Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Last week I told you about the amazing Lauren Bush and her new line with Barney's called Lauren Pierce Atelier. You have also often heard me go on and on about TOMS shoes, the amazing company founded by friend from SMU, Blake Mycoskie. Both have built incredible businesses that truly give back. Although they are in New York and LA, respectively, we have a few very socially responsible yet equally stylish businesses based here in Texas! GAIA For Women is a great find for any of you who love Tablescapes like I do (and like Gene does!). Their mission is to empower women through employment, encouragement and dedication to their long-term success in the Dallas community. Their creations are handmade with care by women in the Dallas area using vintage, reclaimed or sustainable materials. I recently picked up some incredible napkin rings that jewelry designer, Bonnie Basham, created for them. They are so chic and I had the hardest time decided which color to get! I ended up getting the golden color but I must say that I almost walked away with the blue! On the back of the tag that held the four napkin rings together was a sticker that stated that my items were handmade by Catherin who is a Burmese refugee who recently arrived in Dallas with her two children after spending over 10 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. It goes on to state that "she loves to learn, listen to music and has a radiant smile that gets brighter every day." Reading that makes me love my new napkin rings even more than I already did!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
GIVE YOUR SKIN A MAKEOVER WITH THESE 10 SKIN CARE TIPS
Okay, enough is enough. You’re tired of your skin woes and feeling frustrated every time you look in the mirror. You’re ready to do something…anything…but what? Skin Care Expert and Celebrity Esthetician, Renée Rouleau gives expert advice to makeover your skin and to get it looking and feeling its best.
SKIN TIP #1: Assess Your Skin Care Products.
We all have more skin care products in our cabinets than we are actually using on a regular basis. And many of us have things that we don’t even know how or when to use, let alone when and why we even bought it! Pull everything out of the cabinet and look at every product.
-if the product is older than two years. The preservative system in most skin care products products has a shelf life of 2 years.
-it contains Mineral Oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Petroleum or Petrolatum. These ingredients can be pore-clogging and can suffocate the skin. See our list of skin care ingredients to avoid.
-it contains SD Alcohol, synthetic fragrance (listed on the ingredients as “fragrance”). These are common skin irritants and can cause skin sensitivity.
-the product has or is changing color or consistency (a sign that the product is losing its effectiveness).
*At the Renée Rouleau Skin Care Spas, we gladly accept gently-used skin and beauty products to donate to local women’s shelters.
SKIN TIP #2: Find a reputable skin care professional.
You can’t go it alone and you’ll need expert advice along the way. Start by looking for a reputable esthetician/skin care professional that can develop a game plan for your skin. Ask friends and search on-line to see who the best in your area is. It’s important to find a spa or salon that offers a wide range of skin care services to give your skin everything it will need.
SKIN TIP #3: Schedule a consultation.
Once you have a few recommendations of skin care facilities, schedule a consultation. What may be fabulous for your friend may not be right for you. The key to a good consultation is to ask a lot of questions; particularly the cost of treatments, side-effects and the results that they can guarantee. Also, bring in your collection of skin care products to let your esthetician assess what you are using to determine if your products will give you the results you are looking for.
SKIN TIP #4: When starting a new skin care program, be sure to do a patch test if you’re trying out new skin care products.
Allergic reactions can sometimes take up to two weeks to heal, so rub a small amount of product on the side of your neck and wait 24 hours. If redness or irritation occurs, avoid using the product. To prevent allergic reactions, avoid products containing synthetic fragrances (the #1 cause of allergic reactions) synthetic dyes and SD Alcohol 40. All of the Renée Rouleau products do not use these ingredients.
SKIN TIP #5: Get started with caring for your skin.
For skins with break outs: The first rule is: Make a commitment to not pick at your skin. Break outs usually last just 3-5 days, but when you pick at a blemish, the red mark that lingers can be there for 1-2 months! We know it's tempting, but you can make problem skin much worse by forcing bacteria deeper into the skin, resulting in scarring and further break outs. A better solution for problem skin is a regular monthly facial, where your pores can be cleaned professionally.
To prevent break outs: Go easy on the use of harsh, acne products. Unless your case of acne is severe, most acne products can make it worse. These products can be extremely drying, and although they will help dry-up and heal the individual breakouts, they will over-dry other non-broken out areas resulting in dead skin cell buildup. The cell buildup will then act as a barrier to trap oil under the skin causing more clogged pores and breakouts. So your effort to clear up your skin will actually cause you to break out more!
