LOVE THIS! NARS Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer ($25)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: It’s the LBD in your holiday makeup plan.
Winter is here and holiday party invitations have started pouring in. So, now, what’s a busy girl to do when you’re running from work to cooking dinner for the kids to a festive fête at your best friend’s house?
I say that having a reliable, easy-breezy lip color is essential. But you don’t always want a powerful plum or a rich red, so a basic, sexy nude is your “LBD” (little black dress) when it comes to your holiday makeup plan. That’s why my Seductive Beauty Pick of the Week is NARS Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer ($25).
Chelsea Girls is a creamy, peachy nude shade that’s neutral enough to pair simply- yet seductively – with a nude lipliner and a smoky eye. Or if you have a bold lip and you’re liking its boldness less and less as the night wears on, you can use this gloss to tone down that boldness a bit.
The high shine formula is perfect for holiday parties as it wears well through eating, drinking and talking - the 3 main activities that you are hopefully doing at a holiday party! And the fuller-bodied texture keeps the color in the lines and prevents color from bleeding. Plus, ingredients including Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Sesame Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil keep lips from drying out in these cold, dry winter months.
Bottom line? Lips look sultry without looking like you’re trying too hard and we looooove that because you know what I always say? ‘Tis the season to be seductive.
Moll Wants To Know: What is your “LBD” when it comes to your holiday makeup plan?
One of my favorite childhood traditions was decorating our family Christmas tree. From picking out the tree to picking which ornaments to hang on it, tree decorating was such a beautiful bonding experience for us as a family. By unpacking all of the Christmas decorations and seeing ornaments that have been with our family for decades and including the new ornament bought to mark the year’s celebration, tree decorating was an event in itself. Here are some of my suggestions on how to make the most of your tree tradition.
Choose your tree wisely. There are many choices when it comes to choosing a Christmas tree. Living or artificial? Spruce, pine or fir? Traditional green or a retro silver? These are all personal choices and you really can’t go wrong if you choose based on the needs of you and your family. When it comes to selecting a size, consider the space where the tree will be placed. For instance, if you’re in a studio apartment, you’ll want to get a smaller tree that won’t overpower the room. If you have a large foyer with high ceilings, you’re going to want to select a tree that won’t get lost in that grand space. The bottom line is that you want to select a tree that’s going to impress best in the space in which it lives.
Decorate the tree with your treasures. This is the best place to start. By taking an inventory of the ornaments you have, you can prioritize them according to importance to family members, nostalgia and quality. If you have a beloved ornament that has been in your family since your great-great grandmother, be sure to include that first and then work the other ornaments around it. By focusing first on the ornaments most special to you as a family, you’ll be better able to chart a décor course of action for your tree.
Beef up your tree. So let’s say you didn’t get the pick of the litter when it came to Christmas trees this year and it looks a little on the, well, the sparse side. What can you do to beef it up so it looks as festive as your family feels? For starters, you can fill in the gaps with extra tree branches or festive garlands purchased at craft and specialty stores. If you want to give your artificial tree the scent of a live tree, tie live greens selected from your local tree lot. Once your tree is beefed up, you can begin layering your decorations. I love incorporating oversized details to my tree so the spirit of the holiday season can really be both felt – and seen.
Moll Wants To Know: How are you decorating your Christmas tree this year?
As moms we tend to wrestle at one time or another with guilt when we cannot be there with our children, and this is especially hard for working moms. For whatever reason you are away from the home, whether you’re working out of necessity or because you enjoy a fulfilling career, you should never have to feel guilty for missing or being away from your child. Easier said then done I know! Tomorrow on The Moll Anderson Show we are going to try and conquer these feelings as I invite on a very special friend and working mom Brooke Burke – Charvet. You’ve seen this beauty winning the seventh season and now co-hosting Dancing With The Stars, but Brooke is also busy with her website ModernMom.com which offers fresh and inspirational content written by moms for moms. She tells us how to handle these guilty feelings, how to delegate household duties, and she reminds us that we are 100% worth it too! You will not want to miss this show! Producer and working mom Susannah and I have some great articles to share. 10 Ways Moms Can Balance Work and Family - from letting go of the guilt to finding quality childcare, there are so many great tips to help working mothers in this article. Another great article we talk about is The Working Parent’s Guide to Family Bonding. Working and having a family is no easy feat but these tips will definitely give you some great guidance. Then later in the show our fabulous beauty expert Dawn McCoy comes by to share some amazing new eye shadow colors from Nars. Hello navy! Our hot pick song of the week is just how every mom feels about their children; Katy Perry is hitting the charts with “Unconditionally“. If you need any advice write into me at askmoll.com! See you next week.
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Strong hair that stays in place is the sign of a strong woman.
