DIY: No Heat Curls in Mins

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How to Order at a French Restaurant Without Sounding Dumb (or Pretentious)

There's something about French restaurants that immediately conjures an image of a snotty, extremely expensive bistro where your waiter sneers, just waiting for you to mispronounce something. While this is certainly accurate in some cases, the truth is that French food, like any cuisine, is extremely varied in taste, price, and regional differences. From French cafes to casual bistros, there's a world of more casual, wallet friendly options in addition to traditional high-end cuisine.

The reason French restaurants in general make such great date spots is that the French put such an emphasis on the meal. A traditional French repas is usually divided up into four or five parts: the appetizer, the main course, the cheese plate, the dessert, and of course, the wine. The important thing is not to rush: whether you order one plate or five, take the time to enjoy the food, the wine, and the company. French restaurants are practically made for lingering. A good date is therefore easily extended, past dessert and onto coffee, then followed by an apertif, etc, etc...

Of course, because the French take their food so seriously, and foodies take French food so seriously, some basic vocabulary knowledge is good to have.

The "eu" sound, in oeuf, boeuf bourgignon, and d'heuvre is pronounced with the same vowel sound we use in words like "uhm" or "uh". Consonants at the end of words aren't altogether dropped, as some assume, but they're definitely not stressed. "Ls", like the ones in bouillabaisse or sommelier are usually pronounced softly, more like the English "y."

But what matters most of all, in ordering French food, is trying: take a stab at pronouncing and go for it. People will appreciate your effort, and anyone who dares correct you (especially on a date!) is not worth your time.

A Brasserie

Bra-ser-ee. Not "brassiere." Honest mistake, but try to leave undergarments out of your first date conversation.

"Maitre" Doesn't Rhyme With "Waiter"
Thank goodness maitre d's have gone out of fashion in the past few years, because this is a tricky one to navigate in terms of pronunciation/pretentiousness. In French, maitre d' means "master of --", which is shortened from "master of hotel/restuarant/the world. (So, the head waiter/restaurant manager of, say, Applebees, would be "Maitre D'Applebees.") In French, this is pronounced "meh-treh deh", but in English it's been colloquially butchered to "Mayder Dee", which is awful, but not nearly as awful as showing up at a restaurant and demanding to speak to the "mehtreh deh".

Few restaurants have maitre d's these days, but when faced this one, you can easily sidestep the whole problem by simply saying "the restaurant manager" or "the host".
Hors d'oeuvre: Not "Orderves"

For some reason, the common English pronunciation of this switches order of the "v" and the "r" in the word. So it's not "orDERVEs", but rather "orDEVREs"s.

Crepes: "Crehp"

Pronouncing this word correctly is like walking a tightrope. If you go too hard on the vowel, you'll end up incorrectly pronouncing it "craype" (like the paper). Too soft on the vowel, and you end up saying "crap", which is pretty darn unappetizing.

It's "crehp", with the same vowel sound you make with "meh."

Crepes, by the way, are a delicious and light dish which can be prepared either savory or sweet. Probably not something you'd order as a main dish at dinner, but a perfect lunch item. As for dessert, they're of course delicious when prepared with ingredients such as chocolate or nutella (what isn't delicious when made with nutella?), but may be best in the original "au sucre" form, with just lemon and sugar.

Au Jus: Oh, Joo!

Au jus has such a disgusting definition for such a delicious thing: it basically means something that is cooked/served in its own juices.

Anyway, this is sometimes confusing because it means "juice" and it isn't too much of a stretch to interpret the spelling as "juice". Alas, the term is actually pronounced "oh joos." No risk of sounding pretentious saying it that way: it's of French provenance but a common English expression, too.

We Are The Champignons

If you pronounced this word as it is written, you'd probably end up ordering something like "Champ-pig-nons." The French word for mushroom is, however, "sham-pee-gnon."

Vichyssoise: Vee-She-Swahz

Vichyssoise is a soup made from leeks, onions, potatoes, chicken stock, and, most importantly, cream. Julia Child claims that this "French" dish is actually an American invention, which means you can pretty damn well pronounce it however you want. BUT, for the sake of erudition: vee-she-swahz.

While most people say "Soh-MAH-Lee-Ay", the term is actually "SEHM-eh-yay." In French the "l" is silent, but you can bring it back if you're worried about sounding too tres: Seh-Mel-yay.

Coq Au Vin: Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter

If the thought of awkward mispronunciations makes you want to avoid this dish at all costs, don't worry: it's actually pronounced more like a short "kok" (not "cawk"): kok-oh-van (without going too hard on the "n").

A Macaron Is Not A Macaroon

Macarons are starting to be as popular as cupcakes were a few years ago: they're chic, pretty to look at, and come in a seemingly endless variety of flavors. However, these sweet almond confections are not to be confused (or pronounced like!) macaroons, which are meringue-like cookies of Italian descent. The French treat is pronounced "mah-cah-rohn."


