Monday, June 29, 2015

Product Review: T3Micro Twirl 360 Motion Sensing Styling Iron

I really, really wanted to like this product. It's a heavy-duty styling iron for curling your hair. It's made from a quality hair-tool company and it feels solid — not flimsy like some of the drugstore curling irons.

They offer up a great YouTube tutorial, so I felt like a good handle on what I was doing. The 1.75" barrel should have been perfect for my thick hair. Unfortunately, it was not.

The button that helps to grab the hair and and twirl it up to create those perfect waves, often had difficulty releasing the curl. As a result, the product would smoke and you could smell my burning hair.

While I am not a hair expert, I certainly know my way around a curling iron. I attempted this three times with the same results. Since I never finished a full head of hair because it was scorching my locks, I don't even have a good photo to share with you. So, this is product that gets a thumbs down from me.

Perhaps you will have better luck with than I did. If you would like to check it out, it's available at Sephora for $230 or by using this link:

To take a closer look at the product, here are a few features and benefits listed by the company:

Features and benefits:
- 1.25-inch barrel: perfect for creating on-trend curls and loose waves
- Single “Go“ button: barrel activates with a press of a button and a simple turn of the wrist
- Digital SinglePassTM technology: constantly measures and adjusts the temperature across the entire barrel for accurate, consistent heating while styling
- Mid-length clamp: ideal for curling any length of hair—even if it’s layered
- Cool tip: makes it easy to safely and quickly maneuver the curling iron
- Nine-foot 360° swivel cord: professional-length with swivel prevents cord tangling for hassle-free styling
- Two-year warranty: comprehensive coverage and support options

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary unit to review this product. Opinions are all my own. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

It's Giveaway Time!

It's been a long time since I've done a giveaway, but it's time to reward all of you for following me through all of my crazy adventures. Here's what I am giving away:


1. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
2. U.S. residents only, please.
3. Enter between Monday, May 4 through Monday, May 11 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Entry form below!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Little Black Dress Wines Kicks Off Red Carpet Season in Hollywood

In Los Angeles, the start of the New Year brings the start of red carpet season. The first week of January always brings the People's Choice Awards to kick off awards show season. It's a whirlwind of fashion, glamour and a few blisters from breaking in those new stilettos. 

This year, Little Black Dress wines offered me the opportunity to start off the season the right way — with a room full of extraordinary women in the entertainment industry. Entertainment reporters, bloggers, actresses and other movers and shakers came out to try LBD's quad of wines — Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

The wines were paired with incredible food from Sadie Kitchen & Lounge in Hollywood and it truly captured the flavors and the spirit of the evening. My favorite part was sharing the evening with so many successful women over a glass of wine and our finest Little Black Dresses. 

To learn more about Little Black Dress Wines, click here.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Oscar Nominations Dress Challenge 2015

It's that time of year again! I need help finding a dress for Oscar Nominations morning on January 15, 2014.  It's early again this year and we are going to have to do this over the Christmas break. Remember though, the winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the store of their choice. For those of you that are new to this challenge, YOU get to chose the dress that I wear for a one of Hollywood's biggest events. 

Here are some guidelines:

1.  It is not a red carpet event: I am looking for a dress that is simple, classic and understated.  Think of a DVF wrap dress or a Jackie O. sheath.  I am short (5' 3"), so I want to show off my legs versus lots of cleavage (which I don't have anyway) to give the illusion of height.  I love shoes, so I want to pick something hot and sassy from my shoe wardrobe.  One note:  Even though I want a dress to show off my legs, please no so-short-I-can-see-your-hoo-ha dresses.  The Oscar Nominations are a very conservative event, so I'd like to keep it that way.

2.  I will be working at 5AM PT that day: I want a dress that is easy, comfortable and not fussy.  I hate pulling and tugging at my dress while I am working. Also, I LOVE pockets!

3.  I like color: It looks great on camera and adds brightness to my face.  Please avoid red or crazy patterns because they have a tendency to moray on camera. I've done blue, two purples, and a hot pink, so maybe a green or yellow this year?

