Let those glossy images inspire you!

Find inspiration in the pages of  your favourite glossy !Gone are the days when fashion dictates sent made women despair, if they couldn’t afford the latest designer looks. These days, less expensive alternatives go on sale as soon as designer dresses hit the runways or are seen on the red carpet. Often the designer who made the original also created the knockoffs. All that keeps women from being fashionable these days is a lack of personal style or confidence. 

Reading a fashion magazine can be a daunting experience for anyone who takes it too seriously. As a former glossy magazine editor I swing between exasperated and amused. I am annoyed at superior little articles by editors raving on about how dark roots are just the thing to show how busy and savvy one is these days. Neglected roots make hair look dirty, unkempt, and sometimes make woman look a touch haggard. A recent survey of more than a thousand women in the United Kingdom confirmed that women judge other women harshly for having uncoloured roots. It’s just not a good look.  
Darlings, I love a little attitude and effect, but not at the expense of individuality and true style. While you may see a few streaks of gold in Anna Wintour’s signature bob, I am fairly certain you will never see her sporting platinum or red locks, no matter no strong the trend. She has a style and sticks to it. Well-dressed women adjust to fashion, but seldom stray from their own styles. Fashion slaves are amusing to watch, but are they well-dressed?
Fashion should be fun. Too many women today don’t enjoy fashion. They stress too much about wearing uncomfortable shoes or constricting clothes. They wear things that hurt or forego beautiful clothes for silly reasons. They worry they are not as tall or thin as the models in their favourite magazines. Well, neither are most of the editors who create those glossy pages. Have you seen Nina Garcia from Project Runway? She does not let her Latina curves stop her from being a world class fashionista.
The images in glossy magazines intimidate most women. Even those with big budgets can be overwhelmed by those pages. The pictures are idealized, but are meant to inspire. Study the photos of celebrities and socialites; many are not “model” tall or thin, but they look fabulous. While the outfits may be pricey, the images are not unattainable. Learn to take apart the pages and pull out the elements you like and think will work for you. Things similar to those shown in the magazines are in the shops at all prices, and they will work for you.
Next time you read a glossy magazine, let those glossy images inspire you!

The doctor’s summer refresher course

Sam RizkIf you have been thinking about, little personal touch up.  

Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Sam Rizk (www.drsamrizk.com) is known for giving patients a natural look. He says summer vacation — when the kids are away or you have a few weeks off from work — can be the perfect time for a little facial freshening.
Here Dr. Rizk’s suggestions for what can be accomplished in a few short weeks:

The 30s
For this group, summer is the best time to focus on freshening up the eyes, the "windows to the soul." Botox and laser resurfacing can reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and other wrinkles.

According to The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), Botox is the second most popular aesthetic procedure, second only to rhinoplasty (a nose job), in women aged 22 to 34.

Women in their 30s may also feel self conscious about drooping and puffy upper and lower eyelids. To remedy this, Dr. Rizk recommends blepharoplasty, an advanced scar-less technique using an incision inside the lower eyelid. This procedure is usually performed in an office with local anesthesia in less than 45 minutes.  Blepharoplasty can also be done on the upper eyelids.

The 40s

This is the time when women begin to notice sagging around the jaw line. During this decade, a neck lift could be just the ticket to a fresher, more youthful appearance.

As we age, muscles become loose and drop underneath the skin. Dr. Rizk’s surgical approach to a neck lift addresses the deeper tissue by going under the muscle and sliding it backwards into its original youthful position. This technique results in less bruising and swelling. Scars heal better and quicker because there is no tension on superficial layers of the skin. This lift results in a natural, softer look that creates definition along the jaw line and neck, not tightness.

The 50s

By the time a woman reaches her 50s, a facelift is the second most popular procedure, following the brow lift according to the AAFPRS. Dr. Rizk recommends a customized approach to any face lift in order to achieve a long lasting, natural result and rapid recovery.

