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“Happy Father’s Day”



Fathers Day

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day to the man who will hold my hand and my heart forever ❤ Happy Father’s Day Daddy!

Top 25 Reasons Why My Daddy is a Rock Star:

  1. He is just the greatest.
  2. He makes the best chocolate malts.
  3. He taught me the meaning “Work Hard”…and the satisfaction.
  4. He loves to golf.
  5. He never let the Monsters hiding under my bed and in the closet to get me.
  6. He let me eat candy when Mom said NO!
  7. He allowed me to grind the gears in his Porsche so he could teach me how to drive a stick shift car.
  8. He taught me the importance of good sportsmanship, whether winning or loosing.
  9. He loves Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
  10. He is really handsome.
  11. He drove me to school everyday.
  12. He always thinks he’s funny…. I’ll just let that slide :)
  13. He sends me flowers every Valentine’s Day.
  14. He calls me every morning to say  “I Love You”.
  15. He thinks the “Three Stooges” are hysterical.
  16. He thinks the New York Yankees are the greatest baseball team ever to step on the field…every year!
  17. He wiped my tears when my heart was broken.
  18. He can clear a dance floor with his moves.
  19. He still holds a high school record in track & field.
  20. He laughs when I laugh.
  21. He is the life of any party.
  22. He thinks Jaclyn Smith is HOT!
  23. He calls his best friend his “Goomba”.
  24. He is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate.
  25. He is my HERO!

I love you Daddy! Have the best Father’s Day ever!

 

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“Top 10 Must Haves When Searching For A Dentist”



If there is one appointment we dread more than our “lady” doctor it is the dentist office.  The entire experience is a sensory depressant.  Beginning with the haunting shrill of the drill we hear sitting in the waiting room, to the musty dark wood paneling on the office walls from 1972, to the dogeared Highlights magazine that regrettably activates our memory to your very first drill & fill cavity experience.

My question is when you finally muster up the courage to book an appointment, where do you turn for advice?  Do we randomly Google a local dentistry office, flip through old magazines hoping to find an article on “Happy Teeth”, or poll your friends flashing the best pearly whites?  Or do we just throw caution to the wind and walk into our local dentist office squeezed between a bodega and an OTB office?

When you think about it you only have “one smile.”  Ya’ might just want to pass on the previous options and turn to a most credible source for information; the dentist’s dentist, celebrity dentist Dr. Jeff Bartlett at DreamSmileCenter.  SerafinoSays asked Dr. Barlett for a advice on how to find the right dentist trained in today’s latest procedures, utilizes state of the art technology… and of course has a current selection of magazines other then Highlights!

When we first arrived at Dr. Bartlett’s office, we were pleasantly surprised (actually shocked) to see a beautiful decor that included hip music in the background, current VOGUE magazine on a neat coffee table, entertaining and educational videos quietly running on flat screens, and… wait for it…. several foot massage machines in the waiting room.  Judy, the receptionist/assistant greeted us with her gorgeous pearly white smile.  She kindly asked us to fill out a few forms, patiently answered all of our questions, offered us a beverage, then suggested we call her for any additional questions.

We sat for a few minutes when Judy informed us that Gloria, the dental hygienist, would be with me shortly.  Within seconds, Gloria appeared with another pearly white smile and contagious demenour.  (For a short second, I forgot I was at the dentist office.)  At first glance the room looked like something out of a futuristic movie.  The chair was a soft white leather with heated cushions facing a monster flat screen TV, a ipod docking station, and hanging on the side of the tray was a brand new set of BOSE Cancellation Head Phones.  I must admit, the head phones must have been a decoy from all the sharp metal tools sitting on the tray but that didn’t seem to matter anymore.

While I sat comfortably in the reclined chair listening to Adele on the head sets, watching dolphins frolic in the ocean on the flat screen, Gloria attended to her due diligence on my teeth.  By the end of Gloria’s exploratory probing in my mouth and some X-Rays, she and my molars had become best friends.

Gloria asked me to sit tightly as Dr. Bartlett would be with my shortly.  Still captivated by the dolphins swimming on the 50″ monitor, I was somewhat taken aback when a very handsome man suddenly appeared sitting on the stool next to my chair.  Dr. Bartlett reached to shake my hand to introduced himself and then asked how was my visit so far.  His sincerity caught me by surprise and I barely uttered, “I’m OK thank you.”  If only I could blame my giddy answer on the Lidocaine.

Dr. Barltett was the first dentist that ever explained completely what he was going to look for before he even picked up a tool.  He walked me through step-by-step what he was looking for and what he was seeing.  Afterward Dr. Barltett assessed the situation and we discussed necessary, as well as recommended, procedures to make my mouth a happy and healthy one.  For the very first time in a dentist chair, I was confident and comfortable to move forward on what needed to be done.

