It’s been an incredible two and a half years hosting The Moll Anderson Show with Premiere Radio on SiriusXM, and then on iHeartRadio. I’ve had a multitude of incredible guests, and I’ve learned so much about life from all of these very special people. We’ve won two Gracie Awards for Outstanding Host–Lifestyle/Health Program, a true blessing. Most importantly, I’ve been able to communicate with YOU on a weekly basis, and bring you special things that I know and love.
With that being said, in order to practice what I preach about living your best life and creating less stress by working smarter not harder, I had to decide how best to be effective in my career and continue to share my passion with you! So I’m stepping down from the radio waves and stepping onto The Doctors television show as a contributor. Every Friday, I will be bringing you fabulous Doctors Deals on products that help you lead a healthier and more beautiful life and you get the chance to buy them at super low Doctors’ discounts! You can watch me on The Doctors where I will regularly contribute health and beauty tips, hot topics and all my lifestyle must haves. I’m so excited about this new journey and to be able to share my experiences that will help you live your best life from the inside out.
Thank you for listening and for being part of my story. Here’s to a beautiful future!
Okay. Let’s get real here. Attending a party alone is never easy – in fact it can be one of the most intimidating things to do. But with all of the Halloween and holiday parties around the corner, it’s sometimes inevitable when you’re a single lady or a woman whose regular date is out of town. Here are a few of my hints on how to go seamlessly solo to any of the season’s soirees.
Good times. Don’t show up too early and don’t stay too late. Doing either of these can seem a little too desperate – and when you’re single, that’s the last thing you want to appear. If it’s a casual party, aim to arrive an hour into the party. However, if you’re attending a sit-down dinner, aim to be on time because when you’re going alone, good manners are a must.
Make an entrance. Walk into the room with your head up, shoulders down, eyes ahead and a smile on your face. By doing just this, you’ll project more confidence than you may feel.
Have a plan. Next, look for a guest you know or someone who is also solo. When joining a conversation, don’t just stand there awkwardly, waiting for someone to talk to you. Even if you say, “Hey! Hope you don’t mind if I crash your conversation!” and introduce yourself. If at anytime, you’re feeling a little self-conscious, head for the bar, the host or the ladies room.
What to wear. Wear what you feel most confident and comfortable in. Black always works. It’s slimming, sophisticated and most women feel most confident in black. Also, it’s perfect for avoiding a mess. If the cater waiter spills red wine on you or if you drop spaghetti sauce on yourself, you’re covered.
Take a gift. Speaking of good manners, don’t forget the host/hostess gift. Not only is it thoughtful and generous, but it also can create conversation! For ideas on what to take, check out last week’s blog!
Get creative with your cocktails. When it comes time to order your drink, think outside the box. It it’s a full bar, order a seasonally appropriate drink or a drink other guests may not have heard of. It’s a great way to get a conversation going!
Be a responsible drinker. I’m not just talking about hiring a designated driver here, although I highly recommend Uber on a festive part night. No, be responsible when it comes to your social drinking. Try to drink no more than 1-2 drinks per party you attend. You want to put your best foot forward and tipsy on your toes is not your best foot.
Fake it. So you don’t feel confident? So what? If you’re attending a party alone, you gotta fake it. Think of the most confident person you know and try to channel their energy. Another tip my single girlfriend uses is that she plays a confidence-boosting theme song in her head, such as Peggy Lee’s “I’m A Woman”, when entering a room of strangers. When one of my other friends had to attend a wedding her ex and his new girlfriend were at, she said that Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” played on repeat the whole night in her head, until she actually believed it. Sometimes faking confidence actually creates it!
Above all else, remember to have fun. After all, it’s a party! You have the opportunity to spend time with friends, meet a new friend, or – maybe, just maybe – meet the love of your life!
Moll Wants To Know: What helps you navigate a party when you go solo?
LOVE THIS! Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This magical mitt makes smooth skin so simple this fall!
With the fall, often comes skin as dry as those dead leaves it brings with it. We’ve all tried countless body scrubs and loofahs and scrubbed our skin senseless, all in an often-fruitless attempt to get our skin smooth.
But this new magical mitt of mine in my beauty bag this week is a little different. The coarse, rugged fabric of my Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt ($19.99) grabs and sloughs dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, deeply exfoliating and polishing the skin, like no other loofah has ever done for me.
