Spring Break is just around the corner, and I know I can’t wait to get out of the cold, winter weather and put on my bikini and lay by the beach. We may have been able to cover up for the past few months, but now that we are shedding our layers for a week in the sun, you’ll want to tone up and feel healthy. Here are a few ways to get bikini body confident in one month.
- Add just 20 minutes of cardio three to four times a week. You’ll burn an easy 200 – 250 calories in just 20 minutes, and you’ll definitely notice the results by the end of week four. Add an additional 10-15 minutes of strength training and abdominal exercises (adding just 100 crunches to your daily routine) for a fit, overall leaner body.
- Eliminate foods and beverage that can both cause and increase bloating such as salty foods and carbonated beverages. Stop munching on potato chips and French fries and snack on fresh vegetables such as carrots and cherry tomatoes if a craving strikes. Instead of soda, make sure you are getting eight glasses of water a day; if you need extra flavor, squeeze half a lemon into your water, or make iced tea. Also limit alcoholic beverages to only one a week.
- For a whittled waistline, cut out sugar, dairy and gluten for the month leading up to your vacation. Switch to almond milk, throw out the cookies and candy, and get rid of the white breads and pastas. You’ll notice better digestion and less bloating when you eliminate these three things.
- Don’t stress. Stress increases cortisol which can lead to weight gain, especially around your mid section, which is the hardest to get rid of. Stress can also increase your appetite, which will deter your path to a bikini body.
It’s no secret we Angelino’s prefer a “barely there” look, as we of course love to be beach ready all year round, but where to go when your in need of the service? Stript it all down and head to Stript Wax Bar! Founded in 2009 by Owner Esthetician Katherine Goldman, Karen fulfilled her vision of a boutique dedicated to the art of waxing. Stript is all about wax, waxing techniques, and creating baby smooth skin that is as painless as it can possibly be. Waxing of course is their start service, but are also quite known for their line of clinical facials and spray tanning, treatments that most certainly go hand in hand with a great wax!
With hints of lavender, crisp white and a bit of sparkle on the walls, Stript LA is the perfect mix of feminine spa meets a chic boutique environment,
Best known for it’s quick and painless brazilian waxes given by the brilliant and talented Inez, you’ll find the bar has nothing but rave reviews, though waxing isn’t the only thing bringing people through the door. Stript’s revolutionary, customized 4-step facial for your freshly waxed bikini area… the Vagacial! Beginning with an antibacterial wash and followed by an anti-flammatory astringent (perfect to heal any razor burn or irritating ingrowns) and application of exfoliating gel, the service is finished with a mask of your choice. My personal favorite? the calming mask, a great way to soothe the pain after a wax. At $75 the service is certainly a splurge, but after seeing the results myself, it’s a true must have for every bikini wearing gal!
Prices vary depending on service, “wax packs” are available as well which include a 10% savings on Stript’s most popular services, Brazilian and Brow’s.
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Stript Wax Bar is located at: 8218 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90048. For appointments call 323-951-9517 or simply book online.
DUJOUR MAGAZINE - COCO ROCHA: MODEL CITIZEN
With her strong beliefs and her social-media savvy, Rocha—on Oxygen’s The Face—is a standout in her field
By Lindsay Silberman
The first thing that strikes you about Coco Rocha is, of course, her face. It has those perfect angles, the sharp, sculpted ones that seem to be a prerequisite for becoming a model. But before you can even process the rest of her otherworldly appearance—her flawless ivory complexion, her piercing blue eyes, her slim yet towering frame—you sense there’s a certain depth to her, something a bit more complex.
We’ve arranged to chat over lunch at a casual cafe-bakery in Manhattan’s Flatiron District. She arrives early, having taken the train in from New York’s Westchester County. “I honestly don’t mind it,” she says about taking public transportation. “People do it in any other city. It feels normal.” (She and her husband, muralist James Conran, moved there a year ago.)
As she enters the cafe, the 24-year-old doesn’t walk so much as float—a skill she picked up from her years on the runway. And if the people sitting at the tables near us don’t immediately recognize her, they probably whispered over their turkey sandwiches, “She has to be a model.” Today, the massive fur coat, black pants and stilettos she’s wearing are a dead giveaway.
