May 30, 2012 at 9:53 am , by Ladies' Lounge
Nicole Balch, the guru behind design blog Making It Lovely, has a special treat for Journal readers. Her fresh and fun home office decor was featured in our July issue, and because she’s a cool and generous lady, she’s offering to do one of her famous inspiration boards (like her recent bathroom one, below) for a room in your house that needs a makeover. Just email a photo of the room you want to redo (it can be your home office — or any room you choose!) to yourstories@LHJ.com. Nicole will pick her favorite and make personalized recommendations for your room, which we’ll then feature right here on LHJ.com.
November 30, 2011 at 10:00 am , by Ladies' Lounge
This was the last week on the ranch for the contestants, and it was makeover week, so they would get new looks to complement their new bodies! But that also meant that I got very little time in the gym with Sunny, so we really had to maximize our time together.
We kicked things off with their final challenge where they had to “wear” all of the weight they’d lost so far. The winner would get a one-pound advantage on the scale, and I was really rooting for Sunny because after losing 75 pounds, she was one of the smallest people in the house. She came in third and it was amazing to see how emotional she got during the challenge. I could tell that she’s really determined to keep the weight off for a long time. And really, everyone was a winner for this challenge because they each got a year’s supply of Progresso soup and $5,000!
Makeover week officially started at the spa, where the contestants got pampered in true Hollywood style—Sunny got a facial done with 24 karat gold! It was fun watching them experience Beverly Hills at its best with celebrity stylist Jeannie Mai and celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves. They even got to walk the red carpet at the Kodak Theater. Seeing everyone with their families was really touching. It was like they were introducing their selves as completely new people.
I had the opportunity to meet Sunny’s husband, Blake, and talk to him about the routine he and Sunny will need to start after she leaves the ranch. It was important for her to tell him that she expected him to hold her accountable in the future. I think he’ll be a great support system for her—he already signed them up for a mixed doubles tennis league at home!
The last chance workout was the first time this week that I really got to spend time in the gym with Sunny. We did circuits and finished the workout on the tennis court. Sunny got emotional because she realized that after all of her hard work, she’ll finally be able to live the active life with her family that she’s always wanted.
At the weigh-in, Sunny’s goal was to be under the 200 pound mark. It was a big shock when she didn’t meet her goal and only lost one pound. She’d come such a long way and was an incredible student. I really had no words to explain such a small weight loss. Unfortunately, Sunny fell below the yellow line and was eliminated, but with her new-found confidence and strength, I have no doubt that Sunny will come back to the marathon and amaze everyone.
Tune in next week to see all 15 contestants return to compete in the marathon!
October 10, 2011 at 1:36 pm , by Nykia Spradley
For many of us, bad hair days are far more common than the good ones. Yes, a sad sad truth. In an attempt to make light of the situation and to help with our hair woes, Actress Rashida Jones has teamed up with Dove as a part of their “Make Friends With Your Hair” campaign. If you’re in serious need of a hair transformation log onto DoveHair.com/Friends before October 19th and submit a 90 second video about your unpredictable hair. Three finalists will win a VIP trip to NYC and a hair transformation by celeb stylist Mark Townsend. America will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist to star in a Dove Hair TV ad!
If you’re in need of a little inspiration for your video check out Rashida’s hilarious outtakes from her Dove commercial.
April 19, 2010 at 10:05 am , by jbrown
My hair may look sleek in my official Ladies’ Lounge photo but it’s actually a crazy mix of waves, frizz and random straight pieces. Getting it into a presentable, okay-to-leave-my-house condition involves round brushes, leave-in conditioners, serums and way too much time and muscle power. So when our beauty director, Erica, suggested I play guinea pig and get a Global Keratin smoothing treatment—which promised to make my hair “more manageable, easy to style and frizz-free” for up to 5 months—at a local salon, there was no way I could say no. Would it give me the glam, shampoo commercial-esque hair I’ve always wanted? The answer is after the jump. Read more
March 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm , by Mandy Hendrix
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Also include a full body and headshot and tell us why you need a change.
March 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm , by Julie Bain
We were so inspired by the new book How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner—Without Dieting! by Charla Krupp that we decided to test it out on a couple of our LHJ staff members. Then we asked Krupp to comment on our efforts. You won’t want to miss our fabulous food editor Tara Bench’s before-and-after on page 16 in our April issue. And check out how our gorgeous associate editor Jennifer Castoro was transformed from schlumpy to va-va-voom with just a change of clothes, above. Want to get the full skinny on what Charla had to say about Jennifer’s makeover? Read more
September 25, 2009 at 11:09 am , by Mandy Hendrix
It’s funny when we approach women for makeovers. Often, a kind relative or friend has suggested to us that she knows someone who would look better without her mom jeans and a more flattering haircut. It then becomes my job to approach the woman and tell her how amazing she would look in the hands of our fashion and beauty teams. It’s really quite a thrill.
Getting to the salon for a transformative cut and color appointment is always fun, and working with a makeup artist to highlight beautiful eyes or great lips is exciting, too. But the most rewarding part of the process is checking in with our ladies after the makeover has happened. The confidence gained throughout the process carries over into real life and continues long after the shoot. Here’s a juicy little bit from one of our recent makeovers:
Mindy came to us ready for some big changes. Most notably, stylist Valery Joseph cut six inches of hair and a few caramel-colored strands. For the very happily married Mindy, she returned home, pleased with the results. Several weeks later, a pair of widowed neighbor ladies approached Mindy’s husband, inquiring about the younger woman with lighter hair that had been going in and out of the house. The neighbors were concerned that Mindy was “another woman,” when in reality, she had made a few style changes and had confidence through the roof.
Maybe it was time for the nosy neighbors to get a new eyeglass prescription.
I’m in the process of planning for our next makeovers. Think you—or someone you know—needs a style tweak? Send me a line and a few pictures at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you.