The Beauty in Travel, Part Deux…

St.Regis_It’s hot and it’s hazy. Why can’t I be sunning by the pool of a beautiful resort while my kids play happily and the waiter brings Kev a cold Corona and the waves are crashing in the background? I am currently in the middle of an unintended “staycation,” reminding myself that if I want that pretty chandelier for my dining room I mustn’t cry over the tropical vacation I am not on!  Chandelier Chandelier Chandelier.  I do, however have some friends and readers who are going on vacation and have recently asked me for my tips. Here goes.   Continue reading “The Beauty in Travel, Part Deux…”

Monday Quick Tip…

If you’ve ever noticed that your hair is dry after swimming, if you plan on swimming or going on vacation or splashing in the ocean, today’s tip is for you!  When you get your hair wet in the pool or ocean, the chlorine/salt will quickly absorb into your strands leaving them filled with drying agents that, over time, will make your hair brittle and weak. *and potentially green.  I have a solution for you ! Think of your hair as a towel. If a towel is dry and you submerge it into water, it will quickly absorb the water and become wet. Now, if the towel is already wet, prior to submerging it into water it won’t be able to take in as much moisture once dunked. The same goes for your hair. Try spritzing your hair with a spray bottle of water BEFORE getting into the pool/ocean. For further lorealoilprotection, if your hair is weathering chemicals or sea salt for more than one day in a row, or if you already have dry hair, spritz your hair with hair oil (this L’oreal one is a favorite, I use it regularly on my kid’s hair before they swim) before getting into the water. The oil will be a barrier to your hair and keep your strands from absorbing as much water.  Happy Monday! XxOo- Spoiled Gal


I wanted to let you in on something I learned! I saw my mother in law on the 4th of July and she is ALWAYS so complimentary of my blog. She told me she reads it regularly and said she felt almost like a celebrity to be mentioned, I LOVE THAT! About the French Manicure… GUESS WHAT….I was wrong! She doesn’t get a French she gets what’s called an American Manicure! It’s more natural looking than the stark white vs nude we know as a French Manicure. Maybe that’s why I love it on her! When I worked at a salon a long time ago I would often sub in for the manicurist. Our salon didn’t offer acrylic nails (and Gel Nails were 8 years in the future) so it wasn’t very common for someone to ask for a French Manicure but they did often ask for a French Pedicure. I was totally doing it wrong!!! I was giving them an American Pedicure and didn’t know. I was, however, super good at getting all the gross stuff out of peoples toes…just sayin.

You now have my permission to get an American Manicure. But still, no French 😉 XxOo- Spoiled Gal

The Beauty in Summer Make up…

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One summer, in what seems like a lifetime ago I dated a boy who had a boat. Every weekend that summer, and often during the week, we would call our friends, load up the ice chest and go out to the lake. At the time I taught swim lessons from my parents pool and when my students were done for the day (I strategically scheduled them very early so I would be off by 10am) my friends and I would meet my boyfriend and his friends at the dock and stay out all day on the water.  This meant a few things. No.1 I had a beautiful golden brown tan. No.2. My make up had to last all day And  3. I would had just enough cash for Starbucks on the way to the dock (surely he didn’t expect me to fill the ice chest or chip in for food/gas/dock fees? Oops-maybe he did.) You could guess I was the girl who wore make up to the lake. I also curled my hair (or wore it in my signature “updo”) and often I was in wedges rather than flip flops. Painting the picture…you know I can’t tell a short story. Back to my make up- in order to achieve a fresh face from dawn to dusk I had to figure out some tricks. Here’s what I’ve found to work best in keeping my make up (as well as my brides who need their make up to stay put and cry/sweat proof) fresh and summer proof! Continue reading “The Beauty in Summer Make up…”

The Beauty in Wedding Season…

June is not only the first month that feels like summer, it’s also one of the most popular months for a wedding. There is something about the third weekend in June, every bride and groom want to get married on the third Saturday. Have you ever noticed? I bet you just went to a wedding this last weekend! The great thing about a summer wedding is that flowers are in bloom, there’s a very small chance of  rain and it’s presumable that most prospective guest will be able to attend. The not-so-great thing about a summer wedding is that it’s often HOT.  While the wedding party is prepared with professional hair and makeup to withstand the heat, the guest are often not. A girlfriend of mine, who was invited to an outdoor-summer-wedding in Las Vegas asked me what she could do with her hair that would keep it off of her back, but not look too formal. I knew the perfect, quick and easy style to show her. If you have a wedding coming up, give it a try, you’ll look beautiful and hopefully be a little cooler! Continue reading “The Beauty in Wedding Season…”

The Beauty in Father’s Day…

I_Love_Dad_PictureHappy Friday! I decided to forgo a Friday Favorites post and give you a gift guide for dads instead! One of my closest girlfriend’s husband is SO easy to buy for. He loves to be pampered, loves to shop but also is as manly as they come. There have been countless times I’ve leaned in to give him a hug and he says to me “Kimi, be honest, do you like this cologne?” I die laughing especially since his BFF, my husband, is the complete opposite. My dear husband is so so hard to buy for. I mean, what do you get a man who’s hobbies include flying some custom-made drone (?) or piloting airplanes?  Since my Kev has gotten flip flops and a new pair of sunglasses for Father’s day, eight years in a row, I was inspired to come up with some fresh ideas.  So, with a little help, here are my top 10 Father’s day gifts. Since we’re down to the wire on time,  I listed the stores you can find each item rather than a link. Happy Shopping!

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T.G.I…Friday Favorite


I don’t k now about you, but I could shout it from the rooftops- Happy Friday!!!

Now for this week’s favorite- it’s the solution to a problem I didn’t realize I had when we moved into our new
home. I was so excited to have a real vanity in our new bathroom, but after my swivel salon chair arrived and I FullSizeRender (23)began putting my make up and hair tools away I realized a huge design flaw in our bathroom. The vanity, which is built in, has no drawers! Lucky for me, I knew what to do. For years I have admired the Kardashian’s make up storage that often appears on the show. (Judge me  for watching if you’d like..I agree their drama is crazy sometimes but I love to see their make up and home decor!) So I did some searching and found the most beautiful make up storage and display. This clear acrylic cube is so roomy, keeps my make up tidy as well as clean and looks pretty on my vanity. I bought the largest cube, but there are smaller sizes that will work great if you have less “daily make up” than myself . They’re a little pricey, but it will last you forever and with a glass-like look, will never go out of style!  Also, you can find smaller, clear acrylic make up organizers at places like Home Good or TJ Maxx which are great as well! Until next time-  XxOo Spoiled Gal

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-The cube on the left is the one I have, to the right, is a smaller version. Clicking the pictures will take you directly to the link.