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Our Favorite Ombré Trends Spotted on Pinterest

March 22, 2012 at 4:11 pm , by

Whether it’s my clothes or the walls of my apartment, it’s safe to say I’m typically drawn to bold, uniform colors but lately the ombré trend has really caught my eye.  If you’re not familiar with the word ombré, it is a French term referring to the gradual gradation of color and is also quickly becoming a favorite of Pinterest boards everywhere. That’s right – it’s not just for paint chips anymore! Here are some of the best ombré pins that made LHJ’s board this week…

Ombre Manicure

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Find more colorful pins on our Om Sweet Ombré board.

Win a ‘Girls Night Out’ courtesy of StubHub!

October 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm , by

As an ESPN Sportscaster, Erin Andrews knows a thing or two about holding her own in a seemingly male-dominated sports environment. Now huddling up with the “Girls’ Night Out” campaign supported by StubHub.com, Erin hopes to encourage more ladies to do the same. “Women love sports and they know just as much as men do,” Erin told us. “It’s about good food, good times tailgating, and a chance to get together and be fanatical which, I think, is the same thing that drives men to sporting events.” We agree! But not only can you have a girls’ night out, you can also help a girl {or guy} out because a portion of all tickets sold to specified Girls’ Night Out events will benefit TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). “[TAPS] was one of the biggest reasons I was excited about this partnership,” Erin said. “To be able to raise money for these people, especially right now, is so important.” Well, if supporting your favorite team AND a great cause isn’t reason enough to call up your girlfriends, StubHub is sweetening the deal for our Ladies’ Lounge readers.  Just leave us a comment about your favorite team to watch with gal pals in the comments section below, and you’ll qualify to win a $500 gift card for use on their site! So c’mon ladies, and be a good sport.

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Pink Products GIVEAWAY for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

October 10, 2011 at 10:05 am , by

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! With so many “pink products” now available in stores and online, we wanted to give you a chance to win the entire collection of our favorite Do Good-ies donating to this important cause. Write a comment about Breast Cancer Awareness in the section below for a chance to win everything you see pictured here! Learn how these products are giving back and where you can buy them to sport your own pink pride.

WIN IT ALL! Just write a comment below about Breast Cancer Awareness

Ford Warriors in Pink  (2 tees, hoodie, and travel mug – as seen in our October issue!)
Get them here!  100% of net proceeds help support Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Avon Nailwear Pro (Nail enamel in ‘Pink Power’ – as seen in our October issue!)
Get it here! 100% of net profits donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade

Elaine Turner (Studded leather wrap bracelet)
Get it here!  100% of the proceeds from these bracelets will be donated to the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Center at MD Anderson

KitchenAid Cook for the Cure

Get it here! KitchenAid’s pink items benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure   all year long, not just October. In honor of the 10th anniversary of this partnership, KitchenAid is committing to a minimum of $450,000 in donations to Komen in 2011, supported through the sale and registration of pink KitchenAid products together with celebrity chef auctions and grass roots efforts that encourage cooks to get friends and family involved.  

Smashbox “O-gloss”
Get it here! Through the end of October, the entire purchase price will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Ghirardelli Intense Dark Chocolate Bars (20 total, 4 flavors)
Get them here! Through the end of December 2011, specially marked pink ribbon packages of Intense Dark™ will carry a code inside the package redeemable for a $1 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

Counting for a Cause (Rose gold-dipped bracelet)
Get it here! 50% profits from each sale benefit The Karmanos Cancer Institute

Yoplait Bag with BCA products (Two coupons for FREE  yogurt, tote bag, journal, keychain, pen, and pink lid collection kit)  Get Yoplait yogurt at your local grocery store to ensure freshness! Yoplait donates 10 cents for every pink lid redeemed by December 31, 2011 to benefit their Save Lids to Save Lives campaign  {up to $2,000,000.00}

Pure Fiji Frangipani products (Hydrating body lotion, coconut sugar scrub, coconut milk bath soak, body butter, nourishing exotic oil, handmade coconut soap, and island candle)
Get them here! 10% of all sales from the Frangipani line that are purchased during the month of October will be donated to Susan G. Komen. Pure Fiji is also donating products to the survivors that participate in the Susan G. Komen race in Denver, Colorado.

