DO or DON’T? Photoshopping Your Ex Out of Pictures Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


I was recently reading my daily edition of Glamour when I came across this article regarding: Photoshopping Your Ex out of Pictures. I have to say I have contemplated this situation as I ended my previous relationship, going through old photos of holidays, birthdays, or special events. Many of which I look amazing and have fond memories except for the fact my ex is in many photos. Now, as I am trying to figure how I can save this picture of a great day (LSU TIGERS FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2007). I decided to block out my ex face and put in LSU TIGERS mascot Mike the Tiger. Grant it, years ago I wouldn’t have thought about photoshop my old pictures of ex’s or what not. But, given the thought I look amazing why should I trash a special moment, all for the reason I cannot stand the sight of my biggest mistake/ex. You just make it work to your benefit!
What do you think…would you photoshop your ex from a picture?

DO or DON’T? Photoshopping Your Ex Out of Pictures

by Gena Kaufman
Glamour 3/15/2013

Some of us might just straight up destroy all evidence of a previous relationship, but for those who want to keep their memories without having their ex paraded in front of their faces, what do you think of this solution: Keep the photos, edit out the offending ex?

The Huffington Post recently pointed out a trend of Reddit users submitting their edited photos. First, a graphic designer who had been asked to photoshop a photo for a woman who wanted her ex-daughter-in-law removed from a family photo:

Ouch. Sorry, ex-wife.

Then, there was this post by a regular non-graphic-designer guy who took it upon himself to edit his own photo of himself with his ex-wife. His version is a bit more rough around the edges but also infinitely more hilarious:

Ouch, but…yum?

Would you guys ever go to such lengths to doctor a photo? Even though the idea of replacing all my exes with giant hot dogs (yes, there’s an intentional wiener joke in there) is pretty appealing for the hilarity, I can’t see myself ever seriously altering a picture. I can see why you wouldn’t want to sit around staring at your ex or your son’s ex, but…you can’t change history, you know? Everyone is still going to remember that the ex was there no matter how many delicious burritos you put in their place.

Source: Reddit

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Sex and the City Quotes Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


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“When you’re young, your whole life is about the pursuit of fun. Then, you grow up and learn to be cautious. You could break a bone or a heart. You look before you leap and sometimes you don’t leap at all because there’s not always someone there to catch you. And in life, there’s no safety net. When did it stop being fun and start being scary?”

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex and the City

A Happy Closet makes me a Happy Girl Thursday, Mar 21 2013 


Vector-girl-fashion-perfume_1440x900Well, it’s that time of the year…it’s Spring! Time for bunnies, beaches, and bikinis, also gym time. It is time to polish those toes and tan those legs. I love transforming my closet for this season. Getting rid of the sweaters and boots, making room for flirty skirts and sandals. All the colors of the rainbow in stock from every store and accessories boutique. Oh, how I missed you pretty florals and ruffles, to the eyelets and lace in my wardrobe. I will admit I’m a control freak when it comes to organizing my wardrobe and accessories. I have a closet that has sections to where I can separate my blouses, skirts, and dresses, all color coordinated. Now, this is an all day season transition. So be prepared: turn on some Sex and the City episodes, pour a mimosa, and make a day of it. Here are a couple of ideas to make this an easy transition:
•make a list of staple items you need to complete your Spring wardrobe.
•try on every item, sort out articles that need cleaning, donate, or trash.
•color coordinate your wardrobe that way it’s easier to see what you have on hand.
•separate your coordinates : blouses, pants, skirts, and dresses. Gives you a better idea on how to plan your outfit of the day.
•rule of thumb: if you haven’t worn it in the last year or it doesn’t fit, discard it. It just means more room for new pieces.
•don’t forget those shoes, boots, and sandals. Any scuffs use a shoe polish, get a credible shoe repair to repair any caps, heels, or repairs. Any damage to shoes that cannot be salvaged, donate! Always look polished from head to toe…
•Accessories include handbags, scarves, and hats. Inspect all items to keep or discard.
•jewelry should be cleaned and repair if needed, discard any pieces broken if need be.
•I am a big fan of donating all my items to a women’s shelter or good will.
Lastly, not sure to what to do with pieces of clothing and accessories…have a swap party. You heard me, invite our girlfriends over with their items to swap out, chill some wine, prepare some finger foods and dessert. Set out all of you and girlfriends goodies and swap out your items. You never know what you may not love anymore could be a girlfriend’s most beloved.
Happy Springtime…
xoxo,
Nolagirlscocial

