LOVE THIS! Archipelago Coconut Body Wash ($25)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Summer senses just crave coconut.
Like most people, when summer comes around, I crave sunny beaches, paper umbrellas and piña coladas. But have you checked out the calories on a piña colada lately? We’re talking about 600 calories or more, people. Not so sexy. So how do we get that coconut fix while still feeling sexy?
Enter my Seductive Beauty Pick of The Week: Archipelago Coconut Body Wash ($25). This uber-moistuizing shower gel’s main ingredient is coconut oil – often referred to as the “healthiest oil on earth.” Archipelago combines luxurious coconut oil with natural plant extracts, fatty acids and jojoba esters to create a gentle cleanser that both cleans and hydrates.
If you get those red, dry, flaky or irritated patches – or if you have sensitive skin- this body wash is going to be your new best friend. Add in its coconut-lime scent and you’ve got a highly effective body wash with an intoxicating smell that both men and women are going to love.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: It’s simple to use. Just lather up, apply to body and rinse. But if you want a little exfoliation while you cleanse, like I do, try this trick of mine. Use your body wash with the Body Scrubber by Daily Concepts ($10) to gently exfoliate skin in the shower or bath. Just apply product directly to the scrubber and scrub – gently – away.
Girlfriends are to be cherished. They’re the ones we lean on when we’re down and the ones we call when it comes time to celebrate a success. So while summer is still going strong, why not schedule a little girls night out – or in – with your favorite girlfriends? Regardless of budget, location or time constraints, girls’ nights are crucial for bonding and, well, they’re just plain fun.
Host a Wine Party for a Cause: Have a cause that is near and dear to your heart? Hope at Home makes it easy for you to host a soirée with your gal pals and give back to a cause of your choice. Your party can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Prepare your favorite summer appetizers; add fresh flowers, candles and a playlist and you have a fabulous summer fling. What a great way to make a difference!
Dine and Dish: I love a seductive dinner for two with my husband Charlie, but it’s also nice to share a meal with my girlfriends and dish about all things life. In the summer, I like to host a lunch or dinner for two with my close friends. I invite just one friend at a time, which makes for a quiet, intimate meal for truly catching up on our busy lives. I add all the decadent details to my table: linens, china, place cards, candles and flowers. If the weather permits, I will set it up on the patio or poolside. Making time to stay connected to our close friends is so important to our well being, and hosting a meal for two in your home let’s them know how special they are in your life.
Music to Your Ears: Summer is filled with the sound of music. Our favorite artists are out on tour, so why not take in a concert with your gal pals? Like me, you may prefer going with your sweetheart, but if you and partner’s musical tastes don’t always align, make it a girls’ night out. Check out the event calendar in your area for concerts in the park. Bring a blanket, picnic and beverages of choice and enjoy the sounds in the summer air.
Dress Up & Do good. If you have a little bit of a budget to work with, invite your friends to an upcoming charity event. There are some charity events whose tickets start as low as a movie ticket. So why not make it a double-hitter of a night by supporting your favorite charity while toasting your best girls?
Work it out. No time for a girls night in? How about a girls day out? Or should I say, workout? What can be more fun, effective – and motivating – than scheduling a workout date with your friends? I did that just last week with my girlfriend, Brooke Burke and we had a ball! Well, maybe not a ball – because it was intense. But know what made that workout so fun? Getting to workout with my friend. Afterwards, we hit Starbucks and my day was off to a great start!
Moll Wants To Know: What’s your favorite way to celebrate with your girls?
Tomorrow on The Moll Anderson Show it is all about giving back! I share with you my field visit with UNICEF that is very dear to my heart. I journeyed to Jamaica to participate in some of UNICEF’s life changing programs, and the experience was life changing for me too. What a fulfilling experience this was. Stay tuned for all the details on the show. Then later, we invite on the Director of One Hope Community, Haley Harris Bell. You are going to love this way of giving back. Haley stops in the Moll house to talk about how fun and easy it is to help a cause by popping a cork. That’s right I’m talking about wine tasting parties. And Producer Susannah and I have found some great articles to go with the topic of giving back. “How to Choose a Service Organization to Join” and “Ways to Give Back to Your Community.” It’s not all about writing a check; your time matters too! Dawn McCoy from Beautyfrosting.com stops in to give us some great Fergalicious glam. She recently sat down with the Duchess Fergie herself and she dishes on Fergie’s latest beauty products. I have to say they are GLAMOROUS! Our hot pick song of the week will get you believing again, it’s called “Believer” by the American Authors. See you next week! Xo
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LOVE THIS! Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime($65)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Precious oils lead to precious hair.
