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There's a 'Bob' for Every Girl

July 5, 2016

The Flapper era's (Photo by: The Flapper era's "Bob" haircut

The 'Bob' cut is the most popular hair cut these days, according to Tami Iams, co-owner of the new Rive Gauche Salon in Georgetown. And before you think it's not for you, there's a different type of "bob" that fits every woman's face beautifully, according to Iams. The classic "bob" is a simple, close-cut, geometric hairstyle "of the same length all the way around," says Iams. But its variations are endless. "The 'bob' has become very playful," says Iams, who plays with color, razoring techniques, layering, fringing, "bobs" that are shorter, longer, or with or without bangs, to match a woman's face shape.  

The only limitation with a "bob" is your imagination - and perhaps your hair stylist's experience and talents. "It's a precision cut and hard to get perfect," says Iams. "Everything has to be so symmetrical."

Though the "bob" is not necessarily a modern invention. In the 1920s, during the "flapper" era, women threw out the ball and chain of long, heavy, hard-to-style Victorian hair in favor of it simply being "bobbed." But the style died down for decades until the 1960s. 

Anna Wintour in a Bob haircut with bangs (Photo by: Anna Wintour in a Bob haircut with bangs

That's when Vidal Sassoon, a British and American hair stylist, created "bobs" for stars like Mia Farrow, Goldie Hawn, Cameron Diaz, and Helen Mirren, according to And "bobs" have been in style ever since.

Fringed Bob by Tami Iams (Photo by: Tami Iams) Fringed Bob by Tami Iams

Tami Iams has been cutting my "bobs" - of every variation - for more than 15 years. I get compliments wherever I go, so I know Tami is one talented stylist. She, co-owner, Sandra Gomezand, and Teresa Kulstad, have been stylists for more than 20 years each.

They opened Salon Rive Gauche April 1. The light-filled interior design by Tami and Sandra was inspired by a favorite French salon. It's gorgeous and relaxing and Tami, Sandra and Teresa are funny, and down-to-earth, and always listen to their customers' desires - they're all animal lovers, too!

Besides my "Bob," their ability to create beautiful hairstyles to match your facial features and lifestyle is amazing. Find Tami, Sandra Gomezand (the co-owners), and Teresa Kulstad at Salon Rive Gauche at 3214 N Street in Georgetown.

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A Peaches & Cream Surprise

June 26, 2016

There's nothing as delicious as fresh, juicy peaches in season. Take a bite, the sweet juice runs down your arm...I have a new peach recipe you'll love. Surprise: It's made with Greek Yogurt (though it tastes like cream). Try it and your taste buds will zing! This amazing recipe was developed by the CHOBANI Company's French-trained chefs, and I got a chance to watch a demonstration with a tasting. This is a lovely dessert containing all the health benefits of yogurt and peaches! Your family and guests will be delighted!


Peach + Ginger

Yields four, 4 oz servings


2 cups Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
2 tsp. candied ginger, small dice 4 tbsp. toasted almonds, sliced
2 tsp. fresh thyme, picked
2 tbsp. honey
1 cup Peach and Ginger Compote


4 yellow peaches, peeled, cored, small dice
1 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar


  1. Cook peaches, ginger, lemon juice, and sugar for 20 minutes or until tender. Let cool completely.
  2. Scoop 1/2 cup of yogurt into each of 4 bowls. Top each bowl of yogurt with 1/4 cup peach
    and ginger compote, 1/2 tsp candied ginger, 1 tbsp toasted almonds and drizzle with 1/2 tbsp of honey. Garnish with thyme.

    110 calories per serving, 0 g Fat, 5 mg cholesterol, 35 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 grams protein

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Irregular Meal Patterns Can Affect Metabolism, Appetite, Body Fat, and Diabetes

June 19, 2016

Are you a regular 3-square-meals-a-day person? Or, do you eat at different times, depending on your schedule or how you feel? New research has found that your answer to these questions can change the rate at which your body burns calories (metabolism), your appetite, and even your blood sugar levels, all of which affect the amount of calories you eat and your ability to maintain or lose body fat.

The study, published in this month's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, gave two groups of women either a regular meal pattern or an irregular meal pattern, then reversed the conditions for each group. What they found confirmed what I have observed over my 25-plus years of clinical practice: A regular meal pattern, ie, three meals and 3 snacks per day, increased metabolism, lowered appetite, and even reduced blood sugar levels after meals. 

As I've said for many years, planning and eating regular meals is one of the most important factors contributing to weight loss success. Conversely, undereating and poor planning are major causes of overeating. Eating on a whim - or catch-as-catch-can - sets you up for failure in so many ways. And now, according to this study, it's official and not just my own observation!

Learn how to fix your disorganized eating in my book, Diet Simple: 195 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations

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