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Happy Halloween! |The Natural Socialite

In Socialite Says on October 31, 2011 at 10:12 am

Happy Halloween

from The Natural Socialite!

Be Safe & Have a Blast!

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Anthropologie Fall Favorites | The Natural Socialite

In Fashion on October 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

I stopped drooling on my keyboard just barely enough to finish this post. Anthropologie has done it again! I am loving these looks from the Fall line this year.  Nothing makes me happier than effortless chic and that’s exactly what Anthropologie delivers this season.  Can I please just have it all????

Tricks And Treats Dress $168

 

Cassia Jacket $118

 

Penobscot Poncho $348

Tartan Boucle Blazer $148

Enduring Tweed Overcoat $208.60

Unfettered Maxi Skirt $158

Tsuga Skirt $148

Strung Coins Necklace $58

Iquitos Necklace $598

Dusk & Sun Bracelet $258

Plus-Size Fashion Picks for Fall | The Natural Socialite

In Fashion on October 4, 2011 at 9:46 am

I’m totally in love with my plus size fashion picks for this Fall.  From the sexy jersey fabrics to the bold colors and prints, my favorite season is sure to be a fashionable one this year!  Monif C never disappoints, and my two pics from her line will definitely be a part of my personal collection sooner than later!  

Donna Morgan Faux Wrap Jersey Dress (Plus)

Donna Morgan Faux Wrap Jersey Dress (Plus) $128, Nordstrom

 

Catherine Ponte Knit Jumpsuit w/ Leather Sash Belt - Black

Catherine Ponte Knit Jumpsuit $258, Monif C.

Emme Ponte Knit Arrow Dress - Ivory

Emme Ponte Knit Arrow Dress $208, Monif C.

Kristen Blake Belted Faux Fur Vest (Plus)

Kristen Blake Belted Faux Fur Vest (Plus) $128, Nordstrom

Eliza J Tie Neck Chiffon Dress (Plus)

     Eliza J Tie Neck Chiffon Dress (Plus) $148 Nordstrom

Rachel Pally White Label Plus Size Leandra One-Shoulder Dress

 Rachel Pally Leandra One-Shoulder Dress $268 Bloomingdales

Lafayette 148 New York Plus Size Crepe Wool Sheath Dress

Lafayette 148 New York Plus Size Crepe Wool Sheath Dress $598 Bloomingdale’s

7 tips for Hair Growth & Length Retention | The Natural Socialite

In Hair on October 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

Do you ever feel like your hair growth has hit a dead-end?  Are you dreaming of long & strong kinks, curls, and coils but just can’t seem to get past shoulder length? Check out my seven favorite tips for ultimate length retention & hair growth.

1. Remove Dirt & Residue: Healthy hair is the result of a healthy– & clean scalp.  Regular cleansing will help to remove the daily styling products, smog & air pollutants that coat the hair shaft, preventing build-up.  Try this:  Worried about stripping your hair of its natural oils?  Dilute your shampoo a bit, prior to cleansing.  In a spray bottle, mix 1 part shampoo to 1 part water.  Spray the mixture on wet hair and cleanse your coif in sections to prevent tangles & single strand knots.

2. Trim Split Ends: Wile many women are “anti-trimming”, holding on to damaged ends is only counter productive on your part.  The splits on the ends of your hairs will eventually travel all the way up the hair shaft and break.  Trim your hair only when needed, and only trim the amount of hair that is damaged.  While many naturals trim their own hair, I prefer visiting a highly skilled, trained & trusted hair professional for such tasks.  Using quality shears is also key with trims & cuts, so using your kitchen scissors will give less than optimal results. Try this: Always go in for a consultation before visiting a new hair stylist.  Make sure you clearly communicate your goals and let them examine your hair prior to committing to a service.  Ask plenty of questions.  If you feel as if the stylist is annoyed or rushes you, it is probably a good idea to continue your search elsewhere. Calling around? Don’t hesitate to ask if there is anyone in the salon that specializes in cutting curly hair.

3. Lock in the moisture: Keeping your hair moisturized is one of the keys for healthy hair that will also enable growth & length retention. Sealing in the moisture will assist in building your hair’s resilience & prevent breakage. Dry hair is more susceptible to breakage, while properly moisturized hair is more pliable and more able to withstand mechanical manipulation (combing, styling, etc.).

4.  Regular Scalp Massages: Scalp massage stimulates blood flow in the capillaries allowing a greater distribution of essential nutrients to the hair follicles. Try this: Coconut oil contains a compound known as lauric acid which, when massaged into the hair, fights bacteria and unblocks follicles.

5. Try Protective Styling: Protective & low manipulation hair styling is one of the best methods of length retention.  These styles allow your hair follicles to have a rest and since there is little to no manipulation, there is no constant tugging & pulling. Try this: Buns, Braids, Two-Strand & Mini Twists are all great options to help you protect your hair from damage & achieve your hair’s growth potential.

