My Mother’s Day Gift Guide (Husbands and Children Welcome!)

After I became a mom, Mother’s Day took on a whole new meaning. A day set aside just for me? It was as if someone gave me a second birthday in the year! As the years went on, I realized it’s also like sharing your birthday with a million other women – some of whom

Get Loose and Luscious Waves with a Curling Iron

(Top by Free People.) Several of you have asked me to show you how to style your hair with soft, loose waves, so today I’ll show you how to get the look. My hair is naturally wavy – or, more specifically, it’s curly underneath, in the lowest layers, but the topmost layers at my crown are

Present Perfect is Now on YouTube!

  In December of last year, I surveyed all of you – my faithful readers – soliciting feedback about the site and many of you requested that I share more hairstyling tips. And since hair styling, like so many other things, is a skill best taught through demonstration, as opposed to still photographs, I’ve decided

Why You Need Instagram

Instagram is a voyeur’s dream.  If you’re not on it, you need to be, even if you choose to keep your account private and never post a single photo.  And if you’re already on Instagram or choose to get on Instagram after this post, you need to follow me!  I post a lot of photos on