Not only will you feel the difference, but you’ll actually see the difference as dead skin cells fall off in the shower! While there’s a list of benefits from this glove, here are just a few of my favorites. With just one usage of the Dermasuri Deep Exfoliating Mitt, skin tone appears less dull and more even. Pesky skin problems such as ingrown hairs, bumps and clogged pores are a thing of the past. And, my personal favorite, is that it fights early signs of aging aggressively by improving circulation and stimulating collagen, preventing sagging skin.
It actually makes skin glow and makes any product you use after penetrate on a deeper level. A multi-tasking product that fights aging and gets me feeling smoother and sexier? Well, it’s no wonder it’s in my beauty bag.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Scrub skin with this magical mitt prior to applying any body treatments or tanning solutions. Not only will you get rid of that dreaded dead skin look and feel, but your self-tanner will even apply more smoothly and evenly!
Call it an old tradition, but it’s one I never want to see go out of style: hostess gifts. I touched upon it in last week’s blog when I mentioned taking presents along for the pets of hosts/hostesses you stay with, but I felt in today’s age, a few more suggestions might be useful – especially with the busyness of fall and the hectic holidays right around the corner.
Hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they must be thoughtful and creative. Rather than having a cookie cutter, one-present-fits-all gift, choose your hostess gifts thoughtfully, depending on who the recipient is.
Cozy up their kitchen. For the cook who loves her kitchen, gift her with tools that not only do a duty, but also delight. Colorful, ceramic teaspoons or measuring cups, or a coordinating kitchen timer all make functional yet fun gifts. Even a simple gift of dishtowels (new or vintage) can turn into the cutest of gifts when tucked into a cherry basket and wrapped with ribbon.
Tickle their taste buds. Instead of the classic bottle of wine, take this dynamic duo – a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of balsamic vinegar. Many stores like Sur La Table and Marshall’s always offer a generous selection of flavored olive oils and vinegars. And many areas have olive oil stores that offer a variety of olive oils and vinegars as well as online sites. And don’t just keep it classic! Consider rosemary olive oil and cherry balsamic vinegar for a tasty twist on these pantry staples. Add a baguette or Focaccia – and serve with olive oil and vinegar as dipping sauce – for an instantly easy appetizer.
Say thanks with song. Take away your hostess’s stress of picking out a playlist for her party by bringing her one! Oftentimes, people intend to choose the perfect playlist prior to entertaining, but run out of time with all of the other preparations. To help out your host, make a cd of seasonally-or-soiree-appropriate songs to get the evening off on the right note! Or you can pick up her favorite artist’s cd at Walmart. You can also neatly calligraphy or type up your favorite playlist and wrap it with a prepaid iTunes gift card to set her off on the right foot with the right playlist for next time!
Set the seasonal tone. Not sure what to give? Let the season be your guide. Flowers are always appreciated, but put a little added thought into it, and step it up with a seasonal flair. Give flowers in a uniquely seasonal vase – like a hollowed-out squash or pumpkin – this will make for a sophisticated centerpiece. Flowers not your thing? Try gifting your hosts with festive scents of the season. Choose a seasonal scent, such as pumpkin, apple cider or falling leaves, and gift your hosts with a classic candle, room spray or hand soap and lotion set. Or, for a piece of pumpkin patch whimsy, gift your good friends with a tastefully carved or decorated Jack’o’lantern that’s sure to please.
Take note. Whichever gift you choose, don’t forget the note! For a hostess gift, a note doesn’t need to be long, but it should explain why you chose the gift. For example, if you’re gifting your hostess with bubble bath or bath salts, include a gift tag to say, “To help you soak away the stress of the holiday season!” or if giving dishtowels, something along the lines of “To clean up the mess we had such fun making tonight.” A sweet note that shows how grateful you are means more than the present itself.
Moll Wants To Know: What’s your favorite hostess gift you ever received?
LOVE THIS! NARS The NARSissist Cheek Kit($49)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This little palette contains everything you need for gorgeous, glowing cheeks!
NARS is known for its cult classic and rather cheekily-named blush, Orgasm. So, when it comes to blush, I trust these guys implicitly. Well, they didn’t let me down with this all-in-one cheek palette that’s currently in my beauty bag, NARS The NARSissist Cheek Kit($49).
