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#WellnessWednesday: The Power of Coconut Oil

Sassy Gals!

I cannot say it enough and pray that it will eventually come true but I will reassure you once more that warm weather is approaching. It is  lackadaisical but inevitable. With that said, it is never too early to start back on your Spring/Summer beauty regimen!

I want to talk about my favorite beauty product: coconut oil. It is a timeless trend that boasts powerful health remedies ranging from digestive issues to damaged hair. A huge misconception that comes with oil is that it cannot be used on the skin, especially the face. The myth is that it would clog your pores and lead to unsightly acne. However, coconut oil can help completely rejuvenate the skin on your face, and basically do a lot more amazing things.

Let’s break down the components of coconut oil and see the benefits they have for healthier skin.

Vitamin E:

Coconut oil is chock-full of Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy skin repair and growth. With it’s antioxidant properties it prevents wrinkles, premature aging, and cracked skin.

Proteins:

Coconut oil is rich in proteins which contribute in cellular health and tissue repair internally and externally. Proteins on the skin will create a normal flow of replacement cells, reducing scars and dark spots.

Capric/Caprylic/ Lauric Acids: 

These fatty acids provides disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. This means that when the oil is applied to the face it would prevent any microbial infections from forming in the pores or in open wounds (such as a popped pimple).

Saturated Fats:

These triglycerides fats help maintain the smooth touch to the skin. The fats help contain the moisture in the skin, keeping a dewy (not oily) look to the face. Coconut oil is also best ingested for this reason because the fats form under the skin, retaining the glow and smoothness in your face.

Sassy gals! Go to your local grocery store and pick up some coconut oil now to add to your beauty products!

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Angelina Jolie Writes in NY Times In Lieu of Her Ovarian Surgery

Sassy Gals,

This week,  Angelina Jolie had penned in the New York Times revealing that she had  gone through surgery to remove both her ovaries and fallopian tubes. This was in hopes to thwart further development of cancerous cells. She wrote that this decision was made after blood tests had revealed signs of early stages of  ovarian cancer.

This was her second major surgery, following her double mastectomy two years ago to reduce her chances of  breast cancer. Jolie then had released to the public that she discovered she was carrying the BRCA1 gene. This would put her in higher risk of developing ovarian and/or breast cancer. Her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, had died of ovarian cancer back in 2007 at the age of 56.

Jolie’s mother was diagnosed at the age of 49, so now at 39 Jolie is taking every precaution to keep her body free from cancer. She writes:

“That same day I went to see the surgeon, who had treated my mother. I last saw her the day my mother passed away, and she teared up when she saw me: ‘You look just like her.’ I broke down. But we smiled at each other and agreed we were there to deal with any problem, so ‘let’s get on with it.’

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, and it’s responsible for 1 in 36 (3%) deaths in American women. The American Cancer Society  has reported that 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and about 40,290 will be terminal.

If you have had any loved ones in your family diagnosed with either breast or ovarian cancer, please have yourself checked out annually at your local clinic. Also, help support those in the fight and get involved in Relay for Life and other organizations!

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The Best (Girly) Irish Drinks for St. Patrick’s Day

Sassy Lassies!

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, and whether you are an Irish gal or just an over-zealous observer, we all can partake in the Americanized customs of the holiday! Of course, I am talking about bar hopping while belligerently parading around in leprechaun hats (they’re always after me lucky charms…). I mean, wearing your Nana’s wool knitted sweater is suffocating and ridiculously hot! How could you not make it through the day without some Irish spirits in your system?! Therefore, it is best you do it with some Irish class and try out these fancy drinks! Find a pub, sing some ole’ songs from the mother country, and drink responsibly!

1. Bailey’s Irish Coffee

The most classic Irish drink you will have tonight. Not only is it decadent in rich cream flavors, it is super tasty and will make other’s think you are an Irish pub-crawler pro!

