Monday, 27 December 2010

Get My Body:My stay in Shape Secrets

In 2004 I signed with a few agencies in nyc for fitness, print and commercial and Parts. I was always in shape and booked a ton of jobs purely based on how my body looked but it wasnt until 3 years later that I really got into fitness. In 2006 at age 21 I got my first Big Endorsement deal with a supplement company called Met-Rx. I was their cover calendar model, in all their ads and attended all of the BIG fitness events such as The Arnold Classic in Ohio and Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas. I started working out 4-5 days a week lifting heavy weights doing a ton of squats and eating super "clean". I achieved the body of my dreams, but maintaining it is alot of hard work and dedication.

Some of my ads and banners with Met-Rx

Between 2007 and present I worked with BSN, Champion and STS supplements. In 2009 I competed in my first ever NPC bikini competition in Pittsburgh PA and placed 2nd in my class!!!

Work with BSN and STS

Long story short- in 2009 I moved from NY to California. Alot happened in 2009 for me and with all the stress and the move cross country I gained 10 lbs.  Im normally 110lbs where I look my best but I had gotten to 120lbs and on my 5'6" frame it showed alot!! I was so unhappy with how I looked, I didnt fit my clothes and I was working my butt off in the gym and I wasnt seeing any results.  A girl friend of mine told me about this detox product she has used before and how she swears by it; so I gave it a try.

The product I took was called Isagenix ( The revolutionary practice of Nutritional Cleansing, which can result in greater health, well-being and weight loss, is the foundation in which Isagenix® and its systems were developed.). I did their 9 day program and I dropped 6 lbs in 9 days. Whats great about isagenix is that it's a safe detox, "nutritional cleansing"<---- read what Isagenix does.
The 9 day system I did

This jump started my body so I was able to go to the gym, work my butt off and start seeing results. Nothing is worse than working out 4-5 days a week and not seeing any results. This program is also great if you have an event or vacation that you want to look good for... It's a tough 9 days- but if you stick to the directions strictly - You'll be so happy with the results.

Now a year later I'm back to 110lbs and after the holidays I plan on hitting the gym again hard and preparing for my second NPC bikini competition as well as getting ready for my swimwear lines 2nd big shoot- !

ADDED: My stats
Height- 5'6"
weight: 110 lbs
bust- 32D
waist- 23.5
hips- 35
shoe- 6.5, 36.5
jeans- 24/25, 00/0

Some thing I eat and drink- or dont for that matter- to help me stay in shape.
-anything white- white bread, white rice (except w/sushi), mashed potatoes, pasta
-cut out milk and sugar in my coffee
-no sodas
-no alcohol
-no ice cream
-barely any cheese

-sweet potatoes
-gluten free, wheat free pasta
-brown rice pasta ( I'm Italian.. I love my pasta so this is a great alt)
-soy milk
-sushi and chicken

In the mornings before I go to the gym, I'll grab an ensure out of my fridge and drink that on my way to the gym. I swear this helps me stay in shape and it has everything you need in a meal!

I get a case of like 24 at Costco. My favorite flavors are Vanilla, Chocolate and Strawberry. Make sure not to get the ensure Plus as it will make you gain weight. Another good ensure drink is the muscle health- with 13g of protein instead of 9g. One of my little secrets. It's a meal replacement though- don't drink this with a meal!!!

The Gluten free, wheat free brown rice pasta I eat I get at whole foods. Its called Pasta Joy by a company called Tinkyada.

I mix this with some veggies and a light pasta sauce and its great. You can also mix it with tofu or tuna  so you get your protein in there.

I'm also addicted to tea. I drink tea with every meal I have. I normally have either green tea, chamomile or mint if I'm out and I mix in a tea spoon of honey. Don't know if this helps me in anyway BUT I'm literally just telling you what I do.

I deff dont drink enough water. My trainer Lauren Kern tells me all the time to drink, drink, drink !! That will be part of my New Years resolution. Its great for your skin and also helps fill you up amongst other things.

So here is just a few things that helped me to get in shape, and continue to help me stay in shape. The next fitness blog I'll post will be what I do in the gym- and eventually my competition diet from my Trainer Lauren.

Let me know if you have any questions.. and good luck :)
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Sunday, 26 December 2010

Get My Look: Summer Goddess

 I just wanted to share where I got my FAVORITE summer look from especially because they are having a SALE!!!! I love looking super sexy in the summer but not having to look like I "tried" .. I'm all about the summer Goddess look and these are it for me. Anything off the shoulder and anything that blows in the wind.

