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Harper’s Baazar’s Tips for Operation Holiday Party Dress Fit!

20 Dec


Ladies, it’s that time of the year!  Cocktail dresses, evening gowns, SPANX®, high heels and getting the hair just right!   You want to look your best and it never fails you are wanting to know how look good for the evening – without starving yourself!!!!

I was recently at a Harper’s Bazaar Holiday event and we talked about an article featured in their latest magazine, where it listed some tips on looking thinner just for that evening!

As we were speaking,  a thinking cloud was over my head “Wish I knew some of them before attending!”  LOL  Didn’t worry about it, because I was having so much fun!

Here are the tips from the issue:


One look at low-carb poster girl Jennifer Aniston is proof that this advice works. “Complex carbohydrates cause the body to hold water, and dairy is slow to digest; both can lead to bloat,” explains Los Angeles nutritionist Kimberly Snyder.


Breakfast: watermelon. Lunch: a salad of leafy greens, cucumber, asparagus, celery, and chicken with a light dressing of lemon juice, apple-cider vinegar, and a dash of olive oil. Dinner: a repeat of lunch. Preparty snack: celery with a tablespoon of almond butter. “Fruits and vegetables with a high water content will fill you up and help flush water out,” says Snyder.


Add one cup to a bath and lie there for 15 minutes. “It will draw water out of your cells—kind of like reverse osmosis,” says New York dermatologist Francesca Fusco.


Avoid sugar-free gum. “You swallow air when you chew, creating gas, and the body can’t digest the artificial sweeteners in gum, so you attract and retain water,” says Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu. Also, the repetitive movements build up your jaw muscles, so your face looks wider, she says.


“A blend of taurine, a natural amino acid, and vitamin B6 will help you lose water weight without losing essential electrolytes,” claims Beverly Hills endocrinologist Eva Cwynar, who suggests an Abadi Ease Water Retention ($24) capsule three times a day.


Load up on water, and avoid anything with fizz, as the bubbles will distend your belly. “Plus, studies show diet soda causes cravings,” warns Snyder. Afternoon slump? Crack open a cranberry kombucha. “It’s a mild appetite suppressant. The cranberry is a diuretic, and the probiotics promote digestion for a flatter belly,” says Snyder.


A spiked body serum or gel will reduce puffiness. “The caffeine is absorbed through the skin and acts as a mild diuretic,” says Fusco. “You should see a difference in a few hours.” Try Rodial Crash Diet ($90).


Blend cream bronzer under your jawline and cheekbones. “It makes your face look more angular,” says makeup artist Matin. Pull your hair up into a high ponytail or half updo to give your face an instant lift, suggests Wu.


A tan makes you look leaner, but strategic shading takes it up a notch. “Ask for a little extra misting on triceps and inner and outer legs to visually narrow them,” recommends Los Angeles tanning pro Kelsey Jones.


Slumpy equals dumpy. Los Angeles fitness pro Anna Rahe’s tip: Standing, lift your butt as you shift your weight to your heels. Next, bring your rib cage up so your shoulders move back and open. Finally, gently draw the muscles running from your navel to your pubic bone back, in, and down. “You’ll look taller and thinner,” she promises.

Letia 🙂
Madonna is featured in December’s Harper’s Baazar magazine, Photos by Tom Munro.

What are They Talking About? Horse Hair for My Dress?

18 Aug

Received an e-mail from Debbie of Framingham, MA asking:  

“Someone told me to get horse hair for my dress, where do I get it and how do I use it; what are they talking about?”

Now there’s the hem found on many wedding gowns; which has been sewned with a horse hair braid. The braid is not actually made from horse hair, but is a just synthetic nylon or plastic braiding.  The horse hair braiding can be purchased in a variety of widths and is typically between 1″ or 2″.  

It is used to create a slightly stiff hemline, adding shape and movement to the skirt. Many wedding gowns use a horse hair braid hem to keep the long train of the gown in the proper shape and allows you to move more easily in the dress. 

Basically, allowing your train not to feel like your pulling another person!  You can go to any Sewing and Notions store; like a JoAnn’s and they should sell it by the yardage ($2-3 per yard).  Many couture gowns also have this; it’s essential – similar to boning in a dress to keep its form.

Now there’s a horsehair braid sash!   This sash can be used to change the dynamic of a wedding dress, cocktail dress or even add pizzazz to an old dress; making it just like new.  We have to be creative, you know!  

The picture shows  a 120′” sash that will create magic.  It’s by Vera Wang®  found at David’s Bridal.  Available in the colors of black and cream for $58.00     It’ has some stiffness to it, so we creating your look, it will stay in place!

See you thought that you would have to go to great extremes to get some horse hair!  NOT!  I hope this helps!   Good Luck!  😉

And Pssst…Vera Wang is designing Kim Kardashian’s wedding gown too!

 Letia 🙂

Picture from Vera Wang Collection at David Bridals ®

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