patterns that make any summer trip a breeze. Market totes have aluminum frames and are covered with fabric that can be customized depending on where you buy. Prices vary from $12.99 to $36.95. Large totes are 18"L x 11.5"W x 9"H  and mini totes are 12"L x 9 "W x 7"H. Collapsable frames make the totes… Read more...
A bad hair day can ruin a woman's day, and even though we lather, rinse, repeat, curl, straighten, color, and blast (sometimes in vain), Teresa Hendricks was willing to go to extreme measures to make sure she could maintain her morning routine.  After discovering she had breast cancer, Teresa had to make make decisions like whether she would undergo the lengthy chemotherapy treatment prescribed by doctors. Even so, there were one thing that seemed like no-brainer for Teresa. Although she was willing to lose the tissue surrounding her cancer, she was not willing to lose her hair.  "That was really important,"… Read more...

To Tan or Not to Tan

Friday, 04 May 2012 10:21
The dangers of tanning beds are well known by all, and whether those desiring a sun-kissed look choose to acknowledge skin-damaging statistics or not, the fact is that summer is coming, and warm weather beckons shorts and tank tops out of the deepest reaches of the closet. But you don't have to put your skin cells in danger to get a bronzed look. Spray tanning aside, L'OREAL Paris is giving women another option this season–self-tanning towelettes. Towel tan sheets come in a box of six and are individually packaged. About the size of a hand towel and thickness of a… Read more...

Nothing Synthetic About It

Friday, 27 April 2012 16:19
Even though the technique has been around for a little more than a year in Michigan, manicured shellacs are here to stay. Salons boast that the shellac will last for two weeks, much longer than the typical manicure that only lasts the weekend to five days if you're lucky. Heather Watkowski swears by the shellac as long as the technique. "It looks outstanding, like your nails are done every single day," she says. The process begins like any other manicure, pushing back the cuticles and smoothing over the nail beds. The nails are then covered in a clear gel material… Read more...

Golf League Never Goes Out of Style

Friday, 20 April 2012 14:31
Golf courses are more manicured than ever, which means summer leagues are gearing up for a season on the green. How will your team be dressed this season? The Serendipity Media league is made up of women who don varying styles, but one thing is for sure, they love to shop. The consensus of most women on the team is that while styles may change from season to season, girls just want to have fun in their clothes on the golf course. For Angela Brown, who is joining the league for the first time this year, the bolder, the better.… Read more...

Overalls: Making a Come Back

Friday, 13 April 2012 15:19
You wore them in the '90s, and whether you'll admit it or not, they were extraordinarily comfortable. With their spacious pant-legs and multiple, utilitarian pockets, you rue the day overalls went out of style, until now. According to the New Arrivals at Gap.com, 1969 denim overalls are the next best thing, and at least one woman (besides you), is thrilled. East Grand Rapids interior designer Mona Buskirk loved her overalls in seventh grade, and she's making a point of heading to Gap this weekend for herself and her daughter. Everyone should experience the comfort and joy of overalls, she says.… Read more...

Find Your Summer Sunglasses Style

Friday, 06 April 2012 11:48
Let the sun shine in! But not into your eyes. Follow this guide to pick the perfect sunglasses shape and size for your face.  Square: A square face is one that is just as wide as it is long. Try frames that are oval or round, and glasses with temples that are center set or glasses that connect at the top of the frame. You can pull off the butterfly frame shape, but not geometric or square-shaped frames.  Round Face: You have a round face is your measures are the same or nearly the same width and length. Sharpen your… Read more...
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