I just ordered a second shirt that I once paid $145 for for only $36.00.. I cant believe it.. So hurry hurry and
*Get My Look*

So my fiance is Greek, and we have a house in Greece that we spend time at in the summer so of course I wanted something "greeky" for while I'm there.. These tunics are made out of gauze and some of the others are made out of a silk or chiffon.. but my faves that I live in are gauze.. I wear them to the beach, out at night with shorts, during the day shopping with espadrilles... I mean they are just a great item to have in your wardrobe for summer!!!! An now she is having a SALE!!!

The site is called * Jens Pirates Booty *  below I listed the one Im wearing in the picture above and also some of the other ones I own, LOVE and just ordered !! Enjoy

Also my swimwear line has a few silk tunics I wear as well.. And next year we have an entire new line of amazing tunics, coverups and dresses for the beach coming out..  Ill give sneak peeks in January <3

** Just a recommendation- I ordered one of these in Pink.. and I'm not crazy about the color.. I think its safe to stay with neutral or white.. But thats just me :) ** 

MY FAV !!! I got the ivory silk with gold trim.. SOOOO beautiful and only $36.00 !!!!
This is the one I'm wearing in my pic in white.

I have and LOVE... just reordered more

Have and LOVE in ivory and gold

Just ordered in neutral

Just ordered in both colors !!!

Have and love in neutral

Have and Love in neutral
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Thursday, 23 December 2010

Daily Mirror Pics-(old ones I just found)

Some oldies I found

Airport, Boots by Jessica Simpson


My brother and I. Top by Bebe... In stores now

 Dress by SKY

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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I'd Just Like to Say!

I just received this comment from a girl named Maria. Please read below so I can explain a few things for her and everyone else who may be thinking the same thing...

Theres a few things ide like to say in response to this comment.

1. Your right- in my blog you have not seen me post pictures of such events because if you read my "FIRST POST" you'd see that this is a blog about beauty/fashion,tips and tricks; and I quote - "Here I'd like to share what celebrities won't: makeup secrets, what I'm wearing, where to get it, and tips & tricks of the 'inside crowd'. ".

2. There is such a thing called 'Midnight Run'- where on Christmas Eve people such as my self, my fiance and his 2 children go around town with blankets, old clothes, warm jackets and some money and give it out to the homeless.

3. There is also a saying that, when you do something good for someone it's not right to brag and or flaunt it around.. " Look at me, Look at me, I'm such a good person, I bought a present and I'm putting it in the toy box for the children"... Thats not what I'm about. I am a giving person. I love helping people (ie: the reason I started this blog). I'm NOT a celebrity or someone who is trying to set an example to others, and I certainly dont feel the need to prove to people that I do or dont help the needy and less fortunate. So I hope people arent looking at my beauty/ fashion blog thinking the same thing.. Something like that would more likely be posted if anywhere on my twitter page... A possible pic of us out late at night with the baskets we made.

4. While on this topic I will set the "record" straight.. Alki and I give to homeless almost daily, or whenever or wherever we see one and we give $20 at least every time. I posted this comment and pic on my twitter at 9:15pm on October 30th. We were on our way to dinner driving on Santa Monica blvd; which anyone who knows or lives in CA knows Santa Monica blvd is a very busy street and we stopped anyway.

So please dont try to school  me on how "remember when you give back you get back". In my plastic surgery blog I also stated at the bottom and I'll quote again- "My fiance taught me, "to keep what you have, you give it away." I get it. "

And I'll also add since you got me started that I not only help homeless and less fortunate but I also give to my friends and family as well. I won't say who got what but I have and continue to buy for my friends who couldn't afford these things at a certain time but could really use them or just really wanted them. AND whenever I get a new laptop, ipod, camera, bag, shoes  etc - I give my "old" ones to my friends as well. I'm NOT selfish.. Ive stated before and I'll say it again.." I may be spoiled but I am NOT A BRAT!" Anyone who knows me will agree 100% and I'm confident about that.

