Monday, May 31, 2010

A Clippy Salute

Happy Memorial Day! Today, we salute the noble men and women who have given their all in the service of our nation.

So hats off to all our heroes. Here's a little Clippy salute that we wholeheartedly give to you: our Liberty Clippy!


Some fun facts about Memorial Day:

Memorial Day was formerly known as Decoration Day. It commemorates American men and women who died while in the military service. Traditionally, people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials to pay homage to our country's heroes. There are also national celebrations, where people gather together with flags of the United States of America in a parade to honor fallen heroes.

Apart from these, some people also love to go on picnics and have barbecues among family and close friends. So for this week, I'll be posting great ideas for gatherings and fun activities that you can share with the kiddos! Plus, let's not forget that with this holiday, we officially mark the beginning of summer!

Ponder, ponder, ponder...
How do you celebrate Memorial Day? Any special traditions that you observe in your family?

Cheerios!
Rach

Happy 1st Birthday Jake!

Our little boy is 1 today!
Here are a few photos from this past week of Jake being his happy-go-lucky self.

And of course a few photos to remember his development over the past year:

Week One

Month Two

Month Three

Month Six

Month Ten

Jake is a very happy little boy! He always has a smile for everyone; unless you are taking a toy from him that he wants or redirecting him from somewhere that he really wants to be. In that case he throws a full on tantrum, complete with tears and screaming! Jake is very curious about the environment and wants to know what is in everything, and likes to check out what other people are doing. He especially wants to be doing everything that Samantha is doing, and thankfully she tolerates that very well. Jake is doing lots of "talking" saying mama, dada, baba and making lots of other sounds. He really enjoys music class and often sings along with the songs. It really sounds like he is singing the tune and singing with the beat! I was sure that Jake would be walking by now. He continues to take a few steps at a time, but he still prefers fast crawling as his main mode of transportation!
It is just so unbelievable that we already have a 2 year old and a 1 year old! They are very close in age, but we would never want to change that! They sure keep us busy, but we have been loving every minute of the craziness! Well, minus a few hurdles here and there, but even the challenges often prove rewarding in the end!
Happy Birthday Little Boy! We Love YOU!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Another Clippy Giveaway!

Attention Clippy Lovers! We've been feeling pretty generous lately, so we've come up with another giveaway for you!

You have another chance to win a $25 gift certificate to splurge on all your favorite hair accessories! This time, the giveaway is hosted by our dear friend Melissa of Mommy Living the Life of Riley. She also wrote lovely words about our non-slip hair clips and headbands (massive thanks, Melissa!)

Plus, she gives us our daily dose of CUTE with photos of her little darling Riley modeling our hair accessories! In this photo, Riley is wearing our Mimi Headband.



If you would like to join, just visit Melissa's blog here! Contest ends on June 19th.

Cheerios,
Rach

We Did It!

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Best Swimsuits for Your Body Part 2 (Oh and Accessories to Match!)

To finish off our week of prepping you for summer, here's the second part of our guide to the best swimsuits for your body type! All thanks to our friends at StyleBakery.com :o)

FOR LARGE BUSTS AND PLUS SIZES
Best Swimsuits for Large Busts Look For:
* Underwire tops, formed cups and wider bands under the bustline that provide the extra support you need.

* One-piece swimsuits with some structure in the bust, such as soft foam cups or a shelf bra.

* Halter-top bikinis offer support while providing some great cleavage too. Look for styles that are banded under the bustline and can be tied in back and around the neck to allow you to make adjustments.

Avoid
* Strapless bandeau tops and those tiny, triangle tops that offer minimal coverage.

Best Swim Suits for Plus Sizes
Look For:
* Deep v-necks, well-placed cutouts, lace or mesh inserts - showing a little skin in the right places can be a sexy and flattering visual.

* Lengthen your thigh with swimsuits that have a high cut leg or adjustable ruching detail at the hip.

* Don't be afraid of prints and patterns, these can help camouflage lumps and bumps.

Avoid
* Too much fabric and boy short styles. Stay away from white, as well as bright fabrics.

More info here!

Of course, you MUST top all this off with the right hair accessories! And we have just the thing for you. You can never go wrong with a little touch of flowers. They celebrate your femininity and gives your look just the right "Oomph!"









Thursday, May 27, 2010

Friday!