As we age, gravity, sun-exposure, genetic factors, smoking, pollution, and life stresses all combine to loosen and sag our facial tissues. These aging changes may deepen the folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial fold) and result in jowl formation and loss of definition around the jaw line. A facelift must address the muscle layer, fat and skin in order to look natural and achieve longevity. As with the neck lift, in a facelift Dr. Rizk works with the deeper tissues resulting in a more natural look, better healing and quicker recovery time.


The dress is a hit

Have you seen Bravo’s new show Platinum Hit starring Kara DioGuardi? We think the new song writing reality show is hit, and we love Kara’s style too. She shines as a combination mentor-judge in a field she knows best. 

We also love her look in this Maggie London lace dress. It’s a definite hit at only $148.

All about attraction

When it comes to scent, darlings, it is all about the art of attraction. It starts when you are getting dressed and indulging in layers of a beautiful sensual scent. It makes you feel beautiful and sexy. Then you can go out and unleash your feminine wiles on the world, or maybe just one special person. 

To create that special alchemy, you don’t want just any scent. Victoria Secret knows that, so they created VS Attractions, a fragrance line that contains Evertempt, a special blend of notes that “radiate an almost pheromone-like allure”. They added this special intoxicating blend to four fragrances. The more I use them, the more I like them. The scents seem much more expensive than they are, and are a perfect option, if you are on a budget. This is just the thing for the warm sensual season ahead.
There are four VS Attractions to choose from:
Sweet Craving is a warm vanilla praline scent that is almost edible. I love this for a cozy night at home. It smells like a sexy cookie.
Wild One is a blend of Midnight Raspberry and Sexy Lily. This sensual fruity scent is good for days and evenings.
Glam Goodness combines the essence of Naked Freesia with a Sensual Musk for feminine and sexy fragrance.
Love Bitten is sweet with “Forbidden” Apple and Sultry Wood. This is a sexy, fruity, fun-loving scent.





Jersey style

Tracy DiMarcoLove it or hate, Jersey girls have style. Stylists Tracey DiMarco and Anthony Lombardi from the Style Network’s hit show Jerseylicious turn out some serious “Jersey style” at the Gatsby Salon on Jerseylicious. They offered DolceDolce readers some of their favourite styling tips for summer. Try them if you feel like going a little Jerseylicious, after all it has never been hotter to be a Jersey girl.

Tracy’s tips:
·        Condition: The sun makes your hair dry and dead. While you’re laying out, put some leave-in conditioner or use a treatment in your hair to prevent damage. 
·        A tan is a must have! But no tan is worth ruining your skin. Make sure you throw on sunscreen even if it’s a low number sunscreen like 4! Just don’t put baby oil on!
·        DolceDolce recommends a minimum SPF 30 for skin care safety and anti-aging, and using a good and sunless tanner. But we love our Jersey girls!
·        Get yourself a Maxi dress. It can come in handy as a cover up for your bathing suit, or could be cute for dinner right from the beach/pool. 
·        Summer is a great time to wear for hats. Either a big floppy hat to block the sun or a cute straw fedora to match your sundress. 
·        Makeup is not necessary for the beach. But a bare face isn’t right either. So put on some mascara on top and bottom lashes, it will brighten up your eyes! You never now when you’ll run into a cutie on the beach!
Anthony Lombardi and Tracy DiMarcoAnthony’s tips:
·        Add some summer highlights. You don’t need many, just a few to give a sun-kissed glow.
·        Get an anti-frizz treatment.  Summer humidity can cause a very bad hair day. GK hair or Bioionic Kerasmooth can be lifesavers.
·        When out in the sun, put one pint of Lamke sun care treatment in a spray bottle with two pints of water, and keep spraying and combing your hair all day.  It helps with sun damage.
·        If you’re a guy and you’re bald out in the sun, wear a sunscreen on your head with a SPF of at least 30.
·        Ponytails are timeless classics.

Crusading lovers

The Kings Witch by Cecelia Holland weaves a tale around a mysterious female doctor who travels with Richard the Lionhearted to the Crusades. Edythe, as she is called, is a Jew who survived the King of France’s purge of her people. Queen Eleanor took the daughter of a learned physician in and saved her, telling her to say she was raised in a convent. The Queen helped many Jews, who also carried her letters and help her.