Moral of this is.. Just because I'm not bragging, blogging or whatever about it on my beauty/fashion blog doesn't mean I'm not doing it.
Thank you
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Daily Mirror Pics

Silk front button top with black pants by frankie B paired with black heels

LOVE my american apparel V neck shirts. They are unisex so I get an xxs in them. 
Black leggings by David Lerner and Black dolce vita boots

Kids shirt from the Ferrari store

T-Shirts by Forged... super cute and comfy

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Lets Talk: Skin Care

Since I started my blog I've gotten so many questions and comments about my skin. The truth is, Ive been bouncing around between products trying to find one that works the best for me. My good friend Lara is in Pharmaceutical sales and knows everything there is to know about almost every product out there. She is so fun to shop cosmetics and skin care with because she really does her research. I thought it would be fun to bring her in to my blog when we talk skin care and cosmetics. Lately Ive been doing a ton of makeup shopping and deciding which skin care line to try first.  Lara and I have come up with a plan- to find the best of the best in skin care products and share our journey with you. We both just started using 2 different skin care companies and are testing the out to see how they "rate"... in our book :) 
Currently I am using Bobbie Brown for face wash, toner, face serum, primer and scrub. Im trying out Chanel's moisturizer and a company called Skyn under eye cream.  Lara is using La Mer face wash and toner and Shiseido moisturizer.
My skin type I think would be combination. Lara's skin I think is the same but sensitive with red in her skin. We both HATE looking oily and are trying to find the best mattifying moisturizer there is...
( Ide just like to add... Im currently in the sky on a plane on my way from CA to NY and having wifi on a plane is pretty damn cool .. just saying)

Heres what Lara had to say.

Lara’s products…. 
Hey girls!! I am so excited to begin giving my input on some of the amazing skincare and makeup products that I have tried and use here on Jen's blog! A few years back, I began researching on which cleansers worked best on my skin, what helps to keep my skin looking vibrant, glowing, and young and makeup that stays flawless and non-cakey through out the day. I believe that it is very important to have an amazing skincare regime, especially coming from a pharmaceutical background and working with products for the skin, and wear makeup that brings out your best attributes!! So I am here to give some tips and tricks!

Cleanser/Toner/Moisturizer/Peel or Exfoliate/Mask 

Right now my favorite cleanser hands down is the La Mer Cleansing Gel ($65.00). It is very gentle on the skin, helps to get rid of excess oil, brush away any of the impurities that you may have, and keeps the skin feeling soft and clean (but doesn’t give that squeaky clean feeling which you NEVER want to have or feel). I have combination and sensitive skin and it works very well on myself. It has a light fragrance, making your face feel refreshed, but not over barring. Then I like to use La Mer tonic($65.00), which is basically like a toner but doesn’t contain alcohol, which is a HUGE bonus because alcohol can irritate your skin or even dry it out. I swipe the tonic with a cotton pad over my skin after using the gel cleanser to get rid of any dirt that’s still on my skin and even my neck. These two products together are amazing and they are worth the price. 

As for my moisturizer, I love the Shiseido (Japanese skin care line) Pureness Mattifying moisturizer ($32.00) since I do get a bit greasy throughout the day. It has a very light texture, oil free which is a bonus, contains an oil absorbing powder which helps to reduce any surface shine you may have but also hydrate the dry areas of the skin. I use it morning and night and so far I really enjoy it. For $32.00, it’s a great price and a great product.
To get rid of the dead skin on the face, I enjoy using the Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel ($42.00), which also has anti-aging benefits as well. You’re probably thinking, “Ok this sounds like it’s going to burn my face or irritate it”. And actually, it doesn’t and that is why it is my favorite peel/exfoliate to use twice a week. It is so gentle on the skin and even the most sensitive of skin types can use this! I discovered this product in a celebrity event goody bag and have been using it ever since. If you see fruit ingredients in peels or exfoliates, that is an added bonus because fruit has been very well known in the beauty world to get rid of dead skin and add nutrients and vitamins back into the skin to keep it looking refreshed and young.

Lastly, it is important to have a good mask decongest pores and lift impurities off of the skin. I currently use Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay mask ($44.00) twice a week at night and I am really enjoying it. Clay is the best to use because it dries on the skin and lifts away blackheads and whiteheads out of the skin more easily. This mask contains both kaolin and bentonite, which are the highest quality natural earth clays. Mask also contains 5% hydroxy acid, which exfoliates the skin, leaving your face looking refreshed and purified.

These products are a good start to having healthy, young looking skin for the New Year!! I have many more products to dish about, but give these a try and let Jen and I know what you think!!

My Products..

I dont have my products in front of my (bc im on a plane) so Im going to search google to find which ones Im currently trying out.

