We're back at the Milan Furniture Fair with Ginny Snook Scott, chief design officer of California Closets and our trendspotter. In case you missed it, yesterday she covered storage inspiration as found on the show floor. Today, she reports back on all the cool lighting on display to make rooms and pieces of your home shine. Check out Ginny's Instagram photos and see the new and trendy lighting pieces she spotted.
We're excited to present a post from guest writer, eco lifestyle expert, and all-around awesome guy Danny Seo.
Late last year, I had the privilege to sit down with one of the co-founders of One Kings Lane, Ali Pincus, and talk about our favorite places to shop, how I'm addicted to the home shopping site, and to talk about ways I could get involved with One Kings Lane. We came up with the idea for me to do a TasteMaker tag sale where I could collect some of my favorite vintage and antique items from my home and put them up for sale on the site. I agreed under one condition: if we could donate the proceeds to my favorite charity, Baby Buggy.
Baby Buggy, in case you aren't familiar, is the wonderful nonprofit founded by Jessica Seinfeld that has the motto "Love, Recycled." It's so appropriate because they accept lightly used baby gear, clothes, and new baby and children essentials to help families in the greatest need. They are a clearinghouse of sorts that works with a network of nonprofits who call Baby Buggy with a wish list of goods they desperately need. And like a fairy godmother, Baby Buggy always comes to the rescue. With the proceeds from this sale, Baby Buggy will be able to buy the most needed essentials to help families in need. In the spirit of Earth Day, selling vintage and antique items is green for Mother Earth since it's reusing what already exists; the sale proceeds will coincidentally help many mothers here on Earth.
In this special CasaSugar post, I'm excited to give you a sneak peek at three items for sale and the unique story behind them. I've traveled the world for work and always found time to visit out-of-the-way antique stores, flea markets, and galleries to search for beautiful things. I hope whoever buys these goodies will cherish them as much as I have over the years.
Indian ArrowHead Collection When I was filming my TV show "Simply Green with Danny Seo" (all episodes on Hulu now), I made a point to visit a small antique store in the sleepy town of Point Pleasent, PN. Down an alley and past a blacksmith shop (of all things!), I found a little antiques store that was going out of business. Rummaging through box after box, I came across a collection of mounted arrowheads, all hand mounted on colorful felt with a hand pounded metal backing in glossy black frames. What I loved about these pieces is that clearly someone had scavenged the woods of Pennsylvania for each arrowhead, cleaned them, and displayed them in a very beautiful and interesting pattern. I also love the pop of color in the background.
Keep reading to learn about two more special items from the sale
One of these years we're hoping to jet off to Milan for Salon Internazionale del Mobile — but 2012 isn't our year. Luckily, we had a correspondent in Milan to trend spot for us. Ginny Snook Scott, Chief Design Officer for California Closets, hit the show floor and is reporting back on the latest finds and trends coming out of this super chic, international furniture fair. With 24 convention halls total at the fair, there’s no shortage of inspiration, new products, people, designers, and wish list items to explore. Given Ginny’s expertise in custom storage design, Ginny reported back on the pieces that inspire her when creating new designs and storage elements for the brand. Take it away, Ginny!
We're excited to present the following post from our guest writer, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal.
Hello again, my BellaSugar beauties! A lot of you are curious about my daily routine, and what must-have products I keep in my makeup bag 24-7. When it comes to creating an effortless, glowing daytime look without juggling 101 foundations, creams, powders, shadows, and pencils, these are my top five face-savers.
We're delighted to present the following post from our guest writer, celebrity makeup artist and founder of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal.
Happy Spring, my gorgeous BellaSugar beauties! Are you loving this warm and wonderful weather as much as I am? Forget cozy sweaters and infinity scarves – I'm breaking out my flirty sundresses and fabulous sunglasses. Another thing I love about Spring is that it's the perfect time to refresh your beauty routine, and get in on the makeup trends that were such a hit on the runways.
I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite beauty trends for the season, and show you how easy it is to get these fresh, pretty looks when you're strutting on your own personal runway!
I'm excited to present a post from guest writer, eco lifestyle expert, and all-around awesome guy Danny Seo.
As a former magazine editor, I produced and styled dozens of decorating and entertaining stories for a number of publications including Country Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Elle, Everyday With Rachael Ray, and InStyle. Every shoot was different than the next one in terms of style and goal, but I still stuck to my bargain basement styling secrets to pull them off. For the first time ever, I'm sharing my Top 5 tips to get that magazine look for way less right here at CasaSugar.
