Tote the Rescue!

Working both in a salon and doing house/hotel calls, I am used to hauling all my hair tools with me whenever I work as I never know what unexpected situations I may encounter and I don't want to be without THE tool or product that I need to do the job. I use a traditional style, professional train case that holds a LOT of stuff. While these cases hold a lot of products, they can be unwieldy for home use. But I know some of you have a LOT of hair care products and tools, and that they are taking over your bathrooms!


So, I found a style of tote that is here to rescue you. They're made by Stilazzi and sold at Frends, a terrific LA beauty supply store that caters to the industry but is open to the public.  Even though they are designed for professionals working on set, a "set" bag is a great way for the hair-conscious woman to organize all of her hair styling accoutrements conveniently in a small space.


I have a client who is using one of these now and she cannot believe how much easier it has made her morning routine. Instead of going back and forth to her linen closet for this brush or that thermal protector, or fumbling with an armload of products, she just grabs the bag from the closet, puts it near the mirror, has everything at the ready, and just does her hair. She swears that it saves her at least 5 minutes of fumbling every morning, and she no longer has hair products strewn all over the bathroom! She says it's a great feeling to come home to a clean bathroom that looks like a bathroom instead of a hurricane.


Set bags come in clear vinyl or black–while the clear vinyl is great to see everything, if you are going to put your curling/flat iron in the bag, I recommend that you go for the black bag instead since you don't risk any melting.


Now, go have a great hair day!

Chic on the Cheap

For a bonanza of local sample sales, outlets, warehouse sales and to keep your finger on the pulse of where to get the best bargains in clothing, shoes, and accessories, look no further than Bargains LA.  This website, run by savvy shopping expert Suzanne O'Connor, covers all the best in true bargains throughout Los Angeles and neighboring counties.Recent examples include the BCBG sample sale, LF warehouse sale, and Athena designs for jewelry. The site also lists stores where you can get bargains everyday, without waiting for a sample sale. 



Access to the Bargains LA web site is free, and every listing, including the advertisers, are carefully investigated and personally visited by Suzanne and her staff to ensure that each merchant represents a bonefide bargain. There is even a mobile app you can download for your smartphone so you can go bargain shopping on the fly. If you sign up to be a member on the site you can even ask Suzanne your personal bargain questions (she recenlty gave me a great tip on where to find great deals on designer jeans! Don't worry, I will share — the store is called That Jean Shop), and there is an emailed newsletter that will keep you in the loop when a new sale comes up.


In addition to fashion, you can also find deals on home furnishings and accessories, pet supplies, optical, appliances, electronics, general merchandise…the list goes on and includes pretty much everything except travel, automobiles and real estate.


So, whaddya waiting for? Go forth and shop!

Beauty Bargain Alert!

I have a great luxury bargain find for you that I would like to share. It’s a web site called They feature a lot of expensive skin care and makeup brands and are currently having a sale of up to 45% off! Here is a list of their top brands:


I recommend that you sign up for their emails–this is how I keep tabs on when they are having one of their amazing sales. (I try to ONLY order from them when they are having one of their sales–they have them frequently enough that I can time my purchases so that I am always getting a discount. No reason to pay full price when I don't have to!)


Their current sale is in honor of Mother’s Day and you can get up to 45% off retail depending on which items you purchase. They also have a lot of free-gift-with-purchase offers right now.


Even better, shipping and gift wrapping is free when your purchases total $24.99 and up. And since they are located here in Southern California, their standard shipping will get your products to your door in only a few days. My last order took only 2 days to arrive.


Skin West is a great way to get luxury items for less!