The season of basking in the sun (with sunscreen, of course) is
just around the corner but that doesn't mean your skin can't have
that summer sheen now with "take a picture … it lasts longer …"
from Benefit Cosmetics, www.benefitcosmetics.com. The
flirty, rose-scented body buff leaves a golden-pink sheen on your
skin, which is perfect for that awkward transition between the dry,
terrorized winter skin and that sun-kissed summer glow. "take a
picture … it lasts longer …" is available for $28.
Whether or not you know how to waltz, fox trot or tango, grab
your favorite dancing partner and join six Chicago celebrities for
an evening of dancing and a little competition, all in the name of
breast cancer. The March 12 event, held at the Hyatt Regency
Chicago's Crystal Ballroom, marks the fifth year for the Dancing
with Chicago Celebrities fundraiser.
"It's a gala-like event but that whole entertainment part of it
is really interesting with these celebrities from in and around
Chicago," says Karen Kliebhan, who is a two-time breast cancer
survivor, mom of two and development manager of the Chicago area
affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure.
After two months of training with Arthur Murray dance
instructors, radio host Erich "Mancow" Muller, Valerie Warner from
WGN, Mai Martinez from CBS, Miss Illinois Erin O'Connor and NBC's
Matt Rodewald will take the dance floor in an attempt to win this
year's title. The show also hosts an alumni dance, set to include
Chef Rick Bayless and NBC's Ginger Zee. A live auction and plenty
of dancing round out the event, hosted by Gale Sayers.
In five years of holding the event, Komen has raised more than
$100,000. "Everybody is affected in some way or another," Kliebhan
says about breast cancer.
Tickets to Dancing with Chicago Celebrities are $175. For
information, visit the Web
Your body is beautiful. But let's be honest,
sometimes your curves need a little help-especially after having a
After the birth of her first baby, Jax, now 5, fashion designer
and celebrity stylist Heather Thomson found herself longing for
fabulous shape wear. "I went into the shape wear department as a
consumer .… I wanted to feel good going back to the office (working
for Beyoncé) and I didn't feel so great about myself."
With a "deflated inner tube" around her stomach, the mom now of
two was looking for instant gratification. "I was really horrified
by what our options were," Thomson says. "This department is frozen
in time, it's like antiquated."
Coming up short, she took matters into her own hands, developing
Tummie. "It was really a selfish initiative," she says.
Using a three-panel design, Yummie Tummie smooths, slims and
sucks in your stomach, without being uncomfortable. And unlike
other products, this one actually stays in place. But one of the
best features of the slim wear, it reminds you to engage your core
Yummie Tummie comes in a variety of designs that include
original and nursing tanks to camis and bottoms ranging in price
from $62-$108. Finally, shape wear you don't have to hide. You'll
With spring comes the opportunity for fresh styles
and fabulous hair. But what style is best for you and how exactly
do you communicate that to your stylist? Fab Mama took some time to
discuss hair and what's in this season with New York stylist,
"One of my things I always say is hair is your number one
accessory," Christo says. "If your hair doesn't look good, the
puzzle doesn't come together."
This spring, don't look for the crazy styles of the past, the
Greek native says. "It's all about natural hair and embracing the
lovely locks you've already got." When it comes time to visit your
stylist, Christo suggests making two appointments to discuss your
"Just go in to see them, don't get it cut," he says of the first
appointment. "Explain you're ready for a change." Your end goal
should be something that is going to be easy. Picking a style out
of a magazine isn't a wise option and going for something that
doesn't work for your hair may turn you into a fashion victim.
"The trend is what looks good on you … not what's in the
Christo recently launched his own product line, Curlisto,
available at www.Curlisto.com.
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