Is your health WEIGHTING you down?

SKIPPING MEALS: Studies show that skipping breakfast and eating fewer meals throughout the day may lead to weight gain. Skipping meals may cause your metabolism to slow down or lead to excessive hunger and overeating later in the day or evening. It can also lead to low blood sugar, moodiness and fatigue. Consider keeping healthy snacks like low-fat yogurt, low-fat string cheese, dried or fresh fruit, whole-grain cereals and nuts on hand. They can come in handy if you need to miss a meal.

A MATTER OF BALANCE: Do you love meat but feel that it just can’t fit into a healthy diet? Not true. Lean meats are very rich in nutrients such as protein, zinc, iron, and vitamin B12. The keys are: pick lean cuts to keep saturated fat down, and include meat as a balanced part of your meal—that is a 3-4-ounce portion—rather than making it the center stage of your meal.

BUTTER VERSUS MARGARINE: When it comes to the taste of butter versus margarine, some say butter is better. What about the health of your arteries? Butter is rich in saturated fat and cholesterol and stick margarine is rich in trans fat. Cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans fat all can raise LDL (bad) cholesterol. In addition, trans fat can also lower HDL (good) cholesterol levels. Consider a healthier option—buy a trans fat-free tub of margarine that you enjoy, and eat it in moderation.

CRAZY FOR CORN: Did you know that this favorite summer vegetable is low in fat, free of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium, and is a good source of fiber and vitamin C? Select ears with green husks, fresh silks and tight rows of kernels. You can enjoy grilled or steamed corn-on-the-cob, add corn to guacamole or salsa for a little crunch, or make a corn relish by mixing corn with chopped vegetables, beans and vinaigrette.

SALAD DRESSING CALORIE COUNT: Many Americans are enjoying more salads these days. It can be an easy way to eat more vegetables. Research shows that moderate amounts of regular or light salad dressing actually promote nutrient absorption more than fat-free varieties. To help keep salads healthful, consider this way of applying the dressing. Place just 1-2 tablespoons of salad dressing in a large Ziploc bag or airtight container. Fill with salad, seal and shake away! A small amount of dressing will lightly coat your greens, giving them flavor without excessive calories.

Sources:  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Produce for Better Health Foundation, Center for Science in the Public Interest, National Institutes of Health

Spring to summer easy makeup

TARTE Lip Surgence lip tint is a must have for spring makeup. The color is semi-sheer, build-able & comes in 4 shades. It resembles a large crayon and is the perfect product for quick easy application. The hint of mint freshens up your breathe and soothes your lips. The no fuss color is great for tossing in your purse or keeping in your pocket.


Now for the eyes; think a vintage pinup sailor doll. MAC has their new HEY, SAILOR! eye shadow collection. The powders are of a high pigment, applies evenly, blends well. Packaged in cute blue and white stripes. The collection comes several shades of white, tan, gold, green and navy. Perfect for any summer ensemble!


It’s a hot, hot summer!

The summer heat can be a girl’s worse enemy. Save your face by passing on foundation and only use powder. The lighter coverage will help with excess oil production and keep from clogging your pores with dirt and sweat. Keep in mind that most foundation have a sunscreen additive and powders do not. So to keep your skin from getting sun damage, don’t for get to put sunscreen on first. There are many types that give you high protection, (look for ones with Helioplex) and that are made to wear user your makeup. I found that Neutrogena brand makes some great daily sun protections. My favorite one to use on myself and clients is ULTRA SHEER LIQUID. It’s a Helioplex SPF 55! This product is light weight, non-grease and layers invisibly under makeup. Sun damage can also occur on other areas then the face. Don’t forget to apply some to your chest, neck and hands. Even daily driving can cause sun damage to these areas. UVB & UVA rays can penetrated through glass, such as car and office windows. A good idea is to keep a travel size sunblock in your purse. Coppertone Sport is perfect! It’s water proof, sweat proof and have a broad spectrum coverage. Just apply to exposed areas after you apply your makeup and out you go. Reapply later in the day before you leave work and your covered on the drive home or while your finish your errands. Hope your summer days are long and your skins stays beautiful!


Spring is the time for change

Now that it’s getting warmer and we can start to wear clothes that don’t require layers. Let’s make spring the time for changing our look.
First, we need to wake up our winter selves. Second, let’s start with our hair. When you decide it’s time for a change start up top and pick styles that compliment your face structure. Most women fall into three categories; heart-shaped, round and long.
Heart-shaped ladies: choose a long bob with layers. If your hair is long this change will be drastic without making you feel like you just chopped everything off. Plus, the long layers will give you movement and create a more playful look. Inspiration: Victoria Beckham or Jennifer Lopez
Round shaped ladies: An asymmetrical cut will offset the roundness of your face. Round cuts, like a short bob will only create a more full faced look. So steer away from them. If you’re scared of full on cut, try an off-center part and heavy side-swept bangs. These small changes will keep the focus on the cheekbones; and that will minimize the fullness of the face. Inspiration: Cameron Diaz or Halle Berry
Long shaped ladies: Do not go for the middle part! This will only make the face look longer. To create a smaller forehead and chin try long bangs, long layers (both hitting around the cheekbone and lip areas) and a steep side part work best. If you’re a girl without bangs; a side swept look with create the same effect. Inspiration: Kim Kardashian or Beyoncé Knowles
*Bottom line is to have fun and be adventurous (well as much as you can). Stay tuned for more on Spring Time changes… next is makeup!

