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?
LOVE THIS! Urban Decay Naked2 Basics ($29)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: This Naked palette will leave you looking anything but.
Urban Decay’s Naked Palettes have basically become the popular kids in the beauty world. Every beauty expert – and enthusiast – rushes to the store to get the newest edition each time a new one is released…and I am no exception.
Why wouldn’t I rush to Sephora for this? I’ve been a fan since the first edition and they just seem to be getting better and better. That’s why Urban Decay Naked2 Basics ($29) has already found its way into my Beauty Bag this week, even though it was just released.
While it’s cooler in tone than the original, the same neutral tones that made the first palettes so popular are still present. This edition features six new taupe-hued matte neutrals, which make it perfect for everyone. Formulated with Urban Decay’s unique Pigment Infusion System, this special blend of ingredients gives each shade rich color, a velvety texture, effortless blendability and serious staying power.
They work for literally everyone because they work on all skin tones – from fair to cool to olive to darker complexions. And because they don’t have any shimmer at all, they are age-friendly and age-appropriate on all. Definitely a palette to invest in. And, why shouldn’t you? After all, what shadows could be more perfect for fall?
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: Each shade of this palette has a purpose – either to create a pretty and polished look, or a smoky and seductive stare. My favorites? I love the deepest shade, Undone because it’s a true ashy grey-brown matte and is perfect for a deep, smoky eye. I especially like to concentrate it at the outer corners of the eye on the upper and lower lashlines for extra oomph. Cover (a muted , matte red-brown shade), on the other hand, is the perfect neutral shade for blending and daytime wear, while Primal (a muted matte brown) is a chocolaty color, which makes for a smoldering-yet-subtly defined crease. And I have to tell you that Skimp (a pale nude satin) has become my favorite shade for highlighting. With this one palette, you can have your pick of looks!
When fall rolls around, it only means one thing in the Anderson household: FOOTBALL! My husband, Charlie, loooooves football and, thus, so do I. Going to Tennessee Vol games together has led to some of my favorite memories. Between the energy we spend cheering on our team and enjoying the cuisine, the cocktails and the camaraderie, it really is a season of excitement. We get to spend time together and spend quality time with family and friends, all at the same time. There’s not much better than that! Over the years, I’ve perfected the art of football fun. Here are a few of my tailgating tips that I hope you’ll share with your team this fall!
Make it last. Instead of all of the disposable team-themed paperware and plasticware that rips apart after one use, why not invest in a few pieces that can be reused each football season? Buy a few team-colored blankets and tablecloths. Invest in plastic and acrylic reusable plates, cups, cloth napkins and silverware that match your team colors. Not only will your tailgate be more elegant and cozy, but it’s also good for the environment! Win-win.
Keep it simple with sandwiches. Whether you choose turkey and swiss, pimento cheese, or chicken salad, you can’t go wrong with sandwiches. A great alternative for when the temperatures are still warm, sandwiches can be individually wrapped in wax paper so they keep fresh and remain in tact. One of my family’s favorites are my Tempting Tomato Sandwiches. They add a lighter option to a typically grill-heavy menu.
Tempting Tomato Sandwiches
A perfect tomato sandwich is a thing of beauty, and these sandwiches make a perfect appetizer. This recipe puts the components in separate containers. Store them until you are ready to serve. Then assemble when you’re ready to eat.
- 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
- 1 thin slice of red onion
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar
- 1/4 cup best-quality mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
- Cayenne pepper to taste
- Italian bread rounds
- Several shavings of Parmesan cheese
Layer the tomato slices in a plastic container. Top with the onions. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and vinegar. Seal and refrigerate until needed.
Combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice and cayenne pepper in a small container. When ready to assemble, pat the tomatoes dry with paper towels. Spread the mayonnaise mixture on the bread. Top with a tomato and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Eat them open-face or top with another bread round. Serves 2.
Freshen up. While it can be tempting to stock up on burgers, hot dogs, chips and junk food, don’t forget to add some freshness to the menu. A colorful salad, fresh fruit kebabs or even a salsa variation can add some vitamins and fiber to the football feast. A staple at our tailgates? My Corn and Black Bean Salsa. It complements a regular tomato-based salsa and adds some color to the table! Try it out!