Perfect for travel or just for less clutter on your counter, this palette brings three of NARS’ bestselling shades in one container and is accompanied by a travel blush brush. The luminous Devotee highlighting blush gives skin an ethereal alabaster glow, while the aforementioned Orgasm blush gives cheeks a just-pinched, peachy pink with gold shimmer glow.
The true brown-based bronzer in Laguna does just what the name suggests it will – it makes you look like you’ve spent a sun-and-sand-filled weekend in Laguna Beach. The diffused brown powder with golden shimmer is excellent for adding some sun to the face or to contour those cheekbones. Neat trick? I also let it double as a nice neutral eye shadow!
All together, the three shades enhance – or create – the look of beautiful, bronzed, blushing skin. And I love the little brush that’s perfect to keep in your makeup bag or purse! Perfect when paired, for an effortless day look, with a bit of mascara and lip balm or when stepped up at night with smoky eyes and a nude lip, believe me, you need this palette in your life.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: This is super simple to use! I just use the products in the order they are in the palette, starting from the left and working to the right. I start by dusting the Devotee highlighting brush on the tops of my cheekbones right under the eyes, on the orbital bone. Then, I pop a punch of Orgasm blush right on the apples of my cheeks. Lastly, I take the travel brush and carve out the hollows of my cheekbones with the Laguna bronzer. No muss, no fuss – blushed, bronzed, and ready to go!
As you all know, this year was a big year in the Anderson household as we welcomed two new family members, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Sir Winston Churchill and Miss Jean Harlow. I have learned so much from parenting these little ones and now I get to share some more of my favorite finds for Fido with you guys. Yep, this week Moll’s Must-Haves has gone to the dogs!
Safety first. Not only did we acquire two new furry family members, but, this was the year that two of our homes went through some major renovations. So, with remodeling mayhem everywhere and two little guys running around, pup safety became a top priority. Thank goodness for Frontgate! These simple and sophisticated pet gates do what they aim to do, without detracting from your décor. Best of all, they can be purchased in a variety of lengths, heights, finishes and styles to fit both your space and your pup’s size. We have found them to be invaluable because they can be set up to contain your best friends in a safe, designated area, while still giving them plenty of room to play. Remodeling with new puppies would have been impossible without them!
Get festive with Fido. I always suggest bringing in some holiday décor to get your family in the holiday mood and mindset. So why not add a dash of holiday décor by bringing some festive holiday dog beds into your home? You can find super chic or super cute (whichever fits your style) holiday specific dog beds for a deal at HomeGoods. They’re perfect for making your space more festive, without adding any more clutter. Bring in a bed each for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, to not only spoil your pup, but to bring in the colors and spirit of the holidays. It’s a smart investment as you can store them the rest of the year and bring them back out every holiday. It’ll warm up your home and keep your pups warm at night!
It’s a miracle! Nature’s Miracle really is a miracle. We always have this stuff on hand and I highly recommend that you do the same. It’s amazing how this miracle spray eliminates both stains and pet odors and discourages them from making – or, ahem, marking – the same mistake again. It not only works on carpets but on hard surfaces, clothing, kennels and carriers, as well. I try to keep a bottle under the sink at all times to make cleanup a breeze. Plus, it makes a great gift for new puppy owners!
Pups need presents, too. Speaking of gifts, when you’re a guest in someone else’s home this season, don’t forget that Fido needs a host/hostess gift, too! An easy option to delight the dogs is to buy treat bags filled with natural, healthy goodies and/or dog toys. A few guidelines when it comes to toys? Make sure they’re made in the USA and try not to get toys that make too much noise or make too much of a mess. Not only will the pup appreciate it, but your hosts will think it’s a super thoughtful gesture.
Moll Wants To Know: What’s your current favorite product for your pup?
LOVE THIS! Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: It’s a mascara miracle – the results are so big, it’s perverse!
I’m a sucker for a new mascara. And, after having everyone – from friends to makeup artists to beauty bloggers – tell me about Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($22), I knew I had to give it a try. And I’m glad I did!
This ultra-creamy, super-rich, lengthening and volumizing mascara truly does it all. It adds length, thickness and rich, dark color with just one stroke. And while so many cosmetic lines have mascaras with names like Blackest Black or Richest Black, this mascara only comes in one shade, and it truly is the blackest of black you’ve ever seen.
Why the blacker the mascara, the better the lashes? Well, it’s two-fold. With a rich black pigment, the roots of the lashes look darker thereby, making the whites of the eyes look whiter. So you’re bright-eyed while also getting sexy lashes.
