Fresh New You

Fresh New Me: What I’ve Learned From LHJ’s Makeovers

March 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm , by

I’m behind the scenes of our Fresh New You makeovers, asking questions and taking notes of all the interesting tips and tricks that we pass along to you each month. Typically, this is for the benefit of our lucky makeover women, but along the way, I’ve learned some valuable lessons for myself.

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Lesson Learned: Set aside time one day per week to work on your hair. You’ll look and feel fabulous. The rest of the week, find ways to refresh your style. My suggestions? Dry shampoo (I usually prefer aerosol sprays but lately I’m into Faux Dry, a squeeze and shake version from Blow), adding texture with a curling iron and of course, a ponytail.

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Mindy
Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to tell people where you stand and what you’re comfortable with. Mindy wanted to keep her glasses but update them with a rimless style and could only devote enough time to upkeep for barely-there highlights. She stayed true to herself and I think she looks great.


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Lesson learned: Jayne had a young child but still loved an occasional date night with her husband or meeting up with her girlfriends. It was obvious that she enjoyed taking care of herself but wasn’t sure how to pull her look together after a few years spent in baggy jeans and a ponytail. Since meeting Jane, I’ve made a vow to my self to always set aside a some quality “me” time, even when it might seem impossible.

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Becky
Lesson learned: Becky showed up with gorgeous, thick, blond hair but her m.o. was a headband and clip. She was game for going back to her roots, literally, and went darker so that she didn’t have to spend so much time in the salon. (Something I understand; highlights can be a time suck.) It’s scary to make such a drastic change, but I need to remember that blond is only a hair color and not a state of mind.

Don’t forget to check out Becky’s full makeover in our April issue, on newsstands now.

Think your ready for your own makeover? Email your name, age, city, occupation to lhjstyle@meredith.com. Also include a full body and headshot and tell us why you need a change.


Back to My Roots: Blonds Don’t Always Have More Fun

March 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm , by

Cath Blond

I’ve had basically the same haircut my whole life. I’m not one for products or for spending quality time with the blow dryer, so my style is pretty much what my hair does naturally. But I do like to experiment with color.

My hair has been just about every shade the drugstore has to offer, as well as highlighted, low-lighted, and even something called “glossed.” Most of the time, I’ll default to some shade of blond, like the photo on the left.

But recently, I decided to do something daring: go back to my natural color. Granted, I’d been dying my hair so long I didn’t know what natural was anymore, but why should that stop me?

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I went to the salon, threw around words like “chocolate” and “coffee” (two things on my mind all the time anyway) and came out with hair I hadn’t seen since grammar school.

And the funny thing was, for some reason I felt like I looked more exotic, more drastically different than I’d ever looked when I didn’t have my God-given hue. So I’m sticking with it (for the time-being, at least), and in honor of Fresh New You Week, I’m challenging all of you to try something bold — even if for you bold means doing something completely natural.


Make Over Your Midsection With Jackie Warner (And Me!)

March 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm , by

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It’s so easy to get into an exercise rut, particularly when it comes to toning your abs. You see a bit too much flesh on your tummy and you immediately start doing crunches to get rid of it. It’s almost like a Pavlovian response. Unfortunately, it’s a flawed response because a) crunches challenge only one of the muscles in your core so you don’t get great results, and b) you could hurt your back if they’re always your go-to move.

To get rut-busting core exercises that really work, I went to Jackie Warner, the no-nonsense trainer of Bravo’s Work Out fame and author of the upcoming book This Is Why You’re Fat (and How to Get Thin Forever). These five ultra-firming moves are sure to give your routine the shake-up it needs. Aim to do 3 sets of 20 reps of each exercise, but be sure to work up to that gradually. These moves are challenging, so do whatever you can in the beginning.

Twisting sit-ups
Sit on the floor with your knees slightly bent in front of you, heels on the floor and hands behind head. Lower torso no further than 45 degrees (see photo #1 above—this is the starting position). Come up and twist your torso to the right, bringing right elbow to left knee (photo #2). Aim for 20 reps and repeat on the opposite side to complete the set.

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Beautify Your Bed

March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm , by

bedIn honor of our April Fresh New You issue I thought I would tackle an area in the home that is so relevant to feeling fresh and fantastic everyday—your bed! We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, and with so many fabulous products out there, why wouldn’t you make your boudoir both comfortable and beautiful? Here’s a list of some of my current favorites.

