Friday, October 31, 2008
On MomFinds: Win a Personalized Blanket & Bodysuit from Two Tinas. Tell us your favorite blanket (pick one blanket from the Signature Line or My Name Collection) AND your favorite Ringer Snapsuit to enter.
The Bump: A Halloween gallery. Elvis and Tinkerbell, racecar drivers and peas in a pod--these photos of babies in their Halloween costumes will have you gushing and smiling.
On Coochicoos: Win a Ubi Baby Changing Table. Comment or enter a photo to our newest site - MommyFail.com
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Want to add a little sparkle to your life? Give your nails a treat with the Flourish Collection of nail lacquer from Zoya - no tricks here!
This thrilling sampler of six shades enhanced by metallic flecks is sure to keep you shining: colors include Richelle (Gold Metallic), Zara (Purple-Gold Metallic), Shivon (Pinky-Purple Brown Metallic), Mieko (Sparkling Pink Metallic), Cyma (Fuscia Metallic) and Kalista (Deep Brown Metallic). The perfect complement to your Halloween ensemble, or your chic new outfit, the Flourish Collection is anything but dull.
As always, Zoya nail lacqers are free of toxic yucky stuff are the longest wearing natural nail polishes available.
Few things have garnered as much attention lately as Sarah Palin's wardrobe. From the cost of outfitting her to look like VP material, to the style of her glasses, she has constantly been in the public eye. One thing that is certain is that, whether we agree with her politics or her personal choices, we sure do like her style!
Sarah's drilled rimless glasses have sparked a trend in eyewear that is leaving companies like Silhouette with backorders a mile long. Her sleek, rectangular glasses convey authority and are the perfect choice for a vice presidential nominee. But the real reason they look so fabulous on her is that they flatter her face shape.
If you've been thinking about adding a pair of rimless glasses like Sarah's to your wardrobe, make sure you are making the right choice. Palin's glasses look perfect on her face because they mimic her face shape. Her face is square, and glasses that echo the angles of her face are going to be the most flattering. If your face is more rounded or oval, eyeglasses that are rounded or oval will be the most flattering on you. The key is balance. If Sarah's frames were perfect squares, they would put emphasis on her square face and make it look even more square. Since she chose frames that are rectangular, that have the same angles but are elongated, she has created balance in her face. I'm not sure if it's the style women want to emulate, or just the sheer perfection of these frames for her face. When you ensure that you get the best frames for your face shape, you'll create the the same kind of effect.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Your girlfriend just got some great new eyeshadow colors that flatter her eyes and make her look beautiful. Inspired and in need of a lift, you decide to give the same colors a shot. You get home and apply the colors diligently, yet the finished product leaves your eyes looking older and more tired than before. What gives?
Well, chances are, your girlfriend has very different coloring than you. Perhaps she's a pretty blond, with fair skin and blue eyes. You, on the other hand, have a warmer skintone, auburn hair and deep brown eyes. The two of you will probably not look good in any of the same makeup - or clothing, for that matter.
Our own personal coloring helps to determine what colors work well on us, not only for clothing, but for cosmetics, haircolor shades (other than natural) and everything else we surround ourselves with. This is why cosmetics from Beauty by Jeuniqe are created with specific seasons in mind. Whether you can be described as a winter, spring, summer or autumn, Beauty by Jeuniqe has the perfect lipstick, blush and eyeshadows (these are just $10)to complement your personal color harmony and bring out your best you!
If you're interested in finding out more about Beauty by Jeuniqe's line of seasonally-based cosmetics, email me and I can help. They offer wonderful cosmetics at great prices, and selecting the colors for your personal coloring ensure that you'll always be wearing the best shades for you!
For those autumn days when the wind whips a chill right through us, nothing but a cozy scarf in a bright color will do. The super soft and breathable cotton fibers of Shade Clothing's jersey scarf make it drape gorgeously and it will bring an extra level of polish and color — not to mention, warmth — to your fall look!
This simple scarf doesn't take a lot of fuss to look fabulous. The whole idea is to keep it casually chic, so just throw it on and go. It'll kick up your look whether you're wearing jeans and a cute top, or a casual knit dress. It's a great way to add a shot of color around your face. Does fashion get an easier?
Monday, October 27, 2008
Finding jeans to fit your body can be a real task. Women are all built diffferently, so a pair that fits your best friend like a glove may gap and gape in all the wrong places on you. This is just the reason why Fashion Bug has introduced their Right Fit stretch jeans.
