Catt Sadler brings us the latest entertainment news every day as a co-anchor on E! News, but it’s her chic style that’s garnering headlines this time. She’s teamed up with Scotch-Brite (you know, the home cleaning products’ company) to give you the chance to win $5,000 toward a new wardrobe and a personal style consultation with Sadler through their First Impressions Photo Contest. Here, the working mom of two shares some of her styling secrets, the best ways to make a good impression, as well as, her favorite workouts and beauty tricks.
So tell us about the contest.
“It’s very cool. Essentially we’re encouraging people, fashionistas especially, to make their best first impression by uploading a photo of themselves to the Scotch Brite Facebook page with a couple lines below it as to why they are making the best first impression. The contest goes through May, and then in June, our judges will narrow the participants down to fifteen finalists. In mid-June, the public can go online and vote for their favorites until it’s narrowed down to three finalists. Then, I will pick the final winner, and they’ll get a $5,000 wardrobe makeover, which is pretty awesome, and an online style consultation with me. We’ll have an online chat situation where I can answer questions and give them tips or even look at their wardrobe and help them get rid of stuff.”
What’s your best advice for making a good first impression?
“Well, I have a couple of tips. Some of them are pretty traditional style advice like mixing highs and lows [prices]. I think everybody knows that’s a good way to go when you’re shopping. I don’t think you need to throw a lot of money into the really trendy things like floral blouses that are in. You can buy those for cheap, but then you’ve got those investment pieces like [points to her Chloé bag] this. Yes, I did invest in this little puppy. But I will have this forever and if I have a little girl, I’ll pass it down. These are timeless pieces that certainly supplement any outfit nicely, so splurge on the pieces that are going to be around for a while. I do something called ‘last looks’ everyday before going on TV, which I think can be good advice for girls before they leave their house: smooth your flyalways or get the lipstick off your teeth. And that ties directly to the Scotch Brite Printed Lint Rollers ($4, staples.com) because you don’t want little fuzzies all over you. You have to do that ‘last look’ to make sure you’re crisp, chic, looking good before heading out the door. If I had to pick one other one it would have little to do with fashion and that’s just more about the energy and the spirit that you convey. I think that’s huge when you’re making a first impression. Whatever it is that you want to convey to whomever it is, your boss, or a hot guy at the bar, you want it to be the best representation of yourself.”
You mentioned doing DVDs but do you have any other favorite workouts?
“You know, those methods are pretty strict in that you do it six days a week for an hour at a time, and I certainly do not do that. I’m like most people; I go in waves. I work out really hard for six weeks and then I don’t do anything for a month. You know, I just think it’s the way we all realistically are in our daily lives. I try to move no matter what. My kids and I, we go hiking or I ride bikes with them, but other than really doing those videos, I will mostly just run. That’s my thing. When it’s gorgeous in L.A., like why am I in my living room doing DVDS? Get out the door! I always thought running was challenging. I don’t think I’ve ever gone more than three miles in my life, I’ve never done a marathon or anything, but the better you get at it and the more fit you are, the longer you want to go. So I was actually just interviewing a bunch of Olympic athletes that are hopefuls for the Sochi Olympics and this cross-country skier was telling me you just need to go to the ‘pain cave.’ And I was like, ‘what’s the pain cave?’ It’s about this whole mental place you have to go. If you can get yourself 30 seconds, then that turns into another minute and then that’s three more minutes. So I think of this now and I go to the ‘pain cave’ and then when I’m running I’m like, ‘You can do it! Don’t stop!’”
What are some go-to healthy meals or snacks that you make for yourself and your kids?
“I’m not a cook; I’m not going to make that up. We’ve gotten really into seaweed and kale. That has become our replacement for chips. They actually like it and that’s awesome, and it’s actually easy for me to do. I just put raw kale on a baking sheet and throw some olive oil and some salt and pepper and put it in the oven and then it becomes crispy and they’ll eat it for days.”
What are some of your best beauty tricks that you picked up from being on television everyday?
“For starters, when it comes to hair, I think showing your face is always a really good thing to do. There was that period when it was really trendy to have your hair in a middle part and you’re all covered up. But I definitely don’t think that’s the way you want to go, especially when it comes to making a good first impression. I think people should show their face more. That helps. The other thing is, and it’s tricky these days with high-def television, but I think skin is really important. Of course they put a ton of makeup on me with being on TV and of course we all want to appear flawless with our foundation, but I think you want to look like you have skin. You don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask ever. The only other last trick, which applies to television and real life, and my obsession, is contouring. You don’t need the bone structure because it becomes your bone structure. I think it can make a night and day difference, but it’s about choosing the right product, whatever that is. Some makeup artists I work with use a dark stick foundation; I’m not as big a fan of that. I just like a dark bronzer, and the right brush, and just don’t overdue it because then you can look crazy leaving the house and that’s not the goal.”
