Going to the Housewares Show..what will I find?

I was so honored to have been invited to take part of the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show. The show runs from Sunday – Tuesday March 6-8 at McCormick Place in Chicago. This year I’m attending as a guest and a member of the media.

For the next few days, I will be spending time on the showroom floor talking to retailers about how they can start using some of the tools of social media to build their business, but I will also be looking for some fun new products to review…I have a list and I’m ready to hit the floor..but I wanted to take a look back at one of my first product reviews..The Ped Egg

…and below  are some new products I can’t wait to see..


Company Description:

Introducing clothes and GO!  A unique patent pending solution for moving and storing clothing on hangers. Clothes are removed from the closet on hangers, placed in the clothes and GO bag and then easily carried to your vehicle. clothes and GO eliminates traditional moving boxes and hanging rods taking a fraction of the time to move. Perfect for travel by car–college, moving, v…


Company Description:
Living in today’s digital world, means not only remembering to take your wallet and keys, but also your chargers, ear buds, cell phone and more. Yeah, staying organized is not easy – until now. Cocoon’s Grid-It!; Organizer provides the most versatile organization solution for digital devices, personal objects, cosmetics, household items and more. • GRID-IT!; organization system &n… Read More


The perfect solution for reusing and recycling hangers! Take extra hangers off the rod and store them neatly in your Hanger Hamper, then return extras to your dry cleaner.www.HangerHamper-retail.com

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Getting To The Root Of Hair Color Trends In 2011

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If you have not started to work on your New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. People are still snacking on leftover cookies and cakes from leftover holiday entertaining. While our weight loss goals have been put on the back burner, our hairstyles are an easier resolution to tackle. One of the easiest things to change next to a hairstyle is our hair color. Dark roots got you down? Just call up your hair stylist and you can change that sooner than later. However, style experst still think that you may want to hold off on that next touch up. Why? Isn’t that trashy and so not cool?

It seems as though Hollywood celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Gwyneth Paltrow have also voluntarily missed a few touch up appointments. Lack of funds? Definitely not. This is a trend that has surprised us all. Can we get to the root of this trend already?

The “back to roots” hair color trend is nothing new. If you remember the punk rock days (late 1970, early 1980) roots were sprouted everywhere. Look no further than the archives of MTV and you’ll see the dark roots of popular divas like Debbie Harry and Madonna. A statement against the preppy handbook? Yes, but who is still around? See you later alligator, dark roots are back and better than ever. This trend has more than just the fans scratching their perfectly colored tresses. According to Head & Shoulders celebrity hair stylist Ryan Trygstad, this look made its way back on the scene via Victoria’s Secret model, Gisel. This look was not launched on the runway alone. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) in Sex and the City wore it well also. Now, this trend is hotter than ever. Celebrities have canceled hair color touch ups and it is obvious. Have you seen pictures of Gwen Stefani or Drew Barrymore lately? They wear it well (they are so gorgeous, I can’t imagine them with a bad hair day ever). Nevertheless, are dark, exposed, untreated roots for everybody?

Fashion critics have agreed to disagree. This look works best on the 20 and 30 year old crowd. In fact, the look also goes better with those working in fashion, PR, and entertainment. Why? These fields are much more creative than conservative driven fields like finance, law, and education. It is not just the industry that determines if you should let your roots go untreated. Blonde hair and light brown colors look the best because the contrast has the “pop” affect. However, the darker the hair color, the more one should hesitate. For example, brunettes exposing gray hair will not have that “pop” affect, but more of a “flop” affect. Unfortunately, gray hair coming out of brunette hair only ages the person. Looks like I’ll be joining all the brunettes in this process. Oh, well.

Would you let your dark roots grow out? Would you let your gray hairs grow out? Do you think that the industry you work in would influence your decision?

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