Saturday, December 31, 2011

Champagne with Vodka?

Written By: Ooh La La (Danielle Marie)

Ok, let's be realistic here, it's New Years Eve so who isn't going to celebrate tonight?  Whether you are spending the night at a soiree, a cocktail lounge, dinner and dancing or relaxing at home tonight, is not the night to blend wines, beers and hard liquor.

Was there a time when a woman slowly sipping from a martini glass was invigorating and glamorous?  You bet!  Take yourself back to those old movies, An Affair to RememberThe Thin Man, Breakfast at Tiffany's or the series, Mad Man.  Those women knew how to stir a crowd of men just with a martini glass!  So tonight is your turn for some fun.  Whether it's your husband, boyfriend or that tall, dark and handsome man across the room, use that martini glass, wine glass or champagne as your weapon of attraction. 

However, word to the wise here, if you are completely toasted and the room is spinning, this strategy of allurement is worthless.  A drunk woman trying to seductively sip a glass of wine or champagne resembles a broken wine glass.  Not too attractive, huh?  This doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself, but don't do anything you woud regret or can't remember the next day.  What's the point in buying that new outfit, glamming up for the evening and wearing those 6 inch pumps, if you end up blacking out? 

Have fun, be glamorous and bring out your saucy side!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Are Christmas Cards a Dying Art?

Written By: Va Va Voom (Katrina)

Are Christmas cards a dying art for this generation? Let's hope not!

Okay people, this isn't news but we all have very stressful and busy lives, so it's time to think of others! Remember, Christmas is a time for giving so let's spread a little cheer with a card!

A Christmas card may take only five minutes at the max!  Just imagine the joy it brings to someone for a whole day!

Who doesn't have those long distant relatives we rarely call or write.  This is the time to make up for our lack of effort.  Just send them a Christmas card with a short personal note! Guilt is gone! Oh yeah!

Then there are those friends who you avoid seeing but you still want to remain in contact, send them a Christmas card! Try to be a better friend in the New Year and start with a Christmas card.  Hehe

Don't forget those people who think their kids are God's gift to the world, when really your children are much more superior! So send them a Christmas card....with a gorgeous photo of your kids! Haha

But seriously, Christmas has continued to lose its' meaning a little more each year.  It is about time to remember where we came from, to love our family and friends, to share and show that love towards everyone!  Don't just think of yourself, spread some love!

For pete's sake, we're supposed to be merry during Christmas so send a Christmas card to help someone feel merry, crack a smile and remember the reason for the season!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Don't Forget the Glam and Add your Saucy Side!

Written By: Ooh La La (Danielle Marie)

Everyone loves the Holidays, especially with the many occassions offered of dressing to the "nines" and showing your fablous side of sauciness.  It seems that the parties are numerous, but each one with a different "dress attire" or "theme".  Confusing?  It's doesn't have to be.  Embrace these social gatherings by glitzing yourself all over from head to toe.  We are not referring to that sticky glitter used by most teenagers,  Glitzing yourself all over from head to toe means to be yourself, by adding a level of sauciness.

Take those black dress pants with a red cardigan and saucify yourself  by wrapping a sequin scarf around your neck or waist.  Use it as a headband for a touch of glitz to a messy updo.

Wear those classy black pumps and instead of beige or suntan nylons, let's go for the argyle plaid, grey striped or solid black tights.

And never forget about the accessories!  This is the time to go big!  Add those long over the top candelier earrings, or bust out a large rinestone ring.  Long necklaces are always a great addition to a cowl neck sweater dress with cute leggings and pumps. 

Take an extra 15 minutes to explore your inner saucy side when getting dressed.  Remember, you are creating a masterpiece and you are not only the sculptor but also the clay.  So, don't forget the glam during this special Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Handshake it, Hug it, or Kiss it?

Written By: Ooh La La (Danielle Marie) & Va Va Voom (Katrina)

How do you handle that first meeting or approach your close friends at a social gathering?  Do you give a handshake, a hug or a double cheek air kiss?  We all have those questions floating through our minds, but its usually too late to think about our next move in the middle of such a dilemma.  Is it the same for everyone?  If I kiss her will she think I am crazy?  Is she expecting a kiss?  If I don't hug him will he think I don't like him?  Who leans in first?  Will her husband get mad if I kiss her on the cheek?  Do you give a woman a firm handshake too?  These are just a few questions that race through our brains when meeting or greeting others.  Who hasn't been in that uncomfortable social situation, whether you meet someone for the first time, see old acquaintances or visit old friends…do we handshake, hug or double cheek kiss?  Feel out the situation.  You dont want to throw out a double cheek kiss when meeting a client or entering a conference with your boss.  Again, take into account the situation.  Handshakes are appropriate to formal meetings and business events.  Hugs are meant for acquaintances or well-known friends and family. 