Beyonce Knowles Hairstyles

Beyonce Knowles has a beautiful head of naturally black hair, however she is rarely seen while donning her natural hair color, instead she prefers to sport a lovely dark sandy blonde hair color most often, fashioned in an elaborately textured and layered hairstyle.

I imagine Beyonce Knowles has spent more time in the salon than on stage over the course of her career, which is fine by me seeing how she always looks stunning.

Have a look at these pictures of dashing hairstyles worn by Beyonce Knowles.
Lovely layered hairstyle.
Beyonce Knowles blonde ends and long bangs hairstyle.
Gorgeous long wavy hairdo.
Big beautiful perm hairstyle.
Beyonce Knowles sleek straight blonde hairstyle.
Beyonce Knowles cute hairstyle with mini poof.
Slick pulled back with curly ponytail hairstyle.

The Best Swimsuits for Your Body Part 1

Summer will not be summer without some sauntering out in the sun. And you wouldn't want to do anything out in the merciless heat while you're all covered up! So here are tips to find the best swimsuits for your body type, as rounded out by our friends at StyleBakery.com.

Now, now, don't be shy. We're all here to make you look and feel your best!

FOR SMALL BUSTS AND STRAIGHT FIGURES

Best Bust-Enhancing Swimsuits

Look for:
* Tops with a touch of padding, or an underwire demi-bra style that makes the most for adding to your small bustline.

* You have the body to wear cute, ruffled tops that are hot right now. Triangle tops and bandeau tops are easy to wear as well.

Avoid:
* Tops with too much fabric or that have poor fit.

Best Curve-creating Swim Styles

Look For:
* If you don't have many curves, choose a swimsuit that has a belted waist to help create one. Or choose a one-piece suit with a high-on-the-thigh cut.

* A one-piece swimsuit with side cut-outs instantly creates a few curves at the waist and hips.

* Bikinis are also a good choice. Add some details at the hips with rings, ruffles and bows.

More info here!

FOR PEAR SHAPES AND TUMMY BULGES

Best Swim Styles for Pear Shapes

Look for:
* Swimsuits that draw attention upwards with interesting details and patterns above the waist. To balance your proportions, choose a solid bottom and a patterned top.

* Mini-skirted bikini bottoms are made just for you! Skip the super frilly ones and choose a skimming, smooth skirt that covers just what you need it to.

* Opt for a bikini bottom that has slightly wider sides, skip the string side-tie versions that only draw unwanted attention.

* Play up your bust and shoulders to deemphasize your bottom.

Avoid:
* Boy shorts, skimpy bottoms, low cut bottoms or lots of ruffles and details at the hips.

Best Swim Styles for Tummy Bulges

Look For:
* Swimsuits with a little extra spandex woven into the tummy area, they work wonders!

* A one-piece with ruching or draping around the waist or hips can also help to conceal a "muffin" top.

* If you're going for a two-piece swimsuit, then opt for a loose fitting tankini where top and bottom meet at the waist. They cover just enough, but you still have the freedom and chic factor of a bikini. High waisted bikini bottoms can help trim tummies

* Geometric and floral prints can help camouflage trouble areas.

Avoid
* Teeny bikinis and short tankini tops that ride up and expose belly rolls

More info here!

To be continued next week PLUS the perfect hair accessories to match your swimsuit-worthy bod!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Britney Spears Hairstyles

There are many words which have been used to describe Britney Spears over the course of her career and fabulous is certainly one of them, in fact i don't think Britney Spears get nearly enough credit for her amazing sense of style which is often demonstrated through her dazzling hairstyles.

Britney Spears is another natural brunette who is most commonly seen with blonde hair, however she prefers the sandy blonde hairstyle with lighter blonde highlights, on most occasions.

Checkout this picture gallery of a few different hairstyles from the pop princess Britney Spears.
Meduim length with bangs hairstyle.
Cute mini bob haircut.
Britney Spears lovely loose fitting hairstyle with partial bangs.
Britney Spears long wavy blonde hairstyle.
Gorgeous parted updo hairstyle.
Britney Spears platinum blonde hair.
Long natural brunette hair.

Let's Get Physical

And now, for some exercise.

Oh come on, you should have seen this coming! It's a simple routine, so don't worry. We're concerned about your health, though, so remember to ask your doctor/physician if you're in the right condition to do physical activities like the ones we're featuring today!

If yo want to tone up your body, our friends at FitSugar.com has rounded up eight simple routines that will have your arms, core, back, tush and thighs burning by the end.

