Now, that’s Some Serious Eye Candy

Monday, November 14, 2011 | COLUMN: Party Time

When it comes to makeup, the eyes truly have the most fun. (We have an  entire online app dedicated to the art of those soulful orbs.) With a dazzling kaleidoscope of shadows, liners and more to choose from, shopping for a new eye look is a lot like being a kid in a candy store. Now imagine if, instead of mineral color, you actually used real candy? That’s exactly what eye stylista Diana Mastova did in her latest culinary/cosmetic creation. Using confectionary toppings instead of makeup, Mastova whipped up this scrumptious, eye-stopping look, complete with rock candy blush and party sprinkle lipstick. Hey, we’ve always had a sweet spot for creative eye candy.


Recipe for the Perfect Pedi

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | COLUMNS: Party Time, Tips & How-Tos

Looking for a salon-style pedicure without the salon price? Julie Gabriel, author of The Green Beauty Guide, suggests you check your pantry—you may be closer than you think.


Wedding Cake? How About Royal Pizza Pie?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | COLUMNS: Around Town, Campaigns, Party Time, Tips & How-Tos

It seems as the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton draws near, enthusiasts are getting crazier and more creative. Papa John’s jumped on the royal wedding bandwagon last week, having a food artist in the UK create a portrait of the lovebirds out of pizza! “Royal Wedding fever is sweeping the world so we couldn’t resist having some fun and creating our very own pizza portrait of Kate and William to celebrate their forthcoming marriage,” said Andrew Varga, Papa John’s chief marketing officer.


Don’t Gobble Gobble ‘Til You Wobble!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 | COLUMNS: Around Town, Campaigns, Party Time

Turkey Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching. Dreams of my mom’s homemade dressing (that’s stuffing in a pan, y’all) and whatever gourmet goodies my brother-in-law/professional chef decides to make are already swirling in my head and making my mouth water.  As much as we all love these Turkey Day treats, they cause internal struggles within us. To gorge, or not to gorge? That is the question that tugs at our heart  strings and our waist lines. Well, I am a non believer in trying to give Thanksgiving a complete health makeover, since I generally try to maintain good eating habits to be heart healthy and in tip-top shape, but I always believe in cutting corners and trimming the fat.


Halloween Smart Snacking

Friday, October 29, 2010 | COLUMN: Party Time

Halloween_candy No matter how well you think you’ve gauged your trick-or-treater turnout this year, that candy surplus is almost inevitable. And while you may be able to pass some of the sugary burden onto your coworkers, when it comes to the break room candy bowl, it’s every girl for herself. While there’s nothing wrong with the occasional treat, by limiting the quantity and knowing which sweets to splurge on, you can keep those extra calories at bay and save your strength for the season’s main event—Thanksgiving dinner.



Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | COLUMNS: Party Time, Things We Love

Shutterstock_833796I absolutely love spicy food! It all started when I was working for a Cajun restaurant during college. I just couldn’t get enough of the tingly heat that jambalaya, gumbo and those sinful shrimp and grits had to offer. My spicy love affair continues to this day with Thai curry dishes, hot salsas, sushi with wasabi, oysters covered with horseradish, and of course, I add hot sauce to pretty much anything. If you can take the heat, hot peppers, curry powders and horseradish can inspire great recipes. These natural hot shots can add zing and zest to your diet, and they are also a great way to spice-up your meal planning!


The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Tuesday, July 07, 2009 | COLUMN: Party Time

IStock_000000445688_L2 Inflammation means “to set on fire” in Latin. When a disease name ends in itis, it is an indicator of inflammation (i.e. arthritis, dermatitis, gastritis, tonsillitis and hepatitis). Inflammation leads to high blood pressure; Alzheimer’s disease; cancer; diabetes; gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, indigestion and heartburn; weight gain; heart attack; and stroke. Additionally, acne and rosacea are inflammatory diseases, which is why skin becomes red and plagued by pustules.


Tips to Curb Your Cravings

Wednesday, April 15, 2009 | COLUMN: Party Time

Chocolate-Chip-Cookie Temptation is all around us during the winter months when you’re stuck indoors with nothing to do but reach for junk food and hope for warmer weather. Reality begins to set in when spring arrives and you’re forced to shed your sweatpants and put on your swimsuit. Here are a few simple tips from Pür Minerals to help you cut out the cravings and hit the beach running.


Shabby Chic Holiday Décor

Thursday, December 18, 2008 | COLUMNS: Party Time, Uncategorized

Between buying gifts and entertaining family and friends, the holidays can take a toll on your checkbook. With so much pressure to create a memorable experience for all, we often stretch our means to their limits. Fortunately, there are some easy things you can do to trim back this year without foregoing the festivities. Read on for tips and tricks on how to stretch that holiday dollar and still embrace the warmth of the season.


Healthy Holiday Diet Tips

Monday, November 24, 2008 | COLUMN: Party Time

As the old saying goes, “Eat, drink and be merry!” Indeed, the holidays are a time to celebrate with friends and family, but all this socializing and merriment can bring with it added temptation and a few extra inches in the waistline. With turkey day rapidly approaching, here are a few small steps you can take in order to avoid packing on the pounds during the most joyous of seasons.

Don’t Skip Meals

This may seem like a good idea before your big Thanksgiving dinner, but this plan almost always backfires. Depriving yourself of food all day to save calories will only lead to overeating during the main event. Instead, get your metabolism going with a nutritious breakfast and follow with a light lunch. A small snack before dinner will also help curb your appetite and ensure that you don’t devour everything in sight in a fit of ravenous hunger.

Trim Back on the Trimmings

Cutting back on gravy, sauces, butter and other trimmings is a great way to shave calories. Your meal certainly won’t suffer without these small additions and you won’t have to loosen your belt when you’re done. The same goes for appetizers. They may seem harmless, but those deviled eggs, cheese and crackers and spinach dip are loaded with high-calorie cream, butter and mayonnaise. If you’re looking to whet your appetite, opt instead for carrot sticks, salsa or a handful of nuts.

Beware of Nog

Alcoholic drinks and holiday favorites like eggnog are typically loaded with calories. Try buying light or diet versions of your favorite juices, mixers and drinks. Another great way to keep yourself hydrated and reduce your caloric intake is to alternate your alcoholic beverages and delicious holiday brews with water.


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