Corn and Black Bean Salsa
- 1 12- oz can shoe peg or whole white corn
- 1 15 oz can Bush’s Black Beans
- ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- 1 cup peeled and chopped cucumber (optional)
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 ½ cup salt
- 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
Combine first 5 ingredients and set aside. Combine remaining ingredients to make dressing and pour over vegetables. Toss to coat all. Cover and chill. Serve with chips or scoops or serve as a salad. It makes a fresh and delicious compliment.
Do-It-Yourself can be deluxe. One really fun tailgate idea I saw once is to set up a DIY Frito Pie chili station. Whip up a batch of chili the night before in a Crock Pot. Take the chili to the game and set bowls or cups next to it, already pre-filled with all of your favorite chili fixins’. Don’t forget the cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, red onions – and, of course – the Fritos!
Dropping temperatures can lead to tasty choices. As the temperatures drop lower and lower, rethink your menu. Instead of submarine sandwiches, bring thermoses filled with a variety of soups. Tomato, chicken noodle, beer cheddar, minestrone and country potato are all filling and delicious options. Grill up some grilled cheeses and you’ve got the perfect chilly weather fall meal. And instead of ice-cold beer (although you always want to have that on-hand for the crowd), bring some homemade hot cocoa as a special treat. Just don’t forget the marshmallows and whipped cream!
Moll Wants To Know: What’s your favorite tailgate tip?
LOVE THIS! Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Vamp #18 ($27)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Vamping never goes out of style.
This past Monday, I mentioned some major ways you can change up your look for fall with minimal effort and cost. But I left one off -an important one. Nail color! By painting your nails a deeper, dramatic hue this fall, your whole look can be intensified.
That’s why I’m pulling out a Beauty Bag fave this week that still holds true: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Color in Vamp #18($27). While the shade has changed a bit since it first came on the scene in 1994, the drama it brings to the table has not.
Chanel Vamp nail polish was an unexpectedly huge hit when it was released in 1994. Back then, Vamp was a black-meets-blood red hybrid that was exquisite with just a tinge of evil. Today’s Vamp is a subtler burgundy shade infused with a silver shimmer – or as I think of it – the perfect shade to take you from fall to winter.
Perfect for fingers or toes, all Chanel polishes are formaldehyde-free, toluene-free and DBP-free. Free of all that stuff we don’t want so we can get all of that rich Chanel color we crave! And each Chanel polish has an exclusive formula that strengthens and moisturizes nails, all while delivering high-shine, highly pigmented color.
Go ahead and embrace your inner vamp this fall. What have you got to lose?
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: A DIY-at home manicure is no picnic. I know. But I’ve learned a few tricks over the years that certainly help when you need to give yourself a polish change in a jiffy. Here are my top 2:
1) Prior to applying nail polish (especially dark ones like this one that tend to leave a stubborn stain), apply petroleum jelly around the base of the nails and cuticles. It makes mess-ups less messy and cleanup a breeze.
2) In a time crunch? To make your nail polish dry faster, try soaking your nails in ice water after painting them. Once dry to the touch, apply a nonstick cooking spray to your nails to help the polish dry faster. Fun fact? It’s not that different than the quick-dry spray used in your favorite nail salon.
Why should we let the leaves have all the fun when it comes to changing colors? Now that the school year has officially begun and fall is almost here, the weather is changing – and so should you. But instead of a drastic change (no, I’m not talking orange hair here), why not just play with color and style a bit? With a few choice selections, you can add a splash of color and style to your home, closet and makeup bag, with minimal commitment and maximum impact.
Add some drama to your denim. Just because you want to be comfortable in jeans doesn’t mean you can’t make an entrance this fall. Invest in some oxblood or eggplant jeans to liven up drab denim with the perfect fall color. Pair with a white button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up or a textured loose-fit sweater and knee-high boots to have an effortless, complete fall look with just one investment piece.
Throw in some color. While you might not want to invest in a chocolate velvet sofa to get your home feeling more like fall, one small piece can definitely change the seasonal mood. Try adding an autumnal-hued throw to your sofa to bring in the season. Or add a few pillows in a deep fall shade (such as rust or forest green) to remind you what season you’re in. And budget is no issue – you can find throws and pillows everywhere from Pottery Barn to Marshall’s.
