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Smell That Makes You Happy

Smell is a powerful way to better your mood  especially when a gentle scent can instantly transport your mind to another time and place. From retrieving pleasant memories to boosting your mood, your sense of smell plays an important role in your overall well-being.

The scents you detect are actually tiny molecules that interact with sensory centers in your brain to elicit responses, such as happiness, relaxation or stimulation. For centuries, smell has been associated with healing practices. Today, the restorative and uplifting benefits of smell can be found throughout everyday life. Next time you’re feeling down or need to soothe your mind, turn to one of these aromatic options:

  • Light candles with a soft, calming scent to relax and unwind. Try  lighting the candle when you walk in the door from a long day, and by the time you’ve changed into some comfy clothes, the aroma should begin to fill the air.These scents will cheer you up and bring a smile to your face with a single sniff.
  • Take a warm shower and lather up with a scent-driven body wash, such as Citrus Ginger Body wash Honey Creme & Lavender or Blooming Jasmine & Plum Moisturizing Body Wash. Inspired by trending ingredients and crafted with real extracts of honey, lavender, jasmine and plum, these body washes can create an invigorating sensory experience that moisturizes and cleanses your skin.
  • Energize your morning with a vibrant air freshener in your car. According to the National Sleep Foundation, scents like citrus, rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus are stimulants that can help you shake off sleepiness and put some pep in your step. In fact, fruity smells like citrus actually stimulate serotonin, the brain’s “happy” chemical.
  • A fresh bouquet of flowers is an instant mood-booster, but not just because of their beauty. Numerous studies have shown the emotional benefits of a vase filled with fresh blooms. Take that goodwill a step further by taking a trip to a flower market to purchase fresh flowers with fragrant qualities that can brighten your desk or a room at home.
  • It may be the anticipation of a tasty treat to come, or maybe it’s the connection to childhood memories with a beloved relative, but few can resist the smell of homemade treats baking in the oven. Of course you can cheat and light a candle or burn wax or oil that mimics the scent, but nothing comes close to the therapy of freeing your hands and mind to bake and create that delicious aroma on your own.

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Perfect Christmas Gifts

Not everyone knows how to wrap the perfect Christmas present. Some of the presents you see on display in stores look like they were wrapped by someone with decades of experience, while other presents look like they were wrapped by an octopus wearing oven mitts.

Why do your gift wrapping skills leave you feeling frustrated to the point you’re ready to just shove every gift in a bag and pronounce it finished? Is there an easy way to wrap the perfect Christmas present? Yes!

The first step is to get everything you’ll need for wrapping together in one localized area. If you have a small card table, those are the perfect height to use when you’re wrapping. Never wrap a gift on your bed or on the sofa. Not only can you nick the bed linens or sofa with the scissors, but because of the give in the mattress or sofa cushion, you’ll end up with wrinkles or lumps in the wrapping paper.

Don’t assume that just because you have an oddly shaped gift that it can’t be wrapped well or that you won’t be able to find a box to put it in. Even if you’re baking homemade goodies to share, there are special boxes and tins just for putting food times in. Always use pull bows for gifts.

christmas-presents-004Next, make sure you get boxes for the gifts that will fit inside boxes. If you have an oddly shaped large gift, know that you can find oversized boxes at moving companies. Boxes give you a flat, even surface to wrap. It also takes away the ‘feel it and guess what it is’ temptation for those who can’t wait for Christmas Day to find out what their gifts are.

Don’t play guessing games with the amount of wrapping paper you lay out for the gift. Measure the width and height of the gift with a ruler or measuring tape, then cut off that much wrapping paper leaving a little excess to make the corners nice and smooth.

Situate the gift in the center of the wrapping paper. Pull up one side of the paper and using a small piece of tape, secure it to the gift. Pull up the other side, fold over a quarter inch of the paper so that it tucks under and tape it to the first side. If you don’t like tape showing, you can use a heavy duty glue stick to secure the paper, just don’t get the glue on the gift itself.

To cover the line where you folded the paper, add a strip of Christmas ribbon or use fabric ribbon. You can add a store bought bough or one you created yourself. Remember that practice makes perfect and you can wrap like a pro!

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Home Decor

As the holiday season approaches and you’re trying to figure out how to decorate your home to entertain family and friends? Don’t be overwhelmed!