Gossip Guys: It Turns Out Gossiping Might Be Essential For Bromance Thursday, May 24 2012 


As women, we always get the bad end of the stick when it comes to “gossip”. Men especially will throw their 2 cents in as they casually listen to our conversations with our girlfriends and comment on how catty or gossipy we are. But, in fact the whole roles gave been reversed. See, men are just as bad with the gossip. I can remember divulging a secret to my boyfriend about a friend of ours, which I made him swear to secrecy to not tell anyone about this problem. Well, what do you know I happen to overhear a conversation with my boyfriend and 2 other friends of his discussing the “secret”, I of course was infuriated by his actions. Or how bout when the guys get together and hang out they are talking smack about this girl or this guy, how their dressed or who they’re dating. Really, I guess boys will be boys, they gossip just as much as girls. So I found this article and thought it was interesting.

Gossip Guys: It Turns Out Gossiping Might Be Essential For Bromance

by Gena Kaufman
Glamour May 2012

Do you know any guys that are always like, “Ugh, you and your friends gossip sooo much!” but then he secretly listens and laughs, while simultaneously checking TMZ for the latest celebrity news? I do. All of them.

OK, I’m exaggerating, but the point is: everyone gossips. A new study of gossip and its effects on friendships in men and women, originally published in the journal Sex Roles, has revealed some expected and unexpected information. In unsurprising gender stereotypes that are actually true, women tend to gossip more than men. I’d roll my eyes but I’m such a big gossip that I can’t even pretend to deny I’m not totally guilty of being a gossip girl.

Here are some noteworthy gossip stats:

Women prefer to gossip about the physical appearance of others. Sigh. To be fair, it’s not necessarily all catty.

Women were more likely to be up on “social information gossip then men, i.e., who’s dating whom, who broke up, etc.

Men actually are the bigger gossips when it comes to “achievement related gossip” such as information about grades, salaries, and other status-related information.
Most surprisingly however, was the suggestion that gossip can actually strengthen male friendships. Apparently, gossip has a moderately strong effect on male friendships because amongst men, bonding is linked with more status. When a guy has more knowledge and control of information, he has more status. Women, on the other hand, characterize their friendships by communion or intimacy. Gossip doesn’t strengthen female friendships and might even be a threat to them.

Huh. Who knew that gossip, not crushing beer cans on their own foreheads, might be a bro bonding activity?

Are you a big gossip? Is your guy? Does it affect your friendships?

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Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Thursday, May 24 2012 


Don’t I know about buying the preggo test, actually bought three just to be sure…

Carrie (Purchasing a pregnancy test): Which kind do I get?
Miranda: Here. This one’s on sale — half-off.
Carrie: I just spent $395 on a pair of open-toed Guccis last week. This is not the place to be frugal.

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City

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The World As We Know It… Thursday, May 24 2012 


As a lot of you may know the world of the Internet has pretty much evolved into a much higher speed, we want it now, product of research and news forums. We use the Internet for everything in our daily lives. If you think about it when was the last time you went a day without being on your computer or smartphone. You have your social media, news outlets, shopping, gaming, videos, iBooks, and ect. I am one you uses the Internet as part of my job and for personal use. Today, in the headline news in New Orleans only daily newspaper it was stated the circulation of the Times Picayune News Paper will only be delivered on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. This was very disappointing to read, because I kind of suspected that this would soon happen. See, my boss is old school, he’s 62 years old he reads the paper every morning at the office, he doesn’t use the computer, if he needs a document sent to his office it’s only in a fax no email. If he needs a phone number or address to be looked up, he uses this book called “the phone book”. I guess in a sense I’m the same way, I love reading the daily paper in the morning, reading each section of the paper, doing the crossword puzzle, and it’s not the same as the Internet. It just doesn’t feel like you are getting all the news, even though you are. I feel the same way about magazines and books, my family knows that I love to read, you should see my library of books. I love the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages, and having my books in my sitting area. That’s why my family wanted to get my a reading device that I can read or purchase books and magazines. I just can’t commit to such a device when the world of publications of books, magazines, and newspapers is at the end of the world as we know it. It’s a sad day but I guess it’s slightly hypocritical of me to be out raged by this as I am writing my blog from my computer. Oh well, I guess this was going to happen sooner or later and I will hold out with my favorites as long as possible.
xoxo

