Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Remember how exciting it was if you dyed your hair pink or lavender or rose-gold for the first time? Everyone oohed and aahed at your perfectly tinted ombre, and admired your quirky taste and sense of daring.
Then, everyone else started to show up with their own version of pastel hair. And before you knew it, you felt less like Kelly Osbourne and more like My Little Pony. But fear not. If you're not quite ready to go back to your roots, Mirza Batanovic, Style Director at EuforaInternational, a salon brand of color, predicts this year's hair will be brighter and bolder than ever.
“Bright-colored hair is something fresh,” Mirza says. It’s also widely accepted—even in a corporate environment. “Seeing someone walking down the street with purple hair is becoming more mainstream. Women who work in many different industries aren't as afraid to try something so different and vibrant,” she points out. So, what color should you attempt this year?
Jay Kownacki, Evo Hair’s Education Manager, says: "With green being named Pantone's color of the year for 2017, we foresee a lot of fun green hues being adopted—everything from dip-dye pastel green ends, to a beautiful all-over emerald. Experimenting with hair color allows people to be creative and expressive in a very overt and fun way."
Wait, green? Isn’t that really hard to keep up? Mirza says: “once the excitement of these colors fades and the reality of maintaining these shades sets in, we will see more peek-a-boo versions rather than all-over color. Right now the trend is in its peak, so all-over colors are big. But, clever placement can last longer without touch-ups. So I do think this will end up being the longer-lasting version of the trend.”
If you’re worried that funky color's just for kids, consider this: last year, Dame Helen Mirren sported pink-tinted hair. Batanovic says: “Older ladies are doing more subtle, peek-a-boo versions of bright colors, while the younger generations are doing more intense placements and all-over melts of vibrant shades. Guys will usually stick to one solid color like silver, navy blue or pale green."
Frosty white is another hue to consider. Kevin Murphy, International Design Director of Color, Kate Reid says: "Ice hair is an incoming trend for 2017. Especially in the winter months, where we’re sure to see a big increase in this frosty shade. We're also seeing a lot more platinum blonde requests. Even in the winter. It's not silver or gray anymore." She also sees clients punching up a natural brown shade by turning it copper. "Like rose gold, it raises the bar and gives intense shine."
I think Rose Gold or Ice are not as unusual as the other colors mentioned, I like both of them. Good luck if you tint your tresses! BBL
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Color of A Plate Makes A Difference
According to a study, participants who had low contrast between their food and the plates they served themselves on, for example pasta with Alfredo sauce on a white plate or pasta with tomato sauce on a red plate, served themselves 30 percent, or 42 grams, more pasta than participants with high contrast between their food and the plate they served themselves on. Serve pasta with tomato sauce on a white plate or pasta with Alfredo sauce on a red plate if you want to trim calories.
Size matters too. Plate sizes have increased by 22 percent since 1960 and so have waist sizes. Most weight loss experts recommend shrinking your plate in order to lose weight.
“There are plenty of studies that have shown that people who eat or are given smaller plates or smaller bowls simply eat less. However, the opposite is true when it comes to fork size,” said Integrative Medicine doctor Sheryl Spitzer- Resnick.
A Journal of Consumer Research study analyzed how fork size affected how much people eat. Plates of Italian food were weighed before and after participants ate. Participants were seated at tables with large forks or small forks. The large forks held 20 percent more food than an average-sized restaurant fork and the smaller forks held 20 percent less.
When the study concluded, researchers saw that participants who ate with larger forks left almost 8-ounces of food compared to 4.5 ounces of food for those with smaller forks. Those with larger forks were satisfied quicker and ate less than those who ate with smaller forks.
According to the study, “If people have a well-defined hunger goal to satisfy and put forth effort to reach the goal, they consume more from a small fork rather than from a large fork. The bite size becomes the medium that helps them satisfy their goal and also influences quantity consumed. The small fork gives a feeling that they are not making much progress in satiating their hunger, which results in more consumption compared to when they have a larger fork.”
|Sharon Harbison's miniature food creation smaller than a nickel|
Cookbook author Barbara Stafford uses pint-size portions, such as small 4- or 5-inch skillets, to help people eat delicious food in smaller portions or for small-plate entertaining. Perhaps she should also add larger forks to eat with.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
First, get rid of items which have expired, check all the way in the back of shelves where we are prone to push seldom or never used items. She writes:
"Put GREEN veggies such as beans, peas, spinach and pickles together.
Then gather RED canned items, like tomatoes, sauces, salsas, ketchup and kidney beans.
Shades of YELLOW could include pineapple, pears, applesauce and corn products.
WHITE items would include mayonnaise jars, sauerkraut and potatoes."
I like beets, so I could combine them with other PURPLE items like plums, raspberry pie filling, kalama olives, etc.
This color grouping might encourage children to find ingredients for dishes the parents or grandparents prepare. For spicy beans, for example, it would be fun to combine all the RED items plus ground meat and a chopped onion of one's choice for a zippy chili for the cold days and evenings.
Youngsters might enjoy organizing canned goods by color also if they help clean and sort out the pantry if you make it a game. Good luck on color-coding your pantry!