Tuesday, September 17, 2019

End of Summer Veggie Casserole

It's hard to believe that Fall 2019 begins next Monday. Truth be told, I'm not entirely unhappy to put summer behind me. Who doesn't love the change of seasons and all that each one brings? From makeup to clothes to food -- it's all new! But for today, I'm sharing one last nod to summer with an amazingly delicious zucchini, tomato and potato casserole that is both easy and delish!

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 onions - chopped
  • 1 potatoes - sliced
  • 1 zucchini - sliced
  • 4 tomatoes - sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter - melted
  • 3 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium skillet over medium heat
  2. Add onions, and sauté until tender and onions begin to caramelize.
  3. Spoon onions into a 10-inch quiche dish coated with cooking spray.
  4. Toss together potatoes and next 4 ingredients.
  5. Arrange potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in a single layer over onions, alternating and overlapping slightly.
  6. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. melted butter and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes. Remove foil, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Happy Eating To You!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kristen Stewart Debuts New Crop At TIFF

Kristen Stewart attended the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019 for the Seberg Premiere and debuted a new 'do. Celebrity Hair Stylist, and longtime friend, Adir Abergel, created a cool crop on Kristen that features short sides and platinum tips. Adir’s inspiration was pulled from 80’s new wave, punk era.


Constructed with a deep side part into an angular lob tucked behind the ear. The sides of the hair were cut with a clipper in a very non-confirmative way giving the illusion that Kristen almost did it herself. The back of the hair was thinned out and had the shape of a modern-day mullet. This fresh look was a combination of a lot of styles pulled together with a relaxed cool vibe.


1. Adir started this style with towel dried hair and applied Virtue Volumizng Primer all over the roots to create memory at the base.

2. Next he combed the hair into a deep side part exposing the undercut.

3. He then applied Virtue UnFrizz Creamall over from mids to ends.

4. He rough dried the hair about 70% to create volume at the roots and then took a Denman brush to create a sleek finish to hair, leaving volume at roots.

5. After he got the shape in I took a flat iron and straightened the ends for a more punk finish on the ends.

6. To finish this look he used a combination  Virtue 6-IN-1 Stylerand Virtue Unfrizz Creamand applied all over hair to create a shiny, sleek finish.

Insider Secrets to Great-Looking Skin for the Acne Prone

Skin conditions such as acne, acne rosacea, or merely the impact of aging affect most adults at some point in their life. In fact, the American Academy of Dermatology reports that acne is the most common skin disorder in the country, affecting some 40-50 million Americans. What’s more is that around 85 percent of all people in the country will at some point in their life have acne. Add to that the additional 16 million people who are affected by the skin condition rosacea and it’s clear to see that skin problems are common. It also leads millions to search for products or treatments that will help them have great skin.

“Having great looking skin is a mystery to most people. They are just not sure what to do in order to make things better,” explains Crystal Wellman. “Some of the things they do may even work against them to make it work, even if they are using products that claim to help their skin.”

The good news is that there are things that can be done in order to improve and have great-looking skin, including these six secrets:

  1. Avoid irritating. It’s important to avoid the urge to pop, pick or otherwise irritate acne or other skin conditions. This will just make it worse. While you may want to squeeze that pimple, you are better off leaving it be.
  2. Be gentle. Always use gentle products that will not be abrasive or dry the skin out. Be gentle when rubbing the face to clean it as well, being sure to avoid any vigorous scrubbing or harshness. Choose a facial cleanser that is gentle and not overly drying -- hydrated skin heals faster.
  3. Stop the clog. The make-up industry is huge, with just the sales of organic and natural beauty products expected to top $9 billion next year. This make-up may look great, but a lot of it can clog the pores, leading to acne and other skin problems. Those who wear make-up should be diligent about gently cleaning it off their face at the end of the day. Always check all makeup and skincare products for pore clogging ingredients; as long as you are using them you will never be acne free.
  4. Think protection. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting over two million people each year. Sun and even being around cigarette smoke can damage the skin and lead to premature aging of it. Make an effort to protect the skin by wearing sunscreen, a hat, or sitting in the shade.
  5. Drink water. Many people question whether or not staying hydrated helps you have great-looking skin. It is important to understand that the skin is an organ and like others it needs water to be at its best. It’s always a good idea to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  6. Get help. Not everyone is able to successfully take on their skin conditions and win all on their own. Get the help you need from a professional who can help identify and treat the problem, as well as provide information on how to avoid it in the future.

“Once you learn more about what to do and what not to do it all becomes easier to have great-looking skin,” added Wellman. 

Crystal Wellman is a Master Aesthetician and also owns Ladyburg, a handcrafted bath and body store. She is also a certified acne specialist, and is also certified in the areas of oncology, dermaplane, and microdermabrasion.