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August 2012 (129 posts)
Can you be spiritual and not religious? Oprah and Rev. Ed Bacon of All Saints Church in Pasadena, California sit down for an enlightening conversation on this week's Super Soul Sunday.
Be sure to tune in Sunday, August 19, at 11 a.m. ET or log on to Oprah.com, Facebook.com/OWNTV, or Facebook.com/SuperSoulSunday to watch.
Got a question about haircare, skincare or makeup for O's beauty director, Val Monroe? Now's your chance! During the month of August, Val is answering your burning beauty questions!
Deeppa asked: How do you clear clogged pores?
See Val's video response:
Do you have a question for O's beauty director Val Monroe or O's creative director Adam Glassman? Ask away here!
Laser company Palomar has translated a fractional laser—a favorite skin-renewing machine in dermatologists' offices—into an at-home device smaller than a hairbrush. While the pros' versions treat 10 to 30 percent of the skin's surface in one pass, PaloVia ($499; PaloVia.com) targets about 1 percent at a time, and treats only lines around the eyes. To get results, you must use it daily for a month, and then twice weekly, indefinitely. In a study published this year, 90 percent of subjects saw a reduction of their crow's-feet by at least one grade on a nine-point scale after using PaloVia for 30 days. Not a revolutionary difference yet—but a glimpse into the future of skincare: high-tech results from do-it-yourself devices.
It's Friday! This week we're oh-so-grateful for...
Take a flight through the universe in a minute and fifty seconds
Chefs reflect on cooking lessons (and recipes) from Julia Childs that they still put to use today (via The New York Times)
An adorable note from son to mother (via The Huffington Post)
This giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Recipe is too good to pass up (via A Cozy Kitchen)
It took a lot of searching—and throw-it-over-your-arm-and-strut impromptu modeling—but we found your future go-to handbags. From left to right:
This line features faux-leather bags so soft you won't believe they're cruelty-free. (Cornelia Guest, $245; Tootsies.com)
Best Look for Less
The structured shape and vivid color give you a lot of bag for the buck. (Send the Trend, $50; SendTheTrend.com)
The Tote With the Most
Classic shape, great colors, and versatility (it's a tote and a cross-body). (Cole Haan, $398; ColeHaan.com)
See all of O's top fashion picks for The 2012 Fashion O-Wards
I know two things for sure about raising a girl to be a strong woman: 1) It's really important and something I'd like to do, and 2) The parenting maxim "Do as I say, not as I do," probably isn't going to work out so well here. So how do you balance being a responsible mother with modeling awesomely brave behavior? Super Chicken has some ideas.
This woman, besides looking good in a chicken suit, wants to inspire people to live without fear. As her indiegogo page explains, "We are all full of fears, we are all
chickens. I used to think
that feeling fear was not a good thing. That
if you had
confidence the fear went away. Although that is not the case...The
not letting that fear paralyze you in life, feel the fear and
anyway." So what did she do? Naturally, she made herself a Super Chicken suit, sold all her earthly possessions, and took off the travel the world. For at least 6 months. With her 17-year-old daughter. Dressed as a chicken.
Super Chicken is looking for donations to help her and her (awesomely sporting, it seems) daughter see as much of the world as possible. But she's also looking to spread the word, to help others conquer fear and embrace risk, adventure, and above all, it would seem, a sense of humor. I'd like to admit that while just reading her description of her project, I think I stopped breathing for at least a minute: But! But you can't! You can't do that! And this is exactly what Super Chicken is talking about. Why live in a world of "But you can't do that"s? As Super Chicken (I imagine) would say, there are plenty of people out there to say "you can't." You must be the one to tell yourself "I can."You can ride a horse dressed as an enormous chicken. You can travel the world if you want to.You can educate your children the way you think they should be educated, by traveling and experiencing and meeting people and learning to live not only safely and well but without the "you can't"s.
Living Without Fear
Overcoming Airplane Phobia
We've heard her songs on the radio and seen her perform on stage, but what do we really know about the pop star? When she opens up to Oprah in her homeland of Barbados, we get to see a whole new side of the singer—emotional, raw, and not holding anything back.
Tune in Sunday, August 19, on 9/8c on OWN's Oprah's Next Chapter and watch Oprah and Rihanna on the gorgeous island.
A new way to tell someone that you love them! Send an instant love note to family or friends...or follow in Oprah's footsteps and declare your puppy love. Log on to Oprah.com/bethelove. You'll see how the photo collage is created by randomly (and surprisingly) mixing some of your Facebook photos with some of your friend's pictures. You can "shuffle" the images to create different collages until you find a favorite; then simply write your message on the back so it's ready to share.
Then be sure to tune in to the series premiere of Lovetown, USA this Sunday, August 19, at 10/9c on OWN and see the many splendored things that happened to one little corner of Georgia.
Perfumer Francis Kurkdjian's fragrances smell of desire, of glamorous, exuberant style, and some other indefinable essence that makes me feel far more sophisticated than I actually am. After a recent visit he left me a new body cream scented with one of my favorite fragrances, Aqua Universalis. The rich cream, infused with bergamot, sweet mock orange, and jasmine, captures the original scent perfectly. A light layer on my shoulders keeps me happily spellbound all day. ($60; BergdorfGoodman.com)