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

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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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.

Fun in the Sun, maybe… Tuesday, May 22 2012 


Well, it’s Memorial Day Weekend coming up, which means its beach time. I love the beach, it’s one of the things that I miss the most living in Florida. I had my car always prepared in case I wanted some relaxation for a few hours on the beach. Now, being that I’m not quite ready for my body to be in a cute bathing suit or have my tan on, I will make the most of it by saying F it. I made my appointment to get my spray tan (trust me my days in the tanning beds are long done) and will then shop for a bathing suit that won’t make me throw up when I see it on myself. This of course is the reason I need the spray tan first, because a tan body looks better than a white fat body.
I am on the right track as far as trying to slim down, gave up the fast food, no sodas, and allowing a skim latte 3 times a week. I’ve been bringing my lunch to work and counting my calories, my clothes are fitting better but, still not noticing a difference on the scale. My doctors appointment yesterday really pissed me off, because as you know I had several surgeries on my back late last year. As of the last few weeks I’ve been experiencing some of the pain and spasms in my back like before, so for my doctor just to give me a few prescriptions of pain pills and suggest working out isn’t an option just of yet. So hello gallon of water I’ll be drinking everyday. And I will be on the beach, I may not be my slim self yet but as long as my boobs look good, have a pretty tan, and a drink in my hand I will be happy! So, forget what everybody is thinking, if they are making me of you part if their thoughts it’s better than not being thought of as well. Tired of the over critical thoughts and opinions a person has to say about another even when they don’t know the obstacles they have had to overcome just to get to the “beach”. Hell, a year ago I was bedridden and miserable in pain, I couldn’t even walk from my car to the front door of my apartment. If this is just a minor setback I’m okay with this but refuse to let this interfere with my life again. I want to celebrate my summer on the beach, have a hell of a 41st birthday party, and to find a way to suck the fat out of me without crying!
For those going out of town this weekend, be careful but have fun in the sun!
xoxo

Karen Walker Quotes Monday, May 21 2012 


Love this woman…

Karen:Honey, youre simple, youre shallow, and youre a common whore, thats why were soul mates!
Jack:Kare, youre my best friend in the whole world!

~Karen Walker
Will & Grace

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Jerseylicious Quotes Thursday, May 17 2012 


Jerseylicious cast has some bright comedians on their show…

About her breast implants:
Briella – “it’s saline. It’s like water. Like somebody went to the ocean and…it’s more sanitary than that. Touch ’em.”
Olivia – “you think we can hear the ocean?”

~Jerseylicious

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Carrie Bradshaw Quotes Wednesday, May 16 2012 


Carrie: If I don’t stop shopping, I’ll end up a bag lady; a Fendi bag lady, but a bag lady…..

~Carrie Bradshaw
Sex & the City

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