Start smoking. No, not cigarettes! Start smoking out those eyes. Smoky, sandy and bronzed shadows are the go-to shadows this fall. They’re perfect when paired down with a nude, glossy lip or paired up dramatically with a deep, matte merlot lip. And nothing is more seductive than a smoky eye that looks like you slept in it for a spell. You do the math.
Hats off! Or, on – as the case may be. A simple way to instantly change up your look is to add a hat. Instead of opting for a classic straw or black hat, try adding a bit of color with a chocolate floppy, felt hat with that boho vintage vibe. It works for almost everyone! If your hair is dark, it will accentuate the color of your hue and if your hair is light, it’ll just make that color pop. Plus, it adds a little moody element to your look, which is perfect for the fall with the lesser daylight we have.
To Dye For. While I joked about coloring your hair earlier, if you are flirting with taking your hair a shade or two darker, now is the time. If you’re wanting a gradual shift, just take the darkest shade of your natural hair color and go about one shade darker. But if you’re wanting a dramatic change, monochromatic java browns and rose golds are all the rage this fall.
So, I guess I am saying to color your hair orange. Kidding.
I am not. I am definitely not.
Moll Wants To Know: How will you change up your look this fall?
LOVE THIS! Tarte Cosmetics’ The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer ($24)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: A little contour can instantly slim and define!
We all see celebrities on the red carpet with their perfectly chiseled features and sometimes wonder how we missed out in the lottery hosted by the genetics gift department. But wanna know a secret? Those chiseled features are often the result of strategic contouring by their talented makeup artists. For years, I’ve used bronzer to define my cheekbones but now – thankfully for all of us – the game has changed, thanks to what’s currently in my beauty bag, Tarte Cosmetics The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer ($24).
This slimming face slenderizer in Tarte’s classic shade, Park Avenue Princess (the perfect suntan bronze which complements every skin tone) makes it super easy to contour like a celebrity makeup artist right at home. Define your cheekbones and chisel your nose, forehead and chin in seconds by strategically applying The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer wherever you feel you need it most. I personally love applying it right in the hollows of my cheekbones for a super defined look.
Powered by Amazonian clay (which gives it its long-wearing feature), vitamin C (which helps prevents signs of premature aging), vitamin E (an anti-inflammatory emollient) and antioxidant mineral pigments (that soothe and soften skin), the combination of all these ingredients just leave us with a slimmer face, more defined features and a complexion that’s more than red carpet-ready.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: First trick? Don’t be intimidated. You can do this. And if you REALLY want to get that flawlessly defined look, blend The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer with Tarte’s The Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush ($32). This multi-functional, double-ended contour brush seamlessly blends the bronze shade for a seemingly airbrushed, slimmer, sculpted movie star appearance. Try it and let me know about your experience!
Fall can be not only one of the busiest times of the year, but also a time that requires some major fashion variety. Think about it – fall brings tailgating, homecomings, fall dances, class reunions, charity walk/runs, Halloween, Thanksgiving and more. So what do you do when not only your funds are limited but your closet is too? Well, luckily, there are a slew of online sites these days that can give your wallet a break without breaking your fashion sense – here are a few of my favorites.
Dazzle yourself. A company based on women’s love of shoes and accessories and also the necessity of living on a budget, Shoe Dazzle is where that passion and practicality join forces. Founded on the belief that every woman deserves access to on-trend, quality shoes that fit her style, Shoe Dazzle provides an array of choices every month to fit every shoe-and accessory-lover’s style. Each month, their fashion team – led by none other than their Chief Stylist, Rachel Zoe – offers clients personalized shoe, handbag and accessory recommendations. And for just a $39.95 automatic payment every month, you can become a VIP Elite Member where that $39.95 goes straight into your account to spend as a VIP credit. With this VIP membership, you receive free shipping and special members-only pricing. And how fun would it be to get shoes and purses in the mail every month, I ask?