If you're sure you're up for some action, head over to their Head-to-Toe Strength Training Routine here!

A sneak peek:


Wide Squat and Biceps Curls

This multitasking move will target your thighs and biceps at the same time:

  • Hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands with your arms straight and your palms facing away from you. Step your feet apart so there's about 20 inches between your heels. Point your toes out slightly.
  • When you're ready, bend your knees and elbows. Keep your shoulders over your hips and lower down so your weight is back in your heels. Then straighten your legs and arms.
  • This is one repetition. Complete three sets of 12 to 15 reps.
Image from www.fitsugar.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Cameron Diaz Hairstyles

Cameron Diaz is another one of those naturally brunette actresses who looks stunning with blonde hair, in fact Cameron Diaz keeps her hair blonde almost all the time, causing many people to believe she is actually a natural blonde.

Cameron Diaz simply knows she looks fabulous with blonde hair and shes sticking with it! And good for you Cameron, girl hairstyle power!

However this picture gallery features Cameron Diaz while sporting both her trademark blonde hair, along with a few other hair colors and hairstyles.

Straight slightly tousled hairstyle with dark roots.
Cameron Diaz elegant medium length layered hairstyle with bangs.
Cameron Diaz dark auburn hair color.
Cameron Diaz casual long natural brunette hairstyle.
Cute blonde haircut with minimal bangs.
Lovely loose fitting updo hairstyle.
Cameron Diaz shaved head for movie role!

Guilt-free Grub

As we continue our little quest towards a fitter, healthier you, of course we have to include guilt-free meals!

FitSugar.com is filled with healthy recipes that you can try at home. Here's a rundown of their recommended recipes that only have 350 calories and below!

CITRUSY SHRIMP WITH ASPARAGUS


Shrimp, packed with omega-3s, vitamin D, and vitamin B12, is paired with the earthy, nutrient-dense veggie for some serious guilt-free summer grilling. And who needs butter when citrus adds that summery kick?

Calories: 282

Ingredients:
2 cups water
1 cup dried couscous
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided
3/4 pound raw large shrimp (about 18), peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
3 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 minced garlic cloves
Olive oil cooking spray
3/4 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 cup chopped chives

Preparation:
1. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in medium saucepan. Remove from heat, and stir in couscous; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork; stir in 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

2. Bring another pan of water to a boil.

3. Meanwhile, toss shrimp in 1 tablespoon each lemon and lime juice, 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil, garlic, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Marinate for 5 minutes.

4. Preheat grill pan or grill. Lightly coat with cooking spray; grill shrimp, turning once, 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Cover and keep warm.

5. When water is boiling, add asparagus, and cook 3 minutes or until just tender. Drain, and cover.

6. Whisk together honey, chives, and remaining lemon juice and olive oil.

7. Arrange couscous and asparagus on serving plates, and top with shrimp. Drizzle with dressing.

More recipes here!

Image from www.fitsugar.com


Ooh and just because you might be missing our clippys this week, here's a little peek at our adorable baby gifts! We're all raving about our personalized clips and headbands! After all, once you're in top form, you may want to show off yourself and your little darlings. Dazzle them all with our Salena and Joss accessories:



Joss

Have a fun and fit summer!

Cheerios!
Rach

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tuesday, May 25th























The Finches are coming! Also, Katy Davidson of amazing band Dear Nora will be playing in her new band, Key Losers. This will be off the chain, people. If you haven't ever seen these ones then now is the time! I mean it.
MAGIC JOHNSON IS PLAYING HERE

PSYCHIC FELINE IS PLAYING HERE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IS PLAYING HERE

MONDAY, MAY 24TH: GET IN HERE!


Carmen Electra Hairstyles

Carmen Electra is known for being a beautiful babe with a tremendous body, but Carmen Electra is also well known for her amazing long flowing hairstyles.

Without a doubt, the best use of blonde highlights we've seen in long time, Carmen Electra and her hairstylist really know how to assemble a masterfully fabulous hairstyle.

Enjoy these pictures of Carmen Electra, sporting an array of stylish hairstyles.
Lovely long hairstyle with blonde highlights and wavy ends.
Partial swept back updo hairstyle with long sides.
Carmen Electra long dirty blonde hairstyle with slicked back middle.
Classy medium length haircut with added curls.
Gorgeous long brunette hairstyle with minimal blonde highlights.
Retro updo beehive variation hairstyle.
Stunning long layered platinum blonde hair.