I was definitely a patient for life!  The dentist office was no longer a place of fear, but a place where I knew I would “literally” find myself smiling.

For all the reasons listed above and several more, it was obvious to me that Dr. Bartlett was the perfect choice to offer a Top 10 List of what to look for when searching for a dentist.

Dr. Bartlett’s TOP TEN “MUST HAVES” when searching for a Dentist :

  1. One-hour Tooth Whitening – Is a one hour teeth lasering that is performed in the dental office.
  2. Invisalign – Offers Invisible Braces.  Trays that are custom fit and are changed every two weeks as the teeth are straightening.
  3. All Porcelain Crowns – When a dentist will no longer use metal underneath the crown which can cause a black visual line on the teeth.  Porcelain crowns are all white and visually look aesthetically pleasing.
  4. High-Speed Braces – High speed way to cosmetically straighten the teeth. Can be as little as 6 months
  5. Computerized Smile Simulation – A dentist will take a digital before image and will simulate the image to what your smie will look like after treatments.
  6. Painless Computerized Injections – No more painful needles.  The Wand is a computerized injection that no longer causes pain during insertion into the gums.
  7. Oral Cancer Screening – Offers a laser light that can determining cancer at the earlier stages instead of waiting until it is visible in the mouth and already progressed to later stages.
  8. Tooth Colored Filling Materials – White bonded material that matches tooth color versus old mercury silver filling that can cause further health issues and potential cracking of the teeth.
  9. Laser Dentistry – a laser machine that has the capabilities to remove tissue, clean gum pockets, occasionally fill a surface cavity and can occasionally be done without anesthetic.
  10. Sedation Dentistry – Offers oral sedation to make anxiety free environment during dental work as simple as taking one little pill before your appoint.

 

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 

 



“Kim Kardashian Eyelashes”



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Kim Kardashian Eyelashes

If you envy Kim Kardashian eyelashes that are long and full but look more natural than mascara, your answer is individual “faux” lashes. Unlike full fake lashes, individuals are small lash pieces you apply exactly where and how you want to. They come in different lengths—short, medium, long—and can be found at most drugstores. If you’d like to try them (and you should!) here’s the individual lash “how-to”:

We turned to Celebrity Makeup Artist & Beauty Blogger Robyn Tamura for her Kim Kardashian Eyelash application Tips:

  1. Squeeze a bit of lash glue onto a tissue or the back of your hand.
  2. Using TweezerMan tweezers, grab a single lash piece then scarcely dip the lash tip into glue.
  3. Allow the glue to dry on the lash tip for a few seconds.
  4. Delicately place the lash on the lash line where you want length and fullness.Kim Kardashian Eyelashes - SerafinoSays.com
  5. Keep applying pieces until you get the total lash look you want.  Use as few or many as necessary.
  6. Use the same technique to apply lashes to your other eye.  Try to achieve a balanced look.
  7. Once eye lashes are in place, apply a coat of Laura Mercier Mascara.Voila!  The lashes you’ve always been looking for.

Important PRO Tips:

  • If you find the kind you lash you bought are too long, you can use small scissors to clip them shorter.
  • Be sure not to clip flat and straight across, clip unevenly to keep them looking natural.
  • Use a steady hand to place the pieces just right because the glue dries quickly and holds firmly at the angle you place it.

About Robyn TamuraKim Kardashian Eyelashes - Robyn Tamura - SerafinoSays.com

“Before and during my years at Smith College I worked at Clinique. When I graduated, I went to theEstée Lauder Companies in NYC and worked for the Origins, Estée Lauder and Clinique brands—eventually becoming Clinique’s Director of Strategy and Creative Development and Global Beauty Director. In this position I developed programs and taught makeup application throughout Europe and Asia, in the Middle East and South Africa. My experience at ELC also included strategic branding, executive training and collaborating with marketing, product development, communications and sales to launch new programs.

Today I have my own beauty consulting business based in NYC, Shizué Beauty. I work on global beauty projects and as a makeup artist for many different companies. My clients have included Giorgio Armani, Chanel, J&J, philosophy, Vogue and Guggenheim Productions. The work is rewarding and fun - and I get to work with so many great people, in various brands and capacities.

My aim here is to provide makeup tips and ideas that are informative, helpful and fun. Makeup is not a serious endeavor, it’s to be played with and enjoyed! Please let me know any feedback or thoughts or ideas you may have. Because while I do enjoy this for myself, I want you to enjoy it too.”

