Category Archives: Tips and How-To’s

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How I Style My Wavy Lob

February 23, 2017

I get this question a LOT, so I figured I’ll put it all in one place. Here’s the riveting story about how I style my messy lob, and what products I like to use.
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As a preface, I did this quick IG video tutorial about it:

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Eyes - Tips and How-To's

How I got over my fear of fake lashes

January 17, 2016

Hey all! My latest article is up about how I got over my fear of false lashes! Read it here:



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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

How to: Messy waves for short hair

November 8, 2015

I’ve been team long-hair for so long, that when I finally chopped my hair a few months ago, it took me a while to figure out how to style it. A few of you have asked how I do the messy waves in my pictures, so I did a quick video on Instagram on it. Check it out:

Beauty - "The Lovely" - Hair - Tips and How-To's

4 Tips to control the frizz from Dove celeb stylist, Matt Fugate

July 24, 2013

I recently got to catch up with the ever affable celeb stylist Matt Fugate at Glamour and Dove’s Great Hair Affair event in NYC, where stylists were on hand to give people blow outs right in the middle of Times Square.

The Great Hair Affair in NYC

Dove Hair Affair in Times Square

They used Dove’s Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner on me, which contains a Pro-Moisture complex that goes to the cellular level of hair to give it weightless hydration to each strand. It did wonders to fight the normal humidity-induced frizz I would have been dealing with that day. Which made me wonder, What are some practical ways to not look like a total fur-ball during these warmer months? Matt, who’s worked with the likes of Blake Lively and January Jones, gave me some easy tips on how to beat the frizz:

1) Don’t dry your hair in the bathroom.
“There’s too much humidity after you shower and blow drying your hair there is counterproductive to trying to smooth it out with your dryer,” he says. If you can, Fugate suggests doing it somewhere where there isn’t any steam – your bedroom or family room perhaps.

2) Use something that will seal your cuticle down.
Something that’s super lightweight but with a ton of moisture, says Fugate. (Try Dove Nourishing Oil Care Leave-In Smoothing Cream.)

3) When you’re blowing out your hair, make sure you’re always blowing out from root to ends.
Fugate suggests rough drying it til it’s half dry, then use a nozzle to stream the air from top to bottom in a swift motion.

4) If you don’t have time to blow dry, tie your hair in a loose braid.
“If you want your hair to dry without the frizz, you have to get your hair to dry together,” he says. A loose braid ensures the hair is always roped around itself and not all over the place. After it dries, you can let it down for a pretty wave. Another option is to tie it lightly (so there’s no creases) in a loose ponytail with a cool accessory like a piece of leather. That way, you’re still keeping the hair together as it’s drying.

How do you beat the frizz in the summer?

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Body - Tips and How-To's

Try this: DIY Sugar Scrub

May 21, 2013

Here’s a refreshing scrub you can make using ingredients you probably already have at home. It’s an excellent exfoliator and the ingredients have amazing skin benefits. Lemon is a natural source of vitamin C that brightens, evens out the skin tone and is a natural astringent to tighten pores. Sugar is a natural exfoliator and source of glycolic acid to also help even out skin tone. It improves skin texture by removing impurities and dead skin cells as well. Olive oil is rich in vitamin E, a natural healing agent and moisturizer. Finally, honey is a great antioxidant and natural humectant so it keeps skin hydrated and soft. It also is a natural antibacterial to help reduce breakouts when used on the face!



1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp organic honey


Mix lemon juice and olive oil thoroughly. Add the honey and whisk or stir quickly until the ingredients bind together and create a medium thick consistency. Add in sugar and mix.

Scrub after mixing all the ingredients

Apply to body, paying extra attention to elbows, knees, feet and hands. Rub in large, circular motions for 3-5 minutes and rinse. You’ll feel so smooth and refreshed! This is enough for one use on the entire body, but if you want to make more (and maybe store it for later in a tupperware), just remember to use 1/2 a lemon for every 1/2 cup of sugar. This is great to use in between shaves as well.

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Beauty - "The Lovely" - Nails - Tips and How-To's

Party Brunch Nails by Caravan Styling Studio

April 22, 2013

Party brunch nails...or cosmic brunch nails -- we had trouble deciding what to name these

This was something new: I was invited recently to check out the exclusive Caravan Styling Studio, which is discreetly tucked away on the 2nd floor of the luxurious Carlton Hotel.

Wall art inside Caravan Styling Studio


Some of Caravan's beauty sponsors: Salon Grafix, Pop Cosmetics, Babyliss Pro, and Zoya

Their services are mainly reserved for celebrities, musicians, editors, and bloggers (hi!) to come together with designers and photographers to be styled and made up for events and special red carpet appearances. I went last week just to see what they were about and when I met Valerie Star, she asked me if I wanted my nails done.

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