Small kit, big effect | Her Scene, Louisville’s Guide to Style and Fashion The style Buzz

Makeup artist, Whitney Kayrouz introduced us to one of the most compact, and cost effective brow kits we’ve ever seen. It’s The Milani Brow Fix Eye Brow powder kit. It comes with straight edged tweezers, slanted brow filler brush, brow bone sponge applicator, 3X magnifying mirror, brow bone highlighter and two tone-on-tone powders (light & dark) to fill and shape brows. They’re all in a convenient kit no bigger than your palm. It comes in light medium and dark shades and is less than $7! Look for it adrugstores including Walgreens and CVS.
–Dedra McDowell

The Buzz | Martha Stewart’s Kentucky Derby visit

Courier Journal
By staff writer
May 10, 2011 ET

Celebrity fashion stylist and photographer Merika Rock of M. Rock Style in Louisville (she did the hair and makeup of Kim Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, a couple of years ago) helped get Los Angeles Lakers scout Bonnie-Jill Laflin, ESPN Motorsports analyst Hollie Huggins and soap opera actress and “Terminator 3: Rise of Machines” star Alana Curry camera ready for their Derby festivities.
Rock and her team of stylists — Whitney Kayrouz and Celita Sacra — primped and pampered the trio with hair and makeup services at their Galt House Hotel & Suites rooms for the Julep Ball, Maxim Party and the Hot 100 Party. M. Rock Style also did makeup for the three women on Derby day.

Lip service

It is true that many women want to have sexy, fuller lips. Therefore, if you still want to apply lip liner in order to get plumper lips, make sure you always do this before applying the lipstick, and use a neutral one lip liner, or one that has the same tone, or even lighter than that of the lipstick you are applying. This way you will avoid a too big contrast that would only draw unwanted attention. Always apply your lip liner before applying your lipstick to give it great staying power, and never use a lip liner that is darker than your lipstick. For that ultimate supermodel look that will make guys fall to their knees, dab a touch of gloss in the center of your top lip. This will make your mouth look pouty and sexy.

Celebrity Makeup Artist of the month… Mario Dedivanovic

Each month I will feature a professional celebrity makeup artist that I find interesting and who I admire as an artist. So, I am kicking off the new year with favorite, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic is the man with all the answers. If you’re like many women you probably have flipped through a fashion magazine and seen his work…right? Well if you know who Kim Kardashian is then you know who Mario‘s work. He is her go-to guy for her noted looks. Mario now has an amazing expert article every Monday on Every beginning of the week he will lend his expertise to a makeup issue. Keep a close eye on his personal blog spot as well, There you can find updates on cosmetics, contest, workshops, and more. I love it! If that doesn’t fill your fix – you can always stop by his site, and flip through his work. All I can say is that he is truly amazing and well worth the study. Definitely one of my top makeup artist picks of the decade!

Making winter face friendly

The weather outside is getting freightful but your skin doesnt have to be. If you have oily skin, use a water-based skin moisturizer. If you have sensitive skin, use a gentle, fragrance-free, and hypoallergenic skin moisturizer. If your skin is acne prone, watch out using zit zap creams and acne face washes. The cold weather can make your cream dry your face out even more. Try using a face wash with an oil-free and fragrance-free cleanser that is labeled pH balanced. Remember to also don’t skip the sunblock. Even in cloudy winter days, harmful UV ray damage can cause premature skin aging.
Prevent age spots by avoiding sun exposure and use sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Have a happy winter!

The Buzz- Stylist to the Stars

The Courier Journal
May. 3, 2010
Christa Ritchie

Celebrity stylist Merika Rock of M. Rock Style in Southern Indiana (she did Kim Kardashian’s hair and makeup last year for Derby) helped get Bonnie-Jill Laflin camera-ready for her Derby festivities.

NBA’s first female scout for the Los Angeles Lakers got glam by Rock and her team of stylists — Amanda Mattingly and Whitney Kayrouz — for the Julep Ball and the Party in Pink.

Rock and company even had to do some last-minute handiwork on Laflin’s outfit.

“We had to do some emergency alterations on her dress,” she said. “We got her done just in time for her red-carpet entrance.”