Posts Written On November 26, 2018

Top Hair Tips for the Upcoming Holidays

Holiday parties are just around the corner and while you might be keeping your eyes open for new holiday attire, it’s time to start taking care of your hair so that when it comes time to show everything off, your hair looks just as shiny as your new dress!

Below are some great tips and trends from NYC Hair Stylist, Lucy Garcia Planck, from Salon Bergdorf Goodman, on how to make sure your hair stands out this holiday season:

  • Moisturizing is Key: Keeping hair moisturized will help all of your holiday hairstyles look great. The dry winter air will quickly zap your hair of any moisture it has. Try not to shampoo often. If you have oily hair wash it every other day, and if you have dry hair, aim at washing it one to two times a week maximum.
  • Hair Masks are a Must: Another great way to keep hair hydrated is by using hair masks 1-2 times a week depending on your hair’s texture. I like to use 1 tsp of coconut oil directly on your hair, starting on the ends of the hair and working it up towards the scalp. Go to work out or run an errand and leave in for 30-60 min then shampoo with the treatment still in the head and then rinse. This locks in the natural oils in the hair and keeps it looking shiny.
  • Take Care of Yourself From the Inside: I always say ‘you are what you eat.’ Whatever you put into your body reflects your outsides. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and eat proper foods such as fish, nuts and eggs helps to keep hair shiny. Taking a biotin supplement will also help. Biotin is a natural supplement that many people don’t get enough of and that could be a contributing factor to dry, brittle hair. I always tell my clients to take biotin year round to maintain a strong, healthy glow to their hair and it also helps with split ends. I love using and always recommend vitafusion Gorgeous Hair, Skin and Nails is a great-tasting gummy multivitamin containing 12 key nutrients, including Biotin and Vitamins C and E to help nourish beautiful hair, skin, and nails from the inside out.
  • Keep Static Away:  Dry winter months always create lots of hair static, which can ruin a great hairstyle. I always sleep on a silk pillowcase, which can help to eliminate this issue. Unlike cotton, the silk pillowcase doesn’t have any wrinkles in it and won’t mess up our hair. To maintain your hair or hairstyle (a fresh salon blowout), sleeping on silk helps with the static as well during the winter when your hair is depleted of moisture. Argan oil moisturizes the ends of your hair without leaving your hair oily. Use only a very tiny amount (pea-sized). If your hair is fine, stay away from the oils, instead use static guard sprayed in your hairbrush and brush your hair. For those with thicker hair, the argan oil will help keep your hair moisturized and reduce static and flyways.

Selecting the Best Option When Finding a New Apartment: Modern Living


While everyone has a different eye for design, there’s no denying the growing appeal for modern living. That term not only encompasses decorating and design, but also includes a specific way of life that is blended with our current times. When it comes to finding a place to live that encompasses this broad and exciting definition, your options may not be as vast as you would like them to be.

Most apartment buildings are outdated, drab, and built with yesterday’s technology in mind. There are, however, companies who have fully adapted to modern lifestyles with the rise of brand new apartment complexes. To give you an idea of exactly what that looks like, here are the leaders in this living space revolution.

What Makes an Apartment Modern?

There is, of course, modern designs and décor involved. However, a modern apartment comes complete with amenities that meet the lifestyle. Fitness and health studies come to mind, as do pet friendly policies.

An on-site café and tech center are beneficial for the entrepreneur, while private pools and farmer’s markets bring peace of mind and body. Plus, green living is an absolute must. Basically, a modern apartment meets the needs of today’s individuals while providing a sustainable and healthy lifestyle complete with progressive mindsets.

Example One: California


Located in Mountain View, California, the Village offers its residents a new level of luxury to meet the demands of the modern age. Distinct color palette options featuring contemporary solid wood cabinetry and designer quartz countertops kick off the modern design, while expansive windows offer abundant natural lighting.

It isn’t just about look, though, and the Village knows that. Modern living entails eco-living, which is why these homes feature certified GreenPoint rated appliances and features. The entire complex displays masterful green construction, and is made entirely from eco-friendly materials.

In order to meet the needs of modern individuals, amenities like cafes and an aqua lounge are seamlessly a part of the complex. As are a yoga studio, gym, in-garage bike rack and dog park. These rentals are anything but your standard apartment arrangement.


Example 2: New York City

NYC and apartment living go hand in hand, which is why it comes as no surprise that featured rentals are focusing on modern living. While Manhattan still has its fair share of outdated buildings, there are plenty of apartments in the Financial District that you would want to rent.

