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Kardashian-esque Locks!

Those damned Kardashians have one amazing feature that truly sets them apart from lesser reality starlets.  And I’m sure you’re thinking about that big, full, lucious…hair.

I KNOW the booty gets top billing, but I am not even kidding about the hair.  They’ve got the strands of at least 12 people floating atop their noggins.  And I admit it: I’m jealous.

Let’s take a moment to celebrate Kim’s mane:

(it's redick.)

It’s not that I don’t have great, cooperative hair- I lucked out in that department.  But if there’s anything better than long, thick hair…it’s longer, thicker hair.

Enter Carole Carmona.

Carole is the kind of angel that makes Kardashian dreams come true.  I always thought getting hair extensions meant someone glued a wig on my head.  And that creeped me out.  But I just learned (FIRST HAND!!!) that it’s way cooler.

Carole attached little pieces of hair to my existing hair using “hair locks”.  The awesome part is, there’s no glue or heat used in the adhesion, so no damage to your natural hair! 

It’s surprisingly not annoying to deal with- I use a special brush Carole gave me, but that’s about the only concession- I can still swim, shower, style it like normal. 

Let’s play a fun game of before & after:

BEFORE
(admittedly, I was in major need of a haircut)

And AFTER!

So Kardashian-esque!

...and curled.

There’s so much hair.  SO MUCH HAIR!!  It’s amazing!!  My favorite part is that if I have to run out in the morning with wet hair, it dries naturally looking pretty much perfect.  With zero effort.

Also, Carole is awesome & fun.  Which is important if you’re going to spend a few hours with someone working on your head.

If you’re thinking about upping YOUR hair game, here’s where you should start:  CaroleCarmona@gmail.com or 702-499-2416

Bonus side note/potential future CSI episode: I can’t help but think about the DNA confusion that could occur if someone found my hair at a crime scene.  Cause it’s a 50/50 shot I’m getting off scott free & some chick in India is taking the fall.  So there’s that!!!! 🙂

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Hot Up Boot Camp.

I want to be HOT on my wedding day.  Not every day hot, exceptional hot.  I want to look back at those pictures when I’m old & wrinkly and be all “DAMMMMNNNN!”.  I don’t even use phrases like “I’ll be all ‘DAMMMNNNN!'”, but that’s seriously the level of hot I’m looking for.  I intend to put a Kardashian to shame, that’s all I’m saying.

So I’m trying to figure out what goes into that hotting up process.

Let’s start with the obvious.  My dream weight is a buck 17 (perhaps you’ve noticed my obsession with sevens…and yup, it’s pretty much that arbitrary).  I can’t break 122 to save my life.  And frankly, that’s working hard for it- I rest comfortably at 124.  I know there are people who would roll their eyes at my quest to drop 5 lbs, but let me tell you, I’ve come a long way to get to the point where 5 lbs matters. I look at working out as my job (and a caloric penance of sorts for eating total and complete sh*t all day).  117 is the lowest healthy BMI for my height and I think being a healthy weight is more important than being Kate Moss.  Besides, I’m built too naturally Jessica Rabbit-esque to risk looking emaciated (I’ve gotta have at least 10 lbs in knockers alone?!).  My goal may sound crazy, but I have yet to meet a girl who is 100% satisfied with her weight as it stands.  And while I think I look fine in person- I’m a size 2 and I don’t have “problem areas” to defensively dress- I recognize (and am thankful) that my world is often on camera & that cameras completely suck balls, as far as the whole adding 5 lbs thing goes.  Point being, I want to be 117.

(I'm way more the one on the right)

So there’s that.

Also on the hot up list- I’m doing laser hair removal.  Ok, that wont necessarily show up on wedding pictures, but come on!  Who doesn’t want baby smooth legs all the time??  Plus, there was a groupon.  So a couple months before the wedding, I’ll be relatively hairless.

Annnnd while I’m at it- I’m getting a tattoo removed.  Don’t you worry- I’d never touch my “7”.  This one’s a smidge south- the ‘ol “tramp stamp” was such an awesome idea in college but much like Crystal Pepsi, it just doesn’t pass the test of time.  There should be a law that you have to take some emotional maturity exam before they can start inking you.  Or maybe move the age limit to 25.  I’m just saying you need to know what it is you truly stand for before you permanently declare it on your skin.  I kick around ideas for new tattoos all the time- I don’t think I’m done with the ink.  But I feel more settled into who I am at this point in my life & I don’t think any new work would be the result of a drunken stumble into a shady parlor.  Side note on removal: I’m fairly certain having a limb amputated is less painful.  You’ve been warned.

I’m willing to say that I know all of this is a little screwy.  I get that the Utopian version of me would look lovingly in a mirror and find peace & self-acceptance & unicorns & rainbows & valium.  I was inspired and slightly horrified by http://www.ayearwithoutmirrors.com , Kjerstin Gruys self-imposed mirror ban for the year leading up to her wedding- have you heard about this?  How the eff she’s avoiding mirrors for a year is beyond me (although in fairness, she doesn’t get picked apart on “fan” sites, so you gotta give me a little room for neurosis).  I give the girl props.  And would offer the girl xanax.

But I digress.

Here’s my favorite part of the story- Richie’s jumped in my hot up for the wedding boat!  We have a dentist (periodontist, actually) that we adore here in NYC, Nicholas Toscano, DDS ( http://www.manhattanperiodontist.com ).  He does all our dental work- we both did deep cleanings over the summer & I have a whitening hobby (slash mild obsession) that Dr. Toscano assists with.  He’s just a good dude, does a great job, really cares about his patients & pretty much treats our teeth like they were gold capped gangsta gems 🙂

Although Richie had braces twice as a kid, they never really “took”.  So he sat down with Dr. Toscano (follow http://twitter.com/DrToscanoDDS !) to see if there was anything he could do to permanently fix his teeth. And while you’d never know it to look at OR talk to Richie…he now has braces!  Dr. Toscano did Richie’s Invisalign.  So in about 6 months, Richie’s teeth will look amazing.  I didn’t know anything about Invisalign, but I’m completely blown away.  You don’t see them!  You can take them out!  I’m not sure why anyone would get the old school metal train tracks with this technology readily available.

Richie looks fantastic in that lipstick shade, no?

Oh- and here’s the coolest part.  Richie trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu almost every night.  And Dr. Toscano didn’t want Richie to have all that time training with a mouthguard in his mouth instead of his Invisalign.  So he’s creating CUSTOM INVISALIGN MOUTHGUARDS for Richie!!  How cool is that?!

So that’s the plan.  Don’t get me wrong, I would marry Richie with imperfect teeth as quickly as he’d marry me with stubbly legs and an outdated tattoo.  But the wedding is kind of a natural hot up deadline.  It’s nice to set some life goals that we can accomplish over the next twelve months, three weeks and one day.

xoxo,

R