Getting the right fit can now be a bit easier. With 3 body styles to choose from, Fashion Bug understands that women typically fall into one of three categories: straight, moderately curvy and curvy. This alone will surely help you get rid of gap-itis when you bend over to help your child. If it doesn't, I recommend that you seek out a great tailor and have them altered.
I love these bootcut jeans that sit just below the waist. For women who have any hips at all, the bootcut will help to balance them out and make you appear balanced and slimmer. Steer clear of sraight and tapered legs - they'll only make your hips look wider. With a little stretch added to help the jeans hug your curves, a choice of three washes and petite, average and tall inseam options, Right Fit jeans are right on the money!
And speaking of money, we're going to give you $25 to try out a pair of Right Fit for yourself. Simply leave us a comment (don't forget your email address) and tell us why you'd like to have a pair of these. One winner will be selected at random for a $25 gift certificate to Fashion Bug. The deadline is Midnight, EST November 2, 2008.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Envision yourself standing in front of your closet in the morning. What do you see? An array of colorful and neutral separates that mix and match well to create vibrant, flattering outfits - or a sea of black, peppered with white or gray and little or no color? If your answer was the latter, then do yourself a favor - step away from the black and take a few minutes to find out why.
We all want to get dressed quickly and easily in the morning, with little fuss about what we wear. You want to make getting dressed a breeze, and you figure that wearing black is an easy way to do that. Well, sure. It can be if you don't really care about your appearance. Black may go with everything in your closet - but it may not go with YOU!
Did you know that wearing black can:
- Make you look older than you are
- Enhance dark circles and skin blemishes
- Make you look tired and washed out
- Make lines and wrinkles appear deeper and more prominent
- Make you look younger and more vibrant
- Make your skin look healthy and clear
- Diminish lines and wrinkles
- Make your eyes sparkle and give more color to your lips and cheeks.
When having a color analysis done, there are literally millions of combinations of colors, based on your personal shades, but most can be divided in cool tones and warm tones. A warm skin tone has a yellow undertone and a cool skin tone has a pink undertone.
Someone who looks best in cool colors can be described as:
If your skin tone can be described as light or medium to dark with olive, ivory or pink undertones
Your hair color is black, dark brown, grey or white, blonde, light brown , silver grey or burgundy brown.
Your eye color is brown, grey-green, hazel,cool blue, soft grey.
Someone who looks best in warm colors can be described as:
If yourskin tone is light with peach, pink or golden undertones.
Your hair color is strawberry blonde, ash blonde, auburn, light golden brown, dark red copper, brown with red highlights, honey blonde.
Your eye color is brown, green, olive, teal blue, blue-grey.
So next time you go to your closet, don't just reach for black - reach for a color that will help bring out the best in you!
Reprinted from Beyond the Little Black Dress, my new blog to help women wear color with confidence!
If the economic downturn has left you feeling frugal, don't despair. There are plenty of chic accessories you can pick up to give new luster to your wardrobe, for just a song.
1. This Botkier for Target® Clutch is the perfect way to add a shot of purple to your outfit for less than $5!
2. Fringe is everywhere this season, making this Fringed lariat necklace ($7.99) right on trend - and a steal to boot!
3. These beautiful aquamarine Drop earrings ($8.99) would add a lovely touch of color to your favorite outfit. And if this is your eye color, watch your eyes sparkle as you slip them on!
4. Bracelets are everywhere this season, and this bead and chain bracelet is the perfect addition for jeans and a tee to a pretty dress ($9.99 - $16.99).
5. Be a gold digger in these chic metallic ruffle flats ($39.99). They'll dress your jeans up in one of the season's hot trends.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Gift giving is something we moms do all year long. Whether it's a birthday, or just a special friend who needs a lift, gifts really do make someone feel special. And when we have a friend who's just undergone surgery, has a serious illness or just gave birth, the gift of comfort is something that is much appreciated.
One fun way to make someone feel good is to send a Pajama Gram. Never sent PJ's before? Well, now's a great time to start. I sent a Pajama Gram to my sister when she was pregnant and in need of something pretty, yet comfy to wear. She loved it! Pajamas are something we rarely spend money on for ourselves, so they make the perfect gift. They can be pretty, sexy or just comfy and will wrap the recipient in a cozy coccoon, making them feel loved and cared for.