“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them to see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“Food For Healthy Hair”



Food For Healthy Hair

As a child growing up in an Italian home it was authoritatively ordered, imperative and compulsory to eat.  Eating wasn’t just “eating.”  Eating was a loud, animated and gregarious celebration of food.  There was no way of avoiding it… Mangia!  From assorted nuts, cheeses and olives, to pastas, meatballs, and gravy, to pastry, breads, and fruits, to wine, Anisette, and Sambuca, my grandmother, mom and the usual gaggle of aunts made certain there was a wide selection of food on the table.  Today some might argue that a daily bowl of pasta and meatballs might weigh heavy on the carb intake, but my mother always complemented a meal with a healthy main course of vegetables and protein. (Food for healthy hair)

I can still hear my mom yelling, and sometimes threaten with the ol’ wooden spoon, to “finish your chicken and vegetables and don’t forget to drink all your milk or you won’t grow to be tall and strong.”  Seems reasonable today, but as a young kid I was preoccupied with scheming how to bypass the veggie and bird portions of the meal and dive directly into the dessert.

I also vividly remember by grandfather reiterating what my mom was saying, but his reasoning was less appealing.  He shouted, “Finish my chicken and vegetables; it’ll grow hair on your chest.”  Grandpa never took the time to adapt his adage to the audience.  Grandpa, I love you, but I am sure happy that was not one of the side effects of eating healthy food.

Many years later, I not only regularly pour myself a tall, cool glass of milk, but I actually prefer vegetables and protein dishes.  Evidently the shared wisdom of my mother and grandfather left an indelible impression.  Who knew!?

Healthy Hair Food: Poultry

  • Our fine feathered friends, particularly chickens and turkeys, are a source of high-quality protein that leads to healthy hair.
  • Weak, delicate hair is the result of a diet lacking adequate protein or with low-quality protein.  In addition, excessive protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color.
  • Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bio-availability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food: Eggs

Health hair doesn’t care how you order your eggs; scrambled, fried, or over easy.  All it cares about is that you order eggs, since eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.  Eggs also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.  I guess that’s why I never met an ugly chicken.

Healthy Hair Food: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.  Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Healthy Hair Food: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach just so he could have healthy hair, although he could have.  Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.  And why do you care about vitamins A and C?  Because your body needs to produce sebum, which is a result of a healthy diet of Popeye’s favorite energy booster.  The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.  Forget goggling over Popeye’s muscles, next time check out his hair.

Healthy Hair Food: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth.  They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.  Two benefits for the price of one!

If you are looking for some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day.  You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.  Have fun being your own mad scientist!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kris


“At Home Hair Cutting & Coloring”



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Written by: Kristan Serafino

Have you ever been walking down the street and noticed the person in front of you with roots several shades darker than the hair color covering the rest of their head?  Have you ever caught yourself staring at the girl behind the checkout counter while you wondered why the right side of her fringe is significantly shorter than the left?  Do you ever wonder how that happened?  Of course you have!  Better yet, you have probably been on the other side of these staring eyes yourself?

Having worked in a salon for many years, I learned that many people love to play “At-Home Hairstylist.”  I have to admit before I received my cosmetology license as a hairstylist, that I also fell victim to changing my hair color, cutting my hair and even worse in the 80’s trying to give myself a perm!  (Did I just date myself?)

What I have learned from this experience is two things;

  1. I had loads of fun playing hairstylist, and for a brief moment of time it might have even looked good.
  2. I would always end up groveling back to my hairstylist, fighting back tears, as the rest of the salon snickered at my slightly orange colored hair or sad variation of a very “un-trendy” mullet.

I know that you, like me, are going to experiment with the occasional quickie bang/fringe trim, touch up of your roots, and… god forbid, the attempt at a relaxer or perm.  It is my job as a “Professional Hairstylist” to let you know that I am on to you, I understand the uncontrollable urge and I want to at least steer you in the right direction.  But, when you come back groveling to your hairstylist to repair the damage, don’t forget to also bring a lovely box of chocolate as a groveling gift… Giggle!

NOTE:  This is NOT to encourage “At-Home” hairdressing; it is to help you learn from your mistakes and make the best out of a situation. SerafinoSays 100% encourages you to always seek professional help when it comes to hair treatments.  Surprisingly, it can often be the most economical solution in the long run.

Everything you Need to Know about Cutting & Coloring at home… [Read more...]



“A Family Recipe For A Happy Thanksgiving”



Why is it that on one day out of the year we set aside to give thanks? For me…I want to give thanks to all of my readers for every day. Thank you for giving your time out of the day to read and comment on SerafinoSays. 

So as you gather around the table for Thanksgiving Day, I share with you a Serafino family classic recipe for my entire “blog family” to enjoy!

Amaretto Sweet Potatoes

6 sweet potatoes

1/4 cup of milk

3/4 cup of sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup Amaretto Di Saronno

1 stick of butter

1/4 cup orange juice

Bag of Mini Marshmallows

Cook the potatoes. Peel skin and  put in bowl. Add melted butter and mash  with electric beater. Add all other ingredients and beat until creamy. Bake at 350 degrees 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven. Add Mini-Marshmallows. Return to oven for about 10 more minutes until marshmallows are golden.