I also love it because it’s not too wet (i.e., messy) and not too dry (i.e., flaky), so you get just the right amount of pull as you comb it through your lashes. It’s also buildable so you can add as many coats as you want, making it the perfect mascara for taking you from day to night. Yep. It’s a mascara miracle. It never gets clumpy or brittle!
Creating lush lashes that wow is enough for me, but then add in ingredients that stimulate lash growth and provide nourishment, and I feel like I’ve indeed found a mascara miracle. And, perhaps I have…or, at least I have until the next new kid comes around.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Feel like your lashes never look like the ads you see? Try this tip. If you’ve never used a lash primer prior to applying mascara, you’re in for a treat! Lash primer, such as Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer , boosts lashes when applied prior to mascara, increasing lash length and thickness exponentially. Usually, this particular primer sells for $20 but if you buy the Urban Decay Perversion mascara now, you’ll get a deluxe sample size of the primer for free. Try it for yourself and let me know if you can tell a difference!
Life moves so fast, and one of the best reminders of the passing of time can be found in the changing of the seasons. Fall brings richer colors, earlier sunsets, tasty cuisine and some of our favorite holidays. So, my charge for you, this fall? Try to soak up the fall for all it is – and fall in love with fall! Here are some of my favorite ways to savor the fall, and a few new ones I’m planning to try out myself this season.
Take a leave. One of the most inspiring things you can do in fall is to pack a picnic, hop in the car and take a one-day getaway to look at the changing colors of the leaves. In The Smokies, where my husband Charlie and I live, it is so beautiful to see all of the different colors that the leaves turn when fall comes around. Just looking at all of the autumnal hues of rust, chocolate, burgundy, gold and olive, can provide inspiration for the rest of your year. Taking in the colors of the leaves might inspire you to paint your living room a deep mocha, or shop for fabulous additions to your wardrobe in a rich, warm colors like merlot. And, speaking of merlot – don’t forget to stop and enjoy a picnic in the outdoors. You’ll see – and feel – the richness of fall all around you.
Not single for long. If you’re single, fall can definitely be the time to mingle. Between football games, Halloween parties, haunted hayrides and haunted houses, there is no shortage of chances to meet that special someone. The camaraderie of football just naturally brings people together, and I think we all know that anything that spooks us can end up being what woos us. Just imagine, you’re on that haunted hayride and jump into the man of your dream’s arms! Ok, maybe I’ve watched too many rom-coms, but you get my point! Anything can happen.
Party it up. The winter holidays seem to get all of the press when it comes to party time, but let me tell you, fall parties can be the most fun! Try hosting a DIY Cider bar. Gather your friends and provide mix-ins, including applejack brandy, whiskey, rum, caramel sauce or caramels, red hots, rosemary sprigs, orange slices, cinnamon sticks whipped cream and ice cream (for floats, of course) and sip away. Each guest can create his or her own cider concoction and you can enjoy the rest of the night chatting, hosting a book club or enjoying just a good old classic game night or movie night! Another idea that’s delicious is to invite your single friends, girlfriends or couple friends over for a pumpkin-themed party. Have everyone bring their favorite pumpkin recipe and enjoy the night carving pumpkins or decorating Halloween cookies.
Moll Wants To Know: What is your favorite way to savor the fall?
LOVE THIS! Big Sexy Hair Big Altitude ($17.95)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Big hair without heaviness is what’s big now!
Splitting my time between Knoxville, Dallas and Santa Fe means meeting some bigger-than-life personalities – which means I need some bigger-than-life hair! Southern girls know that the higher the hair, the closer to God but I think we can all nod our heads yes when I say that more volume is never a bad thing.
I’m a big fan of Big Sexy Hair products – and not just because they do what they say they’ll do by giving you big, sexy hair. They are simply some of the most reliable, results-driven products around. And this one I’m sharing from my beauty bag this week is no different.
Big Sexy Hair Big Altitude ($17.95) is in my beauty bag because it volumizes and boosts the hair big-time without giving you that heavy feel that so many products do. Voluminis – which might sound cute but are super strong – provide long-lasting volume that won’t let hair fall down when you’re getting down on the dance floor. And it’s actually good for you because the vitamin-enriched formula provides a nutritional boost to hair fiber to repair and protect against heat damage. And it even tames frizz!