Goodwill, Salvation Army and Thrift Shops! Tarnished silver-plated ornate trays, milky glass bottles and vases, and vintage style plates to adorn an entire wall can be very pricey if you shop at antique stores to source them. Thrift stores — especially those in small towns across America — can be a treasure trove of unusual home decor items at a fraction of the cost. One celebrity client whose home I styled for a magazine shoot was insistent nothing from Goodwill could enter her home, so I simply wrapped my thrift store finds in tissue paper and tossed it into an Anthropologie shopping bag. She loved it. Can you believe that half the items on the dining table came from Goodwill?
Brown Thumb? Rent Plants. One way to make a patio or garden look lush and gorgeous is to rent mature palm trees and flowering bushes. If you're planning to have an outdoor party but don't want the cost of expensive plants, ask your local nursery if they'll rent them to you. At about 10 -20 percent of cost, they'll deliver the plants, set them up, and take them away after the party (or in my case, the photo shoot).
Even though CasaSugar couldn't make it to the Architectural Digest Home Show, we had a correspondent in town to trend spot for us. Ginny Snook Scott, Chief Design Officer for California Closets, hit the show floor at the Architectural Digest Home Show and is reporting back on the latest finds and trends coming out of this important industry event. Take a peek at her fabulous Instagram photos, and see her top 10 trends from the show!
While we were dreaming of making an appearance at the Architectural Digest Home Show this week, we didn't have time to hop on a plane to make it to New York. Luckily, we had a correspondent in town to trend spot for us. Ginny Snook Scott, Chief Design Officer for California Closets, hit the show floor the Architectural Digest Home Show and is reporting back on the latest finds and trends coming out of this important industry event. Take a peek at her fabulous Instagram photos, and see what she's loving at the show!
We are pleased to present the following post, written by our guest writer Mally Roncal!
Hi, BellaSugar beauties. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Mally Roncal, celebrity makeup artist and president and creator of Mally Beauty. Like so many of you fierce ladies out there, I am an entrepreneur, a mom (to three beautiful girls), and a beauty addict. While I love getting glammed up for my live appearances on QVC, photo shoots, and for TV shows, when you find me at home, I've got my hair up and I'm wearing no lashes — total mommy-mode. My life is not always glamorous jet-setting, big hair, and heels, and I would not change any minute of it. Here's a peek into a non-TV day, giving you an inside look into my very blessed life. See Mally's full-day schedule when you read more.
We're excited to present a post from guest writer, eco lifestyle expert, and all-around awesome guy Danny Seo. Today, he's here to offer some smart tips on how to use up the leftover housepaint you may be hoarding!
Of all the homes I've renovated, redecorated, and organized, if there is one thing that I see hoarded over and over again are cans of old paint. Stashed away in the hall closet, covered in dust in the garage, or hidden behind boxes in the basement, old paint is something we feel we have no choice but to hoard because we really have absolutely no idea what to do with it. In most communities, it's actually illegal to toss cans of paint in the household trash. And those rare collection days where you can drop it off with your household hazardous trash? Oversleep or miss it and you could face months (if not another year) of holding onto gallons of leftover primer.
Here are my top 5 ideas on what to do with leftover paint:
- Stop overbuying. If you go into a paint store and guess-timate how much paint you need, most of us overbuy on purpose because we'd rather be safe than sorry when tackling the weekend paint job. The trick is to buy as close as possible to the exact amount you need. To do that, use an online paint calculator at Lowes.com that calculates the measurements of the room and tells you exactly how much paint — both primer and regular paint — down to the quart you'll need.
- Save touch-up paint. Leftover paint should be saved for touch-ups when you need to repair dings and scratches on the wall. Leaving paint in their existing cans can be a recipe for disaster, since mold can grow inside and paint can easily go bad. Instead, repurpose air tight food containers for paint. Pour leftover paint inside the container, seal it closed with a tight fitting lid, and mark the outside in Sharpie pen what room it corresponds with. If you still have leftover paint, try this next tip . . .
- Let it dry out. Leave cans of leftover unwanted paint open to air dry out. This can take a few days to a few weeks depending on the humidity and temperature it is outside. Leave them somewhere where children or wild animals can't get into them, like on a shelf in the garage. Once they are dry, the paint should pop out in a hard disc that can be safely tossed into the trash. The paint can itself can be added to your curbside recycling bin.
