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Over at the Banler Blog, I read an awesome spotlight on Kim Vo, whom I affectionately call a Celebrity Color Guru.  Starting out as a painter, Kim has moved on to become a world class hair stylist and colorist.

He’s just come out with his own line of hair care products, and it’s definetly something I’m going to check out.

Here are some of his tips from an interview he did in Allure in August.


*Vo has celebrity clients that bounce from color to color until hair starts to break off.  “Starting with strong hair is my first rule,” he says.  But he’s got 4 more:

  • Go Low – “Hair color fades faster in the summer, so I do half lowlights and half highlights to make sure it keeps tis dimension.  For blonds, mix in some caramel shades; for brunettes, try chestnut hues.”
  • Learn the Lingo – “When conveying how thich you want your highlights, avoid subjective words like ‘natural’ or ‘bold.’  I like pasta analogies-truly.  My New York clients like highlights the width of angel-hair, my L.A. clients like spaghetti, and my Vegas clients like lasagna.  Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of fettuccine highlights around the part.”
  • Take Cover – “I actually like facial sunscreen sprays for hair- they won’t weigh hair down.”
  • Get to the Root – “If you need to touch up your roots, buy a hair color in your natural shade – not your highligted color- and smudge it on the roots for 30 seconds.  This will take the dullness off of the regrowth.”

I’m really excited about his new line of products. I mean, we are talking about the Shear Genius guy here.


So you guys know that the chichi is all about all thing beauteous, including my favorite beauty products and beauty supplies, but one of my favorite places on the web to look at things we don’t ever think about until it’s too late has come to mind lately. Our backyard has certainly developed over that past year, and I’ve always wanted a kind of Eastern, Moroccan, Indian mix to get away from everything.

Well, a little San Tropez thrown in as well.

So one of the things I noticed that was missing was an awesome patio umbrella. I mean, you just don’t think about it until it comes up. I’ve know about Cushions And Umbrellas for some time, really loving the outdoor fabrics, and I’ve even put them in my favorites link. Now I’m really taking a look at their offerings, and I’m truly astounded.

They feature things like Dual Wind Vents, when everybody else sells dinky Single Wind Vents. What’s a Wind Vent? Well, it’s the opening at the top of the umbrella where wind and heat pass through, so your umbrella doesn’t fly off, or become an oven under the sun. Nobody else sells that. And cushions! They feature fantastic sunbrella cushions in wonderful colors that help you create any kind of outdoor look you want. What’s Sunbrella? Well, Sunbrella fabric is a 100% solution dyed acrylic which is perfect for outdoor and marine use. It’s soft to the touch and water resistant. Really water resistant. I recently spilled a little of water on a friends cushion, and it just beaded and rolled off. Yeeeee! (Thank God, almost had to run out of her house because of the embarrassment) How do I know all this? Well, for one thing, the site is full of fantastic information, and you really get a sense that they love what they do.

Why do I keep asking these third person questions? Because it’s fun.

Shopping there makes me happy. Take your time though. From what I understand, there overhauling their inventory within even more beauteous things, so shop, find out what you want, and when your ready, buy it up chicas!