TLC for your lovely locks

Summer fun such as swimming and sunning can lead to frequent washing and over-drying delicate hair. Purity Design Pure Shampoo and Purity Design Pure Conditioner from IT&LY Hairfashion, Milan, Italy can help your protect and restore your lovely locks.

The Pure Shampoo and Pure Conditioner are enriched with their own special Desert Blend of natural nourishing botanicals containing Agave, Joshua Tree and Challa Cactus. Pure Shampoo is perfectly designed to deep clean with our stepping moisture. That helps to helps keep hair frizz free. Pure Conditioner with the same Desert Blend is designed to nourish and restore hair. Both products also contain UV ray protection; it’s perfect for summer use, especially if you colour or process your hair. Sun fades pricey colour and highlights quickly.

Refreshing watermelon, feta, and cucumber salad

Cool melon, creamy feta and a hit of fresh limeThere is nothing more refreshing than a cool summer salad. Watermelon is usually served for dessert, but it becomes savory and fresh in this salad. Make it in minutes and serve it with chicken, fish, or beef – anything you can toss onto a grill. It is particularly delicious with spicy grilled prawns. I like it for lunch too, and then I simply add more feta.

Serves 4-6
4 cups of cubed watermelon
3 cups of peeled and cubed cucumber
(If you wish use small pickling cucumbers or English cucumbers, seeding is unnecessary. It is also optional to peel English cucumbers, if you scrub the peel well.)
½ to ¾ cup of diced sweet onion
Juice from 2 limes squeezed over the vegetables
Salt to taste and add just a dash of cayenne if you wish.
Do not make the salad too much in advance. An hour or two of time is fine, but if you do it too early, it will not look or taste as it should.
Place the well-chilled salad on a platter or in individual serving dishes.
Sprinkle with 1 cup of crumbled feta. Use a nice creamy type.
Optional: Top with fresh mint or lemon thyme.


Life can be annoying, frustrating, and stressful. Some days it can even be heartbreaking. It’s tempting when confronted with rude, nasty people to fight back, snap and snarl, and go ballistic! But then they win. Let’s be kind. Complain in a civil manner, but do fight back. Write letters, it works – well, often it does. Be dogged in demanding civility and good service – vote with your dollar! That does work. Above all my darlings, be kind. Life is short, so let’s make it sweet! Also Happy Canada Day July 1st and Happy July 4th! 

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The *itch is back

Her new new show Bethenny's Getting Married got a boost from the feud with former BFF Jill Zarin?

