Get the look you love

Zooey Deschanel is the latest star to channel Audrey Hepburn's style on the red carpet! Do you want to be able walk into room the way a celebrity struts onto a red carpet? Then take a note from their book and “steal” your look.
 
Many celebrities “borrow” from the glamorous stars of old Hollywood. Madonna finally broke through with her hit Material Girl when she dressed as Marilyn Monroe. Old school glamour helped make Madonna a star. 
 
Pretty stars including Renée Zellweger, Blake Lively, Katharine McPhee  – just to name a few — can’t resist trying on Marilyn’s trademark look themselves. Even Nicole Kidman recently appeared on the cover of Wa la Monroe. Just watch how traces of Monroe’s sexy style will linger. Stars including Scarlett Johansson “steal” the allure of Marilyn’s look with a flaxen bob, porcelain skin, defined brows, and scarlet lips.
 
Kim Kardashian has been cribbing style notes from the elegant Sophia Loren, with her sultry 60s eye makeup and fedoras. Angelina Jolie also channels la Loren with her winged eyeliner, masses of brunette hair, and classic but dramatic evening gowns. Like Sophia before her, Jolie is a hot mamma.
 
Celebrities love to copy Audrey Hepburn’s iconic look. You can spot it easily on willowy girls like Jennifer Love Hewitt, Winona Ryder, or Audrey TautouZooey Deschanel  has the “Audrey” look latelyon the red carpet with her coifed bangs, pearls, and couture ball gowns. Even celebrities with no physical resemblance to Hepburn, such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Beckham, and JLo, have copied Hepburn’s Holly Golightly look from Breakfast at Tiffany’s with doe eyes and pearls. 
 
With a little practice you can get your favourite look too. You can find countless makeup tutorials on YouTube that will instruct you with precision on how to recreate any celebrity look. The goal is not to look like a female impersonator – unless it is Halloween or you are attending a fancy dress party. Instead, copy Kim K.’s lead and let your celebrity icon “inspire” your look. Kim does not look like a retro version of Sophia Loren, but one can see Loren’s influence, and it looks fabulous.
 
For the most striking and successful result, choose a celebrity you resemble, at least superficially. Study your favourite to “dissect” her fashion and beauty magic. Look carefully and you will notice that actresses use clothes to mask flaws and play up their best features. Study their techniques to do the same.
 
The best looks are a combination of hair, makeup, jewelry, and clothing that create an illusion.
 
So darlings, go ahead and get the look you love!
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Trend alert, lingerie dresses

Lauren Parsekian, fiancée of Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, looked stunning in a nude and black lace gown with a pleated chiffon overlay from THEIA's Spring 2013 Collection. We loved this elegant dress on Lauren. It encapsulates one of spring’s hottest trends, the lingerie look. The sophisticated combination of black and nude overlay with delicate chiffon is exactly what we will be seeing this spring.
 
We also like this Tadashi Shoji Textured Lace Peplum Dress $325
 
 
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Lover’s glow

Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger knows that it is chemistry that makes a real love connection. She also likes her clients to have a healthy looking glow.
 
So get ready for Valentine’s Day by following Fake Bake’s recipe for a natural, sexy glow.
 
Start with your body:
Scrub your body with Passionfruit Body Scrub .
 
Carefully apply the Fake Bake Self-Tanner that works best for you using the signature color guide. Try Flawless, the Fake Bake's spray-on tanner that comes with its own mitt so application is literally “flawless.”
 
Maintain the glow with Tan Enhancing Lotion.  It has a sexy, subtle shimmer!
 
For your face:
Gently exfoliate using Bamboo Buffing Carefully apply a thin layer of Platinum Face. For long lasting results, apply a thin layer daily.
 
When you have no prep time, the best solution is to use a temporary tanner like Bronze on the Glow. You can spray it on your entire body for an instant glow that will last all night, and then you can wash it off the next day in the shower.

On special now: The Flawless Bundle $57.99.

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Beat the winter blues naturally

Massage, relaxing baths, yoga and meditation can all help lift your mood!
If you suffer from the winter blues try these natural tips inspired by Ayurvedic medicine to lift your mood. Ayurvedic medicine is a traditional holistic type of medicine that originated in India. It has been practiced for thousands of years, and emphasizes balance, massage, and hygiene.
 
A daily self-massage will increase circulation and help to remove toxins from your body. Touch also calms the nerves and can help you to relax. Use natural oils such as safflower, almond, or unscented sesame to nourish your skin. Natural oils are excellent moisturizers that seep deeply into dry skin. Safflower, sesame and almond oil are full of essential fatty acids that nourish your skin and help renew its moisture barrier.
 