However, there’s no reason the host can’t join in the fun. To help keep calm and have your home ready for the party, follow these tips.home decor

Cleaning
More often than not, the first step to decorate your home for holiday entertainment is cleaning . Start by going room to room seeking out trash, recyclables and things that can be stored away – anything to clear up much-needed space. Once the clutter is cleared, work from the top down to clean surfaces, so any dust or debris that hits the floor can be vacuumed or swept neatly away. Remember to steer clear of harsh or highly fragrant chemicals, which may be an irritant to some guests.

Upgrading
Don’t try to sneak by with old appliances this time around. Instead, upgrade your most important resources throughout the house in order to find success when it comes to playing host. For example, swapping out your old, cluttered refrigerator for a Whirlpool French Door Refrigerator with industry-first infinity slide shelves is a useful way to create more space in the kitchen. Its pantry-inspired layout lets families fit and find all their edible favorites. Every section, shelf and bin in the refrigerator was redesigned to deliver smart organization with panoramic shelves and unique features to store 30 percent more than other leading French door bottom mount refrigerators. Perfect for a big shopping run before a party, the refrigerator features dedicated spaces places like the Treasure Bin, Platter Pocket and Small Items Bin to give maximum visibility and easy access when it’s time for the food prep to begin.

Planning
Staying organized and having a precise plan are vital to putting together the perfect night with family and friends. Make sure to nail down the specifics, such as the number of guests, what food will be brought, what needs prepared in advance and what can wait until the big day. Making lists and involving others in the family to help can make a seemingly insurmountable volume of work feel instantly manageable. As you think through your plans, remember to anticipate the unexpected and have an emergency party kit on hand to quickly respond to pitfalls, like spills or broken glass, before they derail the festivities.

Decorating
With all the energy you put into planning and upgrading, don’t overlook the importance of taking time to make your home shine with a creative touch. Go festive with holiday-specific home decor or keep it classic with timeless decorations placed throughout the home to make it really sparkle. For close family and friends, consider adding personal touches like mementos of holidays past. Or go with a themed approach with similar colors and textures that you carry throughout the house.

Get Organized for Entertaining
Hosting a holiday gathering is no small feat, but you can get organized ahead of the big day with these entertaining tips.

Set the guest list early: Send out invites in advance. Longer notice allows for you to better gauge who will be attending and how much food you’ll need to make. Rather than waiting to see who shows up and who doesn’t, send out RSVPs via mail or email so that you have a precise idea of how many people to plan for.

Plan the menu ahead of time: From drinks to side dishes to dessert, with special storage spots and industry-first infinity slide shelves, Whirlpool’s French Door Refrigerator allows you to store 30 percent more so you can buy all your groceries in advance. This way you won’t have to worry about running to the store just moments before guests arrive.

Set the table the day before: Organizing where you can, such as setting out plates and silverware in advance, allows you to focus on preparing food and drinks on the day of the party. Unless you’ll be using fresh cut flowers, go ahead and complete the centerpieces and any other decorative touches the night before, as well.


Make a party-night cheat sheet: Keep a checklist nearby so you don’t forget about any of your delicious courses or what tasks need completed throughout the evening. Remember to include items like refreshing the ice bucket and swapping out buffet dishes or appetizer platters periodically.

For more ideas to upgrade your kitchen, visit whirlpool.com.

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Well-manicured nails are an integral part of a neat, pulled-together appearance – one that can 13641032_1743723132309618_4464968267567746367_owork as an asset in both the social and the business world and women love the idea of going to the salon for an afternoon of nail pampering. Most nail salons; however, use nail polishes that are not good quality with the color getting dull and the polish chipping off after a few days–  that is why we need to know The Truth About OPi Nail Polishes.

Many of you have asked Google a plethora of questions about OPi nail polishes and lacquer so based on the fact that I’ve been using the brand for a number of years- hence, I don’t need to have a master degree an order to answer some of your questions. There are many brands of nail polish available to women- what Makes OPI the most sought after worldwide? Well, you have probably heard news stories questioning the safety of certain beauty products and Formaldehyde have been the topic in recent discussion:(.

The truth is some OPI  nail strengtheners does contain a low level of  formaldehyde some does not. But their nail products are free  of DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Toluene. I love their nail polishes/lacquer because they do not contains any of the ingredients outlined above.