- Make chalkboard paint. If you have lots of random cans of latex paint in a variety of colors, mix them all together in a large, clean bucket to make one uniform color. Add a few tablespoons of powdered grout (from the tile section at the home improvement store) and mix well. Voilà! Instant chalkboard paint.
- Try FreeCycle. The Craiglist for free stuff connects people with unwanted stuff with people who need it. This is a last resort, but sometimes posting a notice that you have a few gallons of good quality leftover paint could attract someone to come claim it and use it. Offer to throw in some paint brushes, rollers, and a leftover tray or two, and you might incentivize it enough for someone to click reply and get your old paint stash.
We are delighted to announce that celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal, who has worked with megawatt stars such as Beyoncé Knowles, Rihanna, and Jennifer Lopez, will be sharing her beauty expertise with us on BellaSugar! Mally, the founder of Mally Beauty, can be spotted developing runway looks for designers such as Tracy Reese. You also might recognize the multitasking mom from her from her frequent visits to QVC. So get excited for Mally's top makeup tips and infectious personality. A few words from Mally below:
I am so excited to be a guest writer on BellaSugar! BellaSugar is one of my favorite sites, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working alongside such beauty geniuses. As women, we are born multitaskers. None of us are strangers to conquering the world and taking care of others every day. As a mom, wife, friend, makeup artist, and entrepreneur, I have had to learn to balance life and business; I hope this little peek into my life can inspire you to maybe find balance in your busy life. Stay tuned for my first piece tomorrow!
I'm excited to present a post from guest writer, eco lifestyle expert, and all-around awesome guy Danny Seo. Today, he's here to walk you through some simple, smart tips for buying a new mattress.
If you're like I was a few years ago, buying a mattress from a store was akin to purchasing a used car: stressful, high pressure, and not fun.
In 2009, I partnered up with the Simmons bedding company to create a line of eco-friendly mattresses called the Simmons Natural Care by Danny Seo. It was my attempt to do a mainstream line of eco beds that would be sold in retail stores nationwide and come with all the bells and whistles Simmons mattresses are known for: great customer service, white glove delivery, long and trustworthy warranty. The line was a hit.
This post isn't about my beds, but about the insider tricks and tips I learned about the mattress business and what consumers should know and do when shopping. Here are my top 5 tips:
- Bring Your Pillow. When you sleep at home, most of us do not lay flat on your back, shoes on, head firmly pressed against a bare mattress. Yet, we do that all the time when "test driving" beds in stores. Since you can't strip down to your PJs in the store, do the next best thing: bring your pillow. Resting your head on whatever number of pillows you normally sleep on will give you a true feel for how a new mattress will feel when you sleep on it.
- Don't Bother Looking For a Lower Price. Some stores have the tagline "If you find a lower price, it's free!" but the truth is, you will likely never find a lower price. Regional chains work with mattress manufacturers to make special version of popular beds. So instead of just selling a Simmons Natural Care mattress, it could be called The Simmons Natural New Hope model or The Simmons Natural Care Iverness Valley. These model names are often unique to stores, so finding a lower price can be next to impossible. If you find a bed you like, negotiate with the store and don't bother shopping around.
Keep reading for three more matress-buying tips from Danny Seo!
We're thrilled to present the following post from celebrity stylist, author, and reality TV show star Tabatha Coffey!
Those of you who watch Tabatha Takes Over know by now that I'm generally not the mushy type. But since it is February I thought, "What could be more romantic than a blog dedicated to love — the hair products and tools I love most, to be exact?" In honor of St. Valentine, I present to you the nearest and dearest to my hairdresser's heart.
Celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark Cosmetics founder Brett Freedman has been guest blogging on BellaSugar for the past two months, but alas, all good things must come to an end. Thank you for your amazing advice and top tips, Brett, and we look forward to seeing your work on red carpets everywhere! With that said, we're proud to present Brett's last column, for which we know you'll be all a-flutter.
Long, lush lashes. Who doesn't want them? With the trend toward brighter lips and sparser eye, a vivid lash line is even more important. So many gals ask me about amping up their flutter with faux lashes. It's actually pretty easy. Here's my technique to give your peepers a little extra pop. See how Brett gets it right every time when you read more.
We're thrilled to present the following post, written by celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark Cosmetics founder, Brett Freedman!
