Summer Hair Tips

Before you wear your beautiful hair ornaments from Andrea’s Beau, here are a few hair tips to keep your locks healthy and lush in the summer months.

Prevent frizz by using a paper towel to gently wring water from your strands post-shower, suggests Adir Abergel, Fekkai celebrity stylist. “The paper won’t create as much friction as a towel, so your hair ends up less frizzy. It also absorbs more water than a cloth towel, really speeding up your drying time,” he explains.

Spray dry shampoo on a bobby pin before sliding it into an updo, suggests Mark Townsend, a consultant for Dove Haircare and a Los Angeles–based stylist with many A-list clients. The spray’s powdery texture gives the pin extra grip, which keeps it from sliding out.

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It’s a myth that unwashed hair takes dye better than squeaky-clean strands, says Jennifer J, an L.A.-based colorist who has tinted Julia Roberts’s tresses. In fact, your colorist needs to see your actual color in order to determine the most flattering hue for you (and product buildup can make your mane look darker). So before your next appointment, suds up.

 

Boutique Spotlight: Over The Moon

Want to see Andrea’s Beau in person? Besides shopping on AndreasBeau.com, you can shop locally at a variety of our retailers. This month we are spotlighting a charming boutique in Montclair, New Jersey called Over the Moon.

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The ideal place to find a very special baby gift, Over the Moon also caters to girls and tweens up to size 16 and boys to size 10.  The best of European and American clothing is featured, along with an intriguing selection of unique and wonderful shoes, toys, books and cards.  They also offer an elegant collection of christening wear, and dreamy flower girl, communion and special occasion wear.

Hours: Monday-Saturday / 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. / Closed on  Sundays

Location: 619 Valley Rd Upper Montclair, NJ  07043

http://www.overthemoonnj.com/

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Fight multiple sclerosis with Andrea’s Beau!

At Andrea’s Beau, we care about giving back to our community and supporting those who need it the most. Our company has partnered with the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society to help people in the DC area that have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Our founder, Andrea Chafetz, has a personal connection to this cause because her close friend, Kathy Wenger, has been diagnosed with MS. Learn more about Kathy’s story below.
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Can you tell us about your personal story surrounding MS?
I was misdiagnosed in 2002 when I first had symptoms of my right foot dragging when I walked and  numbness over most of my body this lasted for about three months before I saw a doctor. Four years later I had similar symptoms only worse, after an MRI  I was diagnosed definitively with MS. I have been giving myself a daily shot of Copaxone for eight and half years since that diagnosis.  Unfortunately,   I have most all the poor side affects from the shot; however, I want to be able to keep walking and the shots help prevent relapses.  I now take the new Copaxone medicine shot given three times a week.  The lesions on my brain and spine have increased  since I was first diagnosed which is to be expected with MS.    I have not had a major relapse only minor issues like my balance is challenged and my fingers become numb often now.
What do you hope the MS Society can accomplish to help people with MS?
I hope the MS Society can raise funds to do both research to find a cure and support local educational programs for people with MS and their caregivers.
What can people do locally to help support this cause?
People can donate either their time to help with implementing the local MS walks or bike rides and if possible they could donate funds for research or do both!
What inspires and motivates you?
Gathering together with friends and loved ones and being in nature especially if it is by the water or in the mountains.
Any life advice for young women and girls?
The following are all sayings and expressions  that I think ring true:
A.  Do well by doing good.
B.  ”People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
C.  Five simple rules to be happy:
      1. Free your heart from hatred.
      2. Free your mind from worries.
      3. Live simply.
      4. Give more.
      5. Expect less.
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Summer Fun at Our Latest Shoot!

We’re always a season (or two) ahead when prepping our collection at Andrea’s Beau. We had so much fun with our gorgeous model, Roxy, and our hairstylist Indya Hicks from Nival Salon and Spa. Erin, our newest team member, had her first shoot with us and she did an amazing job coordinating the details. Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos. Our professional photos were taken by Ezra Gregg Photography.

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New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

Hello Gorgeous!

