Meet Lila Dare, Mom of 2 and Author of Tressed to Kill

Your Name: Lila Dare

How many children do you have? Two daughters—ages 10 and 12

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Brief Description of Your Business
: Murder, mayhem, hairstyling and humor—I write the Southern Beauty Shop mystery novels featuring five women, ages 17-60, who work at Violetta’s Salon in the fictional town of St. Elizabeth, Georgia. The first book in the series, TRESSED TO KILL (Berkley Prime Crime), is available now from Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon and other bookstores.

What was your inspiration for writing this book? I have always loved writing. After twenty years as an Air Force intelligence officer, it was time to reinvent myself. I had a moment of epiphany in the Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle and embarked on my writing career shortly thereafter. It’s marvy to have a husband who was willing for me to give up a six-figure income to pursue the penury of writing.

When do you make time to run a business with your busy MOM schedule? Luckily, my girls are in school, so I write while they’re getting educated. I have to travel for book signings and conventions and such, but they’re old enough now to take care of their dad/my husband when I’m not around. ;)

What is your favorite beauty tip? Exercise regularly! Fab for skin, figure, health, and attitude. Even a 20-minute walk is great.

Tell us about the outfit that makes you feel confident and beautiful. I love vintage jewelry, especially “statement” necklaces or earrings, so I like scoop-necked tops in velvet or silk that set off the jewelry. A pair of sleek black slacks with high heels in a color that coordinates with the top or jewelry always makes me feel like I can take on the world.

What’s your favorite online site to shop for beauty or fashion? I’m a tryer-onner, so I don’t shop for fashion or beauty stuff on-line. (I like to experiment with all the make-up products in the store, feel the texture of moisturizers, etc.) I’m a huge fan of Nordstrom Rack for fashion bargains. (Okay, I do buy some casual wear—tops and outdoor gear—at www.Land’s

What motivates you to look your best? Getting out of my routine of writing/taking the girls to school/ferrying the girls to activities/doing housework. I like to look good when my hubster and I go to a movie or out to dinner (it’s sooo wonderful that my oldest is 12 now and we don’t need a babysitter!), or for church, or lunch with a friend. Obviously, I adore coordinating my outfits and accessories for conventions and book signings.

As a mom, “Me Time” is limited… what are your time saving beauty tips? Use a tinted moisturizer with a high SPF; that way, you can apply three products—moisturizer, foundation, sunblock—in one quick step.

Name one beauty product you can’t live without: Now that I’m past forty, I have to say moisturizer/sunscreen. Sigh. Mascara used to be the one beauty product I wouldn’t leave the house without applying, but the dry Colorado climate and my less elastic skin now demand moisturizer.

Heels or flats? Describe your favorite pair. Absolutely heels. My husband thinks I’ve been brain-washed by the prevailing culture and can’t understand why I’d voluntarily cram my feet into black satin peep-toe platform pumps with four-inch heels and flirty rosettes, but he’s a guy. Need I say more? My newest pair are red patent leather with a Mary Jane strap and three-inch heels. Compliments galore when I wore them for the first time last week!

Lip gloss or Lip Stick? Do you have a favorite brand/color? Lipstick. Gloss always feels too tacky to me. And I love color! Right now my favorite is Bare Escentuals in Gelato.

Are you on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace? If so, please include your links so we can follow you! I’m on Facebook under Lila Dare . . . I’ll “friend” anyone, so look me up.

Any additional comments on beauty and style you’d like to share: I always have my toenails painted. I don’t do manicures too often because with tapping on a keyboard all day, my fingernails get chipped too quickly, but I love a pop of color on my toes, especially with summer approaching. I try aqua and chartreuse and deep eggplant . . . all the colors I’d be to conservative to wear on my fingernails.

Editor’s Note: Lila’s book is due out TODAY! Tressed to Kill is a fun read and it offers organic skin care recipes to boot! You’ll enjoy the story for all it’s charm, style and mystery- a great read for the poolside this summer! Get it on

Thanks for sharing your beauty and fashion tips, Lila!  I’d love to see your new red high heels!  Congrats on your brand new book!  What an accomplishment!

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I love Nordstrom Rack too…fashionable pieces at great prices!

    And tinted moisturizer is wonderful, isn’t it? I wear it almost daily to even out my skin tone and keep my skin protected from the sun.

  2. Tammy Gibson says:

    Tinted moisturizer…the only way to go ;) I love Stila’s bronzing moisturizer. What do you wear?

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