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Life Quote Wednesday, May 23 2012 


This is a quote that means a lot to me. There are times in my past that if someone in my life would upset me or do something that would begin a flow of emotions (mostly anger), it would be very difficult to let it go. So instead of forgiving the person I would react in a defensive character or retaliate to their level. My parents have always told me, if someone is gossiping about you or being difficult to deal with, that it’s better to let it go. Because in the end you will come out as a genuine person and they will not amount to the person that my parents have taught myself and brothers to be in life. It’s hard to not hold a grudge but, its a lot easier to take the high road and feel better about yourself and hope that the other party will see their mistakes that they have made down the road. My parents instilled values and morals in us as children. I think in today’s world that parents are missing those same attributes to give their children. We grow up hating this and disliking that, because of what we learn from our peers. We forget that at a young age younger people are at an impressionable age, we forget that the bigger picture isn’t that you didn’t stand your ground but you became a stronger individual. I can recall periods in my life that I would fight tooth and nail to make good on my hurt feelings, but in reality it was making me weak and decided it was best to let it go. It never solves anything, be nice, forgive and try to forget. MayThis is my mantra for today…

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Jerseylicious Quotes Wednesday, May 23 2012 


Oh Gigi…

I think that Frankie’s different when his hair isn’t done. When he doesn’t have gel in his hair, he’s sensitive. And when he does have gel in his hair he’s very tough and masculine. He’s like Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde – Gigi

~Jerseylicious

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10 beauty disasters Tuesday, May 22 2012 


Okay, ladies and gents, we are all guilty of a few beauty disasters and hopefully these tricks of the trade will help you with a few solutions to those “OMG” moments.
I can recall my first time doing my tease to the bangs (hey, it was the 80’s) and used my hairspray to keep in place. Only to notice, it wasn’t hairspray but nail polish fast dry spray in my perfectly teased bangs. Needless to say make sure you look at the can or bottle when applying to your facial or hairline.

10 beauty disasters
And pro advice for how to resolve them.
By Fiorella Valdesolo
Getty Images

•The Unexpected Zit
We’ve all been there: Go to bed with a clear complexion, wake up with blemishes.

SHRINK AND DESTROY “Gently press an ice cube over the pimple to reduce inflammation, then try a spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide to dry it out and kill bacteria,” says dermatologist Dr. Sapna Westley. Or crush an aspirin tablet (it contains salicylic acid) into a paste with water and dab on.

GET HIGH TECH The latest fix? At-home LED devices like Tanda Clear+ ($195) that use blue light and sonic vibration to kill acne-causing bacteria.

SQUEEZE IF YOU MUST Dermatologist Dr. Amy Wechsler insists that you at least avoid using your hands to do the deed. “Apply a warm compress for five to 10 minutes, then take two Q-tips and use gentle, even pressure,” she says. “Then dab dry and apply a little antibiotic ointment.”

•Derm Visit Side Effects
While basic cosmetic derm treatments like lasers and Botox and other injectables can be quick, easy, and, for the most part, painless, the telltale bruising and redness–which can last for a few days after–isn’t exactly a pretty sight.

TAKE ARNICA Dr. Anne Chapas, director of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City, recommends her patients take the supplement orally (before the treatment) and apply it topically (after) to reduce bruising.

CAMOUFLAGE Use a foundation with yellow undertones to address redness or discoloration until it fades.

ZAP IT Patients who demand a quick fix can slip in for a V-Beam laser treatment. “Just two millisecond zaps breaks up the bruise in 24 hours,” Chapas explains.

•Blotchy Self-Tanner
Nothing takes away from a golden glow quite like a streak or splotch.

PREVENTION IS KEY Exfoliate first to create an even plane for the bronzer to adhere to; moisturize thoroughly, concentrating on dry patches like elbows and knees; apply bronzer with a mitt for the most even results; wait until it’s dry; and change into loose cotton clothing.