Glass Eye Studio & Seattle Chocolates (Hand- blown glass white floppy bowl with strawberry crème truffles)
Get it here! Through the end of October, for every set purchased a $10 donation will be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Taylor Kenney (Poppy Earrings – as seen in our October issue!)
Get it here! 30% of sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen For The Cure’s ‘Promise Me’ (Fragrance)

Get it here! With every fragrance sold, a donation of 13.5% of sales is made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure , with a minimum guarantee of $1,000,000 dedicated to breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

Origins Make a Difference (Skin Rejuvenating Treatment - as seen in our October issue!)
Get it here! Through the month of October, $5 from every North American sale of this treatment will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Bobbi Brown Pink Ribbon Collection (High Shimmer Lip Gloss & Lip Color)
Get it here! (while supplies last 10/1/11 – 12/31/11) Bobbi Brown will donate $10 from the sale of this limited edition set to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Ann Cares (Pink jewel ring – as seen in our October issue!)
Get it here! 70% of the proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Research Foundation 

Emma Stine (Blush Rosette Earrings)
Get it here!  30% of sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure 

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink (5 piece purse brush set – as seen in our October issue!)
Get it here! Available for one year, 15% of this set will benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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Expert Advice on Taking Great Pictures This Summer

June 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm , by

Now that weddings, reunions and other summer events are upon us, why not sharpen your shutterbug skills to better capture those moments? National Geographic photographer and expert in the field, Jim Richardson sat down with me to prove you don’t have to be a professional to take professional-looking photos, and offered some advice on how to make your summer snaps, well, snappier…Flint Hills

Don’t invest money in a new camera. Invest time in the one you’ve got. “The type of camera probably won’t improve the picture very much, but your knowledge of how to use it will,” advises Jim. Save your money, and learn the different settings and features on a camera you already own – this way, when a photo-worthy moment presents itself, you won’t be stuck trying to decipher those tiny menu buttons.

Stash your flash. These days, many photographers, civilian and professional alike, are opting NOT to use their camera flash in favor of rich-looking natural light. “There are flash pictures that are done really well, but they are rare compared to the beautiful look of the natural world,” according to Jim. Digital cameras are especially adept at snapping no-flash pics since they can capture images in darker settings than film.

Worry less about lining everyone up perfectly. We’ve all been in or taken one of these shots; it’s an eternity before you get everyone lined up and looking in the same direction, and by then they might be saying words less friendly than “cheese.” While these types of pictures act as a good record of attendees, Jim’s advice is to “include the personality of real life into your pictures – the children running, or your uncle falling asleep, or the champagne spilling. Capturing the candid moments helps to preserve the real memory.”

Practice strength in numbers. One way to sharpen up your photo collections is to simply take a lot more pictures, knowing plenty will get deleted (like that random picture of someone’s shoe or the baby that turned away as soon as you clicked). Digital cameras of course allow you to do this without the added cost of film, but the principle rings true for either format. By saving the editing process for later, you can capture the full scope of the event and distill it into the images that best convey the story.

Think you’ve got an award-winning photo on your camera? Jim is a judge in the 4th Annual Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest accepting entries until June 30th, the Grand Prize Winner of which will receive the trip of a lifetime.

Photo courtesy of Jim Richardson.

Staging Your House To Sell with HGTV’s Sabrina Soto

May 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm , by

Summer is nearing, and it’s a time when many homeowners are preparing to sell their houses. Of course, as anyone who has started this process before knows, there is a lot of grooming to think about before it’s ready to go on the market (kind of like entering the dating pool, right?). This doesn’t have to be a big daunting process if you know what to focus on, so we sat down with Sabrina Soto, HGTV designer and personality, to get some tricks of the trade:

Photo Courtesy HGTV

It’s Business, Not Personal: Disengage from the personal characteristics of your home by thinking of it as a product—not every potential buyer is going to appreciate the same aspects you do. Eliminate anything personal, political, or religious, which will largely be pictures and picture frames. If your rooms look sparse without them, Sabrina suggests printing black and white images from the internet to frame instead (think flowers, landscapes, and nature), but keep it minimal.

Lighten Up: To instantly brighten your rooms, “take down heavy draperies and install easy-to-clean shades or lightweight washable panels,” suggests Sabrina. “The more light you can introduce into the space, the bigger the room will feel.” If your curtains cannot be replaced, Sabrina advises they at least be dry cleaned once every two months. Also think about painting walls a light neutral, like a sage green or pale cappuccino shade, to maximize the feel of the room.  

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An Easter Salute To A Sweet Tradition

April 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm , by

Mom proudly displaying her creations - the hard cast did not stop her from keeping tradition.

Happy Good Friday to all those getting ready for Easter this weekend! In the spirit of a holiday with so many seemingly random symbols, like bunny suits, fluffy chicks, and copious amounts of jelly beans, I’d like to share one that’s particularly close to my heart. For as long as I can remember (and since long before my first Easter), my mom, Linda, has made the beautiful, personalized chocolate Easter eggs that you see pictured here. She uses the same mold today that she used the first time she made them back in 1969 (it was my Grandma’s originally and suffered an almost-fatal crack during Easter 2010).

My mom starts by  making chocolate half-shells using the mold, then fills them with fluffy chocolate in the center before encasing them with another half-shell and delicately piping each seam. Then she pipes the person’s name in script, on the front. The egg looks like something out of a storybook – anyone would celebrate if they were lucky enough to get one!

