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Coco Chanel, meet Tim Burton.


We know the last thing a woman wants in her life is split-ends, flat tresses, or humongous roots. The horror! Rest assured, lady. We hear you and want to let you in on the latest salon that will quench your glam grooming thirst.

Hair has a point to make – exclamation point – at Pepper Pastor Salon, located at 223 Front Street at Beekman Street in Seaport. Mingling two attitudes into one, Stylist Pepper Pastor (former ballet dancer and Paul Labrecque alum) and business partner Joel Sonkin (former finance exec) fuse modern chic with old school Victorian-esque beauty (think: Alice in Wonderland with tattoos).

Ladies leave looking delicious in blown-out Gossip Girl dos, old Hollywood waves, chic bobs, and shine on highlights. Dine on caramels, watermelon-flavored marshmallows and tea service while getting an event up-do, color restoration, hydrating service, professional makeup application or any other service your little heart desires. Foil, paint, gloss, highlight, repeat. Stylist Pepper does it all. Get in line.

Note: The above image is from Zac Posen’s fall 2009 show. Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni told that she had visions of a classic Burton character, Helena Bonham Carter’s corpse bride, and Winona Ryder’s Beetlejuice, spinning in her head when creating the look for Posen’s show. Long, voluminous lashes and hollowed out dark eyes with barely there blush. Tough, moody, a touch of gothic and even more glam. Read more about her inspiration here.


Image thanks to and


I have a new favorite thing. thanks to the beauty department at Glamour, I’ve been told of a new way to tame the summertime frizz. I know I’m not the only one with wild tresses so you’ll appreciate this.

yesterday my hair was an absolute mess. I donned the beachy wavy style thanks to Bumble and Bumble’s Surf Spray and while the style looked relaxed and straight from the ocean, the frizz popping out on all sides of my head was not so cute. I ended up using a 1.5 inch curling iron to tame the frizz in the hopes of not losing the waves and volume. it helped momentarily, but made me even hotter than I already was so the frizzies found me again later in the evening. plus, my hair eventually fell flat. but now I’ve found a solution: Oscar Blandi’s Spray-On Dry Shampoo. the dry shampoo absorbs excess oils and lifts your hair for additional volume. Glamour says the secret is to apply a few spritzes about 2-3 inches apart along your hairline then tossle your hair in a towel as if you were towel-drying your hair. voila! hello, sexy beachy bed head. I say, if it works for Elle Macpherson then it’s worth a shot!

personally, I recommend the dry shampoo spray to-go bottle. you can throw it in your bag for the mid-afternoon frizz attack and save some dough.



It is easy to be beautiful; it is difficult to appear so. I admire you, beloved, for the trap you’ve set. It’s like a final chapter no one reads because the plot is over.

– Meditations In An Emergency

A friend shared this photo of a marble sculpture by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The dimpling, movement, sensitivity, and arrangement are so exact and breathtaking that I had to share. And yes, this really is a marble sculpture.

as you know I’m a big Jezebel reader if not only for their humor, but also for their insight – their female insight – on everything from politics to news to celebrity gossip. they are my go-to blog for personality. with that said, this article had me LOL-ing for real. hopefully, on this humid Monday, it will do the same for you, especially if you’re a child of the 80s like myself.

Your Next Summer Blockbuster Might Be Strawberry-Scented

The news that 80’s video game Asteroids will soon be made into a major motion picture got me thinking: why aren’t there any action films based on 80s toys primarily aimed at girls? A few suggestions, after the jump.