Eleanor sends Edythe to spy on Eleanor’s daughter, Queen Joanna and her son Richard in the Holy Land. But while Edythe hates espionage, the Holy Land awakens her need to reclaim her true identity. It is risky. She may lose everything – even the love of her life.
Holland paints a lively picture of Plantagenet intrigues, the foolhardiness of the Crusades, and the prejudices of the era. This is an engaging tale of love and folly.

Top doc’s guide glowing skin

Dr. Jeannette GrafStop Aging, Start Living by Jeanette Graf M.D. with Alisa Bowman is like having a really smart dermatologist for a friend. Dr. Jeanette Graf is a well-respected cosmetic dermatologist who is often quoted in beauty and fashion magazines. In her book, she confesses to be a beauty junkie who learned the hard way that beauty starts from the inside out.

Dr. Graf shares her recipe for great skin. It involves vitamins, minerals, fresh fruits and vegetables — andgreens powder. She believes that too much acid is the enemy of great skin and robs you of you glow. She tells you exactly what to take and how to test for the right PH to get your glow back!
This informative little volume includes tips on how to slow down aging and select the right products for your skin, and other professional trade secrets.
Dr. Graf’s boon names products and gives precise instructions on to how to take care of your skin, unlike other experts whose books frustratingly give only general recommendations. She also recommends products at all price points.
This is good book of basic skin care wisdom for any woman looking for guidance. Also check out Dr. Graf’s website:

Grilled chicken Caesar salad

Lean grilled chicken on tasty Caesar makes a perfect summer supper!Contributor Liz Bell whipped up this tasty warm-weather supper on her grill. Unlike Liz, I never cook outside, but I will be serving this dish from my stovetop grill pan. Give Liz’s quick dinner a try. Liz is super-busy; she’s a flight attendant who sells farm-fresh eggs and fresh-baked goods made with them!

Here is Liz and her recipe:
Ladies, here is an easy recipe for a quick meal on a summer night when you do not feel like cooking in the kitchen. I love it served with a warm crusty roll. You can pair it with your favorite white wine. I prefer a nice Chardonnay. A smooth red will do just as well. Enjoy.
Grilled chicken Caesar salad
1 head of Romaine lettuce
1/3 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
Grated Parmesan/Romano cheese to taste
Creamy Caesar salad dressing. Buy low-cal, or use recipe to follow
½ cup Caesar salad croûtons (add more if you desire – see low cal recipe)
1 boneless skinless chicken breast (flatten it with a mallet, so it will cook evenly on the grill)
Wash and dry the lettuce and place it on a cutting board. Cut it with a chef knife in half, length-wise. Lay the cut side down on the cutting board. Starting at the top or the head, cut the lettuce across into strips about one inch wide until you get to the bottom or the core. Chop into bite-sized pieces. Pieces do not have to be exact. In fact, irregular is preferred.
Place cut lettuce in a large bowl. Add the grated parmesan/Romano cheese and mix well. Set aside for now.
Put your chicken on the grill. I like to use Lawry’s Seasoned Salt for a little flavor. Grill the chicken on both sides, and then remove it onto a plate. You want it to cool a bit before you cut it for the salad. While the chicken is cooling, add your croûtons and dressing into the salad mixture. (I like to wait till almost the last minute with the dressing; adding it too soon will wilt the lettuce.)
Place salad on a plate so it mounds in the middle. Cut your chicken into strips and place on top of the salad.
There you have it! A nice meal in about a half hour, and it looks fabulous.
Caesar Salad dressing
Crush one small clove of garlic
Add one or two chopped anchovies, or 1 to 2 tsps. of anchovy paste (leave this out if you hate anchovies or have an allergy. You can also substitute 1 tsp. fish sauce in a pinch)
¼ cup lemon juice
2 tbsp. good wine vinegar
½ to ¾-cup good oil
Mix till thick and creamy
Cube one or two slices of bread
Spray the cubes with Pam or another cooking spray – olive oil spray good.
Toss with 1 tsp. garlic powder and 1tsp. oregano
Toast in toaster or regular oven at 450 degrees F. for seven to 10 minutes, or until crunchy.