Cleanser-  Bobbi Brown lathering Tube soap- Price- about $24.00
I only started using this 2 days ago, so far so good.. It takes the smallest amount to get the job done, maybe the size of a pencil eraser and will lather like no tomorrow. It also leaves your skin feeling really clean and fresh without that super tight feeling afterward. Ill do a post update on my skin in a week or so because 2 days is too soon to really tell. 
What is it: A unique soap formula with a rich, luxurious lathering action that lifts off makeup and dirt.
Who is it for: All skin types.
Why is it different: A coconut extract derivative cleanses deeply, yet gently, while apricot oil hydrates and cushions skin for an incredibly clean, soft, and refreshed feeling.
How do I use it: Apply to damp skin. Gently massage into a lather, avoiding eye area. Rinse with warm water.

Toner- Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic- Price- about $26.00
Today I took a shower and was in such a rush to pack and make my flight that I didnt wash my face with cleanser while in the shower. I did however apply my Hydrating Face Tonic and after a few minutes felt like my skin was alittle sticky.  I'm not sure if it was because all I did was shower and not properly wash my face with soap or if that is how it leaves the skin. Ill test it out tonight when I land and let you know if I still feel the same way.
What it is: A tonic that moisturizes, soothes, and cleanses, leaving skin balanced and softened.
What it does: Applied immediately after cleansing, this skin conditioning tonic begins to restore and balance skin, leaving it soft, soothed, and perfectly prepared for the products that follow. Ingredients include cucumber, chamomile, licorice, aloe leaf, and lavender.

Exfoliator- Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains for Face- Price- about $40.00
I LOVE a good scrub. It gets all the dull skin off and leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed. It also allows the product to really get into your skin and do its job- instead of just sitting on top. What I like about this exfoliator is that you can use it multiple ways and can customize the amount of exfoliant you want on your skin.. You can use it with just water and make a paste or mix it into your cleaner which I did and loved. This  product is the perfect middle ground. The texture is very fine, similar to sand, but it has a smoothed out shape so it doesn't cut my skin or overstimulate. My skin normally turns very red after I use an exfoliator, but with this product it was fine... So far so good in my book!
What is it: A gentle yet effective exfoliator that leaves your face soft, smooth, and glowing.
Who is it for: All skin types.
Why is it different: Formulated with Japanese adzuki bean powder, these grains help remove dry surface patches and encourage skin cell turnover. You can customize the product to suit the needs of your complexion by mixing the luxurious grains with any Bobbi Brown cleanser or cream--or even water--to suit your skin.
How do I use it: Tap a small amount into your hand, then mix in just enough cleanser, cream, or water to turn it into a paste. Massage gently in a circular motion onto face. Rinse off with warm water.

Face Serum- Bobbi Brown - Intensive Skin Supplement Serum Anti-age Multi-action-Price-$65.00
I was alittle nervous about it leaving my skin oily.. I used it today before my flight and currently my skin feels smooth, not sticky and is not shiny.. I need to test and see if it's better to just use at night, or if twice a day is ok.. Will keep you posted :)
What is it: An advanced, multi-benefit serum that helps to improve skin's appearance as it helps prevent the visible signs of aging.
Who is it for: All skin types.
Why is it different: White birch extract reduces the look of fine, dry lines while grape extract helps clarify and brighten the complexion. The serum helps to make skin look smoother, more even-toned, and radiant.
How do I use it: Fill dropper one-quarter full and apply three drops of serum on clean forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, blending as you go.

Primer- Bobbi Brown Vitamin-Enriched Face Base- Price- about $50.00
This is said to be one of her best products.. It's called a base which I was also told is like a primer. Im still trying to figure out the steps in which I should use all this stuff.. LARA HELP!!! LOL Hands down this product feels amazing on your skin and leaves your skin smooth and MATTE.. 2 thumbs up !!!
What is it: The first step to prepare skin for smooth makeup application.
Who is it for: All skin types.
Why is it different: Rich in feel, but never greasy, this advanced, oil-free face formula uses shea butter to instantly hydrate, soften, and cushion skin. Carrot extract and vitamin A complex help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamins C and E help protect against environmental damage. Grapefruit and geranium fragrances leave a light, uplifting scent on the skin. With daily use, it helps skin look and feel its best, while also helping makeup go on smoothly, for a natural, poreless finish.
How do I use it: Morning and night, apply to just-cleansed skin, avoiding the eye area