From an indulgent and sexy Cabernet Cashmere Lounge Set ($109.95), to the coziest of flannel PJ's and nightshirts, Pajama Gram has something for everyone. Sizes run from XS - XL, and there are styles for men, women and kids! The pajamas are packaged up in a pretty and reusable organza hatbox, along with a lavender scented sachet, a gift card and a "Do Not Disturb" sign, and sent to the lucky recipient. How's that for comfort?
On Mom Finds: Win a $100 Shopping Spree at Vincent Shoes. Win a $100 shopping spree at Vincent Shoes, makers of fun, fashionable and high-quality shoes for kids. They have every shoe imaginable for pre-walkers to older kids, from slick sneakers to cozy snow boots and holiday dress shoes.
On Boston Mamas: Green Your Halloween. Check out these tips for improving the health of your Halloween festivities; also see our Tricky Treating post for allergy oriented Halloween tips!
On Modern Mom: The Bachelorette’s Trista Sutter. Modern Mom chats with Trista Sutter (she's expecting baby #2 next spring!) about keeping up with 1-year old Max, prepping for her second child, and balancing a busy career and family.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Have you gotten your kids' Halloween costumes yet? Me neither. Which is why we should all plan to head to Old Navy this weekend to take advantage of their Freaky Funday promotion.
This coming Saturday and Sunday, October 25 and 26, Old Navy is gearing to up celebrate Halloween in style, while giving away plenty of free treats (no tricks). Here's what they have in store:
The first 100 customers both days will receive a trick-or-treat bag and a game piece good for 20,50 or 100% off purchases that day.
For those who show up at the store in costume on Saturday (check your local store for details on times), they will be awarded with a coupon for a free graphic tee ($14.50 value).
Shopping discounts will be announced at random, such as 13% off all black items or 31% off all fashion items.
Plus, there will be plenty of Halloween candy to keep the little ones content - at least until it runs out!
So head on down to Old Navy this weekend where you'll find the best deals on Halloween gear, including costumes, tees, tights and these cute baby socks that are just $.99!
With a chill in the air we' ve begun setting our thermostats a little warmer and running our heat indoors. While it's nice to snuggle up inside with our kids or our man, it's not quite so nice for our skin. This time of year really takes a toll on skin. As we're out in the elements, it gets dried out due to wind and dry air. Then when we go indoors, moisture is sucked from our skin by the dry heat. This makes for a lose-lose situation for our poor, hardworking epidermis.
Invigorate your skin with Smoothing Body Butter from Vaseline. Enriched with the power of shea and cocoa butters, it will melt into your skin, leaving it it smelling wonderful and looking vibrant. The intensive formula of Smoothing Body Butter helps to trap moisture to keep you skin feeling soft all day long. Smooth it on after your shower to give your skin a protective barrier from the elements.
Find Smoothing Body Butter at your local drugstore or superstore for around $8.99.
It can be more than a little frustrating when your baby chucks his paci on the floor for the umpteenth time. And when baby see's mommy's reaction - yikes! - he's tempted to continue his little game. Why not clip on a Bebe Belay and make the paci strictly business?
The Bebe Belay is one of those must-have gadgets that you'll wish you had come up with yourself. You'll have an aha! moment upon your first use when your child's attempt to kick his booties off is foiled. The Bebe Belay is a colorful ribbon with a connector clip attached to each end that serves to keep the paci in the carseat, baby booties clipped together (wouldn't you just hate to lose one of your favorite pair?) or even to create an impromptu bib using a dish towel or whatever else is handy. The Bebe Belay was invented by a clever mom out of necessity, making the old adage true: necessity is indeed the mother of invention.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
My son just turned 2, and he's just begun to open doors, as many curious toddlers do. So when we found ourselves at the beach this summer, we were always on guard because the door to the house where we stayed could easily be unlocked and opened by little hands. Now we don't have to worry because there's Lady Lock, the clever invention that's designed to keep kids inside where they belong.
As the holiday season cranks up and you have family and friends coming in to town, the last thing you want to have to worry about is your toddler escaping out into the busy street. Yet many doors are created so that it's easy for a child to open them. Lady Lock ($20.70 including shipping) puts a stop to that and keeps children safe. With a Lady Lock you can relax and have the peace of mind that your kids will be safe inside your home. And it's portable, so you can take it with you on your next beach trip and rest assured that your kids are safely contained.
