Lauren Cosenza

Money Matters: Holiday Hottie
Money Matters: Holiday Hottie

While you’re out fulfilling everyone else’s wish list this season, you may end up with tired eyes, pulled-back hair and the inevitable high-grade seasonal stress. Not exactly ideal since you’ll also want to look pretty and presentable at the countless holiday parties and gatherings.

Multi-tasking to the rescue.


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Money Matters: On The House
Money Matters: On The House

Getting the whole familia together for dinner?

Skip the stuffy restaurant and make meaningful memories at home with personal touches that are both thoughtful and thrifty.

Whether it’s the menu or the décor, we love these clever ideas for la casa.

- Don’t splurge on frilly fabrics. Do design a DIY tablecloth that’s a conversation starter.


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Money Matters: Self Made
Money Matters: Self Made

It is not the priciest but the most thoughtful gifts that are forever treasured.  So don’t panic as you scan your ever-growing gift list this holiday season. A sentimental present is truly priceless.

Invest in personalized label software or download free printables online. Then create labels that speak to your own ‘personal brand’ via colors, fonts and design.

Need inspiration? Visit pinterest.com for a plethora of (literally) bright ideas.

Then affix labels to your own self-made goods…


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Money Matters: 10 Easy Ways to Educate Your Kids About Money!
Money Matters: 10 Easy Ways to Educate Your Kids About Money!

In order to educate your children about saving and the value of money, it starts with you, the parent. Most children don’t take classes on personal finance in elementary and high school; their main influence is life at home.

 


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Money Matters: Staycation
Money Matters: Staycation

Why waste precious time in transit or waiting for bags or dealing with delays when fall adventures may require traveling just blocks away?

Forget the trains, planes and automobiles and instead become a tourist in your very own town. Take advantage of what’s right around you and hit all those places you always say you’d like to go to but never find the time.  That way you can splurge on experiences and keepsakes, not overpriced airfare and luggage fees.

Added bonus: In addition to money, it may also save you some sanity.


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Money Matters: Beauty Bonanza
Money Matters: Beauty Bonanza

Want to test the best in beauty without breaking the bank? Of course you do. There’s no rule that you can’t be both a product junkie AND a savvy shopper! So check out the latest beauty craze made for fashion-smart and finance-wise girls like us.

Sign up for online sample subscription services where for a reasonable price, expertly curated or personalized custom selections are sent to your door.

You never end up with products you won’t use or don’t love when you try before you buy,


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Catwalk to Crosswalk
Catwalk to Crosswalk

The biggest trend off the Summer 2011catwalks: BOLD color. 

On hips, lips and even fingertips – supermodels were dripping in saturated color.  From emerald green, electric lilac and turquoise to shocking fuchsia, punchy orange and coral, the runway was a rainbow.

The time is now to experiment with ocean blue and lime green, hot pink and salmon, tangerine and tomato.

Pop one hue, color block two or mix and match many.

And for head-to-toe beauty – rock a rich multi-dimensional haircolor to complete the look!

Not sure how?


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J.LO Glow
Get JLO-Gorgeous Skin

The first step to beautiful summer makeup is flawless skin!

And the better the skin, the less makeup you’ll need.

Perfect for the season, when bare beach confidence is your best accessory.

Your secret weapon – a structured skincare regimen that will leave you with hydrated, supple, protected, youthful, even skin. Yes, you can and will have it all!!

The goal – to be complimented on your JLO Glow.  Because, while it only takes a few pro tricks to achieve the look with cosmetics, there’s nothing better than looking lit-from-within naturally.


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TK: Summertime Sparks
Summertime Sparks

Set off fireworks this summer with rich bright lips that won’t kiss off!

The secret – properly prepping your pout and the following backstage application tricks.

Summer lips can still be dry or chapped due to sun exposure so the first step is to exfoliate. Try a salt or sugar scrub made for expressly for the kisser – or, in a pinch, simply slough lips with a clean, dry toothbrush or a disposable mascara wand.


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Superstar Summer Strands
Superstar Summer Strands

No one brings the heat quite like JLO! The smokin’ hot superstar is perfection personified. No matter the season or situation, she always manages to sizzle with sleek, shiny tresses and never so much as a strand out of place.

Want to turn up the temperature this summer with your own magnificent mane? We’ve got tips and tricks that will defy humidity and elicit double takes. Here’s how to blow them away!


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