From home hair remedies, to Brazilian samba workouts

In this show:
White Shirt 101
Diet Food Discounts
Home Hair Remedies
Watches Galore
Brazilian Samba Workout

White Shirt 101

The one sexy, stylish piece that every woman should have in her wardrobe is a crisp, classic, white, button-down shirt. Stylist Lindsay Aronstein says be sure to find the right fit. "Make sure that the buttons aren't gaping and that everyone can see what's underneath. You need to have the sleeve length hit right at the wrist." Fitted shirts are generally much more flattering.

But, as with anything you wear, you should make it your own. Stylist Laurann Claridge says, "It's something you can accessorize really well. I'll take a white shirt and I'll put a great cuff with it, or a huge chunky necklace, or a wide belt, or a skinny belt wrapped a couple of times."

Both stylists share their tips for keeping your shirt the whitest of whites. Lindsay says, "Never bleach your shirts. It can actually turn them yellow. It's just awful to do that to your shirts." Instead, she suggests adding a half a cup of lemon juice to the rinse cycle which acts as a natural bleaching agent. And, if you get a stain, Claridge suggests putting a mixture of Shout and Oxy-Clean on the stain before you throw it in the wash with your detergent.

For more information:
Laurann Claridge
Creative Director, Claridge + King

Lindsay Aronstein
Owner, Rebecca & Drew

Diet Food Discounts

Statistics show the recession is draining consumers' pocket books, but expanding their waistlines. As people turn to fast food to save money, many are paying a price with their health. But, you can actually trim your waist line and your budget at the same time. Some of the country's leading weight loss plans are more affordable than you might think, many even offering discounts to help people struggling during these challenging economic times.

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Home Hair Remedies

Whatever you hair problem is, you can probably purchase a great solution at your salon or beauty supply store. But, before you do that, you might consider checking out your own pantry. Rachel Gower, owner of the Upper Hand Salon says many of the natural ingredients you already have at home make great hair remedies. These are five of Rachel's favorites:

Banana smoothie for dry hair

1 banana
1 egg
3 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons milk
5 tablespoons olive oil

Mix them all together and apply to your hair. Leave on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

Lemon yogurt mask for oily hair

5 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients. Apply to dry hair and leave on for 40 minutes, then rinse.

Vodka martini mask

2 tablespoons vodka
2 tablespoons honey
Half of an avocado
1 egg yolk

Mix all of the ingredients and apply mixture to washed damp hair. Leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

(This recipe removes chlorine and oil/product build-up from the scalp.)

Strawberry cream mask for dull hair

8 strawberries
1 tablespoon mayonnaise

Mix, apply to damp hair, cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo.

Dandruff solution

7 tablespoons dried thyme
2 cups boiling water

Rinse your hair with the mixture and repeat at least once a week. The thyme has anti-bacterial qualities that helps kill bacteria that causes dandruff.

For more information:
Rachel Gower
Owner, The Upper Hand Salon

Watches Galore

With most of us carrying cell phones or PDAs that have built-in clocks, we really don't need a watch. But, watches are more popular than ever, not so much as timekeeping necessities but as trendy accessories. From pocket watches to pendants, today's watch comes in various styles and sizes. Most popular this season is the big, chunky, menswear influence. Big, bold watches come in all price ranges, but when it comes to fit, ladies should remember that the rule of thumb is to size a watch so it moves freely, but not all the way around your wrist.

For more information:
Jonathan Hostler
General Manager, Tourneau

Patty Fadhouli
Director of Marketing, Charming Charlie

Brazilian Samba Workout

The Brazilian samba transforms an ordinary workout into a real Carnaval party! If you're not familiar with the workout, Nia Moves co-owner Kristi Bryant answers some commonly asked questions.

Why is the Brazilian samba workout great for the body?
The workout is aerobic and burns lots of calories. It tones the legs, upper body and stomach muscles. Doing samba a minimum of 15 minutes a day can make a big difference, and you can see and feel the results. For women especially, it is also about getting in touch with their sensual side. (Brazilian women are very proud of their bodies.)

Is Brazilian samba the same as ballroom samba?
No. Brazilian samba requires much more footwork and body movement. Brazilian samba is not an easy dance to learn right off the bat; however, it is expressive, sensual and exciting.

Who can do the Brazilian Samba Workout?
Both women and men can do the Brazilian samba workout. It is perfect for anyone who wants to have a fun, high-energy workout. After learning the basic moves, anyone can do the workout.

What should I wear to a Brazilian samba workout class?
You should wear comfortable clothes, such as yoga clothing, as well as tennis shoes or dance shoes, to a Brazilian samba workout class.

For more information:
Kristie Bryant
Co-owner, NiaMoves

Rebecca Spera's wardrobe provided by Dimensions

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