In French, profiteroles are pronounced "pro-fee-trolls," with an emphasis on the last syllable. However, this dish is common enough in the US that it's perfectly acceptable to pronounce every syllable in the American way: pro-fee-ter-oles.

The Croissant/Kwa-ssan Debate

The croissant, while obviously French in origin, is now sold at every bakery, Starbucks and 7-11 in the country. Because of this, it's completely fine to pronounce this "cruh-sahnt". Yep, in French, it's "kwa-ssant", and if you're completely committed to sticking to this pronunciation, then go right ahead, but if you ever fault someone for saying it the English (normal) way, you're going to come off as insufferable.

On a different note, what in America is usually referred to (logically) as a chocolate croissant is sometimes billed as "pain au chocolat". (Look for the square shape.) This is pronounced pan-o-sho-ko-lah.
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6 Winter Tips for Curly Hair

Does your hair get really frizzy during winter?? Check out my DIY post to prevent frizz during winter HERE. Does your hair get dry and brittle too?? Well now it won't if you follow my steps carefully..

1) Avoid straightening your hair during winter because it will make your hair more dry and brittle from the heat damage. Don't do it more than once a week.

2) After washing your hair, apply some nourishing leave in conditioner or repairing hair cream. I use Avon Repair 3D Rescue to moisturize my hair.

3) Use nourishing oils like almond oil or Moroccan oil which keeps the frizz away and also nourishes hair AMAZINGLY. I always apply it after washing my hair and when they are completely dry. Just apply 1 tbsp of any oil you choose. They don't have any odor and they won't make your hair look greasy at all.

4) Use heat protection sprays even if you are not going to put any heat on your hair. Because it will close your hair cuticles and protect from any damage from cold winds of winter. I use TRESemme Heat Defence Styling Spray. It smells AMAZING!!

5) If you want to define your curls and make them look more perfect, do not use curling irons. Instead use rollers or do the pin curls. I know its time consuming but you can blow dry them to speed up the process. Watch a hair tutorial for the pin curls HERE.

6) Blow dry your hair with medium heat for less damage. And DO NOT brush hair when they are wet. It will break them.

Take Care
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30 Days to a Better Butt

Sideways Step, Starting Position

1. Starting position: Stand with feet slightly apart. Bend your knees and lean forward into a crouching position.

Sideways Step, The Move (a)

2a. The move: Staying in the crouch position, take a fast step to the side with your left foot.

Sideways Step, The Move (b)

2b. Quickly bring your right foot over to meet the left foot, tapping the ball of the right foot on the floor. Repeat by stepping your right foot out, with your left foot coming to meet it. A rep includes movement of both left and right feet. For an added challenge, quicken the pace.

Kickback, Starting Position

1. Starting position: Get down on knees and forearms.

Kickback, The Move

2. The move: Starting with the left, bend leg at a 90-degree angle, then flex foot and lift toward the ceiling. Being careful not to move pelvis, pulse foot three to four inches toward the ceiling. After 15 reps, switch legs.

Kickback, Variation

3. Variation: To increase difficulty and isolate the muscles you're targeting, use a resistance ball. It comes in three sizes and is about $30 in most sporting goods stores. Place the ball (we used a medium) between the calf and thigh of the leg you are lifting. Repeat from Step 2.

Backward Lunge, Starting Position

1. Starting position: Stand with feet hip-width apart.

Backward Lunge, The Move

2. The move: Step backward with left leg, keeping heel off floor. Bend both knees until right thigh is parallel to floor and left thigh is perpendicular to it. Pause, then return to starting position. Click arrow to see a variation on this exercise.

Backward Lunge, Variation

3. Variation: Repeat from Step 2, holding onto a chair and placing top of foot on resistance ball (ball will slide).

Lifting Crunch, Starting Position

1. Starting position: Lie on your back with knees bent, feet slightly apart, arms down at your sides.

Lifting Crunch, The Move

2. The move: Squeeze glutes together and tighten your abdominals. Continue to squeeze glutes as you raise your pelvis toward the ceiling, lifting as high as you can. Hold for three counts. Keeping glutes tight, slowly lower your pelvis down to the floor, starting with your midback and ending with your tailbone.

Lifting Crunch, Variation

3. Variation: Rest calves on ball. Repeat from Step 2.

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Retail Therapy: The Sheer Trend

If You're Slender…
Pick a knit fabric that will cling to (and accent) whatever curves you've got. Sweetheart necklines also create the appearance of a feminine bust-line. Opt for a sexy tease, and look for dresses like this one with a polka dot panel and arm-lengthening covered sleeves.