Her first request is surprising: With autumn in the air, she’s in the mood for pumpkin pie today, so would it be OK if she had a slice for lunch? The Canadian-born model has recently wrapped production for Oxygen’s The Face, a new reality show (premiering February 12 at 9PM ET/PT) in which young women compete to become the face of Ulta Beauty. The show bills itself as giving a more realistic depiction of the challenges and demands of modeling than America’s Next Top Model—a series notorious for its jumping-out-of-planes and posing-with-snakes theatrics. Rocha serves as a mentor and coach for a team of four fledgling models, who compete against squads led by supermodels Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova. Every week, each team competes to win an actual job.
It’s an opportunity the thoughtful, soft-spoken Rocha describes as “surreal,” and understandably so. Her career—gracing the cover of Vogue, walking the runways at the Paris, Milan and New York fashion shows, appearing in ad campaigns for Chanel and YSL—is unusual for someone like her. Rocha is a devout Jehovah’s Witness, as is her husband. “My faith is everything,” she declares. Raised by her mother, Rocha has been a Jehovah’s Witness her entire life, but she wasn’t baptized until 2009—the religion requires that individuals be old enough to make their own decisions before committing.
Spring/Summer 2013 Hair Trends
Creative Consultant Guido Palau for Redken is found behind every fashion show styling the tresses of the world’s most sought-after models, not only preparing them for their walk down the runway but creating hair trends that leave us wishing we were experts wielding a hairbrush and blow-dryer, and thanks to Redken we can achieve runway locks at home with these mini tutorials.
For Spring/Summer 2013 Guido gives us his predictions, a return to simple and modern minimalism.
”This season, designers wanted to achieve different textures and really push the artistic boundaries of hair. There were a lot of references to the mid-90s, when minimalism came into fashion, and also the 60s. It was about attitude and technique-nothing was left to chance.” - Guido, Redken Creative Consultant
There are 4 key looks this season, all pushing the boundaries of traditional styling, paying homage to the 60’s and mid-90’s.
The first is Modern Minimalist, a reinvented twist on straight hair styled with precision. Examples are seen at Celine, Versace and Roberto Cavali. To achieve the look Guido used Satinwear 02 Prepping blow-dry lotion, centered a precise part, blow-dried and finished with a flat iron. Optional is gathering your tresses into a low ponytail and polishing your look with Shine Flash 02 Finishing Mist for incredible shine.
Factory Girls is paying tribute to the structured styles of the 60’s. At Marc Jacobs Guido combined Studio 54 with NYC Street Style, targeting sections with guts 10 root volume spray foam to damp hair before blow-drying straight. After creating a deep side part he misted locks with quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray on the roots for height. Finally gathering hair into a low ponytail he sprayed refresh 01 aerosol hair powder/dry shampoo and pulled out a few wisps so that hair doesn’t look structured and overdone.
Deep Impact is super chic, grungy and utterly urban. Perfect examples were showcased at Calvin Klein, Diesel and Lanvin, modified for either a less-is-more or free-flowing style that represents modern femininity. Guido rough dried hair after applying full frame 07 volumizing mousse. Creating the classic side part he next applied powder grip 03 mattifying hair powder for an unrefined and polished look.
Double Vision is creating a dual-textured style seen at Victoria Beckham, Alexander Wang and Rag & Bone. A good example is the updated ponytail, to create this modern version Guido first blow-dried hair with All Soft Argan 6 Multi-Care Oil, gathering hair into a tight-to-the head ponytail. Curling the end of the ponytail with a conical curling iron he finished the look with fashion work 12 versatile finishing spray for texture and flexible hold. If you want to get runway inspired you can add a strip of tape to your center part as seen at Alexander Wang.
Here’s to Stylish Tresses this Spring/Summer 2013!
For a Redken Salon near you @Redken.com
The holiday shopping season may be over, but that means it’s the ideal time to enjoy some January shopping deals. Head to Nordstrom’s flagship downtown Seattle store or visit the swanky University Village shops for fabulous beauty events and deals this month. After all, looking your best is the perfect way to usher in the New Year!
Downtown Seattle Nordstrom: January 18-19
Bobbi Brown Master Class with Beauty Team Artist Dillion Pena. Bobbi Brown is famous for her naturally beautiful makeup. If you’ve had a chance to see Katie Holmes’s gorgeous new campaign. you’ll want to stop by this event for expert recommendations, tips and tricks from Pena and the Bobbi Brown team.
Chantecaille’s Healing Facial Event features luxurious Jasmine and Lily Healing Emulsion facials. Plus, you will receive a four piece gift with any $125 dollar purchase.
The Dior Skincare Team is ready to help you find your perfect skincare regime with the Skincare Studio Event.
