Solutions for Holiday Hassles

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Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

We are proud to have Laura on our team!

Here are questions posed by our audience:

Lives of Style: I’m dating a lot of men right now and recently I scheduled two dates in a day. I had planned a lunch date and a dinner date with two men who I really like and want to get to know better. I had an “oopsy” on the dinner date because that night after dinner my date and I went to a movie and my lunch date was there with friends and saw me. I didn’t say anything and just looked away. Should I call him and explain?

Laura: No. Since you are in the stage of dating where and have not even discussed exclusivity it is totally acceptable for you to go on dates with other men who ask you out. Although it may have felt awkward, you didn’t do anything wrong. However, in the future do your best to at least smile if you make eye contact before looking away. If he contacts you, brings it up, and he asks you directly if you were on a date when he saw you then you can say, “Yes. I assumed we were both dating others at this point. What are your thoughts about that?”

Get Star-Worthy Hair

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Michael Canale, Beverly Hills Hair Colorist to the Stars and creator of Jennifer Aniston’s award winning colour, proffers insight and shares tips for star-worthy hair.

Lives of Style: What are the trends for hair color for this winter?

Michael: The biggest trend is the return to natural highlighting, which is the natural blending of color into the base.

Ombre moved out about a year ago, and the natural look regained its popularity. There is no dark root and blonde ends.

There are no big chunks or big streaks. If clients want that look it is done with extensions. Those large streaks caused the hair to break off, and people who had this done needed extensions to replace the integrity of the hair.

Jennifer Aniston is a perfect example of natural highlighting. We brought back her old-school, natural color. Her length is back, and she shines with her trademark beautiful hair color.

Lives of Style: Why do you think Jennifer Aniston’s colour has caught on so much?

Michael: Because it was minimal. It was the beginning of the natural look where color was there to enhance the person instead of changing the person. She’s a beautiful woman who doesn’t get over shown by her hair.

Lives of Style: What are some trends for celebrity hair?

Michael: Celebrities usually go too blonde and 90% of them have extensions because their hair has broken off. Many people have a preconceived notion that blonder is better. I always take my clients into blonde gradually. It’s important to ease into a blonde so you keep integrity of the hair.

And short haircuts are in. Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, Ann Hathaway and many more celebrities went short. Chris McMillan is the best in the business. Nobody’s as creative or innovative. It’s very rare that somebody’s that amazing. He can make something out of nothing. He can change your look and make it new and fresh. Grow-outs last six months. He just has the touch.

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Set Positive Boundaries in Your Relationships

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Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

We are proud to have Laura on our team!

Here are questions posed by our audience:

Lives of Style: My boyfriend has been texting with a girl from work, and I noticed recently that they weren’t just work texts. What can I say to him because I don’t trust that it’s just a work relationship?

Laura: If you and your boyfriend have not discussed and made an agreement about boundaries for friendships of the opposite sex, then I suggest you incorporate that topic into your discussion.

You can say, “I want to talk to you about something I noticed that didn’t feel comfortable to me. Is now a good time?” Wait for him to say, “Yes.” Then you can say, “I noticed that you had a text exchange with (insert name of girl) from work that appeared not to be about work. You have every right to text whatever you want to whoever you want. I want to be honest and share with you that I feel very uncomfortable with you having personal continual texting banter with another woman, and I do not engage with other men like that out of respect for you and our relationship. What are your thoughts about the feelings I am sharing with you, and what are you willing to agree to in terms of boundaries that we both make and keep in regards to us each interacting with members of the opposite sex?

Solutions to Thorny Conversational Issues

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Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

We are proud to have Laura on our team!

Here are questions posed by our audience: 

Lives of Style: My husband and I double an old college friend of my husband’s and his wife. The guys were talking the whole night, so I chatted with the wife. She was nice, but I found myself being bored and tried to signal my husband to include us. He ignored me and continued on with his friend–for the entire 4 1/2 hours of our drinks/dinner get-together. What can I say to him?

Laura: I think it’s important to have some patience and give some space for your husband to have his male bonding time with an old buddy that he probably doesn’t get to see too often, however it’s understandable that you would feel somewhat uncomfortable if that went on for the entire double date. If by chance you find yourself in the same situation again while out with another couple or one of his friends, then I suggest you speak with him about it as soon as possible afterwards and when you are alone with him. You can say, “I want to talk to you about something that felt uncomfortable to me when we were out with (insert name of the other couple). Is now a good time?” Wait for him to say, “Yes.” Then you can say, “You have every right to spend as much time as you want talking to your buddy. I do understand that you want to enjoy some male bonding time when you see your friends, and I want to do my best to be supportive of that time. I don’t know if you realized it, but this time, and also the last time we went out with (insert couple’s name), you and (insert name) were talking the entire night without including us girls. I don’t want to give you a hard time, and I am aware that you may need a little extra time talking with a buddy who you don’t get to see often. What would feel best to me is if there could also be some time on the date when we are all engaged in conversation together. What are your thoughts about us making an agreement that I check in with you before we go out with other people to discuss our comfort level for male bonding time–if we’re with your friends–or female bonding time–if we’re with my friends, in order to avoid exclusions that lead to negative feelings?”