Now, I know that “Love It Now Because” sounds a bit like a fortune cookie but you’ve gotta understand how much southern women love their hairspray. When I moved to Tennessee, I thought I had a pretty healthy relationship with my hairspray – as in I needed it, I used it and we got along just great. But by the time the humidity of Nashville & Knoxville had their way with me, I realized I needed more from our relationship.
Luckily, I was in the right place because southern women KNOW their hairspray. And that’s how I was introduced to the strong-holding-powerhouse-love-of-my-life that is my Seductive Beauty Pick of The Week: L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold w/ UV Filter ($14.99).
So what made this spray win the “Southern Hospitality Award” in my book? Well, quite simply, it wooed me. Yep, it wooed me with its micro-diffusion technology, its superior humidity protection and its UV filter for color-treated hair. And while it holds my hair perfectly in place, it’s still soft as satin to the touch, which the other love-of-my-life also loves. After all, no man wants to run his fingers through stiff, sticky hair! Um, no thank you.
Specially formulated for color-treated hair – and the needs that go along with it – this hairspray sprays on in an ultra-fine mist and disappears at the stroke of a brush. Unlike its competitors, it leaves hair clean, shiny and keeps it in place for hours. I don’t know about you but if my hair feels strong and looks good, I feel like I can accomplish just about anything. Yep, strong hair and strong women go hand-in-hand.
Moll Wants To Know: What’s your secret for strong hair that stays in place?
Did you know that this year, many of us will be celebrating two holidays on November 29th? For the first time since 1888, the first night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day. So many families out there will be combining the best of both holidays on this day. Sounds like an opportunity for double-the-celebration to me!
To prepare for this decadent day, I was on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family this past Friday with a few ideas on how to set the table and feed the soul on Thanksgivukkah. Here are a few tasty tips on how to make your Thanksgivukkah one to remember. And believe me, you’ll want to remember this one, as it won’t happen again for 70,000 years. 70,000 years!!!!!
Combine colors. While the traditional colors of Thanksgiving are on the autumnal side – with rust, chocolate, copper, cranberry and gold – the colors of the festival of lights complement these quite beautifully. Try adding dreidels to the place settings or placing mini pumpkins along the center of the table, flanking the centerpiece. Just by adding some accent colors of blue, white, and silver to your normal Thanksgiving decorations and tablescape, you’ll bring in the essence of Hanukkah.
Set your table with your treasures. While this is an exciting holiday, please don’t go into debt over a holiday that won’t happen again in your lifetime! Rather than buying anything new, pull from your treasures that you already have. Whether it be using your grandmother’s rust tablecloth or gold table runner or featuring your mother’s menorah as the centerpiece for the table, this is the perfect time to incorporate personal treasures and family heirlooms.
Make the most of your menu. With two holidays falling on one day, that just means you have twice the opportunity to indulge! So why not provide your guests with a few options representative of each holiday? As alternatives to the traditional turkey and stuffing, consider serving Manishewitz-brined roast turkey, challah-apple stuffing or horseradish-chive mashed potatoes. Other delicious holiday mash-ups you might consider include roasted brussels sprouts with pastrami and pickled red onions, pecan pie rugelach or my favorite, sweet potato latkes (see my recipe below) with cranberry applesauce. Mmmm…I’m getting hungry just writing this!
Happy Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Thanksgivukkah to you & your family!
1) Marabu Porcelain Paint Pen; 2) Sarah Campbell Turkey | West Elm; 3) Metallic Basketweave Throw | West Elm; 4) Enchanted Ikat Table Runner | West Elm; 5) Porcelain salad plate | Target; 6) Gold flatware set | West Elm; 7) Gold charger | HomeGoods; 8) Mercury Glass Taper Holders | West Elm ; 9) Lauren by Ralph Lauren Tablecloth in Paisley Rust | HomeGoods; 10) Blue & gold dishes | HomeGoods
Moll Wants To Know: How are you celebrating Thanksgiving & Thanksgivukkah this year? Send me a pic of your family’s holiday tablescape – I’d love to see it!
Moll’s Sweet Potato Latkes Recipe
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ground cloves (optional)
- ¼ cup vegetable oil (for frying)
- Washed and julienne sweet potatoes and place in a colander. Place a cheesecloth over the potatoes, and squeeze the potatoes to release as much liquid as possible. Let the potatoes sit to release more liquid, then squeeze again.
- In a large bowl, combine sweet potatoes, eggs, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and a pinch of clove; mix well.
- Heat oil in large heavy skillet to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
- Form mixture into pancake size cakes, and fry in hot oil. Flip cakes after 2 to 3 minutes (when bottom is browned) and brown other side. Drain on paper towels, and serve piping hot!
- Serve with cranberry applesauce.
