Monthly Archives: December 2011

Book Review:The Everygirl’s Guide to Life

Recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Maria Menounos’s, The Every Girl’s Guide To Life. As the youngest person to ever host Entertainment Tonight at age 22, Maria was among the youngest to host the Today show and to report for NBC’s Nightly News, and the first person to act and star in movies while doing so. She’s a great inspiration to young women looking to leaad successful careers while maintaining balance and looking great (especially when time and money are in short supply)

The biggest lesson I took from this book was the importance staying organized, which Maria believes is the true key to happiness. She talks about how laziness in life usually leads to last-minute scrambling and writes, “lazy people work the hardest”. Seems counter intuitive at first but actually makes total sense when you think about it. Since overcoming tendencies toward messiness and procrastination (particularly on mundane To-Do’s and household chores) is something I’m working on, this really hit home for me. Inspired by Mariah’s advice, I did a thorough clean out of my desk and closet and really did feel much better. Hope this new (slightly more meticulous) me lasts!

22 Ways to make the holidays magical

Here are my tips for having a holly jolly holiday season:

* Take goofy family portraits with a group of friends

* Create glittery paper snowflakes and paste them around your home/office

* Build and decorate a gingerbread house with a little kid and don’t be afraid to get into it!

* Wander through shopping areas nearby and admire all the pretty window displays

* Bake and decorate sugar cookies

* Host a holiday fete

*Fry up some potato latkes, light the menorah and break out the dradel. Yes, Channukah has begun!

* Rock a tacky Christmas sweater

* Buy the bartender a spiked cider next time your out on the town

* Invest in some great boots, earmuffs, and scarves (baby it’s cold outside!)

* Send thoughtful cards to friends, mentors and family members

* Make a holiday-themed mix CD

* Spend an afternoon at Toys-R-Us with friends playing and buying gifts for children in need (Toy for Tots is a great program)

* Run in a charity race

* Organize a Secret Santa gift exchange

* Make the switch from Pumpkin Spice to Eggnog lattes (Is it a bad sign if my Starbucks barista knows more about my life than certain close friends? Wait don’t answer that).

* Paint your nails a festive Red

* Get all dressed up and go to high tea with your most fabulous lady friends

* Go ice skating out doors

* Watch the nutcracker

* Indulge in a stay-cation (ie: assemble favorite books, magazines, movies, and your choice of hot coco or champagne, light yummy scented candles and refuse to leave your bed. Yes that’s right, all day long.).

*Canoodle by a fire place with a sexy someone (or puppy/copy of the economist if no one in your life presently fits that description, no judgement!)

Wishing you all the very best holiday season!

Peace, love and hair whips,


Holiday Outfit Guide!

Holiday Outfit Guide!

Tis’ the season to look fashionably festive!

Hervé Léger short cocktail dress
$1,245 –

Paprika ruched dress
€48 –

Sequin shirt
$396 –

True Religion black legging
$205 –

Juicy Couture leather ballet flat
$250 –

Steve Madden platform heels
$90 –

High heels
$33 –

Anya Hindmarch box clutch
$635 –

Alex and Chloe heart shaped earrings
$90 –