The three most important elements for controlling clogged pores and breakouts are:
Exfoliation -- this will keep off dry skin cells to reduce clogged pores and also help fade red, post-breakout marks
Disinfecting -- it is important to eliminate bacteria to help prevent the spread of breakout as well as drying up infection
Hydration --water-based moisture to keep cells healthy to discourage dead skin cell buildup
For skins with discoloration/brown spots: Brown spots usually come from sun, age, hormonal changes in the body, and genetics. And if untreated, these “spots” or “patches” tend to become more apparent and darken as the skin ages. Not to worry--if you start addressing this skin problem now, with the right skin care routine, some chemical peels, exfoliating facials and a little patience, you’ll be on your way to lighter, more even-toned skin.
How to: By combining exfoliation, skin lighteners and daily use of an SPF, the pigmented cells will slowly start to break down and fade their color. Exfoliation (like Renée Rouleau Glycolic Serum) is beneficial for breaking up the pigmented cells and the use of a skin-lightening agent like Vitamin C (Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Complex) or Hydroquinone will suppress the melanin cells and accelerate the fading process. For those with discoloration, it will always come back if ignored, so it’s important to be ready to commit to proper care for keeping it under control. Both professional facials with a focus on exfoliation and a proper home care routine will make a huge improvement.
For skins with redness, sensitivity or Rosacea: Getting redness under control is easier than you think. You simply must use products that are specifically formulated for this type of skin. Using products with ingredients like Chamomile, White Tea and Sea Whip all help to reduce inflammation to sedate redness. Many products formulated for sensitive skin simply means they removed the fragrance. But to actually reduce redness, you must look for anti-redness ingredients. Check out our nine skin types to have products recommended exclusively for your skin.
SKIN TIP #6: Practice good skin care habits daily.
Every day must-do’s:
-Use products formulated exclusively for your skin type. This will ensure you get the best results. (Renée Rouleau offers skin care products for nine different skin types.)
-Always wash your face both morning and night.
-Use a mild facial scrub 2-3 times a week.
-Use a moisturizer with SPF every day on both the face, neck and chest.
-Always leave your alcohol-free toner damp before applying your moisturizer to hydrate the skin. Your skin cells are like fish. They need water to live.
-Use an acid or enzyme exfoliant at night regularly.
-For skins with redness, keep your products (especially alcohol-free toner) in the refrigerator. The cool temperature will lower the temperature in the skin reducing redness.
SKIN TIP #7: Go through a series of light chemical peels.
Most skin types can benefit from light chemical peels. There are many different types of peels available depending on your skin concern. Deep chemical peels are usually only performed once, but the side effects are great causing you to hibernate for a week in the house. We feel that a series of lighter chemical peels will offer you not only minimal downtime, but you’ll get a better result by treating the skin several times with the exfoliation they provide. Renée Rouleau offers a Skin Repair Program and an Acne Repair Program. It’s a series of peels and repair treatments performed once a week for six weeks to smooth and even out the skin tone.
SKIN TIP #8: Get regular professional facials.
Using a good skin care regimen at home is a necessity, but regular professional facials every 4-8 weeks can dramatically improve the results of your skin. It’s recommended to change up the types of facials regularly depending on the season or how your skin is behaving. Example: Vitamin C antioxidant facials are great during the summer to reduce aging from the sun, while exfoliating facials work well during the winter months to remove dryness caused from the heat in the house.
SKIN TIP #9: Eat a good, healthy diet.
What you put in your body can negatively or positively affect your skin.
Limit your intake of these…
-Dairy. Many people have heard that greasy foods and chocolate cause breakouts. Breakouts, especially those that are cyst-like in the chin and jaw line area, most often are related to too much ice cream, yogurt, milk and cheese. Try cutting back and watch your skin clear up! Try Renée Rouleau Anti-Cyst Treatment for hard, sore cystic break outs.
-Alcohol. It leads to under eye and skin puffiness, as well as dehydrated skin. For every alcoholic drink, follow it with a 4-8 oz. glass of water.
-High salt foods, like Chinese. Especially the day before a special occasion, you’ll want to avoid high salt foods as it can lead to skin and under eye puffiness.
Eat lots of these…
-Food with color (not from dyes). The more color we eat, the greater variety of antioxidants and nutrients we obtain from our foods. Berries, yellow squash, spinach, oranges, and red apples are all good choices.
-Avocados. These great little packages of green contain something called glutathione, one of the body's master antioxidants. Great for anti-aging.
-Fish. The best fish to eat is cold-water fish. Include sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, and trout as well. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother, more moisturized skin, increased energy, improved immunity and all are very beneficial for your heart.
SKIN TIP #10: Practice self-acceptance.