We put our hair through the ringer. Well, at least, I put my hair through the ringer. Through coloring, blowdrying, straightening, curling, brushing and workouts, my hair is tougher than she looks. So it’s my job to give her a little TLC every now and then. But when you color your hair like I do, sometimes it’s hard to find a treatment that will do everything you want it to do without dulling your color.
Meet my Seductive Beauty Pick of the Week: Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime($65). This pot of gold (literally) does everything you want it to do and nothing you don’t. With just one application, you’ll see restored vitality and healthy shine to even the dullest, most damaged of hair.
Hair feeling a little lifeless and humdrum lately? This masque leaves it feeling light, bouncy and revitalized. So many masks weigh hair down with the weight of the product. Not this guy. Instead of leaving it greasy, it feels fuller and more bouncy.
With a deep infusion of precious oils, this masque nourished and enriches, replenishing hair’s moisture and leaving us with luxurious, silky, shiny, soft and glowing hair. As for the ingredients? Well, I may not know what lipidic compounds actually are – but to be honest, I don’t even care. All I know is that they’re in there and they give ultra nourishment, leaving my hair feeling super seductively soft to the touch.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Apply 1 to 2 quarter-sized amounts of product into hair after shampooing. Massage in gently from root to tip – but really concentrating on those ends. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly. My favorite thing to is apply before taking a bath, entering a steam room or hitting the pool or beach. The heat makes the product penetrate even more deeply.
So you say you’re invited to a summer wedding? Well, lucky you! Some of my favorite weddings I’ve ever attended took place in the summer. You may have received your save the date months ago but now that the invitation has arrived – and the date is upon you – you ask yourself that age-old question, What am I going to wear? And summer weddings can be a bit tricky. After all, there are so many types of summer weddings. How do you know what to wear to which one? Well, here are some of my personal tips to get you through wedding season looking appropriately stylish no matter where your dance card takes you.
Time is on your side. If the invitation doesn’t really state the attire, let the time of day the wedding is occurring be your guide. Is it a morning wedding? Look fresh and awake with a summery sundress or a suit. For an afternoon wedding, it really depends on the approximate time the wedding will end. If the wedding is later in the afternoon, you’ll want to dress appropriately for the church or ceremony component (wear a pashmina or jacket, perhaps) while wearing a night-friendly dress underneath. One trick to consider for dressing for a day wedding, be sure to keep bling to a minimum. Diamonds might be a girl’s best friend but you don’t want to be dripping in them at a 2 pm church wedding. As for evening, think cocktail dress or gown. You can’t go wrong with a simple sheath or silk maxi dress.
Ties that bind. This is a question I get asked a lot. What is the difference between dressing for a black tie wedding vs. a white tie wedding? Well, first of all, white tie weddings are extremely rare these days. So if you’re invited to one, promise me you’ll go simply for the experience. A white-tie wedding calls for a floor-length gown as formal as they come. However, I would suggest finding the most comfortable gown possible; after all, you’re going to be eating, drinking and dancing and you don’t want to be worrying about your dress. For the more common – but equally stylish – black tie wedding, you can wear a dress that’s formal but a bit more fun. A long dress in a lovely summer color is perfect. And as for that super confusing “Black Tie Optional” wedding? It means you can be as formal as you wish but it’s not required. In this case, a short, sophisticated dress can work beautifully. One tip? Avoid sequins or over-glittering dresses as it can seem a bit attention-seeking and we always want that attention to be on the bride.
Festive, you ask? People always get stumped on this one. But I have one simple rule. If it says “festive”, I immediately think dancing. So put a little flair on that dress with a skirt that can twirl.
Take it outside. For outdoor weddings, such as garden weddings or beach weddings, I love a good hat. Not only does it look stylish and elegant but it will also protect you from the sun’s heat and damaging rays. When it comes to the dress, think a light, long sundress for a beach wedding and a short structured dress for a garden wedding. As for shoes, consider wearing flats or wedges – shoes with a wide enough heel not to sink into the grass.
Moll’s Wedding Tips: Regardless of where the wedding is, I have a few essentials that I always keep in my bag so I’m prepared: sunscreen, tissues and bug spray. And I always take a wrap or jacket because you never know how cool those summer nights can get. And remember! We’re in summer so let those summer shades show. Think of pretty pastels and beautiful bronzes for colors that pack a punch and stand out in pictures without stealing the show.
Moll Wants To Know: Are you attending any summer weddings? If so, what will you be wearing?
