La Chéri Marie

FASHION. BEAUTY. FILM. DESIGN. MY LIFE. XOXO

Month: January, 2013

Fashion Friday 1/25/13

Hello my beautiful readers!!

There is much to write about indeed! However, this Fashion Friday belongs to Hollywood star Kate Hudson in yet another season campaign for Ann Taylor ….

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The latest news is that the lovely Kate Hudson will be designing her first capsule collection for this line that will debut sometime this May…this 2013 Spring Collection is beautiful though right? 🙂

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend….I’m off filming but will be back to post some exciting stuff!

xoxo

Facial Exercises

Hello everyone! So I read an article today showing all the celebrities who have been caught in photos with double chins. Hey, everyone has bad days and everyone gets snapped sometimes at a bad angle…it happens! However, there are some helpful facial exercises that you can do to prevent that double chin and to tone up your face without surgery or nasty fillers. Of course, it all starts with having good posture (see a few posts back…).

I’m all about natural beauty and taking care of yourself—prevention and maintenance! My mom was always telling me about facial exercises years ago…These are some great things to start doing:

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Tilt Your Head

One exercise you can do easily is to tilt your head while lying down (such as when you’re sleeping). Lie on your side, and as you lay your head down, tilt your head back so your chin is stretched out a little bit. You don’t want to crane your neck back; just tilt your chin up and head back just a little. You should be comfortable enough so you could sleep in this position. Eventually, you’ll train your body to naturally go to this position while you sleep, keeping your throat open and clear while making a difference on your double chin.

Chin Slap

If you’ve seen old movies about making old movies, you’ve probably seen actors and actresses slapping their chins. There’s a good reason for this: it actually works to get rid of a double chin. With the back of your hand, gently and slowly slap underneath your chin. Gradually go faster. Do this exercise several times a day for a few minutes at a time.  This is as simple as face exercises for your chin can get.  But sometimes simple is nice!

Lip Pull

Stand with good posture with your head in its natural position. Push your jaw out and lift your lower lip as high on your face as possible. Hold it in that position for 10 seconds, then relax. You should feel the muscles directly underneath your chin stretch a bit.  And you will REALLY feel this in your jaw and jawline! Do this 10 times every day.

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Platysma muscles from chest to the chin and jaw

Of course, in addition to these exercises, a good diet and healthy lifestyle matters! Also, I notice that for me, practicing yoga has been a wonderful thing for my body and really does tone up even these muscles!

Special thanks to John Socratous for these tips!

Side Note: From my years of working in the beauty world, there was an absolutely gorgeous lady whom I would often see at events. I truly could never tell how old she was and one day I mustered up the courage to ask her what her beauty secret was! She told me that she trained herself to sleep on her back to prevent wrinkles and she used Vitamin C….hmmmmm…..

Another good tip for facial muscles? Smiling and Kissing 😉

Stay beautiful my readers!

xoxo

Fashion Friday 1/11/13

Ah award show season!! It’s a busy, beautiful time of year!

Emily Blunt is a vision wearing a Miu Miu dress at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica yesterday

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On the same red carpet, Anne Hathaway looked amazing wearing Oscar de la Renta

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Meanwhile, in New York yesterday, Jada Pinkett-Smith looked absolutely fabulous in Gucci! Not very many people can pull this off, but if you notice how she just looks pulled together! Maybe you can emulate her style with a stylish white coat and 2-tone clutch, or perhaps you can rock pink with some stylish sunglasses…she just looks fab!

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Hope everyone has a beautiful weekend…stay tuned…

xoxo

New Year, New Skin!

There are many things that I’ve learned from my French mother and grandmother but as everyone knows, it’s the French “je ne sais quoi” with fashion and beauty that charms the world…this is definitely true for skin care!

I’ve learned from an early age just how important taking care of your skin is! With the start of this new year, its a great idea to focus on your skin care regimen and get that skin glowing! After all, when you have beautiful, healthy skin, all outfits look better 😉

I’ll share with you this wonderful product I found several years ago. It is absolutely amazing and I guarantee that it works. It transformed my skin when I needed it the most. It literally has become a staple for me and the women in my family!

The Ageless Secret

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Check out their website at:   www.AgelessSecret.com

With the awards season coming up, I know that myself and other Hollywood gals will be using this spray to get our skin glowing 😉

Another fantastic way I use it? It works great for your skin when you’re traveling. I always take my small bottle with me and spray my face a few times before and during a flight….it’s been a life-saver!

Not only does this product work, but the people behind it, Jim and Paula, are fantastic and you can be sure that this isn’t just some generic product filled with bad stuff for your health, it’s a luxury beauty staple.  Just another reason for you to give it a try…

Using The Ageless Secret really goes with everything I’ve learned about being healthy and taking care of my skin. This is such a great list I wanted to share with all of you…

The top 10 Beauty Secrets every French woman knows for healthy beautiful skin:

  1. A well-balanced diet is essential to healthy skin that radiates from the inside out.
  2. Nutritional supplements such as Fish Oil, Flax oil that help decrease inflammation.
  3. Hydration – drinking plenty of water is the key to youthful looking skin.
  4. Oxygen – Rinsing with cooler water after a bath or shower helps stimulate circulation for glowing skin.
  5. Washing our faces with lukewarm water – washing our skin in hot water dilates blood vessels and stretches our skin.
  6. Exercise – Boosts blood flow, bringing oxygen to the cells, improving our moods, energy levels and overall health.
  7. Sunscreen – Never leave home without sunscreen – using an SPF will help keep skin youthful.
  8. Remove makeup before going to bed, never go to sleep with your makeup on.  It is one of the quickest ways to add years to your skin.
  9. Being gentle when applying skincare or makeup, especially around the delicate eye area or neck.
  10. Have a skincare regimen, practice Prevention, Maintenance and Correction.

Here’s to beautiful skin, a beautiful you, and a beautiful year 😉

xoxo

 

 

Yay For 2013!

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Leave 2012 behind, and let’s look forward to the BEST YEAR EVER!!!!

13 is my lucky number 😉

Here’s to a stylish new year filled with blessings of

prosperity, love, happiness, and peace!

New Year’s Tip #1 : Smile and make an effort to be kind to everyone.

A true smile and kindness makes your outfit look so much better…

Stay tuned for many exciting posts on my blog this coming year…    😉

xoxo

Chéri