  • Strawberry Shortcake: The Fall Of Orange Blossom
  • Plot: Orange Blossom, once a dear friend of Strawberry Shortcake, moves in with the Peculiar Purple Pie Man of Porcupine Peak and changes her name to Citrus Frost. All hell breaks loose when she tries to freeze her former fruit-friends into oblivion. Will Strawberry Shortcake save the day?
  • Tag Line: “Orange You Glad This Shortcake Can Kick Some Ass?”
  • Care Bears And The Stare Of Doom
  • Plot: A stomach virus infects Care-A-Lot, causing the Care Bears to fall into a trance, and their patented Care Bear Stare into a weapon that Captain Coldheart aims to use to ruin everything. Only one Care Bear, Funshine Bear, avoids the plague. But does he care enough to stop the end of the world?
  • Tag Line: “Get Ready To Care….Or Be Taken Care Of.”
  • She-Ra, Princess Of Power
  • Plot: No, seriously, make this movie. There already is a plot. Just don’t cast Megan Fox. That is all.
  • Tag Line: “For the Honor Of Grayskull!”
  • Rainbow Brite: Colors That Kill
  • Plot: Murky Dismal has designed a device that will rid the world of color…and humanity. It’s up to Rainbow Brite and her crew to stop the plan through many violent action sequences involving multi-colored lasers and catchphrases like, “He just blue you away!” And “you’ll be seeing red after this!”
  • Tag Line: “These Colors Don’t Run…Motherfucker.”
  • Get Along Gang: The Final Battle
  • Plot: Shit gets real when the Get Along Gang finds itself in the middle of an all-out gang war in a post-apocalyptic world. Can they get along…and survive?
  • Tagline “The Gang’s All Here…To Kick Some Ass.”
  • Jem And The Holograms: Showtime, Synergy
  • Plot When Synergy is corrupted by a hacker hired by the Misfits, Jerrica Benson and her alter-ego, Jem, go on a crime spree that shocks the nation. Can the Holograms rewire their lead singer before its too late?
  • Tag Line: “She’s Truly Outrageous…And We’re All Paying The Price.”
  • Lady Lovely Locks: Locks And Loaded
  • Plot: When the Russian government decides to take over the world using tiny microchips implanted in hair follicles, it’s up to Lady Lovely Locks and the Pixietails to save the day, and the hairstyles of all.
  • Tagline: “You’re About To Get Locked.”
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as a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie I think it’s time I start sharing a few of my favorite things with you. periodically I’ll call out and name drop products that I think are musts. I’ll try to maintain my green-ness by sharing with you some of my favorite organic, eco-friendly products, but I know there will be a few not-so-Earth-friendly-but-oh-so-beautiful products thrown in the mix, too. I love my Burt’s Bees, but I can’t resist my MAC either.

below are a few items to kick-off my must list. some of which are either always in my bag or right next to my sink. notice the fruity theme. summer makes me thirst for something sweet and clean like grapefruit, coconut, or mango. delicious.

The Mediterranean Pomegranate Exfoliating Facial Polishing Scrub by Bryce Organics


Coco-Mango Perfume Touch by Island Song

island song

Grapefruit Organic Shea Cream by Organic Essence


Rice Paper Oil-Absorbing Blotting Tissues by Palladio


C Me Blush Lip Tints by Yes To Carrots (I like Ready Red)


Scunci Bobby Pins (in blonde for me)



As you already know, entertainment and pop culture is mourning the loss of John Hughes. One of the best writers of his generation, Hughes frequently explored the heartache of getting through high school and growing up. With such hits as The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, and Sixteen Candles, Hughes understood what it’s like to be an awkward teenage girl trying to keep her skin clear, her jeans fashionable, her personality stunning, and her quest for a boyfriend…well, somewhat achievable. He made quirky girls every where cooler and prettier than the captain of the cheerleading squad because of their severe awkwardness.

His influence on my high school years :shudder: never occurred to me until I read this post. But I totally get it now. After having a chain attached to one tooth – lovingly titled by my father as “the fang” – to pull it down into place, then succumbing to a poorly chosen perm, burgundy colored braces, Tommy Hilfiger button downs, and flower print baby doll dresses, high school really bit. Hard. I was growing by the minute (I now stand tall at 5’10”) both in length and in bust. I wore sports bras until my tig o’bitties could no longer fit in them. Zits littered my chin once a month and my blonde baby locks turned into boring brassy brown frizzy hay. A living hell was my mental existence. Mirrors and I did not speak for quite some time. I was the tall brunette girl who had poor balance, big feet, no hair conditionner, and problems blushing too easily.

But thanks to a little movie called Curly Sue I realized that no matter your situation in life, you have to take the reigns and work with what you got. If this little girl who was years younger than me could be homeless, befriend an amazon blonde lady, and find a family and love all in two hours then why couldn’t I fix the zits, and the hair, and the longing for a boyfriend who could take on my 5’10” frame without feeling the need to call me a “tree.” :ahem:

Mr. Hughes, I never knew you, but you sure as hell understood me, BellaSugar and my fellow quirky girl friends who have since grown into beautifully crooked swans. To Katie Holmes, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and every other awkward chic out there with her hands in her pockets or cigarette in mouth or football under her arm, you have John Hughes to thank for your unique ability to find your niche. If not for Watts there would be entirely too many Kelly Kapowskis running the world. Thanks for letting the unique be cool, Mr. Hughes.