We're giving away one Lady Lock to one lucky reader. Just leave us a comment and tell us how you would use it. Don't forget to inlcude your email. Deadline is Midnight, EST, October 28, 2008.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Here are a few suggestions:
Kids love salty snacks almost as much as they love sweets, so why not give 'em some chips? Frito Lay has recently introduced Pinch of Salt snacks, giving moms, dads and kids a tasty, low-salt alternative to some of their favorite crunchy snacks. With 30 – 50 percent less salt than their original counterparts, Pinch of Salt snacks help keep salt consumption in check while still providing all the flavor of the real thing. The Pinch of Salt line includes Fritos, Tostitos, Ruffles and Lay’s Classic Potato Chips, and can be found at grocery, retail and mass-merchant stores. They’ll never miss the salt!
It's hard to beat a good chocolate chip cookie, and finding an organic one that tastes great is a real treat! Snikiddy makes yummy bite-sized chocolate chip cookies, as well as grilled cheese puffs and other goodies that come in snack sized bags, just perfect for parties or trick-or-treaters. These may be made for kids, but trust me - you'll find yourself enjoying the kids' Snikiddy snacks long after they've gone to bed.
If you're a true chocoholic and can't miss a holiday without it, try these heart healthy snacks from CocoaVia. With delicious combinations as blueberry and almond and crispy chocolate, they are an excellent source of calcium, folic acid, vitamins B6, B12 and antioxidant vitamins C and E. Plus, they're a nutritionally responsible 90–100 calories per serving. Chocolate never looked so good!
Cortney Novogratz is one busy mama. Not only does she run her own architectural and design business (along with her husband), Sixx Design, developing and designing hip, modern residential properties in New York and around the world - but she's also the mother of six kids (with one more on the way!). Cortney travels with the whole family in tow, shopping flea markets and soaking up the culture in exotic locales. With a new book (Downtown Chic) hitting the stands next year and a furniture line in the works, we wonder if she ever sleeps! We caught up with Cortney to find out her secrets for living life to the fullest and looking fabulous to boot:
OCM: Being the mom of almost 7 kids must be exhausting. How do you carve out time to yourself to recharge?
CN: I TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE CITY, AND TRY TO JUST ENJOY ALL THE AMAZING SIGHTS! IT'S VERY CALMING, AND ALLOWS ME A LITTLE TIME FOR INTROSPECTION!
OCM: In your business, style is obviously important. What are your secrets for walking out the door each day looking pulled together and chic?
CN: I WISH I COULD TELL YOU THAT I AM PULLED TOGETHER AND LOOK FABULOUS ALL THE TIME, BUT THAT'S NOT QUITE TRUE! I DO TRY TO PULL MY HAIR BACK INTO A SLEEK PONY TAIL, AND WEAR SIMPLE, BASIC YET CHIC BLACK OUTFITS, SO I LOOK PULLED TOGETHER!
OCM: What's the one beauty product you couldn't live without?
CN: SOAP AND WATER AND THE OIL OF OLAY PRODUCTS. THEY ARE SO AMAZING AND INEXPENSIVE, COMPARED TO A LOT OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS OUT THERE. AND THEY WORK WELL.
OCM: Some days I'm hard pressed to keep it together, and I have just 2 kids. What have been your saving graces for keeping your home, and yourself, looking great? Do you have little elves who come during the night to clean your home, cook dinner and iron your clothes:)?
CN: I AM BLESSED WITH A WONDERFUL, DEPENDABLE FULL-TIME BABY SITTER AND A VERY COMPLETE PHONE BOOK SO I CAN ORDER ALL KINDS OF TAKE-OUT.
OCM: You obviously are One Chic Mama! What advice can you pass on to other moms to help them look as fabulous as you do?
CN: BE COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SKIN, AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT!
Editor's note: Cortney seems like a simple, down-to-earth kind of woman who finds beauty in simplicity, when it comes to personal style. And it sure does work for her. This is one amazing woman to admire!
Sometimes moms like to have a little fun, and a cute tee is one way to do it. Express your style through a body hugging tee that fits you, well, to a tee. With phrases such as "Hot Mama" or just a butterfly on your expectant tummy, Dreem has adorable designs to help you show off your mommy status.
With both maternity tees and tees for moms, Dreem has you covered in style. And when you use code OCM20 you'll get 20% off your next order!
Win A Tee for Yourself
One winner will receive a Dreem tee of their choosing. Just leave us a comment and tell us which style you'd prefer. Don't forget your email address. Deadline is Midnight EST October 26, 2008.