I love my new 400 thread count Charles P. Rogers Sheets. They are so soft and elegant, and I feel like I am spending the night in a fancy hotel. Right now you can grab the Prima cotton sheets in any size for $99.

I just got the n-a-p blanket from Brookstone for my birthday, and I absolutely love it! I never had a baby blanket as a child, but I have one now as an adult. This incredibly soft blanket travels well from sofa to bed and back again, and is great to cuddle with.

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Ladies We Love: Fresh New You Edition!

March 10, 2010 at 10:52 am , by

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Since it’s Fresh New You week at the Ladies’ Lounge, we decided to take a look back at some of our favorite ladies—ones who reinvented themselves or decided to look at their lives in a whole new way. Read their stories and get inspired to try something new or go for that goal you’ve put on hold—the results may surprise you!

Julie Maloney
Julie Maloney is known for her blog, Momspective.com, where she shares her thoughts on everything from parenting to new products, and offers giveaways for her readers. But we love that Julie blogged about her weight loss experience after having kids—she lost 60 pounds playing games on the Wii Fit! While there has been some evidence that the Wii Fit isn’t as effective as a regular workout, Julie proves that you can get out what you put in!

Heidi Krauel
In 2008, Heidi Krauel didn’t just go through a makeover in the sense of just her makeup or clothes—she underwent a complete lifestyle change. She left her job and home in San Francisco to live in New Delhi, India for ten months, where she worked to bring LED technology to people using kerosene lanterns at night. It was all filmed for a documentary called The New Recruits, which shows the impact that social change can make.

Cathy Erway
For many New Yorkers, eating out isn’t just something you do—it’s a way of life. So for Not Eating Out in New York blogger Cathy Erway to decide to cook her own meals in her Brooklyn apartment for two years is kind of a big deal. But she succeeded, and she has a new book, The Art of Eating In, to prove it. Cathy’s foodie makeover wasn’t always easy, but she came away with a greater appreciation for food and where it comes from.


Fresh New You: Makeover Magic

March 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm , by

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I love working on fashion shoots that are all about the clothes but our Fresh New You makeovers are all about the person. It’s such an interesting challenge to hear what different women wear  (and why) and address their personal fashion challenges.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “I’m stuck in a rut.” It’s funny—these women know they need a change but they’re scared to try anything different. When a women who wears boring suits every day takes a look at herself in a red dress, it’s not just her clothes that have changed. It’s her attitude. She stands a little taller, she smiles a little more. She starts flirting with the woman in the mirror.

And when we get to the shoot: The hair and makeup artists work their magic, the women come alive. Their confidence in front of the camera is like that of a seasoned professional.

So, what can you take away from this? Give yourself a makeover at home! Go into a clothing store and ask for help—tell the salesperson what you currently wear and that you want to try something totally different. You don’t need to buy everything—or even anything—that you try. But it’ll give you a chance to get out of that rut. Do the same at the beauty counter. Let the pro try something new, anything that will feel fresh and different. You might not like everything you try but at least it’ll give you a chance to see yourself in a new light. You just might start flirting with that woman in the mirror.


Go Ask Gab: Oscar Fashion Hits and Misses

March 8, 2010 at 11:35 am , by

It’s Fresh New You week and what could be more fun than to start the week off with some super-glam inspiration? There some great moments at last night’s 82nd annual Academy Awards: Neil Patrick Harris opening the show, Kathyrn Bigelow being the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar, the John Hughes tribute. And there were the not-so-great moments: The interpretive dances to the best scores, and what was with the exclusion of Farrah Fawcett in the “In Memoriam” section!?!  There were also great and not-so-great fashion moments, too. Here’s my take!

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Sandra Bullock: The big winner of the night shined in a gold Marchesa dress. Not only was the dress stunning, her hair and bright lip were AMAZING! The entire look was just Oscar gold… how appropriate that she won!

Gag- Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal: Print is usually not seen on red carpets, which is why I found this dress refreshing and young. Extra points for picking an atypical award show fashion designer like Dries Van Noten.

Gag Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz: Cameron shined as well in this Oscar De La Renta gown. Normally, she wears something more fun but I prefer her more grown-up look.

Gag- Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart: I thought Kristen looked beautiful in Monique Lhuillier. She is usually a bit more grunge and pouty but when gets glammed up and smiles she is a knock out!

Gag- Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams: Confession: Rachel McAdams is my girl crush! She looked so fabulous last night in this Elie Saab dress and I loved the big earring as well. Again, a print is always a fresh look.

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