Moisturizer-Chanel Precision Hydramax Active- Price- about-$72.00
So far this moisturizer works really nice.. It smells amazing- which lara would say isn't always a good thing, and its creamy NOT oily.. It left my skin really soft and smooth. Like I said- it's only been 2 days of using this product but so far I'm liking it :)
Info-This unique addition to the HYDRAMAX + ACTIVE Collection of ultra-moisturizers addresses the special needs of dry skin. Powered by a custom ingredient, Ceratonia PFA*, that goes to the source of skin’s hydration needs, this new, enriched formula combines the immediate nourishing and protective benefits of Shea Butter with the deeper continuous action of Rosemary liposomes. The natural synthesis of lipids is boosted from within and the skin’s natural defenses against dehydration are strengthened. Intensely moisturized and protected, the skin is softer, more supple and soothed, and can delight in a newfound, long-lasting feeling of comfort. *PFA: Polyfractioned Active. An ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient created through an exclusive purification technique developed by CHANEL.

Under Eye CreamIcelandic Relief Eye Cream with Biospheric Complex-Price-about-$45.00
Im really liking this product.. I started using this about 5 days ago. I'm 25 now and the lady at Sephora told me I should use this to keep the delicate skin under my eyes moisturized. It also helps with making the concealer not as dry looking. It's a pretty good "starter" for eye creams.
What it is formulated to do: Formulated to address all of your eye care concerns, including puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines and wrinkles caused by stress-related oxygen and nutrient depletion, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream delivers immediate relief to the delicate skin under the eye. Stress can wreak havoc on the eye area, accelerating the signs of aging and depriving skin of vital moisture and nutrients. Icelandic Relief Eye Cream helps minimize puffiness, wrinkles, and dark circles while reviving skin with a blend of soothing ingredients.
What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Synthetic Fragrances
- Synthetic Dyes
- Phthalates
- Triclosan
What else you need to know: Slightly cooling and extremely lightweight, Icelandic Relief Eye Cream contains light-diffusing cotton powder that helps fill fine lines and wrinkles and doubles as a great under-makeup primer.

Mask- Mario Badescu- Mask for oily skin- Price-about $18.00
This is the mask Lara and I are wearing in the picture below. Its is great for oily skin and leaves your skin really matte and toned.. Its sort of  a pain to get off but it's worth the "struggle".
WHAT IT DOES: Prevents Pimples and Blackheads. Control build-up and surface oils with this clay and Calamine mask. Ideal for excessively oily and congested skin to maintain clean, healthy skin.
HOW TO USE: Apply a thin layer on clean skin, avoiding eye area. Wait 20 minutes and rinse with tepid water. Follow with Control Moisturizer for Oily Skin or Oil Free Moisturizer. May be used 2-3 times a week. Use more often if necessary.
INGREDIENTS: Deionized Water (Aqua), Seamollient, Kaolin, Calamine,Magnesium Carbonate,Bentonite, Sorbitol,Boric Acid

We hope you enjoyed our skin care entry!!!! We will keep you posted 
Jennifer and Lara

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Friday, 17 December 2010

How to: Get my look- Curling hair

Hey girls...

I got so many questions and comments on how I got my hair to be all curly that I decided to do a video on it.

I hope you enjoy <3

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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Lets Talk: Hair

I just got my hair extensions redone at Byron and Tracey - my salon here in Beverly Hills. I decided to darken my hair for the winter and went with deeper color extensions. While I was there I also picked up a new Blow dryer since I was using a cheapy one from Riteaid for the longest time.

My girl friend Lara got hair from The Hair Shop - where most salon get their hair from. She bought tracks and had them sewn in by my lady Deena at La Peer beauty supply. La peer carries a ton of products from all over the world. This is where I get most of my nail polishes, ( essie, OPI, duri ) and hair care products.  See the pictures below to find out what I bought and why I love them.

3 different colors for a natural look :)

When I used to work in a hair salon, Alot of the ladies would come in with this shampoo. So I bought it and decided to try it myself.I love it at the moment.But you deff cant go longer than every other day to shampoo.I havent tried the hair mask yet but the line is suppose to be amazing.The conditioner is really thick so you only need alittle. 

Ceramic Flat iron by ghd. One of the best out there. I like the 1" flat irons bc it can get really close to the root.

Barbar Italy 3800. They use this at my hair salon

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