Bold colors in clothing can make your makeup choices a little dicey. Should you balance a vivid shade with pops of color in the eyes and lips, or go neutral, as not to look too silly? Recently I styled starlet Camilla Belle's makeup for the Art of Elysium event. She wore a beautiful, bright yellow dress that gave me pause in terms of makeup. My first instinct was to do a bright lip and pale skin. I then decided that the yellow should be the only color, and that everything else should be crisp, but neutral.
For the cheeks and lips I wanted to go with Camilla's natural lip color, just a little more vivid: too pink and it would be too sweet/little girl, and too plum it would be kind of Easter-y. To accomplish this, I used Maybelline Dream Mousse in Soft Plum on the cheeks, and Tarte LipSurgence in Enchanted on the lips. It was the perfect way to let the yellow dress take center stage, all while keeping the face from looking low-watt. Want to play with color, too? Be sure to check out Brett's no-fail guide to punching things up when you read more.
We're proud to present the following post by celebrity makeup artist and Vanitymark Cosmetics founder, Brett Freedman.
I don't know anyone that doesn't have a mix of department store and drugstore cosmetics in her bag. Makeup artists, too, pull from both sources for their arsenal. It used to be that drugstore brands were obviously lower-watt than their larger price-tagged friends. These days the line is blurred. With many higher- and lower-priced brands owned by the same companies, the drugstore lines have benefited from creamier textures, higher pigment count, and of-the-moment shades.
For me, I generally stumble on a drugstore product when I'm traveling and need to grab something quick. What keeps me coming back for more? A unique shade, usually. A fab finish runs a quick second, and third is texture. Here are some of my favorites, all under $10.
Photo courtesy of Vanitymark Cosmetics
Tabatha Coffey, the star of the much-loved series, Tabatha Takes Over, is known giving the most spot-on hair advice around. And over the next few months the talented hairstylist is sharing her top tips and tricks right here on BellaSugar. We're thrilled to present to you her first post! Take it away, Tabatha.
I got so many emails and questions on the below topics after I appeared on The Dr. Oz Show, I thought it would be great to write about them in my first blog. Here are some of my favorite products and tips for combating the hair-problem blues. See more when you keep reading.
We're delighted to present the following post written by celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert Brett Freedman.
Soft, healthy-looking skin seems like such a challenge in the Winter. The first week you put the heat on in your house is the worst. Whose skin doesn't kind of freak out? We all have Summer and Winter clothes, but how many have a Summer and Winter skin care regime? Address these environmental changes with nudges to your face and body moisturizing routine. I recommend a week of boot camp to get skin in supple shape. So get toned right up with my body-beautiful skin care tips.
We are so excited to announce that celebrity stylist, reality TV star, author, and all-around hair guru, Tabatha Coffey, will be joining us once again as a guest writer on BellaSugar! Be sure to check out the season four premiere of her renamed series, Tabatha Takes Over, tonight at 10/9 central on Bravo, but first, a few words from Tabatha herself:
My life has been an absolute whirlwind since my last blog for you: six months of filming Tabatha Takes Over, a nationwide book tour for It's Not Really About the Hair, endless press interviews from Seattle to Australia, and a few red carpet events thrown in for good measure.
In one recent instance, my crazy schedule got the better of me; I found myself, just days before an event, without a dress, and even worse, without a "beauty dream team" to get my hair and face red carpet-ready. In the end, everything turned out fine, which leads to the subject of my next blog for you: products and tips for combating your hair problem blues. See what else Tabatha has coming our way when you read more.
We're thrilled to present the following post from Brett Freedman, BellaSugar guest writer, celebrity makeup artist, and founder of Vanitymark Cosmetics.
The bright lip trend is in full throttle. Are you on board? Still feeling like it's not for you? Here's my insight into dipping your toe in the bold lip pool! The other night I went to a friend's for dinner and a screening of My Week With Marilyn. In honor of the film (and Ms. Monroe), my gal pal, Whitney, showed up with a beautiful cherry lip (Guerlain's #529) and matching nails (Sephora by OPI's And a Cherry on Top). Keep in mind, Whitney is a neutral/pinky gloss girl.
Seeing her with scarlet lips was striking and felt totally fresh. She looked so great that I found myself asking why she doesn't do it more often. Whit's reply: "It's not special if you do it all the time." So true, and on closer inspection I noticed both her lip and nail color had a touch of gold. How very smart of her, as gold softens. A red lipstick may seem very thick and garish, but with a tinge of gold it seems to have more depth and feel very wearable. Every woman has a bright shade that will make her look sensational. Check out Brett's complete guide to getting bright lip colors right when you read more.