High Pony!

nicholask-hair-trendGiannandrea, the Creative Director and celebrity stylist of

Macadamia Professional International , created

this show stopping high ponytail for Nicholas K

SS  ’17 , New York Fashion Week.

Hair How To: The Horsetail

Start with wet hair and apply Macadamia Professional Blow Dry Lotion

throughout the lengths to smooth and protect hair from heat styling.


Blow-dry large sections straight with a large round brush.

Brush all the hair upward to the top center of the crown.

All the sides and back of the hair must direct very tightly to the top center.


Pull hair into a ponytail, smoothing all sides as needed and secure with strong hair elastic.

Spray Macadamia Professional Tousled Texture Finishing Spray

through length of the ponytail to create body and definition.


Take a medium sized section from the back bottom of the ponytail.

Wrap the section around the base of the elastic and spray

Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray  to help the hair stay in place.

Create a tall, 3-inch thick band that covers the elastic. Use straight pins all around while wrapping and smoothing it in place.


Lightly spray the top of the head with Macadamia Professional Flex Hold Shaping Hairspray

and gently run hands over the hair to smooth flyaways.


Brush the ponytail and spray Macadamia Professional Weightless Moisture Dry Oil Micro Mist

to achieve the ultimate finish and shine for a glamorous look.


The products are priced from $19.95 to $31.95




Amore Pacific Age Correcting CC

_12343811 If you are a fan of the exclusive Korean

skincare line Amore Pacific,

as I am, you may be wondering how their new

Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion

Broad Spectrum SPF 25

differs from their popular  Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50.  

Besides the additional anti-aging botanicals packed into the

Age Correcting Foundation Cushion here are the main differences I noticed:

The Age Correcting Foundation Cushion is very moist but less dewy on my skin.

The Color Control Cushion Compact is very dewy looking,

so I need to blot it at times. The Age Correcting Foundation

Cushion isn’t matte but it is not at all shiny and to my eye

It has a more “finished look”.

The Age Correcting Foundation Cushion does offer a little heavier coverage

but you can apply it so it looks and feels very light and sheer.

If you want — or are used to “coverage” or “foundation” — you won’t like either.

Both formulas “float” on your skin. The look is very natural and pretty.

I admit I am mystified by the difference in SPF between the two compacts,

I suspect it has to with making the formula for older women more hydrating and less drying.

In the end, it is unimportant. Wearing a hat is real answer to prolonged sun exposure.

If your skin is very dry, sensitive, and you want smooth out minor flaws and keep a no-makeup glow consider the new Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion.

On the other hand, if your skin is normal or just slightly dry and you are looking for sun protection, a little camouflage, and pretty natural look the Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact might be your best option.

I wear shade 102, it is perfect on my very fair ivory skin. If you look at the shades on line they can look deceptive. 102 can appear very pink on a screen and it is actually called Light, Pink.  Don’t be put off, I wear it and I have no pink tones my skin. It is best to try it out on at store, if possible.

The Amore Pacific Age Correcting Foundation Cushion costs $80, with one refill.

The Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact, costs $60, with one refill.






Back2 Blonde

Even the most fastidious beauty can used a little helpback2blonde

keeping her blonde-on between salon appointments.

Spray-on root cover-ups are the easiest fast fix

but the problem is most of them  just doing work.

Some temporary sprays just don’t  cover anything at all

and others look like paint or shoe polish. Yuck!

I recently tried a sample of Everpro Back2 Blonde temporary, instant fix for dark roots.

It comes in three shades: light, medium, and dark blonde –and it work!

You have to use enough so get ready to spray – not spritz. I like that it doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It left my hair was blonde and brushable.

It cost $12.99 for a 4 ounce can




Soothe sore muscles

Anyone who takes working out  knows that hydropeptide-stimulating-relief

aches and pains are part of the territory.

HydroPeptide Stimulating Relief Balm is a luxurious way

to soothe aching muscles.  This hydrating balm also contains

anti-inflammatory ingredients.

You can use it  before and after workouts. Motivate and reward yourself with this delicious scented treat.


Trend alert: The new must-have the LVD

For a quick and easy fall fashion update tradedkny-velvet-dress

your little black dress

For a little velvet slip dress.