That Spring season of ‘69, my mom was raising money to visit her sister Susan, who was living in San Diego at the time (a pricey airfare for a young teen in Ohio). She decided to sell these eggs, which are as delicious as they are special, to family, friends, and neighbors in order to fund her cause. Talk about a nest egg! Not only did she make enough to buy her plane ticket, but she also made enough to enjoy her time in San Diego that summer.  She fondly remembers spending some of it at the movies to see Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate — the screening of which was stopped halfway through so she and the other movie patrons could watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon!

After the success of that first batch of Easter eggs, my mother made them every year following, and traded what was at first an entrepreneurial idea for what has become one of our most cherished holiday traditions. Mid-lent she prompts my sister and I for our ‘egg lists’ so that she can start the intricate assembling they require. And usually by the week of Palm Sunday we’ve each received an Easter-themed box from her, full of our friends’ and co-workers’ names inscribed perfectly in pastel shades on the shiny, molded chocolate. Anyone who has been lucky enough to be on my egg list in the past knows how incredible they are, whether you celebrate Easter or not, and this year is no exception.

Beyond just physically admiring these creations, I most admire what the eggs symbolize, and perhaps the symbol that gets lost in any holiday shuffle… the importance of spending that time connected to your family and friends.  It’s easy to equate the wealth of loved ones I’m fortunate enough to have when I look down at their names all in a row, penned in sugar.  So this Sunday, whether you’re at church, at home, or face-down in the food you banned yourself from eating after Fat Tuesday, remember the lesson my mom’s eggs annually remind me of: they started as a way to connect my mom with her sister, and today they still represent that connection -  between she and I, my own sister… and all the other eggs in our basket. Happy Easter, everyone!

Red Carpet Report: The 2011 Matrix Awards

April 15, 2011 at 3:47 pm , by

New York Women In Communications held its 41st annual Matrix Awards ceremony on Monday at the Waldorf Astoria, and LHJ was on the scene! Winners of the esteemed award this year were Cindi Berger, Gwen Ifill, Robin Koval, Idina Menzel, Abbe Raven, Sheryl Sandberg, Gina Sanders, and Lifetime Achievement John LegendAward winner, Betty White – all of whom are “women who change the world” through their field of communication. On the red carpet and in their speeches, these ladies were full of inspiration and support for each other… and women everywhere. “I think it’s very important that we help one another,” said Evelyn Lauder, who later presented Sanders with her award. “And there’s nothing like networking with younger women to guide and advise them as they develop in their careers.” Beyond the overwhelming sense of sisterhood, highlights of the luncheon included a surprise performance by John Legend (above, who appropriately sang “Let It Shine”), and what felt like a mini stand-up routine from Rosie O’Donnell who snuck in an impression of Arianna Huffington while presenting Berger with her award. We know why their outstanding accomplishments in communications make them each a Matrix Award winner, but read on to see what they said when we asked, “What Makes You A Lady?”…

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{Top Row: Presenters L-R} Rosie O'Donnell, Linda Kaplan Thaler, Mark Burnett, Evelyn Lauder, Paula Kerger, Arianna Huffington, and Dana Tyler. {Bottom Row: Matrix Winners L-R} Cindi Berger, Robin Koval, Abbe Raven, Gina Sanders, Gwen Ifill, Sheryl Sandberg, and Idina Menzel. (Photos Courtesy of MaryanneRussell.com)

Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook): “I think the important thing for women is to feel empowered.  To be a lady is to feel that you can step forward and do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish.” 

Idina Menzel (Tony Award-winning performer): “These days, I think what makes me a lady is being able to be a mother, a wife, and a career woman at the same time and to not go crazy in the process! You have to balance it all with grace, and it’s not easy. I’m trying to figure it out moment to moment while trying to stay IN the moment.”

Robin Koval (The Kaplan Thaler Group): “I think being a strong woman makes you a lady – it gives you the perspective on when to be tough, but to do it nicely. I always practice the power of nice which means you’re not being naive, you’re not being a doormat, and you’re getting everything you want without crushing other people.”

Gwen Ifill (Washington Week and The PBS NewsHour): “People expect more of women – we can’t be too tough and we can’t be too retiring, it’s a line we have to walk. Because I was raised in a time when you had to just break through the doors, it wasn’t until I was a grown woman in this business that I realized the value of being a lady…it turns out you can get a lot more accomplished if you’re ladylike, but firm, in what you want to do.”

Gina Sanders (Fairchild Fashion Group): “Being a lady is knowing what you need to do while always being mindful of others – I think you can get to a goal in a way that everybody wins. Your moving up, doesn’t mean someone else should move down. Everyone counts.”

To learn more about the 2011 Matrix Awards and to participate in the online Charity Buzz auction  to benefit the NYWICI Foundation (open through April 27th), visit http://www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/nywici2011/catalog_items.