4.  The budget is important.  Let's keep the dress under $250 and it has to be available online in sizes 0 or 2. 

Here are the winners from 2011-2014 to give you an idea of what has won in the past:

For more information on the winning dresses from 2011-2013, click hereherehere and here.

2011:  Dress by Banana Republic

2012:  Dress by Aqua

2013: Dress by ModCloth

2014: Dress by Eliza J.

Are you up for the challenge? 

The Rules:

1. Find me a dress by Monday, January 5 at 11:59 p.m. PST. It must be available online. So post the link in the comments below with your contact info.

2.  The dress must be available in the U.S., but international contestants are welcome to join us for this contest. 

3.  Two finalists will be announced on Thursday, January 8 and the winner will be announced on Thursday, January 15.

4.  Winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store of their choice.

If you have any questions, post in the comments below.  Ready, get set, shop!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Call To Mentoring...


I posted this quote today because I felt like it was resonating with me more and more. 

It's about the need to give back in an industry that has given me so much. I live in a town where people are constantly asking me, "You're a reporter, but what do you really want to be?" I always tell them, "I'm doing it, I'm living it." 

Hollywood is a town filled with people who are striving to achieve their goals on a daily basis, waiting for their big break and dealing with rejection from every direction. It is possible to work successfully in this town, but there's only one way to do it — hard work.

In addition to the hard work that is required, a sense of humility, kindness, respect and gratefulness is also needed along the journey. These qualities get lost so often and it makes me wince to watch some people stumble along the way. I want to see people succeed and I think we are all better when we have that mentor in our life to guide us along the way to cheer our success and brush us off when we fall. It's an art that is lost in the entertainment industry, so I think it's time to get back to helping the next generation on their journey.

I find that I get more out of mentoring than the people I am helping. It feels really good to give back. So I decided to do a mentoring group for 2015. I want to gauge interest from aspiring broadcast journalists, TV hosts and reporters of all ages in a once-a-month Google Hangout to chat about the industry. I will also give you a monthly assignment…video or writing…so we can share our work, offer constructive comments and cheer each other on. I may also bring in a few industry guests to chat with us as well.

While I am still formulating some of the ideas, let me know what you think. If it's a large group, I may divide it up. If you are under 18 and want to participate, you are welcome to join us, I will just need written permission from a parent or guardian. 

Interested and want to join me? Give me a shout out in the comments below so I can get the ball rolling in the new year. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DWTS Season 19: Jenna Johnson

I am so glad we had Jenna Johnson back in studio with us this season. In Season 18, we had her on with Artem Chigvintsev. It's wonderful to see how she's really blossomed in the last few seasons. She's assisting choreographer Mandy Moore with the opening numbers this season and the troupe is really working hard on bumpers and appearing in the celeb/pro numbers.

Yes, we did talk about her BFF Meryl Davis off the air. Their friendship runs deep and Jenna mentioned that she already knows Meryl will be in her wedding when that day comes. Awww….you have to love how DWTS brings people together.

We talked a lot about the judging as well. It was pretty unfair to be harsh in a week when the celebs were not working with their regular partners. If it was a normal week, fair game…Switch Up week, no thanks.

Next week, Sharna Burgess joins us again in studio. We missed her during Season 18. See you on Tuesday!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DWTS Season 19: Serge Onik

We're back! It was so much fun to be back in studio with Anna Trebunskaya and Suri Serano after a long summer away. Jake DuPree will be back for our Sept. 30 show, but in the meantime, SYTYCD's Serge Onik is doing a great job at filling in.

I wasn't too sure about this season. I didn't love the contestants, but Monday night's show proved that we are going to have fun this season with some unexpected choices. I'm excited by the possibilities…

Next week: Serge is in for Jake and Elena Grinenko is our guest. If you heard me say new pro Keo Motsepe is on next week, that was my mistake. He will be on our Sept. 30 show. I read the email wrong and I clearly have no concept of time.

We are on at Wednesday at 5 p.m. next week on AfterBuzz TV.

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