Is this for real?

 

Keyword: snakeskin, pedicure

First shoes, then handbags…now toenails?! The cost of this trendy, new, high end pedicure = $300!! When one of her children brought home a piece of snakeskin from science class, Terri Silacci was inspired. The truth is, its 100% real snakeskin. Apparently no snakes are hurt in the process so don’t get all “animal rights” on me. I still don’t think its for me. I guess I just can’t fathom spending more than $30 on my feet…unless it’s for a great pair of pumps! :)

 

 




With no NBA basketball for a few days, I thought I would have a little fun, so here is my all European squad

Keywords: europeans, dirk nowitzki, ricky rubio, gasol, gallinari, france, italy, england, spain

We have a little break with the All Star game coming up, and this summer the national teams will compete in the Olympics. Chances are the Americans will win because they are absolutely stacked, however if the forces of Europe combined, they would be quite the formidable opponent. So I decided to have a little fun and put together the Euro Team.

 

Starters

 

Point Guard: Tony Parker, France – Parker can score and dish the ball. He is a proven champion and the perfect man to run the offense.

 

Shooting Guard: Ben Gordon, England – Ideally Gordon would have been the 6th man, but I thought the experience of Gordon would be good for a starting role.

 

Small Forward: Danilo Gallinari, Italy – Gallo is still young and he has gotten better with age. He is a big man that can score from any part of the floor, a matchup nightmare.

 

Power Forward:  Dirk Nowitzki, Germany – It was hard to pick between Dirk and Pau Gasol, but at the end of the day what Dirk was able to do against the Heat last postseason is enough for me.

 

Center:  Marc Gasol, Spain – The younger of the Gasol brothers has been having a break out season. He made the all star team and is averaging a double double.

Bench

 

Point Guard: Ricky Rubio, Spain – Rubio is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year and the kid is really fun to watch.

 

Shooting Guard: Rudy Fernandez, Spain – Fernandez is a perfect bench guy, its a role he has played most of his career.

 

Small Forward: Nicolas Batum, France – Batum is another guy thats really enjoying a breakout year. Plus he is still just 23, he has a very high ceiling.

 

Power Forward: Pau Gasol, Spain – It was incredibly hard putting Gasol on the bench, but I thought his brother deserved the honor of starting rather than just throwing Pau in at center.

 

Ceneter: Andrea Bargnani, Italy – Bargnani was having an amazing season until he went down with injury. If not for that, and the fact he plays in Toronto, he would easily be the starter.

Now that is a pretty stacked team. Even if you gave America access to Canada and Mexico I’m not sure they would handle this team with ease. Spain is the most represented country on the All Euro team, thinking about it they may be able to make a little noise themselves when the summer games come around.

 

 

 

 




Check out her new do

Keyword: Miley Cyrus, haircut, celebrity

Miley Cyrus cut 5 inches off her hair! I guess she is following the trend of many other celebes these days. It’s about time she made this change.  She’s had those long loose waves for way too long now, if you ask me.

 

Miley announced her new do on Twitter on Friday saying “Just got a hurrr cut.” Then she followed up with “I didn’t do anything crazy. But I did take 5 inches off!”

 

I think the new cut looks fantastic. It’s mature and simple looking. I mean, she’s a beautiful girl and could probably get away with anything, but this is a great length for her.  Props for having the guts to cut it all off Miley :)




We have a beautiful weekend ahead of us

Keyword: friday, weekend, winery, vineyard, wedding, prom

Seems as if Spring has finally decided to show it’s face.  We’ve had a few rainy days but at least the sun is here and it looks like it is staying through the weekend!

 

So what are MY plans this beautiful sunny weekend? Well tomorrow I have the pleasure of helping my good friend Dusti work a wedding, then I come home to work on a stunning young lady for her Jr. Prom! Thankfully the sun will still be out when my work day is over as I am looking forward to relaxing with my fiance tomorrow evening and BBQing up some steaks! (got any tips weEATny?!)

Sunday is the day I look most forward to as we are going to Martha Clara Vineyard (our wedding spot!!) with some friends for a wine tasting and a relaxing day sipping some good wine and enjoying the gorgeous weather! We heard the last time we were there that they were getting a bunch of ‘fainting goats’ to add to their little petting farm.  Google it, I am sure you won’t be disappointed!

 

I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend!  Please make sure to send me all your pictures of fabulous hair and makeup, and don’t forget your nails!  I want to see what YOU did this weekend! Jill@westyleny.com




Updos vs. Downdos

Keyword: bridal hair, updo, formal hair, wedding

As a stylist who is booked almost every weekend with weddings I get asked this question a lot- “Which do you prefer: Updos, or downdos?” My answer has always been the same, and always WILL be the same…UPDOS!  There are many reasons for my answer.

For one, it’s a long day! You’re looking at hours upon hours of lasting time. From the time you get ready, walk down the isle, say “I do”, take your photos, have your first dance, cut your cake, and dance on the dance floor you are looking at at least 10-12 hours! It’s almost impossible for your “down in curls” look to last that long. When your hair is placed into an updo, it can last all day. You could even wake up the next morning and most of the time it will still almost look perfect.

Another reason I like updos better; they stay off your face and neck while you’re running around taking photos or while your jumping around the dance floor so you’ll stay much cooler. Less sweat means less of a chance for your hair to droop, and less of a chance of your make-up to drip off.

Some people might say that if you’re doing an outside beach themed wedding, that down and flowy hair is perfect for that.  Okay, but what happens if the wind picks up? Now your beautiful flowy hair is a knotted mess and all stuck to your lipstick. If you get caught in the rain at all, they curls are gonna become a stringy mess. And if its hot or humid out, your hair is gonna droop faster than you can say “I do”.

Now, while these are very practical reasons, my number one reason for choosing an updo over it being down is all about the look.  To me a bride is not a bride with her hair down. There is just an elegance that an updo brings to a bride that wearing it down simply can’t accomplish. An updo can really pull everything together if done right. Hair being down can take away from the dress, the make-up..and can sometimes over power the bride all together. There is also something very Sweet 16-like about a down in curls do. Wearing the hair up can be very sophisticated and very sexy.

I realize there are hair dressers out there that will totally disagree, and there are probably brides out there that wore their hair down and loved it…please remember this is just an opinion. I have seen brides looking beautiful with their hair down…but when asked my opinion, I will always answer “updo”!




Don’t try this at home

Keyword: bun, man bun, mens hair

My worst nightmare is coming true.  Okay, okay, it’s not really my worst nightmare, but it’s still pretty scary. Men are now beginning to sweep their hair up into what is now being called “the man bun.” This amurai look is less than flattering, so if you are a man with long hair…I strongly suggest keeping this look off your list of things to try!

Some are saying it’s quite hipster to rock this look, but my opinion is very different.  To be quite honest, I am not a fan of long hair on men to begin with, so maybe I am just biast!




What will YOU be?

Keyword: halloween, make-up

Only a few more days until Halloween! I hope you have your costumes picked out already. Whether you choose to be a cute little kitten, or a scary flesh eating zombie, the make-up is just as important as the costume itself. Halloween is actually my favorite holiday. To me it is more important than my birthday!  I usually spend between 5-8 hours on my man’s makeup. He is such a good sport!  Last year he was Freddy Kruger and the year before, a head to toe burn victim. I cannot disclose what we will be this year because I always keep it a secret but it’s gonna be good! So now I want my fans to get creative. I want to see what you can come up with. Send us your halloween make-up photos. Maybe I’ll even post my favorites in a later article…how fun would that be? I hope now I’ve inspired some of you to do something more original than just a store bought costume ;)