Both 19 Dutch and 15 Cliff provide features you won’t find anywhere else on the island. From resident cafes to on-site cantinas and state-of-the-art fitness studios, you have everything you could ever need just outside your door. Conference rooms make taking care of business a breeze, which is a must in FiDi, while spas and landscaped terraces provide relief from a hectic day in the city.


If you want to live in the NYC Financial District, then these rentals are the way to go. Of course, the best apartment options aren’t limited to just these cities. However, they do give you an excellent place to start looking and an idea of the features you might want in your new home.



3 Tips for Opening a Bar in the USA

Like many beginning entrepreneurs, you may be primed and ready to open up a bar in the United States in your neck of the woods. This could be a lifelong dream that you’ve had or it could be a more recent idea. No matter what, just know that some aspects of opening a bar are going to be easy while other parts might be really difficult.

As an example, if you’re opening a bar in Texas you’ll need to understand liquor laws and other legal aspects of business. Monshaugen & Van Huff can help you get all of your legal ducks in a row.

Or maybe you have a tough time keeping track of employee hours and you’re tracking things manually in a book. Clockspot can help you digitize the process and let employees clock in and clock out online.

Besides the areas we’ve already mentioned, we’ll share some other tips to make it easier than ever to open a bar. Please use this information to your advantage sooner rather than later.

Tip #1: Discover Your Target Audience

Depending on where you happen to open your bar, you’ll need to discover your target audience to figure out how to decorate and market your business. Yes, this is a crucial step that many successful bar owners often overlook. They open their bar and never think about the neighborhood it’s in. They create something that they might find appealing but doesn’t necessarily appeal to the rest of the people living and working in the neighborhood.

As an example, if you plan to open up a new bar in the business district in your community, you’ll probably have many young professionals with money coming into your establishment on a fairly regular basis. So you obviously do not want to open a biker bar in this neighborhood because it just doesn’t fit.

So think about your location and pay close attention to the people in the community. You want to create a theme based on your ideal customer in the area and then completely run with it.

Tip #2: Be Consistent with Your Business Concept

Now that you’ve discovered your target market, it’s time to create the right environment to make them feel at home in your establishment. This way you’ll have everything you need to attract your ideal customer.

As an example, if you plan to open up a sports bar, one of the biggest things you’ll need is the best TV screens. If you have huge TV screens all over the bar with many games from the most popular sports on them, you’ll definitely attract your target audience.

On the other hand, if you plan on opening up a dive bar based on your target audience, you do not need to have the latest technology and you probably don’t want to have humongous TVs either. This is a totally different audience and you need to have the right decor and functionality to give them what they expect.

Tip #3: Pay Attention to the Competition

Simply put, your competitors have already been down the road that you currently travel so it’s best to pay attention of them. See what they do and see how they manage their bar because you could come up with some excellent tips and tricks this way.

By watching your competitors, you are giving yourself an advantage by learning the ropes from people who have already been there and done that. This will help you cut down on your learning curve and make it easier for you to survive and thrive in a difficult industry.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are definitely going to be some challenges to opening up a bar and making it successful. But if you use the tips and information we shared today, you’ll put yourself in a better position to survive and thrive in this industry.



4 Fun Wedding Ideas to Consider

Weddings are supposed to be fun, right? Yet so often so many weddings seem to be stuffy and conservative affairs.

This can be a real crying shame because you want your wedding to be absolutely amazing and you want all of your guests to have a wonderful time. If the event is too stuffy and conservative, people will have an okay time but you aren’t going to win any awards for having the wedding of the year.

If you’re having trouble finding the ideal wedding gown, take a moment to consider a collection of simple dresses. These can be easier to choose from and easier to fit into the entire theme. Take a look more about this here:

Once you’ve gotten many of your wedding ideas on paper, like personalized candy wrappers for parties as an example, you should also take a moment to come up with fun and exciting things to make the wedding a little bit more enjoyable, fresh, and absolutely entertaining.

With that said, we’ll now take a look at four fun wedding ideas to consider. Definitely keep them in mind if you’re looking to liven up your reception during this once-in-a-lifetime event.

  1. Wear Comfortable Running Shoes under Your Wedding Gown

It’s your wedding and you can do whatever you want. Nobody said you have to wear gaudy and extravagant shoes under your wedding gown. On the contrary, if you want to wear a pair of bright pink Chuck Taylor’s or funky running shoes under your gown you absolutely have the right to do so.