With the new year, you can reinvent yourself and hope for the best year possible. We’ve complied a list of our favorite beauty resolutions. Which ones are you committing to?

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Photo Credit: Pinterest

Resolution #1

Throw out your makeup sponge after every use (or at least once a week). You can buy a 32-pack of makeup sponges for less than a Starbucks coffee.

Resolution #2

Wash your face every night before bed (or at least keep cleansing wipes on your nightstand).

Resolution #3

Floss. Daily. Did you know that brushing alone only cleans about 65 percent of your teeth? That’s right, flossing daily will clean the other 35 percent your toothbrush misses.

Resolution #4

Get rid of your mascara every six months—it’s a breeding ground for bacteria! If you notice a change in smell throw it out sooner.

 Resolution #5

Change your moisturizer to one that has an SPF. Already use one? Use a heavier moisturizer in the winter to protect your skin.

Girls Holiday Wish List

Girls Holiday Wish List

Quick & Easy Headband Tips

 

  • For a flattering look when wearing your headband, push it a few inches back from your head and then pull it forward so it pushes the front section of your hair up slightly.
  • Try different brands and different styles of headbands to find the right one for you.
  • Use thin, different colored headbands to create an interesting style.
  • Headbands are great for keeping your hair out of your face and will stop you from touching your hair, which can make your hair greasy.
  • If your hair is thin/fine then give petite headbands a try.
  • For thicker hair, wider headbands are the go.
  • A thick headband worn on your hairline will shorten an elongated face.
  • Headbands are perfect for disguising greasy roots and taming kinks.
  • If you’re trying to grow out your bangs then a headband is an excellent way to keep your hair out of your face until it gets to a decent length.
  • If you’re having trouble trying to get your headband to stay in place then mist your hair with a little bit of hairspray before putting in your headband to get it to stay put.

Date Night Recipe: Chicken Cakes with Creole Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1/2 medium-size red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Creole mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Creole Sauce
  • Garnish: chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

  • Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  • Add bell pepper, onions, and garlic, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir together bell pepper mixture, chicken, and next 5 ingredients in a bowl. Shape chicken mixture into 8 (3 1/2-inch) patties.
  • Fry 4 patties in 2 tablespoons hot oil in a large skillet over medium heat 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.
  • Repeat procedure with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and patties. Serve immediately with Creole Sauce. Garnish, if desired.

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Link Love News

Zac Posen and Eric Ripert may just be the most heartwarming duo we’ve seen, lately. Check out this video of the pair making sea urchin for Ripert’s “On The Table” series. (HuffPost)

When it comes to creating a stellar blog, half the battle is content. The other half? Making it look pretty. Check out these fonts that will really make your stories shine. (Makeup And Beauty Blog)

At this point, we’ve collected our fair share of Internet heroes (we’re looking at you, Grumpy Cat). Our current fave? The man who creates tiny, paper hats for his three-legged kitten, and then posts pictures of the results for the world to see. (Jezebel)

If you were unsuccessful in convincing your mother to purchase one of those bunk beds that doubled as a fort or princess castle, here are 15 ways you can transform your Ikea furniture into the childhood bed of your dreams. (BuzzFeed)

Kohl’s has announced its newest partnership with Peter Som, who will be the fourth designer in the retailer’s DesigNation collection. We’re really getting used to these affordable collaborations with luxe designers, guys. (Fort Mill Times)

Andrea’s Lifestyle: Labor Day Party Ideas

Tired of your traditional Labor Day BBQ or Picnic? See below for a fun, modern twist on this holiday!

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Throwback-to-Summer Tunes: Create a summer party playlist that feature your favorite songs from the season. Some suggestions include: “Get Lucky,” “Blurred Lines” and “We Can’t Stop.” Crowdsource your music by using a public playlist on Spotify that your guest can add music to!

Dance Off Party: Hold one-on-one dance off rounds to the tunes you love. This can be combined with the Throwback-to-Summer Tunes Party.

Around the World Through Food: Create a menu of staple finger foods from different cultures, like Greek-inspired sliders, Spanish tortilla and Jamaican jerked chicken wings.