Scent the oil if you like with a few drops of essential oil. Lavender oil will help you relax the evening. Rosemary oil aids digestion. A few drops of Rose Neroli, or geranium oil can help to lift your spirits. A good health food store will have a supply of pure oils and usually someone to advise you, or you can try a specialty online supplier.
 
Follow your massage with a replacing bath or shower. Use a gentle cleanser that will not strip your skin. Neutrogena: Rainbath Revitalizing Shower and Bath Gel Grapefruit, Rainbath Renewing Shower and Bath Pear & Green Tea, and Rain Bath Refreshing Shower and Bath Original smell lovely and leave skin soft.
 
Experts agree that regular exercise can alleviate minor depression. Try a mind-body practice like yoga. Exercise daily or at least three to four times a week. You will be amazed at the changes in your mood and body.
 
Get outside. Walk at moderate to brisk pace. Enjoy your surroundings. Focus on nature. Even if you feel discouraged and like staying in make an effort, tell yourself you will walk for five minutes, and come back if you are not feeling better. You may surprise yourself and walk for an hour.
 
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Get Nicole’s super sexy SAG look

 
At the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Nicole Kidman looked sexy and sophisticated in a solid bob haircut. c
 
Here is how to get the look.  Do it exactly the way celebrity stylist David Babaii did:
 
David began by warming a small amount of IT&LY's Pure Water Drops in the palms of his hands before applying it through the hair. Next, he dried her hair with a nozzle attachment and a large round brush to smooth hair completely straight. In order to achieve flawless straight hair, control is a must.
 
David sectioned her hair first: top, sides, and back. To begin, he started by drying the nape area first and then proceeded until her entire head was dry. After creating a center part and to ensure sleek perfection, he finished the hair with IT&LY's Racing Red Professional 1" Digital Iron.
 
 
 
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Breathless, a hotter-than-hot trilogy

Rush by Maya Banks, is the first book in new hotter-than-hot trilogy, Breathless. In Rush, the bestselling romance author has penned a sexy, smoldering S&M romance that is sure to delight the fans of newly popular genre.
 
Rush is the love story of Mia and Gabe. Mia is the young, feisty sister of Gabe’s best friend and business partner. Gabe has always been attracted to her, but he stayed away because Mia was so young and his friend’s sister. Mia has always had a crush on Gabe, her brother’s older magnetic but distant friend. When they meet again neither can resist the pull of their mutual attraction. Mia is surprised at how she responds to Gabe’s unusual treatment of her. Gabe finds himself unwillingly falling deeply in love with Mia.
 
Banks’s steamy novel will delight romance readers who like their fiction to have a strong climax.
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Easy low-cal salmon and pesto in parchment

PaperChef bag keeps the fish moist and makes clean up a snap. Scroll down to see finished dish.Everyone knows that cooking a healthful meal at home is the best way to stay slim and healthy. Paper Chef Parchment bags make cooking tasty low-calories meals a snap.
 
I love these easy-to-use bags; they that make cooking and cleaning up quick and easy. With Paper Chef, cooking French style “en papillae” keeps fish and vegetables moist and they never stick to your pans or grill.
 
This salmon topped with pesto is very easy to make. The basil complements the fish, and the crispy shallots add a lot of crunch for very few calories. It is perfect for a fast weekend day dinner.
Preheat oven to 425F/200C
For two:
Place in bag:
1 boned and skinned salmon fillet, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper.
Spread with homemade our store bought Pesto (1½ tbsp.).
Just toss the bag away for easy clean up.Top pesto with 1 tbsp. crispy fried shallots (from the Thai section of the grocery), optional.
Close bag and bake 18 minutes for 2 inch/ 5 cm thick fillet.
 
 
 
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Pearls!

Darlings, I want tell you about something I am very excited about.   Next week, I am launching my own online store, Luxury of Pearls as well as a Facebook social store.
 
I have been thinking about doing this for a while. I finally decided to go ahead because I love pearls. Everywhere I go, women want to know where I bought my pearls and how they can buy some too. I thought it would be fun to make that happen. I will let you know when it is live next week! 
 
Until next week, please sign-up if you haven’t already; email your info to domore@dolcedolce.comDolceDolceis free. And please forward us to all your friends. And please give us your comments by emailing us at the same address. We want to know what you think. Please LIKE us on FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/pages/dolcedolcecom/215363998481866 Look for our logo! Let’s start the conversation!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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