How-To Fight Frizz | Put Your Hair Up!

In high school a friend showed me how to knot my hair and I’ve been wearing it up in a knotted bun ever since. No accessories needed! It’s the perfect style on hot and humid days when frizz takes over and I want my hair completely up off my shoulders.

In honor of Alberto VO5’s ® “National Anti-Frizz Month,” here’s a quick tutorial and the products I use to reduce frizz and hold the bun in place:

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How-To Fight Frizz | Alberto VO5’s National Anti-Frizz Month

Happy August, friends! Can you believe we’re half way through the summer! Where does the time go?!

The weather in New York has been all over the place this summer. Who knows what this month holds. Typically, August is the most hot and humid month of the year, which really does a number on my hair! I try to lay off the styling as much as possible and let my hair just air dry but unfortunately, that’s when it’s its frizziest and unruly.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Alberto VO5®, the legendary hair care brand known for its affordable, 5 Essential Vitamin formula, to launch its second annual “National Anti-Frizz Month,” empowering women to fight August’s dog days. I’ll be posting 3 brief videos to discuss the science behind frizz and how to prevent it before it starts, an easy summer hairstyle to get your hair up off your face, and VO5’s recommended 5-step process and products to prevent and manage frizz.

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Bravado Designs #LittleVictories

Our friends at Bravado Designs are celebrating the “little victories” that make a big difference in our overall well-being and that of our families. I’ve been a BravadoMama for a long time (you can check out my maternity style here) and am thrilled to be part of the #LittleVictories campaign.

In a recent study, 72% of women agreed date night with their partner is important, yet more than a third hadn’t been on a date night in over 6 months. Here’s a short video we made to share how my husband and I make time for one another amid the chaos of young parenthood:

How do you prioritize alone time with your partner?

{Disclosure: I was compensated for my work on the video.}

Beauty Buzz | Introducing Sally Hansen’s #IHeartNailArt Theme for April

Sally Hansen

Earlier this year I attended a fabulous little nail art party at Soho House hosted by Sally Hansen and Glam Media to kick off the #IHeartNailArt Contest which runs through May.

During the event, which included cocktails and manis, I filmed a little intro to April’s contest theme. Well, April’s here so here it is!

Have you guys been submitting pics?

{I was not compensated for this post.}

Sharing Juicy Secrets With Chef Tim Love

Hellmann’s must have taken note of my attempt to glam up the kitchen because they invited me to cook a quick and easy chicken recipe alongside Texas chef Tim Love.  How easy you ask?  So easy, any Glamamom can do it!

We filmed the segment in one take and that was it.  I was in my own kitchen that evening trying the recipe and it came out just as crispy, juicy, and delicious.  Sebastian loved it.  Try it and let me know what you think!

PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN:
INGREDIENTS
· 1/2 cup Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
· 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
· 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
· 4 tsp. Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise with cheese in medium bowl. Arrange chicken on baking sheet. Evenly top with Mayonnaise mixture, then sprinkle with bread crumbs.
3. Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

The recipe also works well with Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Light Mayonnaise or Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Canola Cholesterol Free Mayonnaise.

Timesaving Tip: Try making the dish with thin-cut boneless skinless chicken breasts! Prepare as above, decreasing bake time to 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Omit Parmesan cheese and have “Magically Moist Chicken” on the table in less than 30 minutes.

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

#HowIStroll With Baby Jogger | Video Journal 1

We’re rolling a lot deeper since Luke arrived on the scene and I’m not sure we could do it without our City Mini Double Stroller.  It’s allowed us to continue exploring the city in style and comfort no matter where we’re going or what the weather.

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Baby Jogger in a 4-part series, #HowIStroll, to give you a little bit of insight into the urban parenting experience and how I stroll around Manhattan with the boys.  This is the first of my four videos so stay tuned and thank you for watching!

Oh, and Baby Jogger is giving away accessories each week so be sure to follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #HowIStroll for details. They’re also giving away strollers in Facebook Sweepstakes. This week a City Select is up for grabs and I’m featured in the ad! What are you waiting for?! Get over there and enter!

{This is a sponsored campaign.  All opinions expressed herein are my own. Royalty Free Music by http://audiomicro.com/royalty-free-music}

Mode Monday | Momma in Red

Glamamom Madeleine Maternity

Jill Seiman, Glamamom

[“jackie” dress c/o madeleine maternity (on sale!) / gitane tassel necklace & ella bracelet c/o stella & dotearrings: miram salat (c/o lucky mag) / sandals: stuart weitzman / clutch: old bcbg]

Happy Monday Lovelies!

Huz and I are just back from our babymoon in Cape May and needless to say I’m feeling relaxed and rejuvenated (for now at least).  It was great to get away but we sure missed this little guy, who had us swooning from over 150 miles away (thanks for the video Valen!)

Cape May is a very laid back beach town so I didn’t have many occasions to dress up but Saturday night we dined at The Ebbitt Room in the historic Virginia Hotel (whose signature color is red) so I took the opportunity to wear this lovely dress Madeleine from Madeleine Maternity sent me.  Check out her dresses.  They’re absolutely gorgeous and super affordable too.

If you’re linking up with #MondayMingle, welcome!

One participant this week will win the NEW StriVectin-SD Power Serum for Wrinkles ($99 value), a super-charged age-fighting serum clinically proven to repair wrinkles and diminish the look of pores, that launches tonight at midnight on QVC along with the StriVectin-SD Intensive Concentrate Face Cream.  UPDATE: The winner is #56, Kim!

