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Looking for that perfect bouquet for your destination wedding? Look no further! Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, shares one of her favorite wedding bouquets for your special day.

Hersini created the bouquet with blue hydrangea, leucocoryne, marianne blue anemone, sea shells, starfish and panicum fountain grass. Finish it off by hand tying the bouquet with french ribbon.

About Minoo Hersini:  Event planner, interior decorator, floral designer and fashion designer Minoo Hersini is the founder of Au Ciel Design Studio – an event and design studio that offers customized event planning on any scale.  She has orchestrated such high profile events for celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Glenn Close, Bill & Hillary Clinton, David Letterman and Meredith Vieira.

For additional information, visit www.au-ciel.com.

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Hats are the must have accessory for the fall and winter months, but it is not always so easy to look good in a hat.  Here’s the secret:  It is all about the hair!   Celebrity hairstylist, Philip Pelusi gave Marvelous Girl some tips on how to make your hair look great under the most common hat styles of the season:

Hat Style: Fedora
Hair Style: Contrast the angles of the hat with loose feminine waves.
Why This Works:  Loose feminine waves are a great way to wear your hair under a Fedora.  This type of hat has very sharp “menswear” angles.  This is off-set by the softer hairstyle.
How To Achieve This Look:  This type of hair style works best on medium to longer length hair.  If hair has a natural wave, simply apply a curl enhancing products like P2® by Philip Pelusi® ReCurl to boost waves and BeachComber to add texture and let hair dry or dry with a diffuser attachment on your blow dyer.  If hair is straight, use a big barrel curling iron to add curls, some facing towards and some facing away from the face.
 
Hat Style:  Newsboy cap
Hair Style:  Create ballerina-esque bun at the nape of the neck.
Why This Works:  Wearing a ballerina-esque bun at the nape is perfect combination with this tomboyish type Newsboy cap look.  Also the Newsboy cap is supposed to be worn low on the forehead and this tends to cover most of the entire forehead.  Wearing a ballerina bun pulls the hair back off the face opening to face up. 
How To Achieve This Look:   Part hair in the center and smooth hair back into a low ponytail at the middle of the nape.  Use a hair smoothing bore bristle brush and a hair smoothing product like Tela® Beauty Organics Composure.  Apply product to the ponytail also and brush smooth.  Twist ponytail in one direction and wind around ponytail and secure with a few hair pins.  Put on Newsboy and you are ready to go.
 
Hat Style:  Beret
Hair Style:  Tuck the hair back into a side pony so that soft strands peek out.
Why This Works:  A side swept ponytail is a perfect way to wear your hair under a Beret.  A Beret has a French romantic look and this feminine ponytail really compliments that.  Tuck the hair back into a side pony so that soft strands peek out.
How To Achieve This Look:  This look works best with straight or smooth hair.  Create a side part and use a bore bristle paddle brush and a hair smoothing product like Tela® Beauty Organics Encore and brush into a low side ponytail at the nape on the opposite side of the part.  Secure ponytail and put on Beret.  The back of the Beret should slouch to the opposite side of the ponytail.
 
Hat Style: Shearling hat
Hair Style:  Pull the hair half-way back, then unclip when the hat comes off to get the hair’s bounce back.
Why This Works: Shearling hats are beautiful and warm but they often crush the hair.  A hair half-way up look is a great idea to make the hair look great while the hat is on and preserve the hair for when the hat comes off. 
How To Achieve This Look:  Style hair as usual and then apply a product that can act as a dry hair setting lotion like P2® by Philip Pelusi® Increase. Then divide hair in half from ear to ear and twist up the crown of the head and secure with a clip.  This will work as a dry set.  Once you take the hat off and remove clip, toss to separate hair and revive hair with a hair refreshing product like as P2® by Philip Pelusi® RefresHair®.

Photo by Leannz0r

Photo by Leannz0r

Aging not only occurs in the skin, but also in the hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.  Not only can the hair on your head become gray and thin, but aging plays a key factor in slowing down the renewal process of eyelashes – and the last thing a woman needs to worry about is the loss of her flirty lashes.

Both eyelashes and eyebrows may turn gray and become sparse as follicles become dormant and melanin is produced by follicles. These aging factors – in addition to outside aggressors like mascara, eyelash curlers, make-up removers, medications, etc., which all ravage lashes over the years – mean that lashes need an extra boost.

Nutritional supplements, vitamins and other products will not stop the aging of lashes and brows, but an eyelash conditioner that strengthens lashes will help lashes stay on the lid longer, allowing them to grow.  Try a product like neuLash eyelash conditioner, which promotes healthy, natural lashes in as little as two weeks.  This is a favorite among celebrities because it’s paraben-free and includes essential proteins, peptides, vitamins and moisturizers.  It really takes years off your eye area.  To see before and after pictures, click here.

neuLash is available for $150 at www.neuLash.com, Saks Fifth Avenue and top spas nationwide.

megan fox ugliest tattoo_regretIf you’re in the mood for weird things and a good laugh, visit the gallery of regrets at www.ugliesttattoos.com.   It’s shocking to see what people put on their bodies!

On www.ugliesttattoos.com you can vote on which tattoo you find the ugliest.  And if you know someone with a terrible tattoo you can submit their inked photo to ugliest.tattoos@gmail.com.

Even celebrities are re-thinking their tattoos.  Actress Megan Fox recent said, “They’re definitely addictive. I don’t have any that I truly regret yet, but I’m sure I will at some point.

She adds, “I’m trying to refrain from going forward for that reason. I don’t want to be 40, looking at my arm in the mirror and going, ‘Oh my God — what did I do?'”

pixie cutYou’ve seen it on Victoria Beckham, Kate Gosselin, Rhianna and many other celebrities.  The pixie cut is this summer’s must-have hairstyle.  Besides the edgy bob, woman are opting to go a step further with this daringly shorter style.