  • 2 oz of Bailey’s Original Cream
  • 6 oz of hot coffee
  • 1 oz of Irish Whiskey
  • 1 dollop of whipped cream

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2. Emerald Isle

First off, the Emerald Isle is ridiculously green. You can’t get more St. Patrick than that! Secondly, its a great take on the traditional Cosmo, with class but also some Irish sass!

  • 1 part Gin
  • 1 tsp Green Crème de menthe
  • 2 dashes bitters

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3. The Boozy Shamrock Shake

This is the sinfully delicious version of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake! It’s minty, creamy, and green!  Don’t forget to tell the bartender to put a cherry on top!

  • 6 cups (3 pints) vanilla ice cream
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) creme de menthe liqueur
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) vodka
  • 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Irish cream liqueur (like Baileys)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maraschino cherries and sweetened whipped cream for garnish

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4. Shamrock Sour

Pucker up to this sour concoction of lemon and grape juice! It is refreshing, and will definitely give you a little Irish zing!

  • 2 oz Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
  • .5 oz Green Chartreuse
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • .5 oz Agave syrup (one part agave nectar, one part water)
  • .25 oz Egg white (about half of an egg white)
  • garnish: Mint sprig and lemon wheel
  • glass: Double rocks


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5. The Lucky Leprechaun

The Lucky Leprechaun is another fun fruity take on the Irish drink! Instead of a pucker, it has a smooth melon taste, to of course stick with out green color scheme!

  • 1 1/2 oz. Hornitos Reposado tequila
  • 1 1/2 oz. melon liquor 
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • seltzer for topping
  • honeydew melon for garnish

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Top 10 Best Songs For The Treadmill

Sassy Gals,

I have finally made amends with my body, and have decided it is time to go back to the gym! I had went for the first time (in forever) yesterday and found out that despite the amount of peppermint bark I have gobbled up this winter, I have managed to retain my endurance. Jogging for three miles on a horrible god-forsaken treadmill was a great feat for me; for those of you who run for a living could simply not fathom this! Yet I did it, and I am quite proud of myself! But how does a girl who avidly stuffs all kinds of food into her mouth, can make it through a 30 minute run? Music!

Music is the key ingredient to all of my workouts, especially running. Why? Well, I think when you are listening to a high tempo song that is your “jam,” you can achieve a runner’s high. I sometimes get so invested into song (anything Beyonce) and forget I am running at the gym! Before I know it, it has been 20 minutes in! Overall, I think runners of all abilities benefit from listening to music because it adds flavor to a run that may be boring without it.

So for those of you just starting out the gym, I have made a list of my top ten favorite songs to help push myself on the treadmill! Obviously everyone’s musical tastes varies, but I have found these songs to really motivate me, and are just fun!

1. Paramore – Misery Business

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2. Beyonce – Crazy In Love

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3. Pussycat Dolls – When I Grow Up

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4. Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me

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5. Maroon 5 – Harder To Breathe

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6. Missy Elliot- Get Ur Freak On

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7.Cascada – Every Time We Touch

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8. Chromeo – Jealous

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9. MiKA – Grace Kelly

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10. Kelly Rowland – Commander

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CandyLipz #XtremeBeauty

Sassy Gals!

For those of you who have been attempting to emulate Kylie Jenner’s ever-growing pout can finally put down your wine-colored matte lip-liner and rejoice in this latest extreme beauty trend. If you dare…

CandyLipz, created by Thienna INC. has swept the beauty world into havoc with it’s ability to achieve full plump lips (like Kylie’s) in the matter of two minutes! Yes, it sounds like a bunch of quackery of the pseudo sciences, however the painful results seem to be nothing but the truth!  It is a pump that operates as a suction, pooling blood into your lips, thus creating a larger and fuller kisser. It runs in a wide variety of sizes, depending on what bee-stung look you desire.    The product ranges in shapes like red or green apples, and is shipped in the most elegant of packaging. Overall, you get pretty packages, an apple shaped lip cup, and fast results starting at $120. It is a tempting offer to look like you’ve broken every blood vessel on your face.