Recently I got a little annoyed when I had to say to no to someone. I was being pushed, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t care for the wheedling or the disappointed tone when I had to refuse the request. I don’t say no to people very often. If I can help, I will, and that is what is so frustrating about the lack of give and take. This is not the first time this has happened. I have started to wonder if being nice and considerate is confused with being a doormat by too many people.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from a defenseless victim. I have an edge. A wicked sense of humour is a formidable weapon. I can defend myself when necessary. But, why should I? I prefer civility and cooperation: two things the world is sadly lacking these days.
I don’t want my default setting to be an automatic “no”. Nor do I want develop the type of confrontational persona I see so often these days. It’s unattractive. I always wonder what is wrong with someone who is confrontational for no reason. What makes them so insecure? I am always amazed to find that some people, especially women, think these tactics convey confidence and power. The opposite is true.  
Joan Collins the iconic*itchGranted some successful and powerful women are *itches. We have all heard about them. And no, I don’t mean women who are assertive and called names for it. I am talking about successful “mean girls”; the one who are nasty, manipulative and demeaning for no reason. Joan Collins perfected this type character in the 1980s in her iconic roll as Alexis Carrington. People still adore her for it. It is fun on-screen, but not in person.
Audiences couldn’t get enough for Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. I have to wonder if the new Bravo series, Bethenny Getting Married would have had its record high ratings if not for the feud between Bethenny and her former BFF Jill Zarin. All the Bravo Housewives series are popular.
When it come to entertainment — the *itch is back. Human behaviour is fascinating. There is a certain entertainment value in seeing outrageous people behaving outrageously. Princess Anne Banton Lofters, the creator the Real Housewives of Atlanta, told me “people like to live vicariously. If you are just a housewife, it’s exciting to see a catfight and watch women who drive fancy cars. They like to see a fantasy life and watch these women who are larger than life, with all their drama. They may sit at home and say ‘Isn’t that awful that she did that!’ – but they enjoy it”.
I think she is dead on. People like to root for their side just as people who watch sports. Or they enjoy seeing someone do something they would secretly love to do, but they would never have the nerve to do it, or they wouldn’t have the stomach for the repercussions. Those of us who think about repercussions are the last guardians of civility. I know that thinking about the damage that bad behaviour wreaks is often what keeps me from losing it. And heavens know there are days I would to love to pitch my own fit at rude and infuriating individuals. 
That brings me to those who scorn these shows – the participants and the viewer. I got a kick out of talk show host Joy Behar, who recently said she couldn’t believe how women on those shows talked. She constantly talks over her own guests and insults people. Perhaps she doesn’t see herself, or she feels her status as a “comic” excuses her. Some friends, who can’t watch such things, are the worst offenders when it comes to bad behavior. Even though I love them, there is no way to avoid the fact sometimes they are fractious, outspoken, and just plain *itchy.
Lots of lovely people don’t watch reality TV or Dynasty-type shows, but they are polite about it. It’s the way I am about sports. I don’t get it, but I see no reason to be rude about it.
The *itch may be back in style, but the tide turns quickly, as Jill Zarin on The New York Housewives found out when she got a little too nasty in a fight with the popular Bethenny Frankel. Viewers turned on her big time. It was ugly. But then again viewers are fickle, so she may be next year’s queen of the small screen. One thing is certain; controversy keeps you in the news and sells merchandise. And no matter no how popular you are, everyone won’t love you. Someone will always take a shot at you for something. Staying civil under fire is a good thing, but being a doormat is crazy and self defeating. I’m not much on being a wallflower who fades in the background. But I don’t think that means you have to be a *itchy bullhorn and drown out everyone else either.
As for me darlings, I am going to stick to being civil. But I like knowing that I can channel my inner Joan Collins whenever I need her. 
NB: I spell it *itch not out of any false gentility, but to avoid getting DD stuck in overzealous spam filters that don’t like certain words, especially for those of you who read us at work.



A no-gym summer shape-up

Pilates in actionSummer is the time to tone-up. It is never too late to get in shape. If you have been putting off starting an exercise program because you don’t like traditional gyms and workouts, you may want to try Pilates and Gyrotronics. Both are popular with celebrities because they build strength and flexibility without adding bulk.  

