Does the best of the best cut your hair?

Keyword: best salon, salon 2012, best salon long island, li salon

So, you live on Long Island and you want to know the best place to go to get your haircut (besides me, of course ;) ) Long Island is a big place, and let’s face it, it can get really overwhelming when you are in need of a new hair dresser and new salon to go to. Well I hope this makes your process go a bit smoother!

First of all, did you know there is a site out there where you can find all the best of Long Island information?  Everything from food, to wellness, to clothing…etc.  I had no idea this even existed!  But now that I now about it, I feel like I need to share this site with you.

According to this site, the top salons on Long Island are:

1. Cactus Salon & Day Spa
Multiple Locations. www.CactusSalon.com

2. Maximus Spa & Salon

Multiple Locations. www.MaximusSpaSalon.com

3. Aura Salon & Style Lounge
25 Cuttermill Rd., Great Neck. 516-487-AURA. www.AuraSalonLounge.com

So where did I find lovely tidbit of information? bestof.longislandpress.com is where you can find al the best of the best for all things Long Island!

Congrats to the three salons who made it to the top!  If your salon wasn’t on there, be sure to check out the site and vote for them for 2013!




Welcome back Sidney, are they ready for you?

Keyword: welcome back, sidney crosby, sid-sational

 

Here is just a little tribute I found in honor of Sids return.




 There’s an App for that

Keywords: iphone rash, iphone 4, skin rash, griffin cover

Whooooaaa!  someone get Jenn Taylor some Benadryl, STAT!

 

dailymail reported on this woman who broke out in a horrible rash from the protective case she had on her iPhone. Living in Liverpool, Jenn noticed a distinct phone shaped rash appear on the right side of her face.  After antihistamines failed to do the trick, she rushed to the hospital the following morning, waking up with her eye nearly swollen shut,  barely able to swallow, and proud owner of 13 new skin allergies.

 

Okay now on a more serious note,  I think at this point, it’s much easier to just go case-free and buy a new iPhone every time you drop it, right?   Red rash all over your body VS spending your life savings on replacing broken iPhones…

 

Pretty simple choice in my book.

 

Jenn Taylor seems pretty composed as I was reading through the interview-  Saying she contacted Griffin, the phone case manufacturer, as well as Apple, and neither have responded.    Uhhhhhhh what?  I have a red rash covering 60% of my body and I can’t walk out of my house without having an allergic reaction: you better believe whoever is running Apple nowadays(rip steve jobs) is gonna answer my phone call.

 

 




2 Delicious Recipes To Try!

Keywords: food holidays, peaches and cream, dessert, breakfast

 

If you’re like me, after simply reading the title Peaches and Cream, you’ll be singing the 112 song for the next two hours.  I apologize in advance, and hope you accept these two delicious recipes as a peace offering.

 

This first recipe is simple and delicious – and if you chill it before eating, it’ll be perfect on this sweltering day as a cool down treat!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup sugar

2 tablespoons water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups sliced & peeled peaches (about 3 medium)

1/3 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions:

In a small saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil…

 

Reduce heat – cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract.

 

Place peaches in two ramekins. Add the sugar syrup you’ve just created… stir gently to coat all the peaches.

 

Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until peaches are tender. Chill before serving – and once chilled pour cream over peaches.  {also add raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries for some added flavor!}

 

 

And for a fancier breakfast this morning – try Peaches and Cream stuffed puffed pastry … the name sounds fancy, but it’s simple!

Ingredients:

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry

6 peeled and sliced peaches

8 oz softened cream cheese

7 oz sweetened condensed milk (AKA half a 14 oz can)

1 pint heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup powdered sugar

vanilla extract & granulated sugar

Directions:

Thaw puff pastry according to package directions.  Cut sheet of thawed puff pastry into 9 squares and bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Allow pastry to cool.

 

In a large bowl, beat together cream cheese & sweetened condensed milk until smooth.

