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Fekkai Summer Hair Collection is summer detox for your hair

Summer style is all about sexy and undone, but achieving the perfect "just-off-the-beach" look shouldn't mean exposing your hair to the damaging effects of the sun, saltwater, and chlorine. Frédéric Fekkai brings you a collection of summer hair basics for $23 at Sephora.

Marine Summer Hair Zero-Humidity Frizz Control: Conquer frizz all day with this weightless, alcohol-free mist.

Marine Summer Hair Beach Waves: Sexy on or off the beach. Create a tousled, "beachy" look with this heat-activated UV shield and styling mist.

Marine Summer Hair Clean Detox Shampoo: A gentle daily purifying shampoo

Marine Summer Hair Beachcomber Leave-In Conditioner: A bi-phase, daily, leave-in conditioner.

Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Collection

Source: In Style

Posted by Amanda, in Beauty and Cosmetics.

Free weekend in August at all 147 National Park sites

The National Park Service will offer fee-free weekends this summer to encourage cash-strapped families to visit national parks -- and to help boost local economies. All 147 National Park Service sites that charge entry fees will waive them on August 15 and 16. The fees at these parks normally cost from $3 to $25, so it's a nice savings. 

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Source:  WalletPop; WikiMedia

Posted by Amanda, in Travel.

Janice Pierced-Metal Pendant Chandelier with artfully placed openings is on sale at Horchow

This unique enclosed light fixture is pierced by artfully placed openings to shed light in a play of pattern. Made of iron with golden highlights. 27.5"Dia. x 41.5"T. Uses six 60-watt bulbs.   (Original price:$1,400.00; now $979.90 at Horchow).  Note there is a $150 delivery and processing fee associated with this lighting fixture.

Janice Pierced Metal Light Pendant Chandelier

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

As National Ice Cream Month ends, celebrate with deliciously fun ice cream charms by Juicy Couture

Juicy Couture
Ice Cream in a Dish Charm: Give in to the indulgent decadence of this delish treat by Juicy Couture®! This charm is gold-plated with enamel and crystal inlays and a lobster clasp. It is 3/4" wide and 1" long ($48 at Zappos Couture)

Juicy Couture ice cream charm zoom

Juicy Couture Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone Charm: "I scream, you scream, we all scream for...soft serve ice cream!" You'll look utterly delicious with this Juicy Couture® charm. This charm is gold-tone with enamel "soft serve" top and crystals and a lobster clasp. It is 1/2" wide and 1 1/2" long ($42 at Zappos Couture)
Juicy Couture Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone Charm zoom
The charms clip on to Juicy Couture's starter bracelets or necklaces.

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

Crème brûlée is a straighforward, unpretentious creation that is simple, comforting and sure to impress your guests

Today is National Crème Brûlée Day. Crème brûlée (French for "burnt cream"), burnt cream, crema catalana, or Trinity cream is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a layer of hard caramel, created by caramelizing sugar under a broiler, with a butane torch or other intense heat source, or by pouring sugar on top of the custard. It is usually served cold in individual ramekins. The custard base is normally flavoured with just vanilla, but it can be enhanced with chocolate, a liqueur, fruit, etc. Sometimes the hardened sugar on top will be caramelized, by igniting a thin layer of liqueur sprinkled over the top.

Crème brûlée is undoubtedly one of the most frequently ordered restaurant desserts today. The exact origins of this dish are unknown and very much in contention, with the English, Spanish, and French all staking claim. The earliest known reference to the dessert is in François Massialot's 1691 cookbook.

In the early eighteenth century, the dessert was called "burnt cream" in English. In Britain, a version of crème brûlée (known locally as 'Trinity Cream' or 'Cambridge burnt cream') was introduced at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1879 with the college arms "impressed on top of the cream with a branding iron", although some cookbooks claim much earlier British origins for the dessert.

Crema catalana (Catalan 'Catalan cream') or Crema de Sant Josep, is Catalan version of Crème brûlée. It is usually served on Saint Joseph's Day (March 19). The custard is flavoured with lemon or orange zest and cinnamon. The set custard is chilled and immediately before service, sugar is sprinkled over the top and caramelized with a specially-made iron or blow torch, resulting in a hot, crunchy caramelized top contrasting with the cool, soft custard. Catalans claim that their crema catalana is the predecessor of France's crème brûlée, though many regions lay claim to the origin of the dessert. The chief difference between the two is that crema catalana is not baked in bain-marie as crème brûlée is. 

Paula Deen Creme Brulee

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Posted by Amanda, in General.

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