Wow, is it already time for Thanksgiving! With the holiday being days away we found the perfect guest to take you through a historic path filled with recipes and stories. Rick Browne, host of Barbecue America, has just written a beautiful historic cookbook and is on The Moll Anderson Show tomorrow. It is called A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants. It is lined with beautiful photography and terrific stories. Rick also shares with us how to grill a turkey. If playing charades with the family is not in the plan this Thanksgiving then you might want to check out a movie. Tara Hitchcock from taraontv.com stops by to tell us what movies to see this holiday season! Producer Susannah and I of course have some great articles -15 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Easier. Remember to clean out that fridge before you start the big day. And we learn about a secret society for date night in our article on 7 Fiery Dates for Cold Nights. Our beauty expert Dawn McCoy is back again, and things get a little spicy this time! You can check her out at beautyfrosting.com. Our hot pick song of the week Love Somebody is by Maroon 5. Tis the season for family and friends-Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
LOVE THIS! Benefit Watt’s Up! ($30)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Sometimes, we just need to glow all night long!
I don’t know about you gals but I love getting my makeup done! Not just for the obvious reason – as in it helps me look my absolute best – but also for the tips and tricks I pick up. For my event that I hosted for Habitat for Humanity last week, An Evening Under The Stars, I was thrilled that my favorite makeup artist & trusted friend, Brady Wardlaw, was on hand to help me step it up for the big evening I had ahead of me. After all, the night ahead was going to be a long – albeit fun – one and I needed products that could last through the busy, chilly, light & flash-filled night.
Well, help me step it up, he did! Not only did I feel more glamorous than ever after Brady worked his magic but he also used a slew of new-to-me products. The first one I can’t wait to share with you is this week’s Seductive Beauty Pick of The Week: Benefit Watt’s Up! ($30).
This soft focus, glowing highlighter makes your delicate features pop with its sultry champagne glow. And its cream-to-powder finish means that it works for any complexion, stays on all night long and won’t turn to oil as the evening wears on. Brady applied it on the brow bone to give my eyes a candlelit, bright-eyed look and then added a bit to the tops of my cheekbones for a controlled lit-from-within glow. Another trick? For a little subtle definition to your nose, you can apply a small amount of the highlighter down the bridge of the nose and blend.
While it comes with a sponge tip applicator on the other end, Brady preferred using his fingers to blend so as not to remove any of the highlighter or foundation already applied. Plus, as I’ve learned from him over the years, sometimes using your fingers to blend is best!
Moll Wants To Know: How do you get your glow for a special night out?
Lifestyle expert and radio host Moll Anderson opens up about a personal family health crisis she endured. Five years ago, Moll’s stepson, Chase, suffered a stroke when a blood clot from his leg traveled up through his heart and into his brain. When doctors were unable to dissolve the clot using medication, Chase underwent surgery to remove it. While the surgery was a success, it was just the beginning of Chase’s recovery. Moll and her family spent weeks in the hospital, doing whatever they could to support Chase and be there for him in his time of need. She says it was a very stressful and devastating time for her family. You can learn more about their family’s experience by reading her Nashville Lifestyles column, ‘We Are Family.’
This year was our sixth year of creating and hosting an event for Habitat For Humanity. From the start, the idea was to create a neighborhood of houses called “Music Row.” The Music Row homes are named after the amazing artists that have performed at each of our events in past years. Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, and Tim McGraw all have houses named in their honor – and this year, we are delighted to add Kelly Clarkson to the row.
Our Evening Under The Stars event fell in November this year for the first time, and while the night was a bit on the chilly side, Kelly warmed the crowd right up with her extraordinary voice. She wowed us with a selection of her many hits and a beautiful song from her new Christmas CD, Wrapped in Red, available at Walmart.com. Because of Kelly, a family will now own – and live in – the Kelly Clarkson house.
As always – in addition to our Knoxville friends – our out-of-state family and friends flew in from many places, near and far, to support this magical event. This was the first year our dear friends Brooke Burke-Charvet and David Charvet made their way to Tennessee! What fun it is to help others and spend time with the people you love!
History was again made in Knoxville, Tennessee and Our Music Row!
Habitat for Humanity provides a hand up – not a hand out.
There is a common misconception that Habitat for Humanity homes are given away to people in need. But the fact is, they sell the homes to families at no profit, with zero-percent interest loans, in order to make them affordable for people who cannot otherwise afford a house with a conventional mortgage.
Habitat homeowners are heavily invested in the process. Each family must complete 500 hours of sweat equity before moving into their new home. These 500 hours are accrued in classes that help them learn how to budget their money and become responsible homeowners. Besides partnering in a home with our event, we help to support these classes, which make a life-changing difference in helping the families to become successful!!
Since 1985, Habitat has helped over 450 families realize the dream of homeownership. I invite you to read more about HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS and share in the SUCCESSES OF OUR FAMILIES whose lives have been changed by a simple, decent and affordable place to live.
Isn’t that what it’s all about?
For more info on how you can get involved with Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.habitat.org.
This holiday season, consider giving a gift in your friend or family’s name and share the love and joy of truly what this season is all about!
What are you waiting for?
*Photos by A.K. Vogle Photography*