“I don’t want to be stinky poo poo girl; I want to be happy flower child.” – queen of quirky girls, Drew Barrymore


experts tell me that gray is the new black this fall. from eye makeup to nail polish to pants, gray is the color to wear if you’re anyone who’s anyone. but I know it sounds bleak. my first thought pictured Eeyore under a storm cloud sighing “why bother?” but you should bother. gray is a modern alternative to black in many forms.


gray dresses accentuate your figure and hide unwanted bumps (add a pop of color like purple or bright red with a cardigan or cute pin). gray eyeshadow is a sweet way to make a smoky eye without fear of looking like Rocky Racoon’s demented cousin (pair with pale pink lips and you’ve nailed the trend). gray nail polish lightens up your look without signaling for a goth following (try OPI Stars In My Eyes). and letting your gray hair out (think: all natural highlights) is all the rage. just ask Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dame Judi Dench, and even some of the guys – Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke and my well-known all-time favorite, George Clooney. embrace the gray, ladies and gents. rain or shine.


(any excuse to post yet another pic of this handsome guy is always welcome)

Photos thanks to Marie Claire and Bella Sugar

I’m having way too much fun with this new website toy. is sure to lift you from the 3 o’clock slump. born in the frizzy 80s but secretly worship the feathery 70s? well, with the right photo and some minor adjustments you can see what the 70s version of you would look like. and trust me, some of it ain’t pretty.

all you do is start with a photo of yourself.


upload it on to their site. edit it onto a blank head using their digital guidelines then scroll through hairstyles making minor adjustments as you travel from 1950-2000. here I am in a 60s coif celebrating the once infamous “flip”


below is the version of me circa 1988 that looks exactly, and I mean exactly, like my mom. flattering of course as my mother is a beautiful woman, but anyone with that much Aqua Net and faux gold jewelry should be locked away in some secret room with the rest of The Breakfast Club crew. ohh, the denim. sooo much denim.


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Thanks to Pixar

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

– Saint Augustine

read this post today from a friend on Facebook. hilarious little anecdote about my all-time favorite rock ‘n roll band, The Rolling Stones, thanks to the eccentricities of the one and only Keith Richards.  :le sigh:


Don’t Touch Keith Richards’s Shepherd’s Pie. We Mean It.

<!– By Agent E. | –> Published March 30, 2009

When we were little tiny gossipmongers slinging shit on the playground about how often Bobby poopied in his pants, we dreamed of being an adult. It had nothing to do with things like driving a car, having sex, or drinking alcohol. No, being an adult meant that you could eat whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted. Chocolate cake for breakfast, Pixy Stix for lunch, and nachos for dinner. And we could eat that every day if we wanted. Being an adult sounded so awesome. And if you’re  Keith Richards, that’s pretty much how life is. Reports our personal junk-food enabler, FemaleFirst:

Keith Richards almost canceled a concert because of a shepherd’s pie.Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable – who supported The Rolling Stones on a European tour – was amazed when the band’s frontman Sir Mick Jagger warned him he was in trouble for helping himself to a portion of the mashed potato-topped treat before Keith had eaten.

Stuart revealed in his new book ‘Demons and Cocktails’: “I whacked several hefty spoonfuls onto my plate. Mick Jagger came in and stopped in his tracks and the pleasantness suddenly left his face, ‘Who’s eating that?’

“He said, ‘Do you know the rules? You never, ever, take the shepherd’s pie unless Keith’s broken the crust first.’ He twirled on his heels and said jokingly, ‘Enjoy the show, boys. If there will be a show. I’m not sure if he’ll go on after this.’ At least I thought it was a joke.”

Desperate to avoid a disaster, Stuart was ordered to take the pie back to the canteen to be “recrusted”.

He explained: “Luckily, when I got to catering I knew the waitress. She took it back and shook her head slowly and muttered, ‘Don’t you know the rules?’ But she soon went to work on it and re-laid the potato topping making it as good as new, even if it was a little thinner. Major world disaster averted.”

Despite his attempts to conceal the pilfered pie, Stuart was confronted by Keith after the show.

He added: “Later that night we were invited to play pool with them. Suddenly Keith stopped the game in mid-stroke. The lines on his face were more prominent than normal. Then he potted the yellow, placed his cue down and wandered over to me, a joint dangling on the edge of his lips. ‘You ate my shepherd’s pie, didn’t you?’ he whispered.”

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