Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Product Review: Hanna Salon Blow Dryer

Does your hair look like you stuck your finger in electrical socket? Ew. Seriously? So gross. Get it together!

Seriously, though, my hair has been feeling the drying effects of winter. My ends are breaking faster than an infomercial slice and dice.

Luckily, Misikko, a website that sells blow dryers and the “best” flat irons was there to the rescue with their Hanna Salon Blow Dryer. I have been using this blow dryer for the past month and I am very pleased with the results. According to the website, “the combination of HANAair's strongest AC motor along with its tourmaline lined ceramic heater will dry your hair up to 60% faster maintaining natural shine while promoting healthy luxurious hair”.

The first thing I noticed about this dryer was how powerful it was. I could tell it was drying my hair much faster. The faster drying power, however, does not result in dried out hair. It has the opposite effect, actually. After using this blow dryer I could see a noticeable difference in the texture and look of my hair. It’s softer and shinier.

My only complaint is that they don’t have a diffuser that fits on the nozzle. I haven’t found a universal one that fits yet. This also makes me think of another point about the dryer. It is small and light weight and would be easy to travel with. It’s definitely a blow dryer worth investing in.

Here is a pic of me testing out the blow dryer. I blow dry my hair using a round brush and dry it a section at a time. 

Disclosure: I was given a blow dryer by Misikko to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, January 30, 2012

A "cool" outfit

 Thrifted Gap dress / The Limited belt / Riley (Chicago) necklace / United Colors of Benetton leggings / Franco Sarto boots
I am loving the combination of denim, leopard print, and gold accessories here. I was wearing this outfit and a man at work said, "That's a really cool outfit!" Not "You look hot" or "Did it hurt when you fell out of heaven?" Just, "That's a really cool outfit." Men everywhere can take note. I would accept "That's a really cool outfit," any day.

Sunday Morning: Tory Burch

I was excited to catch the story about Tory Burch on this past Sunday Morning. Although her story isn't the rags to riches kind -- she grew up on a horse farm with jet setting parents, she worked for Ralph Lauren and Narcissco Rodriguez, and she was married to wealthy businesman Chris Burch -- it's definitely inspiring to see someone who is doing exactly what she should be doing. Cheers to that!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Business Casual Friday Jeans Day

H&M jacket and swearer / Gap pants / c/o Nine West boots 
I haven't been wearing these pants enough lately so I thought I'd take them on a wild ride to make up for it. Business Casual on Friday Jeans Day. They've never been there before, and they have never looked so good. This outfit was appropriate for a Friday meeting as well as sushi later. And then a riding lesson. No, that didn't happen. They aren't jodhpurs. (I wish they were.)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Giveaway: My Memories

Scrapbooking is not just bows and rhinestones anymore. It has moved into the digital age. Actually, it can still be bows and rhinestones if you want, but you no longer need to wait for the glue to dry so your pages don't stick together. My Memories is Digital Scrapbooking software that can help you create beautiful backdops for your digital photos. It also gives you the ability to transfer these digital masterpieces to photobooks and calenders. The software out of the box comes with a variety of patterns, textures, shapes, and word art to choose from, and if that's not enough you can purchase more embellishments via their store.

The Cosmopolitan Clevelander readers can get a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software and a $10 coupon for the MyMemories.com store - a $20 value! Just use this code:

Also, one of you will have a chance to win the My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software. Just visit www.MyMemories.com, and comment below about your favorite digital paper pack or layout.

For extra entries, follow My Memories on:
My Memories Blog

You have until Wednesday, February 1 at 9 p.m. to enter.

Good Luck! Please share your digital creations and I will feature them here!

Disclosure: I was provided with My Memories software to review this product. The opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Turkey Meatballs with Giada

I was thinking about comfort foods the other day, and one that immediately came to mind was meatballs and spaghetti. I was surprised that I hadn't made such an easy and affordable recipe yet. Instead of making the beef-based version, I thought I'd try this ground turkey version from Giada di Laurentiis' Everyday Italian cookbook. Although it's not as satisfying as my mom's homemade version, it's little bit easier on the conscience. The parsley and Romano cheese did gave off an amazing smell. Isn't half of the taste in the smell anyways?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Snowed in

Old Navy sweater and shoes  / A&E jeans /  BP Nordstrom scarf / Nars Heatwave lipstick /  H&M earrings / Silver mine watch and bracelet
We were hit with our biggest, iciest storm yet this winter here in Pittsburgh this weekend. It meant no skating lessons Saturday morning, so  I decided to use my new membership to the Carnegie Museum of Art to see the Teenie Harris exhibit. It was nice to just sit and absorb the photo slide show in the exhibit hall. We also went to see one of my favorite movies of the year and my front runner for best picture, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. It was a touching and beautiful story of a son trying to keep the spirit of his father alive amongst the tragedy of 9-11. It had a positive message in the end. What did you do to beat the cold and dreary weather this weekend?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mandarin Chicken Salad