Just one golf-ball-sized pump and your hair instantly looks stronger, thicker and fuller. Don’t like to be confined by your hair products? No worries here. The weightless nature of Big Altitude makes for great weightless movement. Perfect for parties where you might encounter some big attitudes and even bigger possibilities.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Be sure to shake the can really, really well! If you don’t, the product won’t get enough air and will come out too liquidy to be effective. You want it to come out fluffy! That’s how the magic happens. Spray into your palm and apply to damp hair. What do I mean by “damp?” Your hair should be about 40% – 60% dry from roots to ends. Blow dry and style as desired. For a va-va-voom voluminous look, blow dry with a round brush, pulling away from the root. For tousled hair, skip the blowdryer and just leave in hair and let it air dry.
Many of the emails I get from listeners and readers ask how they can make a change in their lives. Sometimes it’s that they just want to make a difference or to challenge themselves. While other times, they’re feeling depressed after life has knocked them down and they’re desperate to get back up, but they just don’t know where to start. One of my common answers may surprise you – I tell them to find ways to give back. While it seems counterproductive to tell someone who’s feeling less than fortunate to help the less fortunate, it actually is a piece of advice that can really turn your life around. In fact, did you know that studies show that giving back and volunteering can reduce depression and even extend your life? And while some of you might be afraid to reach out because you don’t have a big budget to help others, I’m here to let you in on a little secret. You can give back regardless of your budget. So, if you are wanting to give back, or if you’re just needing something to help you start a new chapter, look no further than my tips on giving back on a budget.
Save up. I’m not talking about starting a savings account for charities – no – I’m literally talking about saving your dimes. This is a fun one for the whole family! Take a big glass jar, and whenever you or a family member has excess change, throw it in the jar. Save your change all year and then make it a family tradition of donating your spare change to the Salvation Army red kettles when the holidays roll around. Or bring back the joy of holiday giving by participating in the Angel Tree program in your area. Chose angels from the Angel Tree and shop to fulfill Christmas wishes of children and families in need. Every member of the family can participate in this, it encourages kids to think about others and it teaches them how much that spare change is really worth.
Buy One, Give One. Set a goal to patronize businesses and brands whose company mission statements revolve around this principle of buy one product, give one product. Countless businesses are operating this way today and all you have to do is locate them. A few you can start with? If you’re in the mood for comfortable shoes, look no further than Toms. Sunglasses? Warby Parker is the way to go. And check out feedprojects for good products that help FEED the world. Your purchase of FEED bags, accessories, and clothing each have a set donation build into the purchase; FEEDING the world, one product at a time. Even some gyms are doing it. In Los Angeles, CycleHouse – a spinning studio – donates two meals to a hungry person in need for every class you take. Perhaps you can even be a trailblazer and talk to your company about considering a form of this principle.
Book ‘em. I just recently was introduced to a great website, We Give Books. We Give Books donates one book to a child in need for every book you read on their site. Not only is it a super way to give back to those in need, but it’s also a fun way to teach the younger kids in your family about how easy it can be to help others. They’ll be shocked to learn that many children don’t even have access to books and will want to share their love of reading.
Donate your excess, samples and freebies. Bought a few too many packages of pencils for your kindergartner? Donate those to a local school in need. Receive some samples with that last Sephora order? Save them and donate them to a women’s shelter. Got free toothbrushes from your last dentist visit? Donate them to shelters in need. While this is clutter to you, they can be treasures to someone else.
No time like the present. Of course, the best way you can give back is by giving your time. Whether it’s serving soup in a soup kitchen, building houses with Habitat For Humanity, visiting patients at local hospitals and senior citizen homes, volunteering to coach little league, recording books online for the blind or volunteering at a Boys & Girls Club, any time you spend will be time well spent. So turn off that TV a few hours a week and get out there and inspire some people!
#SMOCK: On my most recent appearance on The Doctors, I learned of a campaign they initiated called SMOCK: Simple Moments of Contagious Kindness. This campaign encourages selflessness and inspires people to do nice things for one another, because kindness is contagious! Pay it forward with kind and thoughtful gestures in your everyday life. What a difference you can make by treating others with kindness, and showing appreciation for those you encounter in your daily life. So go out and #SMOCK someone, and when you do please share a photo or video on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. using #SMOCK.
Remember, you will never regret time, money or resources spent helping another human being.
Moll Wants To Know: How do you give back?