If You Want to Hide a Tummy…
Look for an interesting neckline that'll steal all the attention. The romantic, buttoned V-neck of this poet's blouse is dreamy to the point of distraction. Good thing, since the roomy middle section is perfect for accommodating a few extra pounds.

If You Want to Cover Your Upper Arms…
Love the look of gauzy blouses but terrified of baring your trouble zones? These sleeves are double-layered mesh, giving you and your upper arms extra coverage from scrutiny. Plus, the dainty flowers are girly and add more camouflage from any jiggle.

If You're Short…
Lengthen your bod by shopping for blouses with vertical seams, ruffles, or piping. This pick's fluttery accents are a flirty way to stretch out your torso, giving the impression of extra inches.

If You Want to Enhance Your Bust…
Shop for a fun print like these bright stripes. The busy pattern will trick eyes into making your build look bigger, and a flouncy ruffle at the neckline will fake some bust, too.

If You're Busty…
A high-necked frock paired with full sleeves can feel a bit dowdy. Keep your chest covered, but show a little skin with these sweet-but-sexy lace cap sleeves. They're trendy, but easy to wear no matter your undergarment needs.

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33 Weird and Whacky Beauty Facts

Milk & Honey Bath

Lactic acid, found in milk, is a natural skin-softener, said Darrell McCurtain, a therapist at the Golden Door Spa. If filling an entire tub feels too indulgent, try using a small basin to soak feet or hands, or add a few cups to your bath water. Throw in a few teaspoons of honey to capture its anti-bacterial effect.

Red Wine

We cheered the news that red wine is good for our health, and McCurtain told us it's fab for your skin, too! "The antioxidants and polyphenols found in wine are good for softening skin, and they're easily absorbed through through it as well." Similar to the milk bath, fill your whole tub if you're feeling luxe (or lush), or try in smaller doses like a foot or hand soak.


Curly-haired ladies should borrow a (clean!) pair of their man's boxers to dry their locks, since a towel's fibers can actually increase frizziness. Simple cotton is far less agitating. "My best friend will literally jump out of the shower and wear her boyfriend's boxers on her head to help dry her hair and keep it up and out of her face so she can put makeup on," said Dallin James, hair stylist at the Marie Robinson Salon.

Lettuce & Spinach

Fight wrinkles and keep hair and nails healthy by fortifying your diet with lots of silicone-rich foods, suggests beauty nutritionist Paula Simpson. Smart buys include Romaine lettuce, spinach, cucumber, bell pepper, and tomatoes (including the skin).

Celery Seed

Start digging through your spice rack–Simpson identified celery seed as a natural diuretic to combat bloating. She suggested a simple tea recipe to reap the benefits: Pour one cup of boiling water over a teaspoon of crushed seeds, steep for 10 to 20 minutes, and sip.


"Ever wonder why there's a fresh sprig of parsley on your dinner plate when you're at a restaurant?" said Simpson. It might be that your host wants to help you avoid awkward conversations later. "It's thought that parsley contains antibacterial properties helpful for fighting bad breath." To make it work for you, chew on a fresh sprig–dried versions won't work.


As an esthetician at Utah's Golden Door Spa, Jodi Ranson has learned a thing or two about caring for dry, cracked lips. "Honey! It helps to heal and hydrate, plus the anti-viral properties make it good for healing cold sores, too."

Green Tea Bags

Chilled, already-steeped green tea bags are an easy way to fight puffy circles in the morning. Ranson recommends steeping two and letting them sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. The coolness will feel amazing, and the brew's caffeine will help increase micro-circulation.


Espresso shot before your next run, anyone? An American College of Sports Medicine study found that consuming caffeine such as coffee, iced tea, or soda (diet!) can help increase physical performance during your workout. "Drink a caffeinated beverage before your workout!" suggested Dr. Elizabeth Applegate, a professor at UC Davis.


Lemon juice combined with tea is an easy fix for oily hair. "The lemon works as a great astringent but doesn't ruin the pH balance of the hair and scalp," explains TRESemmé celebrity stylist Jeanie Syfu. Do half lemon juice, half black tea and rinse through clean hair.

Olive Oil

"If you have untamable curly locks, try mixing a dime-sized amount of olive oil in with your regular styling cream. You'll get smooth texture and unbeatable shine," said DuWop's National Training Manager, Jason Garner.

...And Again

Garner's quick and easy tip to "make your body feel like silk"? Yup—more olive oil! "After a shower while your skin's still damp, apply olive oil all over your body and pat dry with a damp towel." It's moisturizing and dead sexy.

More Olive Oil

In a pinch, olive oil can remove eye makeup! "A small amount of olive oil on a cotton pad can gently remove the toughest makeup," says Joette Balsamo, makeup artist at the Marie Robinson Salon. "Just be sure to remove any oil residue with a clean pad dipped in water." Is that a walk-of-shame tip, or what?