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So it sounds pretty but torturous, right?  For one, it is a better alternative to lip injections since there is no plastic surgery and it is more cost effective. Additionally, the results are quick and reversible, only lasting for two hours. However, the overall issue is proven in the huge increase of sales and publicity for this product (the site is currently down). It is just one more thread to the shallow fabric of our society’s willingness to harm ours bodies for beauty!

Welp. In the name of science, I tried it out last week. All I can say is, curiosity killed the cat, and in this case gave it a huge mouth hickey. In my best Hans and Franz impression: Candylipz will pump (flex flex) you up!

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YIKES! Not only did I look ridiculous, this rash lasted for a week on my face! It was painful, and basically the most embarrassing thing I have ever done to myself. My lips seem to fall between Jennifer Coolidge and a parrot fish.  Yes, they were plump, but it was not remotely attractive, nor did my boyfriend find it the least bit flattering on me. Therefore, please try this product at your own risk! Remember that you do not need any form of enhancement to make yourself a more beautiful person!

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Mane Monday: Spring Hair off the Fashion Week Runway

Sassy Gals!

Spring is almost here for those of you fortunate enough to not be buried alive in snow (is it Summer yet, seriously?!) Therefore, it is time to part ways with your favorite winter beret! Believe me, it is a struggle, since I have been donning the same white knitted hat everyday since winter vacation!

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(Zero shame.) But, we can get through it together ladies and these hot new hair styles will ease the pain!

This year’s Spring Fashion Week has brought various new hairstyles that are versatile and simply warm weather chic! I am talking about braids, ponytails, big buns, beach waves, and large voluminous hair! From Coach to the Oscar De La Renta runway, these fabulous manes are trending an easier, bohemian inspired look for a warm spring day to a glammed up rocker look for a hot night out! The best part is, they are all very easy D.I.Y. styles!

So tell me Sassy Gals, what new hairstyles are you excited to try for this Spring season?!

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Ombré Your Bridesmaids!

Sassy Brides!

Finding the right color palette for your bridal party can be difficult, especially for the spring season. There are numerous shades of yellow, pink, purple and teal; you could go bridezilla crazy just trying to choose! One bridesmaid looks absolutely chic in blush pink, but the others are doing justice to that salmon hue! Your bridal party is your ultimate accessory; therefore incorporating something unique and special is imperative. Yet, being restricted to one color can dull a bride’s particular vision for her wedding.

In White, a bridal boutique in Feeding Hills Massachusetts, says the hottest wedding trend this season can give you that iridescent inspiration! Ditch the traditional one tone fits all! Get color happy and ombré your bridesmaids! “Ombré-ing” combines tones of one or more color, shading into each other, and graduating from lightest to darkest. This gives the bride a wide spectrum of flattering shades for her to uniquely color coordinate her bridesmaids! No more choosing one color of pink! Now you can have them all!

There would be endless opportunity to embody this theme into other wedding accessories. Get inspiration from Pinterest, with its infinite amount of fabulous interpretations for color shading! Try matching the bride’s flowers to the ombré gowns, or getting funky two-toned ombré manicures!

In White carries a bridesmaid line, The Dessy Group, that fashions ombré into their bridal party collections. It comes in all spring-ready color palettes and styles such as tropical and jade. The line provides numerous ways to use this theme, including the dresses having two-toned ombré designs themselves. However, the most popular trend on both Pinterest and Instagram is having the bridesmaids pick there own dresses by the color preference of the bride, and wearing them from darkest to lightest. Not only is it aesthetically pleasing in photos, it is just plain pretty!

Remember, your bridesmaids are your best wedding accessory! Allow your colorful fantasy to become reality, and go ombré this wedding season!

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Oscars 2015: Best Dressed

Sassy Gals! 