Most colleges have a cafe that also doubles as a study place and a hang out. A meeting place, if you will. At my college it was called the In Between. Although it was mere feet away from the actual cafeteria, the food was significantly better. One of my favorite things to order was the Mandarin Chicken Salad. I had a craving for it today, and since I had book club tonight and needed something fast, it was the perfect storm. This really was a cinch to make. I had some leftover balsamic marinated chicken from the night before, which I just cut into slices. You should probably use Asian-style noodles for this, but I just boiled some spaghetti noodles and rinsed them in cold water. Then I tossed the noodles, lettuce, chicken, mandarin oranges, and dressing. I used my Trader Joe's Gyoza dipping sauce for dressing, and I have to say I came pretty close to replicating the original. It made me slightly nostalgic for the days of getting a Mandarin Chicken Salad in a plastic take out box because I didn't have time to go to the cafeteria the night before a big test or paper was due. Not that nostalgic. Just slightly.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Boy talk

Pendleton Ohio Knitting Mills sweater / Avalon Ralph Lauren button down / Sears Fiona pants / Old Navy boots / J.Crew necklace / Michael Kors watch / H&M bag

PB&J, a wink and a smile, Kim Kardashian and divorce...tapered pants and wedge boots? Not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of great matches. However, the wedge of these brown suede booties is just what this tapered 80s throwback needs to be brought up to speed. I like that the boots match the tomboyish look of this outfit, but still bring the sexy with a little heel. I have said it before; I love a good menswear-inspired look. The key to achieving this is to look like you raided Julia Roberts' closet at any point during the 80s. Speaking of movie/movie stars, I just saw the Artist and highly recommend you go see it. You won't even miss talkies!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

TJ Maxx Roundup: Home Organization

I had some Christmas money from my Grandparents burning a hole in my pocket and decided to see if I could spend it in the home section of TJ Maxx. It seems that I can. Having lived in my apartment for close to 6 months now I needed some stylish forms of organization. The shelves in my closet were in desperate need of some way to keep my jewelry neatly placed and not just scattered so I picked up this black and white paisley jewelry holder. I am thinking about going back to get more. I think stacking a couple of these in different colors and patterns would be cute in a shelf.   
The paisley theme continues with this great journal that I found for $5! It makes things like writing out wish lists, thoughts and resolutions a little more official.
Sorting through my mail when I get home is one of the last things I want to do. It's so bad that I sometimes hide my mail in the closet until a future date when I want to sort it, which is never. Maybe this stylish fleur-de-lis mail sorter will motivate me.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Casually polished

Gap sweater/ Riley (Chicago Boutique) necklace/ F21 skirt / Franco Sarto Boots / J.Crew long sleeve t-shirt / Michael Kors watch

There are many things I love about this outfit so I am going to break it down into easy to scan bullet points for you. You're welcome.
  • The boyish boxiness of this sweater paired with a dressy silk skirt. 
  • My new necklace from the boy that instantly makes every outfit 10 times better. 
  • A pop of neon pink nails with a neutral outfit. So hot for spring.
  • A gorgeous sunny winter morning to take outfits pics. 
  • Hiding from the garbage man so he would not see said outfit picture taking.
I had been seeing the crew neck knit sweater paired with a lady like skirt everywhere, and I quickly wanted to add the look to my repertoire. You have probably seen a million pics reposted of Teen Vogue editor, Mary Kate Steinmiller, wearing the look. It wasn't until I received this sweater for Christmas that I was able to recreate my own version.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken

As far as New Year's resolutions are concerned it's the second week of 2012 and I have stuck to making one new recipe a week. Two recipes! Impressive right? This week I wanted to test drive the new crock pot, a Christmas gift from Mom and Dad. Thanks again guys! I decided to make this Hawaiian Crock Pot Chicken recipe I saw on pinterest. The blog post has since been taken down, but there are only three ingredients: 1 bottle of Archer's Farm Hawaiian Style BBQ sauce from Target, 4-6 chicken breasts and 1 can of diced pineapple. Put the chicken in the crock pot, top with the pineapples and then the barbecue sauce and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. According to the original blog post you can put the chicken in frozen. I partially defrosted mine but next time I think I will put it in completely frozen because from the time I leave for work to the time I get back, it  has been more than 8 hours. I could not find the Archer's Farm barbecue sauce at my Target so I substituted it with another brand. I would like to try that some time. The chicken comes out juicy and tangy and I love the sweet pineapples as a compliment.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Jason Wu for Target

I am sure everyone is just as excited as I am for the Jason Wu for Target collab. Out of all the recent Target-designer creations, Wu's ladylike aesthetic might be my favorite. This dress in particular has me hoping for February 5 to hurry up and get here. I am still deciding if I should go to an actual brick and mortar store after the site going down for the Missoni line, or if I should take my chances and order online. What are you eyeing from this line?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Thrown-together outfit

H&M blazer, pants, sweater, scarf, and earrings/Franco Sarto boots
I have been sick for the entire first week of 2012. This morning I accidentally hit dismiss on my alarm and had to spring into action to get showered and drive to work. With day old hair, I knew a bun was my only option. After grabbing clothes off of hangers and throwing them on the floor, I think I came up with a pretty decent outfit. Maybe I should try to get dressed while half asleep more often, as opposed to carefully planning my outfits.

A Gorgeous Cable-Knit Sweater

Details: Banana Republic Sweater (Similar) / Gap Jeans / Nordstrom Boots / Ten Thousand Villages Necklace Well, it's officially ...