ERASE MISTAKES Bronzing expert and aesthetician Nichola Joss recommends investing in a bottle of St. Tropez’s Tan Detox to remove blotchiness. “It’s a bath oil with lavender, lemon, and hazelnut oils,” says Joss. “Soak in it and massage your skin in a circular motion with an exfoliating cloth to help remove buildup.” Then steer clear of self-tanner for at least 12 hours.

•Broken or Chipped Nail
One fallout of daily computer duty: a shortened manicure life.

DAMAGE CONTROL At the first sign of a break, Creative Nail Design pro Roxanne Valinoti advises clipping or filing to the broken point if possible. “If it is a low tear, ‘patch it’ with a few coats of polish, followed by a topcoat,” she says. “If you don’t have polish at your disposal, anchor the nail for the time being with a clear piece of Scotch Tape.”

BUFF IT If polish chips post-mani, Valinoti suggests gently buffing out the nick, then filling in with a thin coat of the same color.

STRENGTH-TRAIN Because brittle nails tend to split more easily, applying a nourishing product, like CND’s SolarOil ($12), daily will add flexibility and prevent breakage. And to avoid future mishaps, beauty insiders swear by the company’s Shellac gel manicure, which resists chipping for two weeks.

•Serious Sunburn
Your fresh-from-the-island glow has morphed into a lobster-like burn.

CHILL OUT Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like aspirin or ibuprofen, apply a cool compress soaked in equal parts milk and water, and dab on a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream to calm inflammation fast, advises NYC dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf.

COVER UP If staying locked up for a few days isn’t an option–say you’ve got an event to attend or, even more distressing, a job interview–celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor suggests camouflaging redness with a creamy, yellow-based liquid concealer to help minimize the look of dry, peeling skin. Just “moisturize like crazy” before you apply, says Miami-based derm Dr. Joely Kaufman-Janette, who also recommends using a green-tinted primer.

•Greasy Hair
For some, a blowout can endure nearly a week without any greasiness surfacing; others can’t count themselves so lucky.

SHAMPOO SMARTER “Concentrate the shampoo at the roots, behind the ears, and at the nape of the neck where there is the most oil production so it doesn’t bleed through the hair,” explains hairstylist Rodney Cutler. “Massage with the balls of your fingers in a circular motion, but don’t use nails because it will create breakage at the roots.”

DRY OUT When oil makes a midday appearance, flip hair upside down and generously douse it at the roots with a dry shampoo. “Another option to try is witch hazel on a cotton pad tapped onto your scalp,” adds celebrity stylist Jenny Cho.

GO WITH IT Stylist Theodore Leaf suggests embracing the oil. “Create a deep side part and pull into a tight, low ponytail, then use hairspray [like Suave Professionals Touchable Finish Extra Hold Hairspray, $3] to clean up flyaways and make it shine,” he says

•Noticeable Sweating
Generally, the tendency toward excessive sweating (aka hyperhidrosis) is an inherited trait, but it can also come on suddenly.

SWITCH YOUR DEODORANT Start using an over-the-counter, clinical-strength antiperspirant twice a day.

SEE AN M.D. “A doctor can prescribe a pill to reduce sweating [Robinul, an anticholinergic] to be taken daily or before a big event,” says Westley. “She can also make sure there is no issue with your thyroid, other hormonal conditions, or diabetes.”

CONSIDER BOTOX “Injections can make a big difference for underarms, palms, and soles, reducing sweating by 75 percent, with results lasting up to six months.”

•Crooked or Too-Short Bangs
A bit overzealous with the shears during your DIY trim?

HIDE THE EVIDENCE “Try pulling from a farther-back section to cover up the too-short bangs and, depending on the length, sweep them to the side or braid in short pieces with longer hair to mask the problem,” advises Bumble and Bumble stylist Roz Murray.

SWITCH YOUR PART If bangs are uneven, this move will camouflage your mistake.

GET ANOTHER CHOP Cutler suggests you simply trim the rest of your hair to match. “If the fringe is crooked, make the rest of the hair layered and choppy,” he says. “Then the bangs will match.”

•Overplucked Brow
Bringing arches back from dangerously thin territory requires a two-step approach.

REBUILD The latest generation of brow-enhancing serums can help with regrowth: Anastasia’s Brown Enhancing Serum Advanced ($45) uses a peptide formula that, according to the brow guru herself, strengthens sparse brows and prevents fallout.