I would like to thank the Academy for its ever prevailing haute couture! For this particular Oscar season, I just melted amidst all the bright tones the stars fashioned themselves in! Gold, pink, red and electric blue gowns stunningly swept the red carpet. Versace and Ellie Saab Couture dazzled the most on celebrities with gorgeous beading on Emma Stone’s long sleeved ESC gown to Scarlett Johansson’s high-fashioned jade Versace dress (that neckline embellishment is absolutely mesmerizing!). All the looks encompassed spring with graceful material, and brilliant hues! If I had to pick a favorite, Lupita Nyong’o’s Calvin Klein dress takes the cake in the most fashion-forward look of the night! Drenched in pearls, Lupita is exquisite and daring in the fashionably bizarre textured gown. I hope to see more dresses like this next award season!

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2015 NYC Spring Fashion Week: The Top Four Sassiest Trends

Sassy Fashionistas!

This February, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week had returned to the concrete jungle of New York City, and the trends were getting fierce! The colors were bolder, peekaboo tops were in vogue, and let’s just say khaki is no longer for the girl scouts! Gals, it is time for a fashion spring-cleaning! Toss those bulky sweaters and take these top four trends from the runway to your closet for a lighter and more colorful look.

1. Pattern Play This season is all about statement patterns! From gingham and plaid to oversized florals and geometric shapes! Diane Von Furstenberg and other designers have transformed these frumpy picnic patterns into sexy high fashion ensembles. Steal the Look: Go Dorothy, and pair a baby blue gingham top with matching shorts! Wear black cuff sandals, and accessorize with a black gingham purse!


2. Midriff Tease Class and sex appeal have never been so harmonious! Trending in the Oscar De La Renta spring collection, the peekaboo can compliment anyone’s midriff. The key is to wear skirts that rest above the navel and crop tops that fall right above the waistline. Steal the Look: Taylor Swift inspired; try a satin, floral, high waisted bell skirt with a matching crop top. Accessories should be neutral!


3. Be Bold & Bright Designers are experimenting with bright splashes of magenta, reds, and yellows, complementing the cool tones of their navy, black or olive pieces. With metallic accenting, the look is still runway chic, but ready for the spring season! Steal the look: From the Altuzarra collection, shine bright in a sweeping floral dress that mixes bright colors with metallic accents.


4. Sexy Safari Cropped khakis, suede pants, utilitarian jackets paired with magenta chiffon dresses! Seen on the Victoria Beckham and Ralph Lauren runway, these adventurous styles are extremely wearable and versatile! Steal the look: Try a cropped suede pant, with a bright magenta blouse. Accessorize with an extravagant necklace and do not forget a suede satchel!

So who’s going to dare to flare the gingham pattern this Spring, Sassy Gals?! All you need is a pair of ruby slippers and Toto!

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Fat Tuesday Is The Best Day!

Bonjour les femmes effrontée!

Yesterday was one of my most favorite days of the year; Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday has always been a great excuse for us sassy gals to eat our brains out in leftover Valentine’s chocolates and Domino’s cinna-stix!
Not everyone participates in this gluttonous hedonism, but I relish in it! Why? Well, I have begun to notice a trend. Every single year I have had this terrible two-month slump after Christmas vacation. I’ll binge-eat anything in the fridge, while obsessively watching a sitcom (this year was Friends!). There is just something about the cozy ambiance of a snowy night in January that makes me want to bake two-dozen sugar cookies all for myself. I just can’t help it!
Therefore, Mardi Gras is a godsend! This day allows us to celebrate our over-indulgences, and reflect on them. Is food a bad thing? No! Is too much of it bad? Yes! To not negatively ruminate on our life choices and instead honor what we love the most, allows us to make better decisions about it forward! Don’t fast for 40 days and drive yourself crazy denying your indulgences! You will only dive right back into your poor habits! Do take this day to realize a little pleasure is okay, and transform your lifestyle!
Today, I am very motivated to eat healthy and start running again. But you better believe it that I will have a slice of chocolate cake this Friday!
Does any other Sassy Gal love chocolate as much as I do?!