The Blissful Beauty Event is a great way to learn about everything from eye serums to BB creams. Simply stop by any beauty counter and receive a complimentary skincare consultation along with free samples.
Book an appointment for the Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift at the Advance Skincare counter. Kate is the skincare expert to the stars and this is one of her most popular treatments.
Calidora Skin Clinic is offering January specials through the 31st. If you buy five facials you can get one free and if you buys three Laser & Light Therapy treatments you receive two free.
Tuesday January 15- Friday, January 28 L’Occitane en Provence is hosting skincare events featuring mini-facials, honey hand massages and treats from Provence. The treatments are free of charge so be sure to book you appointment soon!
Every Tuesday at Swink Style Bar you can get a blowout or drystyle for only $25!
Updating your beauty regime is essential ,so these events are a must for anyone. You’ll be sure to run into ladies of all ages (and maybe a few men too!) who love to pamper themselves.
To book your appointment call Nordstrom or University Village or visit their websites.
500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
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Seattle, WA 98015
Shades of red.
Evan Rachel Wood photographed by Stefan Ruiz for The Sunday Times, June 24, 2011
Though film lovers are waiting with bated breath to see whether Oz The Great and Powerful meets expectations, beauty junkies, at the very least, have good reason to rejoice. The upcoming Disney feature film, adapted from the classic L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, is the inspiration behind OPI’s new nail polish collection.
“OPI is very excited to take this fantastical journey with Disney,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Inspired by the magic of Oz The Great and Powerful, this SoftShades collection captures the whimsy seen in the film.” The limited-edition range includes six stunning colors, plus a new addition to the Liquid Sand collection:
Lights of Emerald City: A party in a bottle, this white confetti-tinged polish dazzles with a sparkling, shiny finish.
Don’t Burst My Bubble: Pale, pretty and as prim as Dorothy herself, this color leaves nails with a coat of classy, warmed up white.
When Monkeys Fly!: Those scary monkeys have nothing on this bold and beautiful nail polish, which is infused with chunky gold glitter.
Glints of Glinda: Glinda the Good Witch may be one of the loveliest fictional characters in existence, so it’s fitting that this eponymous beige nail polish is equally posh.
Which Is Witch?: Pump up any party look with this glittery, disco-ball inspired color that flashes iridescent beneath the lights.
I Theodora You: For a look that’s simply darling – and incredibly versatile, too – try this soft and delicate pink.
What Wizardry Is This?: A new member of the OPI Liquid Sand line, this deep taupe, matte polish dries to a textured finish. The color itself was designed in honor of James Franco’s character (the Wizard of Oz).
Perfect to see you through spring and into summer, the range reflects the upcoming season’s mood beautifully. Whether your preference is sweet and demure or bold and party-perfect, there’s a shade in this mix to suit any occasion.
Availability: The collection will launch in March 2013 at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret and ULTA for $9 each.
ABOUT Located along Division Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood is Sorelle, a fashion boutique and salon and spa owned by sisters Dalia and Luchy Manjarres. The salon and spa is a recent addition to the space, with the idea in mind that a woman should be able to get everything she needs under one roof: the perfect outfit, a manicure, and a new hairstyle.
AMBIENCE Dalia and Luchy wanted a space designed for women to look and feel good, which you will be reminded about with the words “Sexy from head to toe” written above the spa entrance. The front of Sorelle is the fashion boutique, and as you walk towards the back you’ll enter the salon, and then underneath the chandelier-style beading to the spa area that embodies femininity with the pink and black color scheme.
EXPERIENCE Upon entering Sorelle, I was immediately greeted and then I selected the colors I wanted for my fingers and toes, which took a few minutes thanks to the large selection of nail colors! I was offered water or tea, and then took a seat in one of the three black leather pedicure chairs. Dalia performed my pedicure, and she trimmed my toenails to my preferred length, filed them to the perfect shape and groomed my cuticles. A much-needed leg and foot massage and two coats of polish – I chose a deep burgundy shade by Essie, “Carry On” – completed my pedicure. Afterwards I was escorted to the manicure station and got comfortable in the pink leather chair. We decided on the No-Chip Manicure — Sorelle’s signature service — and I chose “You Don’t Know Jacques” as my polish color (Sorelle uses the OPI GelColor). Dalia trimmed my nails so they were even and filed them, and then she pushed back my cuticles but recommended not to cut them, saying “don’t fix what’s not broken.” The gel base was applied, and then two coats of the colored polish and a topcoat, and each time my nails had to “cure” under the light for 60 seconds. After the last 60 seconds after the topcoat application, my nails were completely dry and so shiny! This was my first No-Chip experience, and I am officially a convert. Nothing beats two weeks without chips, and I was able to walk out of the salon immediately without risking smudging or ruining my nails.