 

In a seperate bowl, whip together whipping cream, powdered sugar, and a small splash of vanilla, until stiff.

 

For added sweetness toss the sliced peaches with a small amount of granulated sugar, in a third bowl … if you feel your peaches are ripe and sweet enough, or don’t want the added calories just skip this step.

 

Now, to assemble the Puffs: Cut each square of puff pastry in half with a knife {so you’ll have two triangles}. Fill the bottom of the puff with the cream cheese mixture… on top of that place a layer of peach slices… then top the peaches with the whipped cream. Close with the top layer of puffed pastry and lightly dust with powdered sugar!

Enjoy!!




Nail Polish Strips

 

Keyword: nail polish, sally hansen, salon effects

To all you nail technicians out there, BEWARE! These will easily steal your clients right from under your file!  Out of all the products out there like this, Sally Hansen’s are by far the best! They are super easy to apply (peel, stick, file) and last for at LEAST 10 days. I’ve even had people tell me theirs lasted 14 days. That’s longer than a regular manicure. With 24  shades and patterns to choose from, there is something for everyone. Now, I’ve had acrylics for the last 14 years because I like to keep my nails on the long side. I’m actually wondering if these will work on top of my  fake nails. I’m really loving the lace pattern!




Chi Chromashine Color

 

Keyword: Chi, color

I’m in love <3  Seriously!  Obsessed with this color line from Chi.  I don’t get many clients who ask for colors like this (it’s just not the type of clientele that I have grown in my neighborhood) but when I do get someone who wants to add purple or blue to their hair, I usually would get nervous.  It’s hard to find colors that are going to come out right and last a decent amount of time before fading. Recently I decided I wanted to add a little pink to my hair. I went down to the beauty supply store and asked the girl at the counter what’s the best color to get.  She pointed me in the direction of Chi. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know this line existed. But it was my own hair so if the experiment went wrong, at least I wasn’t screwing up some one else’s hair.  Fortunately for me, my hair was already bleached out so all I had to do was paint where I wanted the streaks.  There is no mixing involved. The color was nice and thick so I didn’t have to worry about any dripping, and it smelt amazing!  Let the color sit for about 20 minutes and when I washed it out I had these beautiful vibrant pink streaks.  It was perfect.  Now, I am not someone who washes my hair every day.  I’ll go about 3 (sometimes even 4 if I am lucky!) days before washing. This helps gives the color longer lasting time. I would say after about 7 or 8 washes the color began to fade out and I had to reapply. I have now recolored the pink twice and I still have about half the bottle left. When I get tired of the pink I am going to try the teal.  It looks stunning! You can check out this site if you want to order it, or just go to the beauty supply store and pick some up!




I love Barbie & I super-love her Twitter!

Keywords: barbie twitter, ken twitter, life of a barbie

Thats what I’M sayin’!

So I have a confession and I don’t care how ‘un-feministy’ this makes me, but I love Barbie. I love her. She is cute, fun, has great clothing and an amazing array of jobs! Regardless of what we think of Barbie’s measurements, gender norms and stereotyping, she will always be a cultural icon, and so I love her. So much so that I have a collection of Holiday Barbies dating back almost 20 years hidden in storage! When I was little I totally pretended most of my Barbies were lesbians and I KNOW Barbie was my first crush. For real.

There was even a lesbian Barbie themed calendar that some art students made a few years ago, but Mattel sued them and shut it down. Not before some of the pics were released on line! I hope you don’t find this next picture offensive, as since Barbie doesn’t even have nipples, I figured it wasn’t too much of a big deal!

So when I found out that Barbie was on Twitter, I was super excited and had to follow!

While many of Barbie’s tweets are dumb or border line sexist, some are actually pretty good fashion and style tips like…

So true! Or this gem…


That always happens to me! That’s why I buy ‘em at The Dollar Store! But I have a feeling Barbie doesnt shop there!

 

And while were at it, check out this awesome addition I want for my car!

 

I’m a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world!