Today on The Moll Anderson Show we are so thrilled to have Emmy and Tony Award winning actress Swoosie Kurtz. From Broadway and film to television, Swoosie has done it all. Today, she is here talking about her book “Part Swan Part Goose, An Uncommon Memoir of Womanhood, Work and Family.” Swoosie explains how she got her name and she talks about her bond with her parents. She gives us an inside look into her acting career and the actors who have shared the stage and screen with her, from Carol Burnett to Melissa McCarthy.You are in for a real treat! Then later in the show we welcome Courtney Robertson, Season 16 winner of the Bachelor. She is here to talk about her book; “I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends, Confessions of a Reality Show Villain.” She gives us her side of the story on why she was portrayed as a villain on the show, and what happened to her relationship with Bachelor Ben. Producer Susannah and I have a great couple of articles; “20 Genius Space Saving Hacks for Packing Your Suitcase.” How about putting your dirty shoes in a shower cap, or storing your bobby pins in a tic tac container! There are a lot of useful tips in this one! And since summer is still sizzling we have an article for dates, “8 Laid Back Summer Dates” – music to our ears. Have some fun with post it notes, and sipping wine under the stars. Later Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com drops in to give her Beauty Beat and she does not disappoint with her Bobbi Brown summer line, beautiful bronzers and lipsticks. You definitely have to hear about these! Our hot pick song of the week is the one and only Jennifer Lopez called “First Love. “ Don’t forget to write to me each week at for any advice at askmoll.com. See you next week, xo!
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: A beautiful no-makeup look doesn’t exactly mean you don’t wear makeup.
We all want that “I woke up like this”, natural beauty that we think Beyonce has. But even in a just-woke-up, morning video, even Beyonce has some “no makeup-makeup” on. But where to start? How do we achieve that pretty, polished, natural beauty look by the glow of early morning light in our own bathroom mirrors?
Well, here’s a good start: my Seductive Beauty Pick of the Week: Perricone MD No Blush Blushand Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer (both $35). Two products, you ask? Shouldn’t that be “picks”? Well, not necessarily. See, I love wearing these two beauty potions together. So, why both? Because the No Blush Blush brightens and flushes while the No Bronzer bronzer contours and shades. I will take all of that, thank you very much. Together, they give you that “I just stepped off the beach” glow without suffering the harmful effect of UV rays. These sensual, self-adjusting serums impart natural, sun-kissed color while protecting sun-exposed skin with SPF 30 and Zinc Oxide.
The Perricone MD No Blush Blushbrings a slight rosy flush and youthful radiance to the face while firming cheekbone contours. Its star ingredient, DMAE, firms and tones the skin, restoring the appearance of lift and contour along the cheekbones. And the rosy pink, self-adjusting shade mimics the natural color of youthful, adolescent skin. Sign me up!
As for the Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer, this luxurious liquid bronzer delivers a natural, sun-kissed and healthy glow – all while defining. Boasting Dr. Perricone’s signature ingredient, Vitamin C Ester, this weightless bronzer works double-duty to both brighten skin and also address visible sun damage. The best part? The warm bronze shade actually mimics natural melanocytes (there’s a new word for you – the cells responsible for skin pigment – leaving you with a universally-flattering and captivating glow.
Now, you can take that morning selfie and feel confident – and just the teensiest bit guilty – when you include the hashtag, #Iwokeuplikethis . Ah, natural beauty.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: While liquid color can seem daunting, well-packaged products like these guys make it a breeze to apply. The No Blush Blush is designed with a soft doe-foot applicator so the serum can be dotted easily onto cheekbones and apples of cheeks. Just be sure to shake well and then blend in the color with your fingertips. For the No Bronzer Bronzer, shake as well. But, with the dropper of the bronzer, dispense 1-2 drops into the palm of your hand. Work into hand and dot along upper forehead, underneath cheekbones and below chin and jawline to delicately define.
Well, folks, it looks like we’re at the height of another hot, hot summer. So how can we stay cool when the thermostat reminds us we’re anything but? Why, with a cool cocktail, of course. Here are a few of my summer favorites that keep me cool, calm and collected when summertime is at its steamiest.
Spicy Summer. When the weather’s steamy, that’s my favorite time to get spicy. After all, how does the old saying go? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em? Instead of fighting the heat, make it red-hot yourself with my Red Hot Bloody Mary recipe from my Seductive Tables For Two book. Just take ½ cup chile-infused vodka, 2 c Zing Zong Bloody Mary Mix, some ice and some lime wedges. Combine the vodka and Bloody Mary mix in a pitcher. Fill 2 large glasses with ice. Pour in the Bloody Mary mix. Add a squeeze of lime. And that’s it!