6. Healthy Lifestyle Changes: A poor diet, and unhealthy lifestyle is no friend to healthy hair. An unbalanced diet can (& will) cause your hair to become dry, brittle, fall out & break off.  Eating and maintaining a balanced diet is essential to optimal hair health.

7. Don’t Dry Comb: Dry combing your hair in its natural state is an absolute no no.  If you constantly have excessive breakage or shedding and don’t know why, dry combing may be the culprit.  After your hair is slightly dampened, gently comb your hair from tips to roots to help prevent snatching your hair out  Try this: Keep a spray bottle handy and apply a simple moisture mist to your hair (especially those ends) before combing & styling.  I mix 1 part distilled water with 1 part aloe vera juice with a few drops of rosemary & citrus essential oils. Make sure you keep mixtures containing pure aloe vera juice refrigerated & mix in small batches to prevent rancidity.

Lime Sorbet Margaritas | The Natural Socialite

In Recipes on October 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

Since I’m a girl who definitely lives for the weekend, I have already begun to plan next week’s beverage selection for the Hubs & myself.  I spotted this tasty looking recipe on Real Simple, and since I love you all so much… I just HAD to share ;0)  Check it out & try it if you dare, but I’ll be sure to tell you how awesomely amazing it is after I experiment next weekend.

Lime Sorbet Margaritas

Ingredients

  • lime, cut into 8 wedges
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 pints lime sorbet (you can TOTALLY make your own…)
  • 1/2 cup tequila

Directions

  1. Rub the lime wedges around the rims of 8 stemmed glasses. Place the sugar on a small plate. Turn each glass upside down and dip the rims in the sugar to coat.
  2. Place 2 scoops of sorbet in each glass and pour 1 tablespoon of tequila over the top of each (I’m using 2!!) Serve with a spoon.

Easy Breezy! Enjoy!

Eyebrows Gone Wild | The Bad Brow Intervention

In Beauty, Makeup & Fragrance on October 3, 2011 at 10:23 am

 

Lala Anthony, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Roland

Eyebrows are the picture frames to your beautiful face, and there is nothing more tragic than having horrible brows ruin a perfect canvas.  These great tips from brow expert Lori Bergamotto will help you fix 5 common brow faux pas, and get you on track to be glamly groomed.

Problem: Bushy Brows

Start by combing the brow hairs straight up with a brow brush or a toothbrush. “You should be able to see the top of your natural brow line, which will help you determine which hairs to trim,” says brow specialist Ramy Gafni of the RamySpa, in New York City.
 
Once you can see the natural line of your brows, use brow scissors to trim hairs that extend above that line (a pair of small scissors will work, too). “Take a conservative approach,” says Gafni. “You can always trim a little more, but if you take too much off, you’re stuck.”
 
After you’ve snipped off unruly hairs, clean up the undersides of your brows. Use a sharp angled tweezer to pluck stray hairs from underneath each arch. If your brows become red or irritated after plucking, apply a post-tweeze lotion that contains a moisturizing ingredient, such as honey.

Problem: Overplucked Brows

Use a wax-based brow pencil to fill in any holes. Choose one in a color that matches your brow hair. If in doubt, go for a pencil in taupe, a shade that works with nearly every brow and skin color.
 
Draw the pencil onto the bald spots and over the rest of the brow using short, light strokes. “If you draw just over the bald spot, it won’t match the rest of your brow, and it will look obvious,” says brow specialist Ramy Gafni.
 
Blend and soften the pencil you’ve applied by going over your brow several times with a brow brush.
 
Step away from the tweezers. You might think that a little tweezing from the part of the brow that is not overplucked will help to even things out, but don’t do it. “You risk making a bigger mess of your brow if you try to tweeze off more hair to eliminate the hole,” says Tessa Holland, an eyebrow specialist at the Warren-Tricomi Salon, in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Your brow will start to grow back in a couple of weeks, so the bare areas will gradually become less obvious.)

Problem: Sparse or Very Fair, Nearly Invisible Brows

Use a tinted brow wax to darken the arches. “When you’re filling in an area that doesn’t have a lot of hair, you need a wax-based product that will adhere to the skin,” says brow specialist Ramy Gafni. Avoid brow powder, which fades as the day goes on.
 
Brush the wax over your brows, using the edge of a stiff-bristled angled brush (an eyeliner brush will do). Then use short, light strokes to fill in sparse areas along the brow. Follow the natural line of the brow hairs ― even if they’re hard to see, they’re there.
 
To soften the wax, go over the brows with a brow brush. This will make the color look more even and natural.

Problem: Overtrimmed, Stubbly Brows

With a soft brow pencil, lightly draw a line along the top edge of your brow to make that uneven, too-trimmed line look more uniform. Use short, feathery strokes as you draw so that the color doesn’t go on too heavily.
 