Pilates and Gyrotronics are taught in serene studios, not gyms that may turn you off if you are fitness-phobic, or have an aversion to the “meat-market atmosphere” in many mass-market gyms.
Since Joseph Pilates first invented Pilates in the 1920s, many different styles have evolved. Choose carefully to find the best one for you. With a good teacher you should progress quickly.
Both Pilates and Gyrotronics will rejuvenate your mind while reshaping your body. I have become addicted to my Pilates class. Both methods have a reputation for being pricey, but small, group classes make it affordable.
Curious? Then read on, as expert instructors Shelly Ruggiano and Jolayne Berg from Core Atlanta Pilates and Gyrotronics Studio give us the 411 on these fabulous ways to get into shape.
Shelly Ruggiano is an instructor at Core Atlanta Pilates and Gyrotronics Studio.
DD: Can anyone do Pilates?
SR:  Absolutely yes! Pilates accomplishes complete coordination of body, mind and spirit. According to Joseph Pilates through practice, "you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities."  
DD: What is a reformer and what is its purpose?
SR:  A reformer is a long piece of equipment that you can lay, sit, or stand on, with a base for your body, and a foot bar for your hands and feet.  It has a moving "carriage" base and is spring loaded.  The spring settings change with the exercise.  The purpose of a reformer is basically the same as the purpose for practicing the Pilates method. 
DD:  What are the tower and the chair in Pilates?
SR: They are pieces of equipment designed by Joseph Pilates and used in the studio. The Tower is used for mat work; there are springs plus resistance bars attached to two upright poles that are anchored into the wall.  There are hundreds of exercises available to be performed on the tower. The Wunda Chair is a small spring-loaded "chair” designed by Joseph Pilates. He patterned it after a training apparatus used by the Chinese to train their gymnasts. He designed it so it would fit into a small New York apartment. It also offers resistance while performing much exercise.
DD: Does the practice of Pilates always require equipment? What is a “mat class”?
SR:  No, actually the original form of Pilates is mat work, it was originally called "Contrology". A mat class is a series of exercises, all with names, that flow from one to the other and in a particular order.  The spine is flexed, extended and twisted and the "powerhouse” or “core’ is actively engaged and challenged.  
DD: What makes Pilates different from other forms of exercise?
SR: Pilates focuses on the mind-body connection.  We start from the inside-out, beginning mainly with pelvic stability.  Emphasis is placed on centering and stabilization, control, concentration, flow of movement, breath, and precision. The results from Pilates are incredible; you’ll increase strength, stamina, coordination and range of motion. You’ll be rejuvenated due to the deep breathing and continual motion. You’ll improve your posture and overall mental and physical state.
DD: How long does it take to see results if you are trying to reshape your body?
SR: There’s a famous quote from Joseph Pilates that states, "In 10 sessions you’ll feel a difference, in 20 you’ll see a difference, in 30 you’ll have a whole new body." Consistency and frequency, as in any exercise method, are key to reaping the numerous benefits of Pilates!
Joylane Berg is Gryrotronic instructor at Core Atlanta Pilates and Gyrotronics studio.

DD: What is Gyrotonic? 
JB: Gyrotonic is a unique form of exercise that conditions the body in a very complete, holistic way.  It is a machine-based system that centers around movement of the spine – moving it in all possible ways. In fact, it is often described as different
than Pilates primarily because of that element – the spherical/circular movement it encourages in the body.  The movement is also "Core" based. It simultaneously strengthens and stretches the body. It has a strong focus on breath work, creates suppleness and space in the joints, and often leaves one with a feeling of mental alertness, physical readiness, and a feeling of being energized, yet calm.

DD: What is Gyrokinesis? 

JB: Gyrokinesis is basically the mat version of Gyrotonic.  It starts on a stool, and eventually goes to floor work. Rhythm and breath is used throughout the class.
Without machines, it requires the body to both work with itself and create an internal opposition, so that it can achieve more opening, length, and strength.

DD: Who can benefit from Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis? 

JB: Everyone!  If there are severe injuries or limitations, it is always recommended to take a private session, rather than a group Gyrokinesis class.

DD: What are the benefits? 

JB: Well, this is always going to vary from individual to individual, as each body is unique.  But, some of the benefits experienced by people include: increased hand/eye coordination, a deeper sense off the body awareness, strength, suppleness, increased range of motion, decreased or total recovery from pain, empowerment, balance, and increased body length.

DD: How long does it take to see results? 

JB: Again, going to vary from person to person, depending on how often it is practiced, and taking in to consideration that everyone has different starting points.  It should feel good in the first session, and often becomes quite addictive. That is definitely a plus when wanting to take on a new discipline!

DD: Are Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis often practiced with other types of fitness? 