FAKE IT Soul Lee, grooming specialist at Manhattan’s Spa 1851, suggests filling in with a shadow for extra control of color and blendability–find one that matches your brow color or is one shade lighter, never darker. “Brush the brow with a clean mascara wand to expose the line, then begin filling in with light, short strokes and spread color evenly,” says Lee. “Finish with clear mascara.”

•Under-Eye Circles
Sometimes it’s not just late nights that are to blame: Eye-rubbing, allergies, and genetics can also be culprits.

TRY AN ANTIHISTAMINE “The release of histamine induces edema under the eye and dark circles,” explains derm Dr. Zoe Draelos. “An over-the-counter medication such as cetirizine may reduce them.”

APPLY “WAKE-UP MAKEUP” Celeb makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua advises hydrating the area with a non-oily cream (try Chanel Ultra Correction Lift Total Eye Lift, $100). “Use lightweight, pigmented foundation to cover inside along the bridge of the nose and under eyes, blending out to cheeks,” says Yoshimoto Bua. “Then use a highlighter on darker areas under bags and blend by dotting with ring finger. For very dark areas, use a more pigmented concealer and dot and blend again.”

GET PROFESSIONAL HELP “Sometimes there is an indentation in the tear trough area under the eye, and a dermatologist can inject Restylane filler to help,” says Wechsler.

How to Read His Beach Body Language Tuesday, May 22 2012 


I’m a big people watcher, especially at the beach. I mean it’s a classic form of entertainment watching complete strangers setting up camp, wondering “why in the hell would you choose to wear that article of clothing”, or the watching the group of hot boys not to far from you play in the sand.
I’ve always wondered what is he thinking as he’s all muscled out, walking with his friends, or with a girlfriend applying sunblock on her back. Well, if you’re interested check this out…

How to Read His Beach Body Language

Body language experts say that guys are way flirtier at the beach. (Hello, that’s what your slammin’ body on display does to a dude.) His actions can tell you a ton about his hook-up potential and availability, so here’s a guide to the sand and surf behavior that screams “I Want You.”
By Brittany Talarico
Cosmopolitan June 2012

•He Strolls the Beach With a Bouncy Step
If you spot a hottie walking back and forth near your chair or towel with some pep in his step, pay attention. “A lively stroll conveys confidence and interest,” says body language expert Lillian Glass, PhD. He’s showing himself off for you, and it’s an early clue that he wants you to notice him.

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•His Toes Are in the Sand…Pointed At You
“Even if his eyes and head are focused somewhere else, if his feet are directed your way and dig into the sand, he’s planted himself next to you to show interest,” explains Glass. Same goes for his upper body: If he positions his chest and shoulders at you, even if he’s looking at someone else, he’s still set his sights on you.

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•He Plays With
His Board Shorts
When a guy grabs at the clothing around his waist, he’s subconsciously trying to draw your attention to his package. So if you see him pulling at the drawstring on his trunks or fiddling with the waistband, steamy thoughts are most likely running through his head. Thing is, this can also be a sign that he’s immature—he’s thinking only about sex, not getting to know you, adds Glass.

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•He Stands Above You
“This is a power stance and he’s trying to dominate and show sexual attraction,” says Glass. Check how far apart his legs are too: If his stance is wide and his pelvis is facing you, then yowza—he’s really hot for you.

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•He Splashes Around Solo
Uh-oh, beware this beach behavior. “It’s a childish, immature move; he’s jumping around in the water to try to get your attention when he should be spending more time connecting face to face or inviting you in for a dip with him,” says Glass.

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•He Touches Your Bare Arm
Sure it’s hard for a guy to resist touching the sexy skin revealed by your bikini, but grazing your arm is a tip-off that he’s feeling a serious connection. Where he touches you tells you what he has in mind. “If he touches your shoulder, it indicates friendship,” says Glass. “Anywhere below that suggests he’s sexually attracted to you and very interested.”

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•He Takes Off His Sunglasses
He may as well just get down on one knee right along the shoreline. Kidding! But if a guy removes his sunnies and engages in direct eye contact while chatting with you, he’s displayng real interest and is looking for more than just a happy hour companion.

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