Add the WOW Factor: If you are happy with your fall collection of clothing and accessories but want to add a statement piece or two this season to up your wardrobe WOW factor, get instant access to designer brands and discounted prices at vaunte.com and Gilt.com. These online sites, offer discounts of up to 60% off premier designer brands. New pieces are added daily, so get in the habit of visiting often – you just might find that piece you have been waiting for at an amazing price! At vaunte, you not only can buy designer brands, but you can also sell your designer pieces that you may have grown tired of. If you aren’t sure you are in the market for a new designer addition to your wardrobe, browse these sites for style inspiration.
Rent The Runway Here’s one of those ideas that is so brilliant you might wish that you had thought of it, yourself. Just in time for Homecoming, fall weddings and all of those holiday parties, Rent The Runway is here to the rescue. These days, everyone is wanting to change up their look from event to event, but, just how do you do that on a not-so-big budget? It’s simple. You look at their site (a good way to pass the time as there are tons of gorgeous dresses to look at) and choose from over 65,000 designer dresses and accessories. Start by specifying your delivery date and size and then filter by length, designer, color, trends, body type and more. You can rent for either 4 or 8 days and you can even get a free backup size. You can also choose a different dress for an additional $32.50. The dress (or dresses) will be delivered via UPS or courier service and can be sent to your home, hotel or office by 8pm on your delivery date. Then, after you’ve rocked that dress in the photobooth or on the red carpet, you simply return it. Returns are free, and Rent The Runway even takes care of the dry cleaning! That’s right! Full service and no need to shop when you’re in a hurry and on a budget. And as for the designers; we’re talking the crème de la crème here, including Trina Turk, Vera Wang, Kate Spade New York, Hervé Léger, Robert Rodriguez, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, Christian Siriano and more. Rent The Runway? More like designer for a dime.
Moll Wants To Know: Have you tried out any of these sites? What was your experience?
Tomorrow on The Moll Anderson Show I am bringing back girl talk with my good friend Brooke Burke-Charvet. She is here today and we are talking about balancing your career, family, workout time, and oh yeah some good old me time! I am so thrilled to have one of my best gal pals to talk about these personal topics. If you find yourself never having the time for a special night out, or not having time for just yourself, then you need to tune in to this show and let go of the guilt! Producer Susannah and I throw in some great articles to help with this topic, like “The Top 10 Tips for Balancing Work and Family,” and “10 Compliments Guys Give You and What They Actually Mean.” Our hot pick song of the week is heating up the charts, it’s by Maroon 5 and its called “Maps.” Don’t forget to write into me each week with any questions askmoll.com See you next week! Xo
LOVE THIS! Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum ($62)
LOVE IT NOW BECAUSE: Free of all we don’t want and full of all we do want!
My readers and radio listeners constantly tell me that they feel that anti-aging treatments are a sales gimmick. They feel that it’s hard to find products that actually work without spending a small fortune and they never know where to start. And they want to know why they contain all of those chemicals they can’t even pronounce! Well, ladies, my Beauty Bag inhabitant today is for you.
Juara Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum ($62) is an oil-free and fragrance-free reparative serum that actively addresses signs of premature skin aging. So that’s what it does but how does it really impact us? Well, it actually boosts skin radiance – giving us that youthful glow we love – while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Then, it takes it a step further by increasing firmness and elasticity, thanks to a powerful cocktail of turmeric, clove flower, watermelon extract, sea algae, palm peptide, goji berry and the always-plumping, hyaluronic acid. Is it just me or does that sound like a smoothie I make in the morning?
In all seriousness, skin is brightened, even and lifted. It really is. And it does all this while being a 100% vegetarian skincare product that’s also free of fragrance, parabens, mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates and artificial colors and chemicals.
Skin is left more radiant, luminous and lifted – and all with just one pump. Plus, it’s great for all skin types and can be used day and night so this is an equal opportunity anti-aging winner. But just like with everything in life, practice makes perfect…well, almost; with continued use, your skin actually feels firmer and softer to touch. All natural skincare with proven results -that doesn’t sound like a gimmick to me. That sounds like a good one to keep on the bathroom counter.
Moll’s Bag of Tricks: After cleansing and patting skin dry, apply the serum and follow with your moisturizer. One drop of the serum will cover the face but go for two drops. Why? Because we don’t want to forget that neck and décolletage. Studies have shown that that’s the first place that shows aging and the first tell-tale to a woman’s age. So let’s keep it a secret until we want to share, why don’t we?