IN CROWD Sorelle is located on busy Division Street just a few blocks from the Blue line, so it’s easily accessible from most neighborhoods. Whether you are a mother of two or a college student, you’ll enjoy the spa treatment and affordable prices at Sorelle. Sorelle also offers spa parties for groups of three or more at no charge, so grab your girlfriends and rent out the space. They are BYOB, so you’ll be sure to have a good time!
WALLET WATCH Sorelle’s Pedicure is $30. For a manicure that will last you through two weeks of laundry, washing dishes and more, try the No-Chip Manicure, which will set you back only $40. From now until April 30, 2012, mention “Heaven Salon” to receive 25 percent off any spa treatment.
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1905 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622
(P): (773) 360-1111
With every drastic hair cut, that dreaded, long, drawn out process of growing it out typically follows. It’s such an awkward position for hair, as it’s simply too long for some styles and just not the right length for others. If turning to extensions or daily supplements to speed up growth isn’t your thing, there’s really no option other than to grin and bear it until you get to your desired grow out length.
Well, here’s a bit of good news for those who are amidst the process (including myself!): it’s now totally on trend! That’s right, consider the dark days of the dreaded mid-length style to be over as this ‘do is now the “mane” attraction about town with stars like Giuliana Rancic, Heidi Klum and Rose Burne, all spotted sporting this collarbone grazing cut.
So, what’s the appeal? It’s chic, manageable and minimizes style time. Yes, you heard me, this shoulder grazing mane cuts down on time in front of the mirror, a major plus for those on the go. Add some styling product prior to blow drying, like Blo Pro’s Jet Blow Mini Kit, spritz with a bit of Oribe’s Texturizing Spray to give it that piece-y finish ( twist a few sections of your hair to achieve this look) and your done. Nicknamed the “90’s inspired, tousled hair, the key to this style is leaving it looking tousled and textured, with clean looking, flat ends. If your hair is more on the straight end, try touching up with a curling iron after following the steps above, making sure to leave the ends out of the barrel, if it’s thicker in texture or has a natural curl to it already, you may just want to clean up those ends with a flat iron.
Who can wear it? Any face shape really.The celebs we mention above sporting the ‘do recently all have different facial features, yet seem to pull it off flawlessly!
New year, new you; but is there a way to lose the holiday weight without the pain of dieting?
Promax Fitness Ambassador JoelHarper says these simple strategies are easy to incorporate into your routine, and will help you lose the pounds without having to feel hungry or deprived.
- DAILY EXERCISE: “Never go a day without working out for a minimum of 15 minutes,” says Harper. Do exercises that work multiple body parts at once and burn calories quickly. If you’re in a pinch, push-ups, squats and stairs can give you an intense workout in a short amount of time.
- EAT BREAKFAST: “It kick starts the metabolism and will keep your energy level up,” says Harper. Stay away from sugar and high fat, and instead gravitate towards protein-rich egg whites or quinoa, that also have healthy fats to keep you feeling full.
- PORTION CONTROL: ”When serving yourself, make sure all your food items don’t touch each other on your plate,” advises Harper. Remember that the average serving size for meal basics like rice or chicken is the palm of your hand.
- MULTITASK: When you have a list of errands to get done, figure out how to exercise at the same time. “Ride your bike or run between errands, and bring a friend to make it fun,” suggests Harper.
- WATER: You don’t have to give up alcohol to lose weight. “If drinking alcohol, always have a 10 oz glass of water between each beverage,” instructs Harper.
- SNACKING: Plan ahead and pack your own snacks, so you don’t get stuck somewhere and make an unhealthy choice. “I always have a piece of fruit and protein bar in my backpack – my favorite is the PROMAX LS,” shares Harper.
- STRETCH: Everyone has tension, but getting rid of yours can help you lose weight by lowering cortisol levels. “If you have food in your teeth you would floss it right out, do the same with tightness you feel in your body by taking the time to stretch,” says Harper.
- SILENCE: Positivity goes a long way to keeping you optimistic and on track, since people who feel defeated are more prone to falling off weight loss plans. “Close your eyes every day and repeat this to yourself. ‘I have an abundance of energy and am bringing JOY into every person that I come into contact with,’” says Harper. And mean it!