This versatile and flattering item can slip under jacket by day.

Pair it with trendy over-the-knee boots or new

chunky-heeled, T-strap pumps.

If you want a little more coverage, try this

DNKY V-Neck Velvet Slip Dress in Navy, $498


Try on the trend for under $100 with this lace trimmed,

flowing dress from Urban Outfitters.

BOG Collective Crushed Velvet Lace Midi Slip Dress, $79



The Little Book of Healthy Beauty

In the last few years, I have seen a slew of new booksthe-little-book-of-healthy-beauty

on “Healthy” or “Natural” beauty.

The Little Book of Healthy Beauty;

Simple Habits to Get You Glowing

by Pina Loguidice, ND, LAc.

is a standout.

Dr. Pina knows her stuff. Her book is full of advice you can really use.

Dr. Pina is practical and down to earth and doesn’t recommend crazy time consuming

regimes or outrageous lists of supplements.

If you want specific and practical suggestions based on real research to improve your health,

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Crunchy Herbed Guacamole

imusa-lemon-squeezerIt may be fall, but the weather is still perfect for casual

patio entertaining. Guacamole with warm artisan Taco chips

with spicy Salsa is favourite at my house.

I end up squeezing tons of lemons and limes for

the avocados and drinks. My favourite citrus squeezer is

made by IMUSA. If you haven’t  heard of it,

it is the leading Hispanic cookware brand.

We have at least five different citrus presses –

including a stunning vintage chrome Deco number. But our little

handheld IMUSA is our go-to! I use it for cooking and making drinks

– including Margaritas! I love it because it is so easy and quick

to use and clean. Even my little hands can get all the juice!

And the price of IMUSA is so reasonable!


Crunchy Herbed Guacamole

by George Duran for IMUSA

2 ripened avocados

¼ cup cilantro

¼ cup fresh chives

Juice of ½ lime

Bottled Chipotle Hot Pepper Sauce (optional)

3 small red radishes

Kosher salt or table salt, to taste

Scoop avocado flesh inside a Molcajete and add the cilantro, chopped chives, lime juice, and chipotle sauce. (I haven’t tried the IMUSA Granite Molcajete yet:  but I am going my hands on it soon).

Gently mash with the pestle until the desired consistency is reached.

Fold in diced radishes and season with salt to taste.

DolceDolce tip: Serve with gently warmed artisan-made Taco chips.

I always warm the chips and look for local, artisan-made chips.

This is also excellent with cold a Margarita

My House Margarita recipe 

For one drink

Juice of 2 fresh limes

(Rub rim of glass with rind of cut lime and then rub the wet rim in a little Kosher or  Sea Salt to coat)

2 tsp. of simple syrup homemade or bought

½ ounce orange, liqueur- use any good brand

2 ounces silver Tequila

Shake or stir with ice and pour over fresh ice in salt rimmed glass.



Exercise and nature – a winning combo!

Gracey Hitchcock

Gracey Hitchcock

When I lived in Moscow, I developed a new appreciation

for “Nature” and “Nature  Lovers”.

My Russian friends always stopped to appreciate the wonders

of the great outdoors.  Having a “Dacha”

or country house – however simple or grand

— was a luxury.

How wise my friends were in their love of the outdoors.

I know nature and country get-a-ways are loved around the world.

But, I have never to this day heard so many people extoll the

their love of the country as I  did in four years in Moscow.   And it seems they-

and all nature lovers were right.

There is significant new research on the benefits of exercising

outside in the great outdoors. According to Phys Ed Columnist

 for the New York Times Gretchen Reynolds, “Studies haven’t yet

established why, physiologically, exercising outside might improve

‘dispositions or inspire greater commitment to an exercise program”.

In the same article she added, “A few small studies have found that

people have lower blood levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress,

after exerting themselves outside as compared with inside.”


So while, I am not giving up my barre or yoga classes – and I am

not suggesting you either – don’t underestimate the value of walking

to the gym or after dinner with a friend or lover.  We tend over

complicate things these days – and in doing so we may miss a lot of benefits.




Life should sweet but with a bit of snap and sizzle.

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