You have to remember that we all have to deal with the genetic cards we’ve been dealt. For example, some people are going to be prone to a weakened elasticity in the under eye area (the polite way to say “bags”). All the eye creams in the world will not tighten that up. Rosacea, a skin disorder resulting in redness is also troublesome and cannot be “cured”. The goal is to control skin conditions using good products and practicing good skin care habits to prevent the symptoms from getting worse. You are beautiful!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
If you are looking for some spring fun then look no further than the Dallas Arboretum. Their Dallas Blooms event has become the largest floral display in the south! The festival goes on through the 11th of April and features over 500,000 spring blooming bulbs such as tulips and daffodils and over 100,000 pansies and poppies!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
My God Mother, Sheri Staten, read the Easter Story to all of the children before the egg hunt began. Drinks were served in these adorable little lamb and duck sippy cups and the tots and adults alike dined on finger sandwiches and sweets. We placed jelly beans on the tray under the sandwiches for a festive look! We had a real live bunny there that each of the guests got to have a photo with and we also stocked up on extra baskets so that the forgetful guests would still have a hunting basket! Putting out Bunnies crackers in a bowl was the easy part but getting a friend to dress as the Easter Bunny proved to be a challenge!!! This year we plan to do much of the same but we will add jelly bean pizza's to the menu and we purchased pre-filled eggs to hide instead of spending hours and hours filling empty ones like we did last year!
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
- The edge of the frame should match the edge or your hairline.
- Your eyebrows should be above the frame
- Your eyes should be in the center of the lens
- Keep your frames off of your cheeks.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
- Give each day a different theme and tell you children about them ahead of time so that they can look forward to it. Designate one day Outer Space day and visit the planetarium and watch Star Wars or have a Princess Day, Wild West Day, Dinosaur Day or Nature Day. Be creative and let your kids pick themes too!
- Use this time to tackle some of the projects that you never seem to get to. Schedule a time to clean out your kids rooms with them or organize your photographs. Give your children an assignment that they can be proud of helping you accomplish.
- If you are missing the beach, bring the beach home! Visit your local hardware store and purchase some sand for your back yard. I love Crayola Sand for it's festive colors! Set out your beach towels and bring out the sand toys! You could bury shells or little treat toys in the sand and have a treasure hunt!
- Consider volunteering with your children. If there is a charitable organization that you are particularly interested in, give them a ring and ask them how you and your family can help. Imagine the example you are setting for your children and the memories your will make.
Monday, March 8, 2010
This Window Decal is perfect for those windowless rooms or random extra spaces.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
My sister Kari loves being a part of her supper club but she gets stumped when it comes to setting the table. She always calls me when she gets her date assigned and I always jump to the chance to set her table in her cool and contemporary condo. Her supper club is made up of all girls and they are all in their twenties so it gives me the liberty to have a little fun! We had a great time together setting this table and her placed looked so colorful, cheerful and festive.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Family Meals are an important part of setting up a healthy lifestyle for our children. First Lady Michelle Obama has recently announced her plan to help fight Childhood Obesity and setting up a family mealtime plays a larger role in it. Her goal for America’s families is that we will eat at least five meals together every week. The US Department of Health and Human services made an official statement reminding us that “regularly sitting down for a meal with your children is one way to connect and be involved with what’s happening in their lives.”
The statistics shown by a CASA study are remarkable! They show that 72% of teens who ate often with their families said they would go to their parents if they had a problem. They are also 33% less likely to develop an eating disorder and are more likely to have As and Bs in school.
Setting up a family meal can be hard with the crazy schedules we all deal with but it is truly worthwhile. Most of my fondest memories of time with my family were around a table. That was truly my inspiration for writing Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style (Gibbs Smith Publishers, $39.95).
To make the most of your family meals be sure to follow these simple tips:
-Make meal preparation a family affair. Include your kids on your trips to the grocery store. Tom Thumb has thousands of new everyday low prices and great weekly Reward Card specials on items across the store. The new yellow shelf tags show the old price crossed out and the new everyday low price. It is a great feeling to see your savings right before your eyes. If your kids are along, you can turn the tags in to a fun math game!
-Minimize distractions such as the television or radio. Make sure the focus is on the family conversation, not outside distractions.
-Put your Cell Phones away! No games or telephone calls should be allowed during a family meal.
-Set the mood by setting the table. It doesn’t need to be fancy but it should be thoughtfully set. It shows your family that you care about the treasured mealtime. Let your family get in on the fun and assign each member of your family a regular night that they are responsible for. If you like to be creative, you could set the table with themes to go along with your family’s passions. I recently made a centerpiece out of my toddler’s Sesame Street stuffed animals!
-Get in the right mindset at the beginning of the meal. Your family ritual might be a prayer or a question that you all answer by going around the table. Growing up, my father would ask a question and we would each go around the table and answer it.