- NO WORRIES: If you don’t get your workout in, or if you eat something unhealthy, don’t beat yourself up – a sense of failure can negatively trickle into other categories. “Counteract it with doing something positive for yourself instead,” says Harper.
With the Golden Globes just days away, it’s no secret the celeb’s and they’re stylists are going mad perfecting every last detail. But, what about the hair & makeup? Here’s a look into a few must have products, that are a major staple for those walking the red carpet this Sunday:
To get that glowing complexion, stars turn to Gleam Body Radiance by Melanie Mills to give the perfect amount of sheen without taking too much attention away from the rest of their look. Applied lightly onto areas of the body, this creamy formula delivers the ultimate “golden glow” and comes in a variety of shades, “Light Gold, Rose Gold and Deep Gold” to name a few. Not only does this product bring the shine, it also helps to conceal stretch marks, pigmentation, scars or any other imperfect that can be spotted. Fans of the brand include Kendra Wilkinson, Brandi and Pamela Anderson. Prices range from $15-$40, can be purchased online.
To keep makeup lasting all night long, Laura Mercier’s Radiance Foundation Primer is another must have. Nicknamed “The Candlelight Glow”, The universal pearl tint creates a soft focus effect to minimize the look of imperfections with a radiant finish (perfect for posing on the red carpet!) in addition to long lasting results. Retailing for $32. Fans of the brand include Jessica Lowndes, Kate Bosworth and Cameron Diaz.
And lastly, no big awards show can be complete without loads of lashes! Ardell brand tend to be a favorite for many Celebrity Makeup Artists, as they’re easy to apply, natural looking and come in a wide range of styles, perfect for any glamour gal! My pick? I personally love the #114′s and #118′s, as they blend well into normal lashes and can easily be layered up with other styles. Kim Kardashian and Giuliana Rancic are fans of the brand.
Pink is proud at this nail salon and spa that is awash in the playful shade. Dashing Diva first gained fame for offering free cosmo cocktails with manicure bookings on Friday nights when it first opened its doors during the Sex & The City craze. Now the spas offer more pampering services like facials and massages.
Technicians are clad in bright pink t-shirts, which alludes to the girl-tastic feel of the Dashing Diva name. While the 1800 square foot flagship spa opened on 8th Street in Greenwich village in 2003, other locations like this Upper East Side enclave have since opened as franchises – offering the same brand of indulgent “girl time” pampering with an extended list of manicure, pedicure and massage options. Bubblegum pink walls, gold furniture accents and gleaming mother of pearl tile make for a royal experience for Princesses both young and – er, “mature.”
Choose from the legendary Friday night cosmo manicure that is still the most-requested item, or perhaps the weekend bagels-and-coffee manicure is more your speed. Hygiene is prioritized at all locations, with a new file and buffer pad opened for each customer, and tools kept carefully disinfected. A classic manicure includes a heavenly massage with mint-scented cream, and you can pick from a full array of store-made polish shades that apply with a high shine finish and nary a bubble. The true expertise of the technicians is in gel and custom press-on nails, as well as Virtual Nails that are a less caustic alternative to acrylics.
Mind-numbing massage specialties include swedish, shiatsu and deep tissue options in affordably priced $50 to $90 segments of 30 to 60 minutes that are worth a trip to the space alone. For those who crave body relaxation in addition to a manicure or pedicure, the 10 minute chair and foot reflexology massages are an excellent option.
Not surprisingly, this is a top destination (or pre-game hit) for girls’ night out or catch-up time. It’s also best to call before you decide to stop in, as all Dashing Diva locations are popular spots for private parties – for “girls” of all ages.
Expect to pay a little more for basic services like a manicure ($18 here; often $8 less at neighboring spots), but the space is far cleaner and skills more professional and dependable than at comparable spas.
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Dashing Diva Greenwich Village, 41 East 8th Street at University Place, New York, NY 10003, 212.375.1350
Dashing Diva Chelsea, 177 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011, 212.620.0200
Dashing Diva Upper East Side, 1341 2nd Avenue between 70th and 71st St, New York, NY 10021, 212.570.0770
Dashing Diva Upper West Side, 590 Columbus Avenue between 88th and 89th St, New York, NY 10021, 212.877.9052
Dashing Diva Upper West Side, 105 West 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023, 212.769.3939