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GAL APPROVED! Smooth Skin, Sheets & Shakes! Plus: Aaliyah’s Short Bright Star!

By   |   November 14, 2014   |   Gal Approved

WATCH. It’s a name we can never forget: Aaliyah. Lifetime’s new docu-film Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, chronicles the all-too brief life of this shining star. And yes, Lifetime’s new movie goes there, examining the not-so-secret relationship between a 15-year-old Aaliyah (played by Alexandra Shipp, last seen in VH1’s Drumline: A New Beat), and her producer, a very grown R. Kelly, including their annulled marriage. We get a chance to watch Aaliyah’s career unfold, from her first platinum album and the start of her movie career, as well as finding love again with producer Damon Dash. Much like Aaliyah herself, the movie has a quiet dignity to it. It shows how her close-knit family played an important role in keeping Aaliyah grounded, playing mentor, cheerleader and disciplinarian when needed. Family is everything, and it’s a mantra Aaliyah knew and respected. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, premieres Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.


WATCH TOO. Singer/Songwriter Roxanna is hitting the states in a big way, with a 90 minute Public Television special, ROXANNA: EXOTICA LIVE. First captivating audiences with the Latin-infused ΓÇ£Unforgotten,ΓÇ¥ the Canadian-based singer was catapulted into fame as her freshman album, Exotica, introduced a soulful testimony to the trials and tribulations of love, forgiveness, and healing. The segment was taped at the Cathedral-like venue Vibiana in Los Angeles, and guest stars Jon Secada. ROXANNA: EXOTICA LIVE airs Saturday, No. 15th at 9 p.m. on PBS Detroit metro area as well as Central and Western Canada. Jonseing for your area? Additional markets to follow – we’ll keep you posted!

DRESS. Lela Rose‘s new collection for Lane Bryant offers a color palette that reminds Luxe Gal of the artist Monet, and of Paris in the spring time. The designer focused on flattering necklines, raised waistlines and a variety of sleeve lengths. Often missing in plus size clothing is intricate detail. In this collection you will find gorgeous details that includes borders, high-low lengths and A-line shapes. Loved the soft tailoring and the soft spring color palettes, and some great looks that will take you from day to night.


SMOOTH. Have you ever stayed in a 4 or 5 star hotel and just loved, loved, loved your sleeping experience, only to return home to your bed and its so hum drum in comparison? Here’s a tip: Press your sheets! Now I know the thought of slaving over a steamy hot iron probably does not rank on your “fun things to do list.” This is what Luxe Gal discovered. It’s not about the chore but rather how you accomplish it. I recently gave up my traditional iron for the Singer Magic Stream Press. With it I can press a set of sheets in under 15 minutes without breaking a sweat. And it’s so compact I can actually sit while I press. The Singer Magic Steam Press heats up quickly, but thanks to the built-in alarm and auto shut-off you don’t have to worry about scorching your 1000 count Egyptian cottons. Pressing sheets relaxes the fibers and makes your bed feel like a luxurious nest. I would rate this iron but how do you put a value on something that has improved the quality of your life? My only question is how have we live this long without it?



SMOOTH TOO. Lifeway has a selection of fabulous new flavors of Kefir. Kefir is a cultured probiotic beverage similar in taste and texture to drinkable yogurt, and made from milk fermented with kefir cultures. Originating over 2000 years ago in the Caucasus Mountains-where many people live well over 100 years-kefir has been associated with a long list of health benefits. We have been drinking it straight up, mixing it up in smoothies and stirring it into our granola and morning oatmeal. If you don’t have the time or a fabulous Ninja blender then you can buy Lifeway’s Kefir smoothies. The work is already done for you! Drink these and you might live forever and ever, or just add a few more healthy years to your diva-licious life.



SMOOTH THREE. Whenever the seasons change my skin reacts. This autumn I have discovered an unattractive new shade of ash and it’s not pretty. I’ve learned to Say Yes to Carrots ΓÇô and this lotion is absolutely divine. It’s rich and very moisturizing. Make sure you stock up for the winter!

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