OPI is known for their delicious nail polishes  that quintessentially  delightfully in names and chip resistant.  It’s wide range of colors will fit any personality types  especially when each of the carry names such as  Nectarine Blast (like the one I am wearing) Social Climber, Casting Call, Otherwise Engaged and Hotter Than You Pink. If you are into the hottest and latest  OPI trend then you probably want to add the New Orleans Collection Summer 2016 to your list, because there is a color for every mood and every nail type and length .

OPI nail products are intended to be nothing but top in quality. I’ve been wearing polish since I was a teenager, and based on the fact that I never wear artificial nails or nail wraps so it is crucial that I use quality nail polishes. I am a professional manicurist, therefore; I do my own nails. I bought the OPI Retro which consist of four different colors- one for different occasion. My nails are super long and when they get in the way I trim them down and usually  wear the sparkly white. I purchased my OPI set at Sephora and one of the has been discontinued.

If you are a person who loves collecting different kind of nail polishes then you should know picking the right one is a science, because Crackle/Shatter Nail Polish is everywhere this season, but the truth of the matter is this is not a new trend. Before I discovered OPI-I used to spend an arm and a leg  on Lancome and Shiseido nail lacquer:(.

So, that concludes the Truth about OPI Nail Polishes!

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Tips To Smelling Good All Summer Long

Summer is upon us which means no more hats, gloves and bulky coats. However it brings a host of issues with it. Allergy, under eye puffiness, humidity, your makeup keeps siding off  and inescapable drenching sweat whenever you venture outside! So how do you smell good all summer long? Very simple, if you normally wash off then you will smell like summer in a bottle . Here are a few of my  tips for perfect summer scent!

1. I shower everyday using cold water, I exfoliate every other day to slough off dead skin. I use Verbena body wash  and salt Scrub by L’occitane. I love using that scrub in Summer because the verbena extract keeps my skin moisturized.  I also scrub my armpits with it on days I don’t shave.

2. Every human being sweats that’s the rule of nature. it is odorless, if there’s offensive odor associated with it, that  can be cause for concern. Some people get botox in their armpits to prevent them from sweating. I just hoard deodorants- not the alcohol-based mainstream deodorants. I use Biotherm Deo-pure, it’s pretty expensive for a deodorant it’s lightly scented…. I don’t want my perfume to compete with heavily fragranced deodorant.

content_Biotherm_940Recently, during a visit to Paris I bought two deodorants for 50 US $ at Biotherm store in (left) France, 2 days later I purchased the same deodorant  for $12 @ Odeon Pharmacy.

They recently becomes available in the US for a whooping $26. Fortunately; I have enough to last me until my next trip to Paris. If you find yourself in France this summer (I know many of you will) and looking for bargain-stop at pharmacy Odeon, located at 97 Boulevard  Saint Germain. Take metro Saint Germain Des Pres .

3. Wear clean under garments everyday, and change your bedding regularly. Let your bath towel air dry after each use, and refrain from using the same towel more than twice –wash them with scented detergent and fabric softener.

4. Wash your hair, weave, dreads or extensions. Smelly hair is nauseating:(

5. Wear light fragrances. I interchange my perfumes because I tire easily wearing the same scents. Yesterday I had on  ‘Bombshell by Victoria Secret. Today ‘So In Love By Philosophy – depending on the weather I will wear ‘Clinique Happy Summer Spray – which is one of my favorites by Estee Lauder:

How To Smell Good Without Perfume

imagesScent is one of the most delicate yet a strong parts of the  human sensory experience however; despite  the catching trend of perfumes there are places where perfume is not allowed. Hospitals is one of them-especially around cancer patients.  Smelling Good doesn’t mean dousing of perfume especially if you are a guy. (I have seen people who wear perfume but when I get close to them their breath stink to high heaven: A standard hygiene such as  shower with soap to get rid of decomposed cells- the odor causing bacteria that thrives in areas like armpits and groin. However; you can use soap free body washes to neutralized your skin’s pH level to keep bacteria at bay.

Body odor

Body odor can be a symptom  of sickness or poor hygiene! In either case summer is your number one enemy. People might raise their nose in disgust at the thought of sharing airspace with you.Hair under your arms will slow evaporation of sweat-it is very important that you shave and shower regularly, using unscented shower gel, and deodorant. Wear breathable fabric that can quickly wick moisture away before bacteria begin to feast on it.  sleeping with soiled. The best way to get rid of body odor is by attacking it’s cause, however fragrance or other type of scented body products  will mask the odor until the base note dry down, and your natural odor will return with a vengeance-which bring me to my nest point.