Conversational Give and Take

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Lives of Style’s DatingSpeak ™ ©2014 addresses questions about dating, relationships and communication.

Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese, shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships.

We are proud to have Laura on our team!

Here are questions posed by our audience: 

Lives of Style: My boss is very flirty with me and I am attracted to him. How can I move it from work to a personal relationship without getting fired? Is there anything I can say to let him know I am interested?

Laura: You have every right to take the risk if you want to, but I cannot recommend that you do or say anything to provoke a romantic response from your boss, because it could ignite a legal or ethical issue–by being perceived as inappropriate behavior and or sexual harassment. You did mention that your boss is flirty with you, so if you want to take the risks that come you can be responsive to his flirtation and accept an invitation with caution if and when he offers one to you. At that time you could say: “I am attracted to you and want to get to know you personally. However, I feel scared because you are my boss, and I don’t want to do anything that creates any problems for either one of us at work. What are your thoughts about how to handle that?”

How to Have Healthy Relationships

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Dating-Speak” ™ ©2014: Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships:

Lives of Style: I’ve been dating a man for six weeks and I’m wildly attracted to him. The other night he asked me, “When can we go all the way?” and I didn’t know how to respond to let him know I want a committed, monogamous relationship. What can I say the next time he asks me.

Laura: The next time he asks you can say, “I am very attracted to you too, and I do feel the desire to go all the way with you. The reason I am not comfortable acting on that desire yet is because I have traditional values and want to be in an exclusive and committed relationship first. At that time I would feel comfortable going all the way. What are your thoughts about what I am sharing with you, and is that what you want with me too?”

Michael Canale Master of Hair on Jennifer Aniston’s New Colour

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Michael Canale is a maestro at hair colour. He has a loyal following of the most coveted stars and power players in Hollywood because he understands how to do naturally beautiful hair colour which looks perfectly sun-kissed.

Canale has worked with mega-star Jennifer Aniston since her days on “Friends,” creating award-winner looks throughout her career.

We spoke with Michael about Jennifer’s colour which has gone from blonde to brunette back to blonde and now has a new edge.

Lives of Style: What’s happening with Jennifer Aniston’s colour now?

Michael: We are doing old school color, what we did 10 years ago, it is natural dark honey tones mixed with blonde and a bright front.

It is a natural set of highlights, we don’t pull the color through, we just touch up the roots. Initially when we were changing from brunette to blonde we brightened ends but now just tough up. (If you don’t know what this is–then omit and end with brightened the ends.)

In the front I’ve created a bright sandy hairline–which is more of a statement highlight for her face. We are doing a cool-tone gloss to keep the hairline sandy-beige which brings out her beautiful blue eyes.

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Rocker 70s Chic For Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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The ‘70s inspired many Spring/Summer 2015 collections, and while Saint Laurent’s creative director–Hedi Slimane–has also chosen this decade as a baseline for his collection, Slimane has added rocker chic touches to give the garments a new and interesting appeal.

Studs, sequins, leopard, leathers, and furs were abundant, while colour was used sparingly, but with purpose. The overall black motif lent a moody essence to the collection, but with the added pops of red, green, pink, and teal, Slimane was able to contrast the pieces and highlight his stunning tailoring.

The collection had a vintage feel with the floral, polka dot, cherry, and starry print dresses, but the designer added modernity with turbans, metallics and chic platform heels.

Designing For Real Women — Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

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With a brand so closely aligned with the concept of luxury, Louis Vuitton constantly is under the critical eye of the fashion world – and, as we have seen time and time again, Louis Vuitton does not disappoint.

For Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, designer Nicolas Ghesquière used his impressive talents with state-of-the-art construction techniques and his love of modern fabrics to create a fashion juxtaposition of ‘60s and ‘70s glam and contemporary chic.

The ‘60s and ‘70s influences were seen in the Boho-inspired peasant dresses, luxe velvet, flared denim with contrast orange stitching, and an assortment of nostalgic, whimsical prints that included old-school blow dryers, vintage cars, and LV bags.

Get Successful in Dating

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Dating-Speak” ™ ©2014: Our Lives of Style authority–Laura Pugliese shares must-know dating “Do’s and Don’ts” that will help you find success in your relationships:

Lives of Style: I’ve been communicating back and forth with a man who resides in Northern California and I live in LA. I’m going up there next weekend for a work convention. How do I let him know that I am available, because he hasn’t asked me out yet?

Laura: It would make sense that you would mention to him that you are going to be in his area. It’s an opportunity to meet if the timing works for him and he wants to meet you. The next time he calls you to talk you could say, “Next weekend I happen to have a work convention to go to in your area. I know it’s short notice, so I understand if it’s not good timing. I just wanted to let you know in case you wanted to meet and talk in person while I am there. What are your thoughts?” If he says it’s not good timing, then accept it. At the same time don’t let too much time go by before getting a set date to meet or you run the risk of becoming emotionally attached to with whom someone you may not have any physical chemistry.

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