It’s Defember!


Y’all know I have a thing for men with beards, right? I mean, I’m pretty sure I’ve covered this fact somewhere way back in the archives. If not, take a look at what stares back at me on my inspiration board at my desk on a daily basis.

So, yeah. Facial hair is a fine thing in my book.

That is, ON MEN.

While I certainly appreciate a man’s beard or moustache – especially when it’s for a good cause like Movember – having a fuzzy upper lip on a lady friend isn’t so flattering. Well, what if you could defuzz for a good cause? It’s called Defember.

Here’s the skinny. For every woman who pledges to defuzz her upper lip in Defember on Olay’s Facebook page, the brand will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (up to $50,000!!!). The non-profit organization provides free mammograms to women in need to help promote early breast cancer detection. All you need to do is visit Olay’s Facebook page, click on the yellow button, and Olay will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

You don’t have a lady stache, you say? (So far so good over here in regards to no upper lip hair, THANK YOU LORD…) You don’t need to truly “defuzz” to help this cause. Visiting Olay’s Facebook page and clicking once will donate $1 to the NBCF. Easy peasy.

(Now, if you do need a little assistance in the upper lip territory, might I suggest trying the new Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo? It’s a unique two-step depilatory system for fine to medium facial hair with a pre-treatment to protect skin. That means no fuss, no irritation and best of all, no fuzz!)

Lastly, check out the sweet MISStache generator you can play around with on Olay’s Facebook page. I may or may not have spent a fair amount of time trying on new looks.

(Look at the first one! I could be an employee at the Genius Bar!)

Help to me spread the word about defuzzing for a great cause, ladies! Fuzzy upper lips (and healthy ta-tas!) from all over the world will thank you.

This post was sponsored by Olay. (Although the ridiculous amount of time spent on the moustache generator thingy was all me.)


The Perfect Blowout Giveaway


Who’s in need of a perfect blowout this holiday season? Well, thanks to StyleBell, I am giving away the Perfect Blowout Set, including:

Solano Ceramic Brush 44mm – This revolutionary brush is ceramic, ionic, and made from tourmaline to give you the ultimate in blow-out capabilities.

Maijan Pure Moroccan Oil A leave-in hair serum which naturally infuses you hair with Omega-6, antioxidants, and Vitamin E. Say goodbye to frizz!

Solano Ultralite Hair Dryer  – This hair dryer includes all of the key Solano hair dryer benefits like (infrared heat, tourmaline, ceramic) but in a light weight package.

(A $140 value!) AND because you want your blowout to last as long as possible, I’m including my favorite dry shampoo, Klorane. Woohoo!

To enter this giveaway you need to do three very easy things.

1. Like StyleBell on Facebook.

2. Like Hair Thursday on Facebook.

3. Leave a comment on this post before Monday, December 12th at 6pm PST.

Good luck and good blowouts to all of you!



Chicken Potato Soup (With Leeks and Bacon, Oh My!)


Yo ho ho, it’s soup season, and this little ditty will knock your socks off.

Chicken and Potato Soup with Bacon
Prep and cook time: 45 minutes

2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 white onion , chopped
6 bacon slices, sliced
2 leeks , washed and sliced
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
1 pound new potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch dice
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
4 tablespoons cream
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup Italian parsley, chopped

1. Melt the butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring for 3-4 minutes until slightly softened. Add bacon and leeks and cook for another 5-7 minutes, stirring. (I’m not a fan of soggy bacon in soups, so I usually cook the bacon for at least 5 minutes before adding the leeks and then continue to cook for an additional 5-7 minutes.)

2.  In a bowl, mix the flour with enough of the broth to make a smooth paste and stir it into the pan. Cook, stirring for 2 minutes. Pour in the remaining broth, then add the potatoes and chicken. Season well with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes until the chicken and potatoes are tender and cooked through.

3. Stir in the cream and cook another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and ladle into bowls. Garnish with parsley.

Delicious, you all. DELICIOUS.


4.13 – Short, Medium or Long?