Moisturizing Lotion

Celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger said to try using your regular moisturizing lotion as conditioner for your hair. "It's great hydration for your scalp!"


This guac-like concoction works wonders on your hair, too. Hershberger's recipe calls for mashing up one to two avocados (depending on how much hair you've got), working through your hair, and letting sit for 10 minutes before rinsing.

Cranberry Juice

Take a bottle of cranberry juice into the shower with you next time, says Hershberger. A quick rinse will boost hair's shine–especially if you're a redhead!

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Save money on sea-salt spritzes by bottling your own. Combine water, a few teaspoons of sea salt and a dash of olive oil in a spray bottle, shake, and spray, said Hershberger.

Club Soda

Hershberger suggests fighting frizz with seltzer. Rinse clean hair with unflavored club soda to smooth strands.

Toilet Seat Covers

"When in dire need, a toilet seat cover can be used as blotting paper," said LORAC creator and celeb makeup artist Carol Shaw. Sometimes shine-fighting is just that important.

Apple Cider Vinegar

After spending time as a celebrity makeup artist, Shaw's learned a thing or two about relaxing. Her easiest recommendation? Taking a bath with a few cups of apple cider vinegar to detox and de-stress.

Black Tea

Beat stinky feet by soaking tootsies in a black tea bath. C.O. Bigelow Proprietor, Ian Ginsberg, said the tea's tannins are good at neutralizing odor.

Baking Soda

Polish-free nails look prettiest when clean—Ginsberg's trick is sprinkling baking soda on a lemon wedge and rubbing it on nails for a fresh white look.

Brushing Your Hair

We've all heard the old wives' tale that you should luxuriously brush your hair every night...well, it's actually true! "One hundred strokes a night for lustrous looking hair," says Ginsberg. "The oils disperse through the hair and keep strands and scalp healthy."

Another Lemon Trick

Forget pricey creams and serums. Ginsberg's pick for a brighter complexion is probably already in your kitchen (or at least at the neighborhood grocery store). "Rub a lemon on your face!"

Silk Pillowcase

Protect your lovingly cared-for strands even while you sleep. Edward Tricomi, lead stylist and co-owner of Warren-Tricomi salons, suggested investing in a silk pillowcase. It will help avoid tangled tresses, keep your style longer, and, most noticeably, make hair silkier.


Beer here! Lager lather is good for your hair, according to Jovani Van Orden, hairstylist at the Golden Door Spa at Waldorf-Astoria Park City. "The proteins from the malt and hops coat the hair and build it up, repairing damage. Plus, it leaves your hair with wonderful body!" Boil 3/4 cup of beer until it reduces to 1/4 cup, let cool, and add to 1 cup of regular shampoo.

Flax Seed Oil

Stimulate lash growth the natural way by dabbing flax seed oil on your lash line with a Q-tip, says IT Cosmetics Head of Creative Operations, Jacqueline Finnan. It contains omega-3, -6, and -9, along with B vitamins and lecithin to repair lash damage and get them growing.

An Herbal Poulitice

Fight acne with a time-tested poultice (an herb paste wrapped in cotton cloth). Josie Feria, Director of Spa Operations at Lapis spa, suggests grinding a mixture of herbs, such as dandelion and yellow dock, and slowly adding warm water to achieve a paste consistency. Once blended, put the paste into a clean piece of cotton fabric, secure, and let sit on affected area until the paste has dried. Helpful for fighting acne-inflamed skin, the trick is also good for sunburned skin.

Chamomile Tea

Steeped chamomile tea bags can do wonders for your complexion. Edyta Perkowska of New York's Haven Spa recommended using them warmed for irritated spots on the face, and chilled to combat puffy eyes.

Egg Whites

Oily skin? Paint a thin layer of egg whites over a freshly washed face to help fight shine, suggested Perkowska.


Plan a spa day at home next weekend with this easy oatmeal mask. Perkowska's recipe calls for cooking a serving of oatmeal with milk and reducing the amount called for to ensure the mixture stays super thick. Leave on for 10 minutes for exfoliating super-power.


Tired of trying to fight oily strands? Prevent them with this easy mint-infused shampoo, courtesy of InStyler celebrity hairstylist Dean Banowetz. Add a few bunches of mint to water, boil, strain, and add the minty water to your regular shampoo (use a 2-to-1 ratio, with more shampoo than water). Cleanse and condition hair as usual, using the mint concoction weekly.


Frizzy locks will benefit from a staple cookout condiment–mayo! Banowetz said to combine two teaspoons of natural eucalyptus tree oil with 1/4 cup of mayo and use in the shower post-shampoo, letting it saturate your locks for ten minutes.

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