In one small but strong word, confidence!  Be yourself!  You make up the rules.  Nowadays, when no one does the same thing, you can start a new trend.  You don’t want others to feel uncomfortable, so if you give a hug to the first person, make sure you do the same for everyone in the group.  Don’t let someone feel left out by receiving a hug or double kiss.  Whether you handshake, hug or kiss, make no excuses, own your actions.  If you are a woman and meeting friends with their spouses, kiss everyone (on the cheek).  Better to love than not to love.  If you are a man, play it safe with direct eye contact and a firm handshake to everyone, including the ladies.  We women are not only judging the size of your hand but the firmness too!  To put it simply, if you like someone, kiss them on the cheek, if they slap the other cheek, then they have no love, and who needs them.  Always make sure the kiss on the cheek is sweet and quick, never wet!  And if you are want to show your saucy edge, go for the double cheek air kiss with a hug. 

Sassy Kisser v. Saucy Kisser

Are you a sassy kisser or a saucy kisser?  Whats the best way to approach that first kiss or keep your kisses saucy even after 10 years of marriage?  It isnt about keeping that fresh first kiss (as most of us will never forget it) but it is about developing your kisses, and relationship, as your time matures with your loved one.  Kissing is a true art form that very few master. You may ask why so few master this crucial art of kssing?  The joke is that most people think they are amazing kissers, ha, dream on!  How many of us can look back into our past and remember an old boy/girlfriend that was a horrible kisser?  I can!  The old saying, practice makes perfect!  Kissing is a form of communication, a great form by the way!  If your partner does not say you are a good kisser, it is time to change. Here is the key, never ask what you are doing wrong; only ask what you can do better.  What are you lacking?  Never tell your loved one they are bad, it will lead to a fight, tell them what they can improve.  A great way is to try three different kissing techniques, which you can easily find in any romantic movie!  Try the three and then ask which they preferred, and vice versa.

Rule of kissing: passion, confidence and dimmed lighting make the best kissing moments! 

There are many ways to kiss unfortunately most of them are wrong so here are a few examples to help you out.

The best type of kissing should never be planned.  Kissing needs to be passionate, spontaneous and different every time!

“Her kisses left something to be desired... the rest of her.” ~Unknown

The Bad Kissers

“A man's kiss is his signature.” ~Mae West

The surprise attacker~

Your special someone practically ambushes and smothers you with kisses, making you completely unprepared.  This makes for a miserable first kiss and most likely the last kiss.

The wet dog~  

This person does not come up for air as they continuously swish their tongue around your teeth and tongue practically choking you. Don't get me wrong tongue is important when kissing but use it sparingly

The awkward kisser~
They just don't know what to do, where to put their hands, where to tilt their head or even when to stop. People would rather remember one short amazing kiss rather than twenty minutes of bad kissing!

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” ~Albert Einstein

The ego kisser~

They think they are God’s gift to the world and often try to point out what you're doing wrong.  In reality it's their problem. Well it's time to burst their bubble; everyone needs to learn from their mistakes.

The heavy breather~

Okay, I agree it that some heavy breathing is important while kissing, but remember, this may worry your significant other you're having a heart attack!  Breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth in between kisses

Now for the Good Kissing…

The passionate kisser~

If you have no passion for kissing, don’t do it.  If you think kissing is not important in a relationship you’re misinformed.  The passionate kisser mixes it up… they hold you right, they kiss you on your neck and your collarbone; all the right places and they know where to properly put their hands.

“I kiss without a hug is like a flower without fragrance.” ~Proverb

A good kiss should be like a good sip of wine, with age it becomes better. So practice, practice, practice!

“I kiss it speaks volumes is seldom a first edition.” ~Claire Whiting

A good kiss should be sweet, not too long, not too wet and you must savor every moment.

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” ~Ingrid Bergman

Here is a sign you are a great kisser…when at the end of the kiss, your partner smiles sweetly back at you.

“Kissing is like drinking salt water. You drink and your thirst increases.” ~Chinese proverb