Last year a guy asked me to dance at a party, the minute I got up I smelled a strong odor of pepper. As we began to dance, the middle note of his cologne reached a toxic level and straightforward herbal tobacco.Though I am very peeved at bad odor, I politely kept him from rubbing off on me. After the music stopped, he asked if he could share my table? I said yes but told him that I would not  be able to dance with him again because his cologne was too strong. He then said  he would removed his suit jacket.

I was a bit annoyed at the fact that I had just met the guy and he acted  as if I was his main squeeze! During the second dance… I wish he had kept his jacket on, because his body odor and the strong cologne smelled like a combination of potpourri  and anal discharge of an aging cat. I mustered the courage to get back on the dance floor with him, when the music ended he offered to get me something to drink, and while he was gone I left the party.

As A Perfume Lover – I Have to Admit That Unscented Men Turns Me On To No End!

 On A Serious Note: I am Not Seeking Unscented Men Please, Refrain  From Messaging Me:(  

Peace!   

 

Cigar- A Cheap Men’s Cologne By Remy Latour

 

 

 

Hello Loves! Christmas is approaching and I’ve taken the liberty of putting together a few looks for you. Whether you’ve made plans to attend a holiday party or just like to get festive for the season, here you’ll find looks ranging from cute and casual…


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Jojoba Oil Benefits: A Blessing For Your Entire Body

If you are intrigue by natural beauty product (like myself) you most likely aware of the any advantages of Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is actually a wax extracted from the seeds . Jojoba oil is so thick I usually add equal parts of  coconut oil foe scalp massage and to moisturize my face. I’ve been using it for years, and it is my “go to oil” Jojoba is so special- the natural extract is beneficial to the human skin that it is added to nearly every  beauty products. On its own it is a blessing for your entire body.

 

8 Jojoba Oil Benefits

1) Moisturizer: Jojoba, applied directly to the skin, can moisturize for the whole day. It won’t evaporate, and it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

2) Acne treatment: Many people have started to use jojoba oil as a way of tricking the skin into thinking that it’s already produced enough oil, helping to reduce the production of oil responsible for acne.

3) Hair conditioner: Rub a few drops of jojoba oil through the ends of the air to help condition, prevent split ends and add a natural shine and softness to the hair. It’s especially useful if you want to protect against blow drying and straightening.

4) Completely natural: If you use jojoba oil, you’ll also benefit from the fact that it’s completely natural. Better still, choose organic oil and you’ll avoid all kinds of chemicals.

5) Suitable for sensitive skin: If you’ve got sensitive skin, or suffer from conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, then jojoba oil is generally mild enough to be used on your skin. It goes without saying, however, that you should speak with your doctor before trying any new treatments.

6) Absorbs easily: Because its properties are so similar to our natural skin oils, one of the jojoba oil benefits is the fact that it absorbs quickly and easily into the skin. Quicker than any other vegetable oil!

7) Soothe cracked lips: If you suffer from dry, sore and cracked lips then simply substitute your usual chemical-laden lip balm for natural jojoba. Its moisturizing properties help to soothe the delicate skin.

8) Anti-aging properties: Jojoba oil is also commonly found in a number of anti-aging products thanks to the way it helps to encourage healing of the skin.

Excuse me! Read my disclaimer! Before using Jojoba, consult with a medical professional even though  there’s a small chance you may be allergic to it, Just to be on the safe side.;)

Are There Any Disadvantages of Using Jojoba?

The main problem is that jojoba is expensive, especially when you want to buy it organic. The good news is you’ll only  need a few drops to moisturize the hair or skin, and you can also add another carrier oil to it.Try not to use too much on your skin as it will make it super shiny .

The good news is that, for most people, the jojoba oil benefits are simple to achieve and have noticeable results. What’s better than using a completely natural product on your skin?
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My Dirty Little (Teenage) Tricks  Exposed!