Before plopping down in the salon chair, consider these tips for getting the hairstyle you want from Ansley Meredith, a hair stylist and makeup artist in New York City. “Your hair is your most prominent accessory, so you want to make sure it’s perfect— there’s nothing that will ruin a day faster than a bad cut!”
Bring a picture Everybody has a different idea of what a ‘chocolate brown color’ or a ‘layered cut’ is. Having a picture to work from makes it much easier to achieve the exact style you are looking for.
Be vocal Tell your stylist exactly how you feel about your hair and what you have in mind. It’s their job to make sure you are 100 percent satisfied with your hair when you walk out of the salon.
Talk about yourself Knowing what you do for a living, how you dress and how you normally style your hair will give your stylist an idea of what look will best suit you.
Reveal your routine Discuss all aspects of your haircare regimen, including how long you spend (or want to spend) styling your hair in the morning, what products you like you use, and how often you shampoo so your stylist can give you a cut that fits your lifestyle.
Bring up the past Hair typically grows about a quarter inch per month. So if you have longer hair, the ends can be up to four years old! If you’ve had multiple hair color changes or chemical treatments, tell your stylist— they may use separate color formulas on the roots and ends, even though in the end the color looks totally even throughout.
Proceed with caution Often times, women will want to do an impromptu dramatic cut or color change. Even more often, they end up regretting it. To avoid style regret, find a picture of the look that you like and tape it somewhere where you’ll see it on a regular basis (i.e. refrigerator, bathroom mirror or vanity). If you look at it every day for two weeks and still love the idea, then go ahead and do it.
The mane man behind Gisele Bündchen‘s iconic waves, Harry Josh, is hitting the road on the John Frieda Destination: Style Salon Tour. The bus of celebrity stylists, led by Josh, is traveling to cities across the country in May, June and July to offer free 15-minute consultations and styling lessons. Stop by when the bus rolls through your city:
- Friday, May 13, 2011 New York, NY “Times Square – Broadway Plaza (Broadway btw. 43rd & 44th)” 11AM – 7PM
- Saturday, May 14, 2011 New York, NY 11AM – 7PM
- Friday, May 20, 2011 Philadelphia, PA “King of Prussia Mall Route 202 at Mall Boulevard, Suite 2700 King of Prussia, PA” noon – 8PM
- Saturday, May 21, 2011 Philadelphia, PA 11AM – 7PM
- Thursday, May 26, 2011 Miami, FL “Aventura Mall 19501 Biscayne Blvd Aventura, FL 33180″ noon – 8PM
- Friday, May 27, 2011 Miami, FL noon – 8PM
- Saturday, June 04, 2011 Bentonville, AR “WalMart Supercenter Store 5260 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd Rogers, AR 72758″ 9AM – 5PM
- Friday, June 10, 2011 Dallas, TX “Shops at Park Lane 8070 Park Ln Dallas, TX 75231″ 10AM – 6PM
- Saturday, June 11, 2011 Dallas, TX 10AM – 6PM
- Friday, June 17, 2011 Phoenix, AZ “Westgate City Center 6770 North Sunrise Boulevard Glendale, AZ 85305″ 2PM – 10PM
- Saturday, June 18, 2011 Phoenix, AZ 2PM – 10PM
- Friday, June 24, 2011 Los Angeles, CA “Hollywood & Highland 6801 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028″ 11AM – 7PM
- Saturday, June 25, 2011 Los Angeles, CA 11AM – 7PM
- Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Seattle, WA “Westlake Park 4th Avenue (SE side of Pine St.) Seattle, Washington” 11AM – 7PM
- Thursday, June 30, 2011 Seattle, WA Westlake Park 11AM – 7PM
- Saturday, July 09, 2011 Chicago, IL “West Fest Chicago Ave. SE intersection of Wolcot St.” noon – 8PM
- Sunday, July 10, 2011 Chicago, IL noon – 8PM
- Friday, July 15, 2011 Minneapolis, MN “Mall of America 5000 Center Ct. Bloomington, MN 55425″ noon – 8PM
- Saturday, July 16, 2011 Minneapolis, MN 11AM – 7PM
- Friday, July 22, 2011 Atlanta, GA “Perimeter Mall 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road Atlanta, GA 30346″ noon – 8PM
- Saturday, July 23, 2011 Atlanta, GA noon – 8PM
At the Paul Mitchell Red Carpet Event, we sat down with Julie Solwold, Vice President of Event Marketing for Paul Mitchell. Listen in as she talks about the importance of beauty from the inside out and why the company loves to work with athletes:
-Kari LaPrade, beauty intern