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Married Hair

Posted in Beauty Obsessions, Grocery Store Glamour, Motherhood, Uncategorized, What's Corinna Wearing?, Yummy Mummies with tags , , , , , , on October 21, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

Jessica Simpson sporting “married hair”.
(Showing my own married hair this early in the conversation was just too painful).

Since when do I have “Married Hair”?

Click here to see us chat about Married Hair on The Morning Blend.

This alarming realization about my hair came to me recently, on a rare evening out with my husband.

In celebration, I’d taken some time in getting ready — showering “all the way”, (ie washing my hair), and taking the time to blow it out with a round brush.

To the casual observer, this may not seem like a big deal.

But, considering I did it all under the supervision of my six month old daughter, I think it rates up there with juggling plates. In the circus. Complete with organ music.

I digress.

The point is, I was looking my relative best, when a woman walked in and I immediately thought, “Oh, she’s clearly on a date”.

Writing that now, it sounds snarky. And I guess it did at the time, too, because I immediately asked myself, “what made me think that?”

And I realized, it was her hair.

Long and blond, it curled and glinted it had clearly taken hours to achieve and now basically ¬†screamed, “Look at me!”.

And mine didn’t.

No longer called upon to style it everyday, I’d let my layers grow out and was now obliged to wear some kind of clip every day to pull it back.

I HAVE MARRIED HAIR.

Me and my six month old daughter, (notice the alligator clip on my lapel).

To help better understand my alarm, allow me to provide an example of said hair, in extremis.

It was several years ago, at a holiday party and one of the organizers showed up looking like, well, Hell.

Tall, and blond, she was my age, but had married young and was now one of city’s most active philanthropists.

She was a phenomenal host, and in huge demand for her fund-raising skills.

But on this particular night she looked like she’d gotten dressed in the dark. With out benefit of electricity. Or comb or mirror.

Her normallycoiffed blond bob was pulled back on either side by a small alligator clip. The kind she might normally use to hold while washing her face.

Shocked, I said nothing at the time. But the following day I told a friend what I’d seen.

Her first question was whether the woman in question was married or not.

When I told her, “Yes, as a matter of fact, she IS married,” my friend’s answer was, “Well there you go, then.”

There you, go, indeed.

Both of us thoroughly single at the time, we said nothing more.

Smug married woman running errands in sunglasses and a pony tail

Apparently in addition to the privileges of knowing who the father of your children would be AND  having automatic plans for all national holidays, married women were also afforded the right to forgo showering before leaving the house.

Because, as a rule, they weren’t concerned about calling attention to themselves. Whereas single women are obliged to follow the example of a taxi cab,wearing a light that says, “available”, married women aren’t.

That’s when I realized I’d seen other examples of “married hair”. Tooling around town in their SUVs at 11 am on weekday wearing ponytails and sunglasses.

Yes! That made sense! They’d left the house with out showering! And this was their accepted alternative.

To my single girl mind the look boasted: “Yeah, I look like I just rolled out of bed, because, guess what? I did! Jealous?”

Don’t get me wrong, I was single and proud, defiantly self-reliant and all that, but yes, faced with that kind of security, I was a little envious.

Fast forward five years and here I was, ensconced in that fleecy layer of love and security that I’d so coveted, and rather than feel smug I was feeling just the opposite.

The irony.

But getting up and doing full hair and make up before running errands is, in my opinion, the equivalent wearing a fur coat to the grocery store.

Some of the hair gadgets that I tried.

Who are you trying to impress?

Clearly I needed to find a happy medium.

So I did some research.

After scouring the reviews on Amazon, I took to the grocery store and bought some of the highest rated hair gadgets and went to work.

Again, with my infant daughter supervising from the sink, I tried them all.

And while none totally failed, one has emerged as the clear winner.

It’s called the “Simple Styles Modern Updo Pin” and it’s made by Goody.

Simiple Styles Modern Updo Pin

Deceptively simple looking, it does take some practice. But the results are worth it

This example shows a cascade at the top, but with longer hair, the look is closer to a french twist. But unlike the ones we wore to prom, this one goes up in seconds and stays in place for hours.

My up do from above

My up do from behind

I even wore it to bed last night!

The best part is that, unlike a ponytail, it doesn’t leave a kink mark when you take it out, and it lays flat against your head, so you can lean back in relative comfort.

All in all it’s married hair that a single girl might actually wear out of the house.

Hallelujah!

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Maternity Pilates!

Posted in Beauty Obsessions, Motherhood, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 21, 2012 by Corinna Allen Cook

No, that’s not a house! That’s me at eight months pregnant. Can you believe it?

Through out my pregnancy, I’ve focused on doing as much work as possible to prepare my body for a smooth, natural, child birth.

So I was thrilled to find a pilates class, designed just for me, located right on Pewaukee Lake!

Our instructor, Julie Smith, is a certified pre and post-natal pilates specialist.

Here’s how she describes the class:

This specially designed prenatal class is safe
and gentle for the expecting mother. When a woman becomes
pregnant her body begins to produce various hormones respon-
sible for causing her joints to soften. Thus a pregnant woman can
be very prone to injury of the weight-bearing joints of the back,
pelvis and lower extremities. Using special techniques for the
pregnant woman, Pilates will help stabilize areas as well as help
strengthen, tone and maintain flexibility. Pilates will also help you
strengthen and gain control of muscles used in delivery. After
pregnancy, Pilates helps the body quickly get back into shape and
helps re-strengthen the areas affected by pregnancy and delivery.

Come join us Fridays at 9 am!

Movement Center Pewaukee

161 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Pewaukee, WI 53072

My latest beauty obsession…

Posted in Beauty Obsessions, Corinna's Glam Squad, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on November 10, 2011 by Corinna Allen Cook

Milk Made Trio

If you share a bathroom with a significant other, then you know, space for our girlie products can be scarce!

So if I say I’ve made room in the shower for something new, you know I must be obsessed.

The latest product to score the coveted tile space is actually a trio that includes a body wash, sugar scrub, and light weight moisturizer.

All made by Cake Beauty, they’re part of the “Milk Made” collection.

Sugar scub, made with real sugar granules!

The heart of the collection is the Smoothing White Sugar Scrub. It’s actually made with real sugar granules! (I know, I tasted it!). A lot of spas offer salt scrubs, but sugar is less harsh, and actually helps hold onto the moisture from the shower.

I’m obsessed right now because with the cold weather setting in, the only part of my body that I can bare is my shoulders. And they are fish-white right now!

But by using a drop or two of the body wash on a sponge, then following with the sugar scrub, I can feel the dull, dead skin sloughing away down the drain. Both products are infused with vitamin-packed milk powder, and nourishing shea and coco butters, so they not only exfoliate, they actually hydrate and nourish, all at once.

Moisturizer in a spray!

The last step is the Hydrating Moisture Milk. Infused with all the same natural goodness, it comes in a pump that you can mist over your entire body. No more straining to reach your back!

What I love about Cake is that their products are not only good for you, they’re also good for the environment. 95% of their products are made with whole, natural ingredients that you can actually pronounce. And they’re all 100% paraben free! Plus, all their packaging is reuseable and recyclable.

And all their products smell delicious!!!

The Milk Made collection smells like vanilla cookies with a hint of raspberry… yummy!

I’ll be show casing the entire Cake line on ShopNBC this Friday at 10pm EST, (9 pm CST, 7 pm PST).