 

If I had a flower for every dirty little trick I used to pull to smell nice when I was a teenager,  I would be surrounded by roses.  Nice scents  has always been part of my  DNA since I was in my father’s kidneys  .In my teenaged years, I didn’t have access to  perfumes but my mother bought me  deodorants, and baby powder. The aromatic flowers grew on every corner so I used to soaked different kind of petals  in water and created my signature fragrances . The smell never last very long,  I found out I should use alcohol instead of water.  I was not exposed to it but one of the neighbor who was the godmother of my little sister used to drink the Haitian gin, so I figured if I played my card right I would be able to steal some from her.   She was a heavy drinker, but she  never had a bottle  of liquor in her possession–  she used to give her kids (or any order kids) 10 cents & an empty bottle and asked them to give to anyone at the corner store, and wait. The people there knew the drill because she sent for refills 10 times a day. The store owner made a fortune with her… 10 cents 10 times a day = a Whopping $1)

One day, she was dead drunk so I decided to go to her house ( which was next door) to find out where she hid the booze. After she passed out I started searching, (it was a small room therefore it didn’t take me long) I stumbled-up on one bottle– it was empty but there was strong odor of Clarin (Haitian white gin) Then it dawned on me why she sent kids to the store several times a day? She gobbled down each shot at once- got intoxicated, and passed out, she awoke sober and drank  more. Thus, there wasn’t any leftovers. When I realized she didn’t have booze in her house… I got very upset because she was my only potential  source-I had no access to it. Though it is a shameful thing but from that point on- my dislike for my parents ( for not being alcoholics) started to grow at an alarming rate–my experience as a perfume maker would have been pleasurable .
My parents thought my love for perfumes was a passing phase well, it has been 20 years and I still use different techniques  to exercise my love for perfumes. The You Tube video below is a perfect example when I was in Paris in 2008 .

One of the drawbacks of being a child in a small island is that you are constantly under the watchful eyes of somebody – not so much your parents- the neighbors- they were everywhere. So I cautiously scoured  the neighborhood until I found a woman who was selling cooked foods in her home- additionally; her place was a week-end hangout for middle aged men. They were drinking hard liquor for sure… Halleluiah!! The woman knew me because we didn’t live too far from each other. I knew she had liquor in her home because she used to sell to the guys, I started hanging out with her daughter after school, but I didn’t see any sight of alcohol. So I began showing up on Friday  nights when the guys were there– I was 14 years old, and she didn’t want me around . I didn’t mind because the  guys were drinking Rum instead of the clarin I desperately needed.  I continued to make  perfumes using water as solvent .The Rum Experience – Collector’s Edition: The Complete Rum Reference Guide

The smell of my signature fragrances didn’t last very long, and I was desperate to get a whole of the clarin which is the substitute for alcohol. So one day I decided to hang out with my sister’s godmother because I wanted her to send me to go get liquor for her. The other children avoided her- conversely;  I was under her nose. She was a bit hesitant to ask me based on the fact my parents were baptist  but  the craving became unbearable she said if I didn’t mind picking up something for her  from Mr Joe’s store? I (enthusiastically) said No!! She handed me a medium size bottle and 10 cents- she said to just hand them to anyone there and they would give me something (as if I didn’t know) When I arrived I was greeted by a middle age woman, she took the stuff from me and  placed a funnel in the bottle filled it half way, and closed it .Before I delivered the good I had some adjustment to make. I had an empty nail polish bottle in my pocket, I stopped in a corridor– while I was getting ready to poured some in it… I felt the same way I did when I kissed a boy for the first time 3 years later. Happy, Excited, and scared that one of the nosy ass neighbors would’ve walked in and exposed the tricks:(.

I began to pour, my hands were shaking like leaves during hurricanes furthermore, the opening of my bottle was too small -which caused me to waste some of the liquid gold on myself. Meanwhile; the woman panicked- she was sober for more than 10 minutes, and she was concerned that something terrible happened to her liquor. She dispatched another kid to go look for me, and  he came back and said I was not at the store and he couldn’t find me. The shit started to hit the fan when my father began to call for me to come over ( he used to make shoes on the porch, and me and my sisters were not allowed to leave his sight for too long-especially when my mom was due to come home from work)  I didn’t have access to a clock but I knew I had been gone for an extended amount of time and knew I was in some types of troubles. After hiding my bottle under a tree I took off running while racking my brain for a perfect lie–“the store was crowded” or I was abducted by a ‘voodoo’  woman-something along these lines…Voodoo in Haiti