JB: Yes, and no.  At our studio, we teach both Pilates and Gyro, and many of our clients incorporate both into their exercise regimens. While they compliment each other well, it is not necessary to combine the two.  Certainly though, whatever else you are doing physically, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis will only enhance those things!
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Make Waves

Margaret Cho of Drop Dead Diva Sexy waves are a hot summer hair look. Margaret Cho of the popular series Drop Diva wears her hair in waves.  Series hair stylist Richard Boggs reveals his insider tips and tricks on how to make your hair "drop-dead" gorgeous, using White Sands Hair Care.  Margaret Cho has thick, coarse hair with a lot of natural body to support her easily-styled tresses. "This makes her hair a dream for a long days shooting on Drop Dead Diva", explained Boggs.

Her are the steps he used to achieve her look:
·        Shampoo and condition hair with White Sands Vegan Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to thoroughly cleanse, while infusing a vital moisture balance back into each strand.
·        Apply a generous amount of White Sands Curl Up in Silk Mousse from the scalp to the ends of the hair shaft.
·        "I always blow dry Margaret with her head bent forward to gain maximum fullness and to obtain complete dryness," reveals Boggs.
·        Section off one-inch partings starting at the nape area, and spray the entire head with White Sands Liquid Texture Firm Hold. "This thermal protectant is our secret to keep styles in place on set even after a long day of shooting. Plus, the hair has an amazing glass-like sheen!"
·         With these one-inch sections prepped for hold and shine, use a large barrel curling iron, utilizing the Marcel styling technique from roots to end.
·        Tip: Want to master Marcel in a flash? Try the new White Sands Curling Iron which fuses Marcel and Spring into one tool. This innovative Curling Iron makes it easy to show off your hairstyling talents with its rotating "barrel". Since the barrel rotates rather than the handle, the power of beautiful Marcel waves is at your fingertips!  "After curling and then sending her to makeup, I finger brush out for a soft, sexy, wavy style," says Boggs.
Glam waves for all hair typesI am already a convert to White Sands styling products. White Sands Liquid Texture Medium Hold and Porosity The Fix are staples in my styling regime. So, I was fascinated by the new collection of White Sands Curling Irons.  I have never seen anything like the rotating barrel curling iron and the stunning waves it produced.The results are pure glamour. 

Save your whites

Pesky yellow perspiration stains on pristine whites are not a very glam conversation topic. But it is even less chic when they appear under arms or on collars marring your look. The problem can be frustrating, especially since they are hard to remove. Lady Speed Stick with Stainguard technology tackles the problem with a new patent- pending “gelling system” to help the antiperspirant adhere to your skin better. The same system keeps it from leaving tacky a white residue on your dark clothes. It comes in two scents Powder Fresh and Daringly Fresh. Men suffer from this problem too, so there is a New Speed Stick with Stainguard for them too.

Nasty sweat stains are  hard to remove act promptlyDolceDolce tip: Never use chlorine bleach on delicate whites. Over time, it can yellow cotton. To remove stains and whiten delicates, launder promptly if you know you have a stain, or you perspire heavily. Add Borax to your detergent; it helps by softening water. Take a few minutes to pre-treat stains. I use plain, gentle soap from my bathroom sink to wash out stains on cottons, washable silk, or lingerie. Use cold or warm water – never hot! Soak overnight. To a basin of cool water, add: ¼ cup of 5 percent hydrogen peroxide or pure lemon juice. Test the mixture on a corner of any fabric you are concerned it may damage. Rinse in cold water and dry in the sun. It works wonders on anything dingy and many yellow-based stains.   


Entourage star Perrey Reeves recently wore K. Brunini’s Body Armor cuffs to the premiere of the show’s seventh seasonBold bracelets have been a recurrent theme on the catwalks for the past few seasons. Big bold cuffs have never been more fashion-forward. Entourage star Perrey Reeves recently wore K. Brunini’s Body Armor cuffs to the premiere of the show’s seventh season in Los Angeles. The look is bold and inspirational – a true signature style in the making. The custom-made cuffs are sterling silver, fire blasted one-of-a-kind, and $10,000 each. The Body Armor collection from Katey Brunini is the final chapter in her Shapes of Strength series.