Remember, you’re going to be spending time out on the dance floor. So you’re going to want your feet to be comfortable. That’s why you should feel fine putting on sneakers or running shoes because you’re the bride and your comfort means everything on your big day.

  1. Superhero Groomsmen Anyone?

If the groom loves superheroes, you could always incorporate these amazing characters into the wedding. Have all of the groomsmen including the groom put on their tuxedos but wear superhero T-shirts under their button-down white shirts.

So when it comes time to take pictures, you can have all of the men open up their white shirts to reveal their superhero shirts under them. It will look like they are about to spring into action to save the reception from evildoers. This will make a funny picture for everyone to enjoy, and it will add a measure of levity to the wedding reception that’ll make the entire event a lot more fun.

  1. Hire a Celebrity Impersonator for Your Wedding Reception

Believe it or not, celebrity impersonators are always a big hit at weddings. Have you ever wanted Michael Jackson to dance at your wedding while doing the moonwalk? Well, you can get the next best thing by a hiring a Michael Jackson impersonator to strut his stuff on the dance floor for you and your guests.

Or if you’d rather have a celebrity guest impersonator that’s still part of the land of the living, you can hire an impersonator to represent your favorite celebrity no matter who he or she may happen to be.

Just know that your guests are going to absolutely love this person when it comes time to take pictures. Everybody is going to get up to have their picture taken with the “famous celebrity”, so consider this added expense as a way to bring fun to your wedding reception in a unique and exciting way.

  1. Turn Your Favorite Pooch into the Ring Bearer

If your dog is trained, you can tie the wedding rings around his or her neck and have your favorite pooch walk down the aisle to deliver the rings. Your guests will absolutely love seeing your pup become a part of the proceedings and you’ll create an amazing memory that’ll last a lifetime too.

Final Thoughts

Do you like any of the fun ideas we’ve shared today? If so, think about using them for your wedding. By preparing for your wedding in advance, these ideas will help liven up the festivities and bring huge smiles to the faces of your family, friends, and guests.



Popular Color Ideas For Bridesmaid Dresses

Let’s all take a moment to be thankful for how far bridesmaids’ dresses have come.
From taffeta poofs in universally unflattering shades to modern, flattering fits with an
absolute smorgasbord of colors; the world of bridesmaids’ dresses has come far.
JJ’s House designer Jessica credits this with changing views in the wedding industry.
“It used to be that bridesmaids all had to look a certain way, wear a certain color, and
not detract from the bride, but now plenty of brides see the benefit in letting their
friends wear different shades in the same color family that flatter their skin, and wear
cuts that make them look and feel their best,” she says.
But plenty of brides still struggle with choosing what color they should use for
bridesmaid dresses.

To help you decide, here are five colors that JJ’s House designer Jessica recommends and why:

1. Coral
This fun, saturated color is perfect for summer weddings or destination weddings. It complements tanned skin beautifully and does a great job of making that white bridal dress pop. Turquoise jewelry is the perfect addition for coral dresses and adds a fun Southwestern vibe to the wedding. Another thing we love about coral dresses is that the color is so fun and easy to wear, that if you choose your dress style carefully, your
bridesmaid may even wear those dresses again.

2. Blush
Blush is a sweet, soft color that is perfect for any season. It works in almost any venue, from formal ballrooms to outdoor weddings, and complements a wide range of skin tones. It’s gently feminine and works well with almost any other shade that might be in your wedding. The only downside of blush is that it may not work for very pale skin tones, since it may wash them out.

3. Navy
Navy is such an easy color that it’s even considered a neutral. The deep, rich tones of navy is a gorgeous color for any fall or winter wedding. It’s an excellent backdrop for flowers and accessories and looks absolutely amazing in an outdoor setting with the turning leaves behind them. This is why we absolutely love navy dresses for outdoor fall weddings. Pair it with plaid wraps and your wedding will have a cozy feel in pictures.

4. Gray
Gray is becoming an increasingly popular color to see at weddings. Not only are we
seeing different shades of gray in wedding dresses, but it’s now very fashionable to have
gray bridesmaids’ dresses. Gray can be a perfect color for any season and works with almost any color combo. We love using gray in modern weddings that are using all white flowers since it can give the wedding party an almost ethereal feel.

5. Mint sherbet
The subtle, pastel green of mint sherbet dresses is so pretty we could almost eat it up!
This color became hugely popular a few years back and was in everything from shoes to
nail polish, but it’s hung on in the wedding industry.
Mint sherbet is a perfect color for a spring wedding since it reminds us of the tender
unfolding of new growth.