Monday, December 28, 2009

Ode to My Nalgene!

Ode to My Nalgene

I went shopping for a new Nalgene today. I had used for one a long time awhile ago before forgetting it in a classroom. Oops. It went everywhere with me, before I mistakenly left it.

There was a BIG scare about BPA (possible cancer causing chemicals) in the bottles in the past. So, now Nalgene produces bottles that are BPA Free, dishwasher safe, resistant to staining & retaining odors, and very durable. They also come in many different shapes, sizes, & color combinations (bottle & cap combinations).

I chose my favorite color, purple, with a white top, in a wide mouth design, the larger size-coming in at 32 oz. I prefer the wide mouth version, its much easier to fill & I can get ice cubes it without having to smash them. Bliss. Some people don’t like to drink from this because of the way the liquid flows from it. I agree with them, so I got a splash guard, it fits right down inside the mouth of the bottle and controls the flow of the liquid. Most of the guards I have seen before were hard plastic. The one I got is a black pliable rubber, which I prefer.

Besides the bottle itself, what is in the bottle is really important too. I fill mine with water. When I had my previous bottle (before the sad, sad loss), I was drinking huge amounts of water everyday. When I didn’t have a bottle anymore I started drinking pop, juice, and other sugar-y liquids that are not so good for the body. I noticed a big difference in my body.

Everyone (your mother, sister, doctor, neighbor, grandmother, your mother’s twice removed ex-best friend’s aunt who everyone swears went coo-coo when her husband died....ok I’m sure you get my point) tells you that water is so good for you. Well, I am going to jump on that band-wagon.


It made my skin moisturized & extremely clear. I was so much more energized. I lost weight. I just ‘felt’ better in general.

It did all of that for me and helped my body internally in many healthy ways. Besides that, it saved me LOTS of money, because I wasn’t drinking ‘bottled’ water, or pop, or juice anymore. Also, it is very green. Nalgene has partnered with Brita to help cut down on the plastic waste in landfills.

I encourage you to get a Nalgene and commit to drinking more water in this coming New Year. It will make you feel so much better!

Glitz & Glamour.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Women with Glasses & Attitude

Women with Glasses & Attitude

Every woman I know likes to show their individuality in some way or another. The recent trend of the ‘nerdy’ glasses has come a great relief to those of us who actually depend on a real prescription on a daily basis. It allows us a couple extra minutes of ‘beauty’ sleep in the morning; without having to deal with the all too annoying contacts while being basically blind. We can go to work, out shopping, or out to coffee with the ladies in our glasses while still feeling chic & fashionable. Other ladies, who are blessed with fantastic vision, have the option of choosing from a vast array of fake glasses available in almost all different shapes and sizes. For these options try perusing,
*Forever 21
*Urban Outfitters
I love the picture featured above. She has so much style. From her sunglasses, to her haircut, to her headband, to her scarf. She has her own way about fashion. I had an eye doctor appointment yesterday. When was was choosing my glasses I was noticing how much each different frame made me feel. How you dress really does make a difference in how you present yourself.

Glits & Glamour,

Monday, December 21, 2009

Make Up Tips & Tricks

Make Up Secrets

I came across these great make up tips when perusing the latest issue of Cosmo. The tips are from the book: Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets.

*For a bold, notice me eye effect, dampen your brush slightly before dipping it into the shadow. The water will intensify the color for a deeper payoff. [from the chapter on eyes]

“I have tried this, it works really well. It also helps spread the shadow more evenly across the eyelid.” ~Kat

*Light up your skin in a subtle way by adding a tiny drop of liquid highlighter to the tinted moisturizer you use on your face. [from our chapter on skin]

*The trick to a flawless lip-color application is to let your mouth go a bit slack. If you pucker up or tense it, you won’t get an even finish. (from our chapter on lips)

“In other words, don’t do the starlet pout you see in the movies! Do more of a sexy relaxed pout when apply your chosen color.” ~Kat

Sometimes it is not the quality of the make up (even though that does make a HUGE difference), but how you apply it. So, take these little tricks into consideration, add them to your knowledge arsenal!! Next time you are, ‘putting on your face,’ try one or two out and see if you notice a difference.

If you are interested in buying, Cosmo’s Sexiest Beauty Secrets check out

Also, be sure to check out for more beauty tips & tricks along with fashion advice & celebrity pictures.

Glitz & Glamour,

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ellen Von Unwerth & Zooey Deschanel in Cosmo

On my most recent trips I gave in and purchased one of my (many) vices, Cosmo. While flipping through its many intoxicating pages I came across an advertisement that made me so happy, more because of the photographer then of its content. Also, the actress it featured Zooey Deschanel.
Ellen Von Unwerth

I am so taken by her use of black & white, as well as her use of color. She has such a great eye for angles and focus. Also, her choice of models for her shots is never ‘run of the mill,’ she has a more editorial feel to her style.

Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel is a wonderful actress who has managed to stay out of the tabloids & negative limelight that Hollywood seems to shine on so many of the young actresses. She has maintained her own image without giving into the cookie-cutter image of many of the Hollywood starlets and shows this in many of the characters she plays on the big-screen.


Glitz & Glamour,

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Things I Learned Today...


  • Give in to your cravings (as long as they are healthy and legal). It doesn’t have to be anything outrageous. I have wanted chicken salad for days. I finally made some and it was delicious.
  • Burn a couple candles. They make a room feel warm and smell wonderful.
  • Take the plunge, switch from a PC to a Mac. I recently did & it was so easy! I don’t know what all the hype is about ‘the switch.’ My new MacBook Pro is wonderful and so much better then my previous PC.
  • Wear jewelry that means something to you. This way your memories/values will be visible on you at all times.
  • Take a moment from your busy schedule to pamper yourself. I went and got my nails done, which I hadn’t done in so long. It’s a little thing, but can make you feel good.
  • Invest in an automatic vacuum, i.e. a puppy. :) They are so good at picking up the crumbs. Sometimes they try to ‘vacuum’ the food right out of your hand, but they make up for it with how cute they are!
  • Play games with family this holiday season. It is a good way to interact with family while avoiding those awkward conversations about your love life, school, or work.
  • Shop for clothes out of season, especially the essentials. They will usually be on sale & you can get amazing deals. For example, right now is a great time to be shopping for swimsuits online. Victoria Secret and many other retailers are having big sales.
  • Wear a vintage coat this winter. They are so well made & beautiful. I found mine for $30 at a vintage store. It is a beautiful grey wool with a full fur collar, belted waist, full length, & fully lined. You can find them in resale shops or look on ebay.