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Bar Fly...{part 1}

On the subject of holiday favorites, I continue to be a bar fly.   My two favorite spots (one virtual and one physical) are both BARS.   Drybar continues to be my get-happy spot and I am nearing weekly visits thanks to very generous friends and family that bonus me with gift certificates.   My next favorite is Bauble Bar, which has me tracking the Buried Bauble every day (more about this in Bar Fly part 2).

For beauty favorites and favorites in general; Drybar.  I love my perfect, voluminous, and sweet-smelling blow-out after I have been to Drybar.  While I cannot replicate the exact nature of my experience I have taken some of their secrets home with me.   "Secret" is going to be a little more loosely defined in this story because I have shared this information with some of my friends at a recent beauty product exchange.  I also tend to get very excited over finds like the Drybar tools and share enthusiastically.

So, the tools for hair success include a very special but super inexpensive "Wet Brush".  Yes, that is the name of the amazing brush to use on wet hair.   No need to disguise the real purpose with a fancy moniker.  Wet Brush is what you have always wanted from your pick, comb, fingers, or whatever else you have been using to stretch and abuse your wet hair with all of these years.

The Wet Brush is gentle and takes wet tangled hair and smooths the snarls and doesn't pull.   There, I said it all.   It does everything.  This is the brush I have been looking for all of my life.  

The next bar item that I have fallen in love with Moroccanoil Hair Spray.   I still use Moroccanoil Light to smooth my ends and the volumizing shampoo and conditioner, yes.  However, because I am a committed L'oreal Elnett user, I don't look at other hairsprays.   I have opened the door a bit though and let in the Moroccanoil Hair Spray.   It is light and delicious and leaves a fine glimmering finish.  I wish it was a perfume or a lotion.  I am obsessed!

Drybar knows that they are on to something with their amazing services and luxurious products.  They have packaged up all of these goodies together for holiday gift packs.  I at first thought that Drybar sent the gift options to me only, sort of a personal touch.  It turns out these favorites are available to everyone and even online.

Happy Hair $55

The gifts include my favorites; wet brush and Moroccanoil Hair Spray, along with a hair tie or 2, blowouts (1 to 3), and other goodies depending on which package you select.  

All I can say is that 2011 has brought to me the gift of good hair and even more favorite beauty treats.  I know for something really great it pays to frequent the Drybar, and bars in general.  Keep reading this week and I will tell you about Bauble Bar.   I can't get enough!

The Pink Frock Beauty Favorites ...


I am a lucky girl! I was at another favorites party and it really was a treat. This time it was beauty favorites and the offerings did not disappoint.

The gift I got was a very special, it is called  Sara Happ The Lip Slip.  It has been described it as "soft, sweet, nude, girly, and grand".  It is absolutely all of the things!  It is the ultimate in luxury lip care.    Sara Happ also has a line of lip scrubs in delicious flavors like Brown Sugar and Pink Grapefruit.  I have ordered a few of those for my own stocking just to be I get what I want.  {other Sara Happ offerings like scrub, and gloss are amazing too}



The Pink Frock: A year in review ....


The Pink Frock is officially two years old (and a few months) and it has grown. I never in my life envisioned owning my own business nor working in a somewhat creative field. I have always been a bit risk adverse in my business matters and trend toward a more analytical thought process.

What I have discovered is that I do have a creative side (turns out it was always there). While I pride myself on the books that I have read rather than the films that I have seen, the appreciation of art is still there.

The truth of the matter is that I love clothes. At two years old I refused to wear something my mother picked for me because it "didn't match". This idea of the perfect outfit has stuck with me since toddler hood. There were many emotional middle school days when I couldn't find something that suited my particulars to wear. I had a grand vision that I wanted to wear black suede shorts (remember that trend) to the first day of 11th grade. I saved my summer life-guarding money to buy them. It was so important to me that these shorts made it into my closet. I was more concerned about my outfits than homework at times.


AP Biology, AP European History, and high school fashion show coordinator were all on my resume. The clothes part of life has always been important and exciting to me. Many of my memories will start out with a description of what I was wearing... " so I was walking on campus in my Banana Republic burgundy jeans and new Enzo glossy leather mules".

I was simultaneously a graduate student and working retail (for the discount) trying to reconcile the middle east peace process with markdowns So many years of school later with a specialty in nuclear policy and international relations I still love to play in my closet. That joy has carried me into The Pink Frock and made it an endeavor that brings me so much satisfaction.

I still love to read books about The Six Day War and biographies of Mao, but I also love knowing that I have moved at least one great lady away from wash-n-go hair and khaki crop pants. Turns out there is a job for my mind (International Relations) and one for my hands (personal shopping and client styling).

So it turns out I have found the perfect mix of academia and art: The Pink Frock and post-grad history classes let me be the girly girly nerd that I have always been.

With a heart full of gratitude for the two successful years in my own endeavor,

Amber and The Pink Frock

Plane Ride Home



Aquarium Day and American Girl

Variations on Gray Dress...