Seductive Sipper™. My Orange You Going To Kiss Me cocktail is my favorite seductive summer sipper. Add ice cubes to two tall glasses and pour in 2 ounces of Grey Goose L”Orange Vodka. Squeeze the juice of half of a fresh, sliced orange into each glass and top with diet ginger ale. Garnish each with orange slices, a lime wedge, and a strawberry. Enjoy this refreshing seduction for two.
Garden Party. While I am not a fan of the summer heat, I love the flavors of summer. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables make for some fabulous dishes, and beverages are no exception. This Spring Fling cocktail brings the freshness of cucumber with the refreshing hint of fresh mint. Muddle 12 mint leaves with 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add 4 ounces of cucumber vodka, 2 ounces St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and ice. Shake to blend, then double strain into two martini glasses and splash with club soda. Garnish each with a fresh mint leaf and cucumber slice.
Sweet Southern Summer: Nothing says southern summer like a glass of sweet tea. Spice up your tea for two by simply pureeing fresh fruit or nectar with fresh herbs into a blender to add a flavorful punch to any basic tea. Try some of these delicious options for adding fresh flavors, or add a flavored vodka in your late afternoon tea to spice up your tea time.
Happy summer sippin’!
Moll Wants To Know: What summer sip keeps you cool?
There are moments that change your life forever -mere moments in which you know that after that moment you will never be the same, couldn’t be the same if you tried. My first-ever field visit with UNICEF to Jamaica was one of those moments. But it wasn’t just a moment. It was a week filled with visiting people and places, that would forever change my thinking and impact my heart and soul in such a way that I never thought possible before. I want to share this week filled with life-changing moments with you over the next few blogs. I hope I can express the memories in my heart effectively so that you can catch a glimpse of what I saw and take it into your own heart. That is my wish.
On February 17th I set out on my journey with UNICEF in Kingston, Jamaica. Now, when we think of Jamaica, we often think of sitting in the sand and sipping frosty cocktails with little colorful umbrellas in them. Well, this was not that kind of trip to Jamaica. No, we went to see the real Jamaica – and the real people of Jamaica – and what their Jamaica means to them. We saw the joys of family and friends and the country pride that we share as a people and then we saw the struggles that they face on a daily basis that many of us do not share.
We traveled all over the island to check out the innovative and life-changing projects that are already underway, thanks to UNICEF. It was such a gift that I was able to visit a different program on each day of my visit and see firsthand how UNICEF is changing the lives of those in need throughout this island country.
UNICEF Jamaica‘s current five year program of cooperation (2012-1016) with the government of Jamaica has three major components: Quality Education Program, Adolescent Health and Empowerment Program, & the Child Protection Program. Together the three programs are designed to address specific inequities across the entire life cycle of the most vulnerable children, to strengthen the systems which serve them, increase their access to key services and improve data use for better programming and advocacy. Over the course of my week in Jamaica, I spent a day at each of the following programs: Talk Up Yout – A Voice For Young People, EduSport – The Right To Play in Rural Communities, Children of Faith – Moving Families Forward, EVE For Life – Empowering Young Moms and Smile Mobile – Serving Children in State Care.
I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know more about these UNICEF-sponsored programs as much as I enjoyed getting to see them in loving action in person. It fills my heart that people are able to come together in such a powerful way. I hope it inspires you as it has inspired me – to make a small difference in your own world on a daily basis.
The UNICEF office in Kingston, Jamaica.
Photo from UNICEF Jamaica’s Facebook page
Well tomorrow will be a real treat, comedian Heather McDonald from Chelsea Lately joins us on The Moll Anderson Show to talk about her new funny Female Moments clip Café Con Life. The clip rings so true and she is wonderful in it, along with my daughter in-law Aphrodite! Heather dishes on being a mom, juggling a career, and author. From standup comedy routines to working with Chelsea Handler, this woman is very busy! Then later in the show we find out what men really want. Dr. Chris Mohr who is on the advisory board for “Men’s Fitness” magazine tells us 5 things that men want, including a sharper mind and a healthy sex life! We found out that women have many of the same wants. Producer Susannah and I have great articles “25 Reasons Working With Other Women is the Best,” It sure takes the creepy inappropriate guy out of the office holiday party, and if you need a tampon no worry someone is bound to have one! And we found an article, “How To Keep Your Man Happy: 5 Steps to Improving Your Relationship.” Dawn McCoy from BeautyFrosting.com stops in for our Beauty Beat and she does not disappoint! Our hot pick song of the week is by Coldplay called “A Sky Full of Stars.” Don’t forget to write in to me at askmoll.com! XO