Friday, January 28, 2011

A NIGHT WITH AVEDA

This is the Urban Girl Squad Aveda-event I mentioned earlier. There was a great group of us ladies learning great tips about how to style our hair with heating tools and what products work best for our individual hair types. I personally was looking for ways to give my hair some body and volume and those lovely "Victorias Secret"- waves.
Many of us just keep buying products without really knowing how to use them the best way possible to achieve the most beautiful hair and same goes with the heating tools. I have four different size and type curling irons, flat iron and hot rollers. Oh, and that blow dryer too. I'm really bad with that and have no idea how to give my hair any style while drying it.
So while sipping some wine and enjoying hors d'oeuvres, hand, neck and shoulder massages we also got consultations from Aveda professionals on how to achieve the look we want for our hair. I've been a fan of Aveda and their green mission for quite a few years and here is why.
I had fun time and left with bag full of great products, some given as a gift, some bought.
From left to right; Air control hair spray (light hold, smells like India, love it. Key ingredients certified organic flax seed, certified organic Jojoba and Pine Resin), Style Infusion Style-Prep Smoother (smoothens hair, humidity shield, protects from heat. Key ingredients organic tapioca, maize, aloe, guar bean), 
Control Force hair spray (Firm hold, 24hr humidity defense. Key ingredients certified organic flax seed, Marshmallow root, corn-derived porpanediol, rice bran), Pure Abundance volumizing clay conditioner  (Boosts volume. Key ingredients certified organic Acacia gum, organically grown Calendula, Honey, Kaolin Clay, Marshmallow) and Scalp Benefits balancing conditioner (soothes and hydrates the scalp creating ideal foundation for healthy hair. Key ingredients Babassu, Burdock root, Echinacea, Sage leaf, Seabuckthorn oil, Vetiver). 
Have a good hair day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

RESOLUTION #6: BOOK A MONTH

As I love buying books and asking them for gifts, but not reading them. Im making an effort this year to read 12 books. Therefore I had put it in my New Year's goals for this year. 
Naturally I've already started reading my January book, which is Eat, Pray, Love. I saw the trailer last summer and loved it, but wanted to read the book before I see the movie. Therefore I still haven't seen it... 
Every time my parents come to visit from Finland I ask them to bring some of my old Finnish books. Last time they brought with them Vegan's Handbook, Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, Diane Dreher's The Tao of Inner Peace and Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan .
Twelve books is not a lot and I had hard time picking my 2011 choices.  There are few more books that I really would like to buy and somehow fit them in this year's readings, such as Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals, T. Colin Campbell's The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted, World Peace Diet by Will Tuttle and a bunch autobiographies, but let's not get greedy. I still have over 200 pages in my January book to read, so I need to hurry up.
So here are my 2011 picks:
January- Eat, Pray, Love (Elizabeth Gilbert)
February- Superfoods (David Wolfe)
March- The Teachings of Don Juan (Carlos Castaneda)
April- The Tao of Inner Peace (Diane Dreher)
May- The Trump Card (Ivanka Trump)
July- The Modern Goddess' Guide to Life (Francesca De Grandis) / The Goddess Guide (Gisele Scanlon) 
September- Fabulosity (Kimora Lee Simmons)
October- Twilight / New Moon (Stephenie Meyer)
November- Conspiranoia (Devon Jackson)
December- New book! TBA once I buy it. (I'm open for suggestions. Would love to know your favorite books.)
A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.  ~Author Unknown

Saturday, January 22, 2011

BEAUTY IS AS BEAUTY DOES; HAIR CARE

These are products I use after washing my hair to keep it manageable. I have very fine Scandinavian hair so I always use products that give volume. Another problem of mine is frizziness and I've used Moroccan oil for that, but reading the label it just has so many unnecessary ingredients (Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone). Yup. Not so natural. And while it lists argan oil as an ingredient, it is less than 2% of the overall ingredients. Time to find something new.
Organic Argan Oil gives a nice shine, but not sure it works that great on the frizziness. I haven't used hair spray for the longest time, because I'm trying to find the best natural/organic option available. Got to do some research on this.
End of this month I'm attending Urban Girl Squad's "Your Hair, Well Behaved"-event at Aveda Salon where we're learning to use heating tools, snack some hors d'oeuvres, drink some wine, enjoy massages and get gift bags with Aveda products. I've used Aveda for years and love their products and their mission. I have so much shopping to do that evening. I love their static reducing witch hazel hair spray and leave in conditioners. I hope we get some ample discounts on products that night...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH THE LADIES

 It was a cold snowy day when I headed to the East Village to celebrate my dear friend's birthday. We had dinner at a Japanese restaurant called Kumo and had their extensive "all you can eat sushi"- deal. That included all you can drink too... Not always such a great idea. 
 For appetizer you could choose from an array of salads and soups.
 They had great selection of sushi, sashimi and maki rolls. I tried few different vegetarian options that were fresh and quite tasty.
 Birthday girl getting busy with the chopsticks. 
 And that's me making my Sake Bomb. What a disgusting drink. Cold watered down beer and hot sake. Yummy indeed. 
 Kumo is small on the size, but has a nice feel with cute white faux-leather couches in otherwise dark interior. 
 After we finished our dinner we headed to the other side of the Village, west, and had some wine and champagne at this very pretty restaurant/lounge called Veranda. I'd love to go back to Veranda for brunch or romantic dinner with the hubs.  
The night ended at the legendary gay dive Stonewall Inn which is the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which are widely considered the start of the modern gay liberation movement. Someone from our party ordered shots for everyone and the bartender wanted to surprise us with it, so this is what we got, neon green sweetness. That was the last drink of the night for me. Good times.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

WINTER IS NATURE'S WAY OF SAYING, "UP YOURS."

Tonight we're celebrating a birthday of yet another good friend of mine and I need to break out of my hibernating mode. Luckily the dinner restaurant and the after dinner lounge are close to each other and close to the subway so there's no need to try to catch cabs or walking a lot. I'm not a winter person at all, in case you haven't noticed yet. I can't wait to see the first signs of spring.
We're having early dinner (not at Papa John's) so I'm starting to get ready, drink my green smoothie, take my vitamins and herbs and eat my latest snack obsession; toasted whole wheat deli flat bread with hummus, avocado, cucumber and bell pepper. 
Have a great weekend!