Next, fill in the brow (even if it’s dense) with the same pencil so that the color is uniform and the stubbly area doesn’t look obvious. As you draw, rest the heel of your hand on your cheek to help keep it steady.
 
Top the pencil with a clear brow gel, which will keep the brow hairs in place and make them look glossy and full (this will also minimize the stubbly look).

Problem: Gray Hair

Comb the errant gray hair upward using a brow brush.
 
Cut off the gray as close to the root as possible using a pair of brow scissors and being careful not to snip any of its normal-colored neighbors. “When you trim a gray hair, it makes it less noticeable ― it blends into the rest of the brow,” says brow specialist Ramy Gafni .
 
To camouflage further, Nives Riddles, a makeup artist at the Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, in Philadelphia, suggests using a noncreamy tinted brow gel, which will add light color and hold the rest of the hairs in place over the gray stubble.
 
Whatever you do, don’t pluck it out. No, not because 20 more will grow back in its place, but because you risk tweezing too much. If you pull out every gray you see, you’ll eventually wind up with bald spots or misshapen brows

Hello Kitty Holiday 2011 Noir Collection | Sephora Exclusive!

In Beauty on October 3, 2011 at 9:38 am

The infamous Hello Kitty is full of classic drama this holiday season with a collection inspired by old Hollywood’s classic black and white glamour. The Hello Kitty Noir collection is overflowing with beauty items that have a touch of cinematic romance. Captivating vintage designs and dramatic looks is sure to have fans of this classic canine hypnotized and wanting more.

How cute is this Hello Kitty shadow & gloss palette?! This adorable find is part of Sephora’s new Holiday Collection, and will feature 25 eyeshadows & 10 lip gloss colors in a deluxe tin.

The price point for this particular palette is $49 bucks ($180 value), but if you become a fan of Sephora on FB you’ll receive a discount code for free shipping so that you can purchase in advance online. The set includes a double-ended brush for easy application, and the removable pan makes this Hello Kitty tin the ultimate collectible keepsake.This palette will likely fly off the shelves, so get yours ASAP!

More items from the collection:

Hello Kitty Noir Hand Held Mirror $39

 

Hello Kitty Noir 5-Piece Brush Set – Black $55

 

Bling Compact Mirror $35

 
The Hello Kitty Noir collection will be available for a limited time beginning October 2011 in all Sephora stores, and online at Spehora.com.

DIY Homemade Bath Salts | Best of Martha

In Bath & Beauty, DIY on October 3, 2011 at 9:10 am

I am a huge fan of Queen Martha Stewart and her elegant & creative ideas never cease to amaze me! I have decided to add a series to my blog featuring some of my favorite Martha Stewart DIY’s, recipes & ideas in hopes that they will inspire you like they have done for me.  The first of my “Best of Martha” posts features Martha’s Homemade Bath Salts from Martha Stewart Living. Now I’m truly a girly girl, and bath salts are one of my guilty pleasures when it comes time for me to relax & pamper myself.  One of the best characteristics of all of Martha’s DIY projects is the presentation.  You definitely won’t want to hide these babies under the bathroom sink!  I’m ordering apothecary bottles today!  This project is fun & easy, and will make for great holiday gifts too!

Ingredients & Directions:

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Living

In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation. Add a few drops of essential oils, and combine. Add a few drops of food coloring, until you achieve the desired shade. If you intend to present the bath salts as gifts, be sure to store them in a stoppered and labeled container to keep out moisture.

 

Save the Ta Ta’s! Strawberry Cupcakes Recipe | The Natural Socialite

In Recipes on October 1, 2011 at 8:04 am

sugared strawberries

Happy October all! As you all may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. What better way to celebrate such an amazing cause than with pink cupcakes! Last year I baked my own creation of strawberry berry goodness cupcakes in the local Memphis area and all proceeds were donated to the Susan B. Komen Foundation, the worlds largest network of breast cancer survivors & activists, fighting to save lives. The only thing better than baking cupcakes is baking cupcakes with a cause.

This is one of my favorite strawberry cupcake recipes. Super moist & amazingly delicious.

Strawberry Cupcakes (makes 18)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
1 cups pureed fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 cup butter-softened
1 8oz package cream cheese-softened
2 teaspoon strawberry extract
6 cups confectioners’ sugar (sifted)
Pink Food Coloring

Directions :

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl,beat sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg whites one at a time,beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in strawberry extract,pureed strawberries,and sour cream.
  • In a medium mixing bowl,sift together flour,baking powder,soda,and salt.
  • Gradually add to butter mixture,beating until combined.
  • Pour batter evenly into prepared cupcake pans.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans for 10 minutes then remove onto wire rack.
  • Cool completely before frosting

Frosting:

  • In a large bowl,beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth.
  • Add strawberry extract beating until combined.
  • Add food coloring until desired color is reached
  • Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth

Garnish cupcakes with fresh strawberries after frosting & Enjoy!~