Mmmmmmmm…Delicious!

Do you have a Family Recipe you want to share?  Email Kristan@SerafinoSays.com and we will post it on Thanksgiving morning!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“Happy July 4th”



Hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, biscuits, and a slice of apple pie is the perfect lead into the fireworks celebrating Independence Day.  (A brief history lesson; The United States commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on July 4th, 1776.)

SerafinoSays has written blogs honoring the symbolism of Independence Day, Fleet Week, Uncle Sam, and praising our military.  For this patriotic holiday we wanted to link the day our country chose to seek its freedom with beauty or lifestyle but we also didn’t want it to come across awkward or being discourteous.

Therefore with a healthy dose of respect to the principle behind the Fourth of July, we decided to have some fun by celebrating a few of our favorite products based on our country’s theme of red, white & blue. (Another brief history lesson; These three colors purportedly represent the ideals and beliefs of our Founding Fathers. White represents purity and innocence, red represents hardness and valor, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.)……. [Read more...]



“What I learned from the US Military”



Written by Kristan Serafino

SerafinoSays does not make a habit of re-posting old posts, but in honor of tomorrow’s Independence Day, we thought it would be OK to share “What I learned from the US Military” one more time…

Let me just come right out and say; Memorial Day Weekend in NYC is one of my favorite holidays. It is the one weekend a year that the United States Navy dock their ships along the Hudson River….And with the ships come all the sailors & marines…Woo-Hoo!

I spent a couple evenings this long weekend with my sweetheart at an outside cafe, where I could not help but notice how impeccable each and every military personnel was groomed as they confidently walked the sidewalks.  My sweetheart engaged a few in conversation about “military guy stuff,” while I happily sat and stared.  I know, I know, a little on the stalker side, but they are just all so gorgeous in those uniforms….Giggle!

I realize the military has a well enforced dress and grooming code, but it got me thinking.  What if we all took pride in how we looked every single day of our lives.  What if we spent the extra five minutes in the morning making certain our hair was styled to perfection?  What if we took the extra two minutes to apply an extra coat of mascara to enhance our eyelashes?  What if we left the house with chip-less nail polish and pushed back cuticles?  What if our clothes were always ironed and styled as if we stepped out of the pages of a magazine?  What if we polished our shoes so no scuffs were visible?  What if our handbag wasn’t so stuffed that it weighted us down, shrugging our shoulders?

I’m not really sure what the “What if’” would be like in my fantasy world, but I do know that each and every soldier we spoke with beamed with pride as they spoke about their dress preparation, as well as being in the military.  Not one seemed to have a complaint about their daily regimen and conformity to be one unit.  They walked with their heads held high, with an overwhelming sense of pride.

Aside from honoring our heroes that defend the United States of America with this brief post, maybe we can better appreciate the benefit of taking pride in oneself.  The benefit of confidence, pride, and honor…. Just sayin’

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 

 

 



“Product Review”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

Sometimes our job at SerafinoSays fills us with immense satisfaction.  This is one of those days.  Mandel Beauty Products submitted their new line of shampoo & conditioner to our product review board.  While the review board unanimously concluded to  endorse the hair care products, that’s only part of the story.  You see, not only does Mandel Beauty Product’s  shampoo & conditioner make you look good, but feel good too.  And by “feel good,” I mean that feeling a satisfaction you get when doing a good deed… [Read more...]



“3 Ways To Change Your HairStyle”



Written by Kristan Serafino

My very good friend @DailyDimmick suggested rather than just post my blogs to Twitter, that I become more engaged with my @SerafinoSays followers.  I must admit, it was great advice because I have met many new friends.  My growing network and I actively share opinions on a wide-range of topics from economic & financial issues, inspirational quotes, fashion sensibility, travel, nail challenges and my personal favorite; beauty! :)

After posting one of my daily Beauty Tips (posted daily at 3:30pm), @Wh1pper and I became engaged in a constructive hair discussion.  After requesting an image of how she is wearing her hair now, I was totally inspired to write a blog post on a few hair suggestions.

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“How To Beat Summer Heat”



Written by: Erica Hungerford

During the hottest days of the summer the last thing any of us want to do is spend more time than necessary under the hot air of a blow dryer. In all honesty, I often wonder why bother when it seems the second your freshly blow dried hair exits the comfortable confines of an air-conditioned building it instantly begins to curl and fluff in the sticky humidity.  This seems to be one of the beauty curses of summer. Any attempt to beautify ourselves on a hot summer day is hindered by the unavoidable sweat and humidity. It’s a constant battle between beauty and the heat…

But here are few tricks to beat the heat this summer… [Read more...]



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