Meet Stephanie. She has experimented with many different lengths, as you can see here.

From Stephanie’s email:

When I’m just going for a straight style with the ends slightly curled under, this only really works when it’s short.  When it falls to my shoulders/clavicle, those curled under ends are flipped up in minutes.  This is generally okay at the length I have now (which is about 1-2inches past my clavicle) since it’s cut in layers and I’m happy to just sort of shake my fingers through it and let the pieces fall where they may.  (I rarely go for straight, smooth styles. Aside from refusing to stay that way, for some reason, I find it gets more coarse/tangly when I try to keep it straight and flat!)  And when it’s long, I tend to like curls best because then my misbehaving hair is allowed to misbehave!  (It’s not wavy enough to try to create waves – oh how I’ve tried!)  

1. What color is your hair? Do you color/highlight your hair? If so, what color?

Dark brown. Never dyed it before! A small handful of not-so-brown-anymore ones are scattered around, mostly hidden thankfully!  But I know I’ll need to lose my hairdye virginity soon enough…

2. What condition is your hair? (Dry, Oily, Normal, Chemically-processed, etc.)

Normal! Although I pretty much prefer to wash it daily. I can get away with a ponytail on the day after a wash, but the bangs need some dry shampoo.  Day 3 is a MUST WASH.

3. What type of hair do you have? (Fine, Thick, Wavy, Curly, Straight, etc.)

Not stick straight, but not wavy either. It’s more thick than thin, and more fine than coarse.  (Happy medium, I’d say!)

4. Tell me about your lifestyle. What are you looking for in a hairstyle?

Married, two dogs, no kids, office job.  I like to get outdoors on weekends; plenty of dates with my husband and outings with friends. For the most part, whether I’m in pajamas and no make up or in my best dress and heels, I like for my hair to be “done”.  It just makes me feel better.

5. How much time are you willing to spend styling your hair each day?

No more than 20 minutes.  (For the record, it takes me about 15min to blow it dry, section by section, with a round brush.)

6. Do you have a preference for length? If so, what?

In Feb 2010 I cut off 12inches for Locks of Love.  I didn’t enjoy having it that long, but I do like long hair (I like to curl it). Though I was surprised to find out how much I enjoyed the short hair too!  

7. What kind of products/tools do you use on a daily basis?

After washing, I spray on plenty of Tresemme Heat Defense or use some John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum – Thermal Protect.  And aside from the blowdryer + round brush, just a straightener.  When it’s long I’ll use a curling iron for the ends, straightener for the bangs.

8. Do you wear your hair in ponytails frequently?

Only on days I haven’t washed my hair – which happens maybe twice a week.  And at night to keep it off my face when I sleep.

9. What kind of environment do you live in? (Rainy, humid, high altitude, etc.)

I live in London, so we tend to get around 2-3 types of weather each day! Rainy – yes.  Humid – yes, if it’s raining in the summer.  Windy – often.  Otherwise, nothing extreme.

You know what, Sarah? I’ve just filled out this whole thing and attached all those photos and re-read what I wrote.. And I think the bottom line – what I’d really like to know – is WHAT LOOKS BETTER?  Short, medium, or long?  

Stephanie, WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU. Alright, team! Do you like Stephanie’s hair short, medium or long best? Vote now! (Don’t peek below and let my answer sway you…)

My opinion? The medium, shoulder-grazing length is out. I know all to well about the flippy ends thing, and I find her hair to be much more interesting when it’s chin length or well past her shoulders. Now, as much as I like a long and loose-waved brunette (wink wink), I have to say that the chin-length bob is very striking on Stephanie. Her features are complimented so well by that length! The long hair is quite lovely, but I find my eyes going back to the short cut over and over.

My official plan of action? Since Stephanie has just past the dreaded flippy collarbone stage, enjoy the length! Let those locks grow throughout the winter, enjoy the long, loose waves, and then when spring rolls around, choppy chop back to the chin-length bob. Best of both worlds! What say you?