“This is a great cut because it can be tailored to match any face shape, personality, age and hair texture,” explained hairstylist Penny Doster with Hollywood And Mane salon.  “It suits everyone and anyone’s face shape.”

According to Penny, the most common customized areas of the pixie is leaving the hair longer in the back or at the sides of the head.  Its upkeep is also simple, with women only needing to apply either a light mouse before blow dry, or a workable pomade after  blowdrying. 

Tip:  To spike/texture  your own creative pixie try applying Lanza’s Urban Elements Molding Paste ($13).  It provides design support for creating fresh, unique styles.

If you have questions for Penny, email yourstyle@pennyathollywoodandmane.com.

celebrity cocktailsSummer is finally upon us, and while our favorite celebrities are sipping glamorous warm weather cocktails at the swankiest resorts, cafes, and rooftop bars, we regular people are still dragging that bucket of beer next to the kiddie pool in the backyard.
 
This year, put down the six-pack and sip in style with cocktails inspired by the A-list’s favorites; compiled by the experts at Three Olives Vodka, whose 16 flavor infusions make it easy to mix up the perfect summer sippers. 

Pomegranate Martini:
1 1/2 oz. Three-O Pomegranate Vodka
1 oz. Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice
1 1/2 oz. fresh blackberry puree
1 oz. cranberry juice
Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled
martini glass

Cherry Bomb:
1 1/2 oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka
4 oz. Red Bull
Mix in a highball glass filled with ice       
Garnish with a cherry

Blackberry Vodka Collins:
2 oz. Three-O Berry Vodka
2 slices lime
3  fresh blackberriesSavannah,
1 oz. simple syrup
Splash of soda water
Muddle the lime, blackberries and simple syrup, add the vodka and shake with ice; serve on the rocks

First Class Punch:
1 1/4 oz Three-O Vodka
1 oz Domaine Canton Liquor
1/2 oz agave nectar
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 strawberry
4 basil leaves
In a mixing tin, muddle the strawberry, basil, and Agave nectar. Add the rest of the ingredients, shake very well with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a strawberry

Anna David & BoughtMarvelous Girl recently caught up with relationship, sex and addiction expert Anna David, to discuss her upcoming novel Bought, a tale of high-class prostitution in Hollywood.  Anna is a regular contributor to Details Magazine; has appeared as a relationship and sex expert for CNN, The Today Show and many other broadcast outlets; and has written for The New York Times, Maxim, Playboy, and more. 

Here’s Marvelous Girl’s fascinating chat with the fabulous Anna David –

MG:  Your latest novel, Bought, is a story about high-class call girls among the Hollywood elite.  What was the inspiration for this book?

AD:  Years ago, I wrote an article on high-class prostitution in Hollywood for Details. I had anticipated interviewing people over a few weeks and gathering some anecdotes, but I ended up spending about six months obsessively infiltrating that universe, getting to know the girls as well as the detectives, FBI informants and other denizens of the underworld. I was always disappointed that the article ended up being this 2000-word story that essentially just relayed how rich men got their rocks off and didn’t get into the dynamics behind any of it. So I decided to fictionalize what I’d learned and incorporate in aspects of some of the dysfunctional relationships I’ve been in to tell a story about how much we all sell ourselves to get what we want.

MG:  From your experience, is society’s perception of women, sex and prostitution changing?  If so, what conclusions can be drawn about modern day gender relations?

AD:  I think when Paris Hilton became the most famous person in the world by starring in a sex tape, a societal shift occurred and suddenly being in the sex industry – or doing anything associated with it — not only seemed glamorous but also had the potential to make you famous. Case in point: post Spitzer bust, Ashlee Dupree got a record deal and started attending fashion shows. What all of this does, of course, is sweep under the rug the fact that some of the girls engaging in this kind of thing are acting out after having been abused and are seriously screwed up.

MG:  In Bought and your previous novel, Party Girl, you explore the ramifications of trying to live a “celebrity lifestyle.”  Do you think this lack of self and obsession with Hollywood glamour is a growing societal trend, particularly in women?

AD:  Yes, it definitely is. In his book Fame Junkies, Jake Halpern cites studies showing that shocking numbers of teenagers these days list being famous as a career goal or rate being able to meet a Hollywood celebrity higher than being able to meet any political or world figure. And I know that, especially when I was a practicing addict, I was oh so drawn to the celebrity world. It was just another way to get out of having to feel my most upsetting feelings – focusing on how cool I thought I was because I knew celebrities rather than how empty I felt. I’m so grateful that I burned out on that, but there are people I know who are still so wrapped up in that world, not realizing that it doesn’t really have anything to do with them or that worshipping at the altar of celebrity is actually stripping them of some of their humanity.

MG:  What advice would you give to these women?

AD:  I’d say, look at a lot of these celebrities’ lives – the minute-long marriages, the disasters, and the breakdowns, all of it — and ask yourself if you really want to be living that way. And look at your own life. Are you using your fascination with celebrity-dom as a way to not have to focus on what’s going on with you?

MG:  Are there any other trends you’re noticing involving women?

AD:  Well, there’s the whole hook-up thing. Supposedly, high school and college students today are having sex with random people instead of going on dates and embarking on relationships. And, look. I can count on one hand the number of women I know who can have random sex and not feel like crap about it. It makes me feel about 180 years old to say this but if girls feel like that’s what they have to do to be able to be romantically involved with boys, that’s pretty scary. I’m certainly not suggesting anything nutty like abstinence pledges but I think they should still feel comfortable explaining to boys if they want something more substantial.

Anna David’s marvelous new novel, Bought, hits shelves May 18, 2009.  For purchasing details, click here or visit www.canyoubebought.com.  


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