When I reached the corner of my home (which was approximately 50 steps away)- I hid behind a wall and poked my head out it trying to see what was going on before I made my appearance.  I saw the woman pacing back in forth and blowing away cigarette smoke. I took a deep breath and I started to limp , as soon as she saw me she ran toward me gave me the evil eye and snatched the bottle off my hands-I was happy she didn’t care I was limping because I didn’t have an answer. She proceeded to walk away then she turned around pulled me by the collar and began sniffing my breath. Knowing that I had spilled some of the liquor on my dress so before she asked I told her that I fell while running and the cap came off the bottle. She walked away muttered  (in Haitian Creole) “ti bouzin” which translates in English  “little bitch”- Byki Haitian-Creole Language Tutor Software & Audio Learning CD-ROM for Windows & Mac

Meanwhile- my father was sitting on the porch waiting to give me an old fashion Ass Whooping , so when I arrived I quickly told him that I went to the store for  the neighbor; my mom would’ve made a big stink about it but my dad leaned heavily towards peace and harmony nonetheless, he was a man with principle he gave her a short tongue lashing . After the dust settled it was time for me to start concocting my perfume, so I pretended that I had to use the toilette (down the block) along the way, I grabbed a handful of (my favorites) rose petals, and I retrieved the bottle from under the tree in which I had (alcohol)  one of the most crucial ingredients in the mixture. I stepped into the bathroom, while in there in less than 5 minutes I created  the finest fragrance it seemed as though perfumes made by  Christian Dior and Shalimar smelled like “dog piss”..

I placed the liquid gold in my pocket, but my dad (bless his soul) had no taste for fine things and thus, his olfactory system detected the total opposite.He was sitting on the porch , when I passed by him to go into the house, he immediately came up behind me and asked why did I smell like booze and urine? Seriously?! I had a hard time believing he said that after I launched a signature fragrance in the house of Jeannette. loved my dad, and from that moment I became very concern that his health was deteriorating.; but to avoid further altercation I  said that one of the drunken neighbors was coming out of the bathroom when I went in. That phony excuse saved me from a second ass whopping 😉

To Be Continued

Get your glitz on: How to add pizzazz to your Oscar party this year

(BPT) – Awards season will soon come to a crescendo with the airing of the Oscars March 2. Celebrities are gearing up to hit the red carpet and crossing their fingers that they come home with an award.

In keeping with traditions of years past, people across the nation will gather with family and friends to see who’s with who, who’s wearing what on the red carpet and to see the stars collect their trophies. You and your guests can feel like part of the experience too. Bring the elegance and excitement of the Academy Awards into your home this year by kicking your party up a notch with just a few small tweaks.

These party prep and hosting tips from national best-selling author Ross Mathews, host of E!’s hit talk show-“Hello Ross”, will help you take your party from simple to sophisticated in just four steps. Not only will you impress your friends with your pop culture knowledge, but you’ll create a star-studded night they’ll never forget.

*Catch up on the nominees. If you haven’t seen American Hustle or you have yet to experience the wonder that is Lupita Nyong’o on screen, get your friends together and watch the most-nominated movies in advance of the awards show. It will greatly increase your enjoyment when it comes time for the statues to be handed out, as you’ll actually know what’s going on and who to root for.

*Do your homework. Doing an Oscar ballot pool at your Oscars party? Prepare ahead of time by searching on sites like Bing.com to help predict the winners using past awards shows, news and buzz as a guide.

*Get your glitz on. If there’s any time of the year to go glitz and glam, Oscars night is it. Take your party to the next level with a black and gold glitter theme – start with formal invitations and encourage your guests to dress the part in their best red carpet wear. With so many do-it-yourself sites and easy crafts, there’s no excuse to skip creating some awesome decorations for the bash – get out your glue gun and glitter.

*Dine like the stars. Go beyond just the chips and dips and add some pizzazz to your party. The Bing Food & Drink app on Windows 8.1 has a library of fantastic recipes for appetizers, entrees, desserts, custom cocktails and more. Get inspired with dishes like smoked trout blinis with crème fraiche and dill. Your guests will feel like stars themselves with the right menu and libations.

Whether you’re one or 1,000 miles away from Hollywood, you can still create your very own red carpet experience in your own home. Follow these tips from Mathews and visit Bing.com/awards for all your Oscars needs and you’ll be well on your way to creating a night to remember for you and your friends.

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