Have a glamorous week!


“#MondayMingle” is a weekly fashion/personal style link-up rotated between Momtrends, BonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom. For sponsorship options, contact jill@glamamom.com

{I was not compensated for this post.}

R Baby Foundation: Improving Pediatric Emergency Care & Saving Babies’ Lives

Did you know that your local ER may or may not be prepared to treat your child?

I was floored to learn from R Baby Foundation, established in 2006 to organize and fund efforts to improve the outcomes of medical care for infants, that emergency medical services and emergency departments in the U.S. are not well equipped to handle pediatric care.

Only 6% of Emergency Departments in the U.S. have the necessary supplies for pediatric emergencies.

Yes, you read that correctly, only 6%!  In fact, babies born in the U.S. are twice as likely to die than in many other developed countries, including Sweden, Japan and Spain (the United States is ranked 36th among 196 nations).  Here are the disheartening, contributing factors:

  • Most children receive emergency care in general (not children’s) hospitals, which are less likely to have pediatric expertise, equipment, and policies in place for the care of children.
  • Many drugs and medical devices have not been adequately tested on, or dosed properly for, children – including babies.
  • Although pediatric skills deteriorate quickly without practice, continuing education in pediatric care is not required or is extremely limited for many pre-hospital emergency medical technicians (EMTs).

Learning these stats was sobering, to say the least. Even more so, was participating in the #RBabyMoms Twitter awareness party last month and learning how many friends and colleagues have had nightmare ED experiences with their babies like nurses that had never done a catheter on an infant before (read this one several times).

One of my first actions upon learning these deficiencies was to identify which hospital ED we would go to if needed.  Are you prepared for a trip to the emergency room? Do you know which hospital you would bring your child to in an emergency?  Is it a children’s hospital?  You need to plan in advance.

Here are the recommended items and information to have on hand and always remember that you need to be an advocate for your child, ask questions, and never assume.

I’m honored to have participated in this PSA alongside fellow bloggers and will be attending Wednesday’s sold-out Food & Wine Gala at The Plaza to honor my friend Julia Beck of Forty Weeks, among others.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Please sign this petition to implement ED standards across the country and share it.
  • Share your story on RBabyFoundation.org.
  • Make a donation if you can.  It’s important to note that 90% of R Baby’s funds go directly to programs and initiatives, not administration.
  • Give back with Glassbaby. Ten percent of proceeds benefit R Baby.

{I was not compensated for this post.}

It’s In the Jeans! | My Rock & Republic Makeover {Sponsored}

Thanks to Kohl’s, a lucky group of Glam Media’s personal style bloggers and I received glamorous, Rock & Republic makeovers last month at Beaver Studio in Lower Manhattan.

I’d been working on the launch of Rock & Republic for Kohl’s all winter, so it was a blast to finally try on all the clothes and accessories I’d seen on the runway and been drooling over.

Jeans are the most versatile, therefore the most essential, part of my wardrobe as a busy, working mom. I am always on the hunt for the perfect fit and typically shy away from denim trends in favor of classic, dark wash jeans that I think flatter me most and easily transition from day to night, work to play.

I absolutely love Rock & Republic’s Berlin Skinny Jean, which I was outfitted in for a video and photo shoot. It’s a classic, slimming silhouette, and the front pockets are even cut out and sewn shut, which I normally spend the money to do anyway. Who needs extra bulge on the thigh? The best part is they look and feel like all my other premium denim jeans but cost only $80.

Here’s a recap of my day with Rock & Republic and how I was styled:

[rock & republic berlin skinny jeans / rock & republic v-neck top / jennifer lopez collection asymmetrical faux leather jacket / rock & republic blue high heels]

What’s your personal denim style? Classic? Modern? Edgy? Preppy? Glamorous? Retro?

{Kohl’s provided compensation to me as an incentive to blog about the Rock & Republic campaign.  The opinions expressed herein are those of this author, and they have not been reviewed or approved by Kohl’s in advance.}

LUCKY SHOPS BLACK FRIDAY DEALS AT TIME WARNER CENTER

I’ve spent all year reviewing products and attending trade shows to determine this season’s hottest gifts from beauty to books. I’ll be posting recommendations throughout the next week or so but Black Friday is upon and if you’re in NYC, you won’t want to miss Lucky Magazine Shops, one-day-only, Black Friday deals at The Shops at Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center.

Complimentary mini-makeovers at Sephora? Gifts with purchase? 25% off? YES PLEASE!!!

Here’s a fun promo I filmed last week while scoping out the deals at a blogger preview with Christina Cardona of Trop Rouge, Lindsey Calla of Saucy Glossie, Christine Cameron of My Style Pill, Claire Geist of De Lune Blog, and Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty:

The video will be featured on Time Warner Center’s website and maybe even Lucky Mag’s (OMG!) And in case you missed it, 25% off makes affordable things even more affordable. Ugh, sometimes my nerves get the best of me. BUT, I had a blast running around Time Warner Center perusing the beautiful shops. It’s such a unique fixture to the Manhattan shopping scene with its sweeping views of Central Park and multi-level, luxe shopping and restaurants.

For a full rundown of the discounts and deals click here: Black Friday Deal Hunter Booklet.


Happy Shopping Darlings! Tell me, how far along are you? Just finishing up or just getting started?

{I was not compensated for this post. The preview was part of MasterCard’s Priceless New York experiences and I received a MasterCard from Lucky Magazine to shop the deals.}