Monday, October 20, 2008
The secret to a lifetime of beautiful skin is taking care of it from the inside out. So ditch the junk foods and its ugly side effects - saturated fat and refined sugars and carbs can damage skin cells and lead to premature aging - then dig into the bounty of wholesome, delicious foods that can help you look fabulous in your 30s, 40s and 50s.
In your 30s:
Tweak your diet now and you'll slow the development of wrinkles and sagging skin in later years.
Vitamin C - A "best friend to your skin", vitamin c is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals. Snack on citrus fruits, berries and vegetables like broccoli and red and green peppers to up your intake.
Beta Carotene - This is a mighty protector that defends your skin against damage from pollution and aging. Add bright orange veggies like acorn squash and carrots to your plate and spirulina to your smoothies.
Vitamin E is an anti-aging nutrient and a potent antioxidant, as well as a healer of wounds, dryness, scars and skin ulcers. Eat egg yolks, brown rice, oatmeal, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach to keep your body fueled.
In Your 40s:
Ward off wrinkles. Keep your skin looking as young as you feel with a diet of anti-oxidant rich food and add plenty of pro-collagen nutrients to the mix.
Lycopene is a butrient and antioxidant supports your skin as you age and helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen. Found in watermelons and red, ripe tomatoes, as well as tomato sauce and paste.
Riboflavin, known as B2, it helps with collagen production and can help heal conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema and skin ulcers. To boost your intake, eat oily fish (sardines and mackerel), shellfish, eggs and whole grains such as millet and wild rice.
Anthocyanins have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and are found in deep purple or red fruits such as blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates.
In your 50s:
Bone up on nutrition. keep turning heads with your age-defying looks. Enjoy the beaty foods of earlier years and make sure you add plenty of the following:
Calcium and Magnesium should be a part of your lifelong diet, but become more important as you age. They keep bones healthy and fight sagging skin and wrinkles. Eat dark, leafy greens and figs to get both minerals. Almonds, broccoli and sesame seeds are calcium rich, while seafood, bananas, tofu and pumpkin seeds contain magnesium.
Selenium aids in the production of a naturally produced antioxidant that protects against harmful UVA damage and environmental exposure. Eat Brazil nuts, whole grains, eggs and salmon to boost your intake.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), along with proper hydration, are the keys to keeping your skin supple. These healthy fats, specifically Omega-3 and omega-6, have anti-imflammatory properties and ward off wrinkles. Eat fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines and nuts and seeds (esp. flaxseeds, walnuts and pumpkin seeds) and you'll get your quota.
* Source: Rouge Magazine. Sign up for your free copy of this great beauty and style resource at RougeMag.com.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Kids love animal adventures, especially when they get to see real live animals - and not just of the animated, talking variety. But add a cool narrator such as Billy Blue Hair, who speaks directly to your child using their name, and you've got a hook that will have your kids riveted!
Billy Blue Hair: Why do Giraffes Have Long Necks? is a fun and educational video that takes your kids on a safari adventure. They'll learn fun facts about animals as Billy uses their name and talks to them as if he were their tour guide. When Billy mentions that a bison weighs as much as a car, an animated car pops up on the screen so kids can have a visual image of the comparison.
Our copy of Billy Blue Hair: Why do Giraffes Have Long Necks? was personalized for my son, Dylan, and he couldn't have been more surprised and excited when Billy first said his name. He sat through the 30 minute long video awaiting to hear it again, learning about why zebras have stripes and other fun facts in the meantime. If you're looking for a fun video that teaches your kids something too, this is your ticket! What child doesn't want to learn about animals, especially when their being spoken to personally?
Billy Blue Hair: Why do Giraffes Have Long Necks? was reviewed for Parent Bloggers Network.
For years women have used a safety pin to hold their bra straps together to give them a little extra lift. Even makeup artist, Bobbi Brown, touts this little trick for a little extra perk when she's on camera. But mamas, put down the safety pins. Now there's a better way.
Bralief is a little clip that simply loops around your bra straps in back, pulling them closer together and holding them in place. Bralief offers added lift, helps to improve your posture and keeps your bra straps in place all at once. This clever little clip also works on swim suits and camisoles. Bralief comes in black, tan, white and cotton-candy pink. Twenty-percent of sales of the cotton-candy Bralief will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. Buy Bralief for $9.95 each, or $22.95 for a pack of three.
On Boston Mamas: Stand tall and green. Got chemicals? Check out these tips to take charge of your family's environmental health.
On Clever Parents: The Ups and Downs of Humidification. Beware of humidifiers, because they can cause mold and indoor air quality problems which can result in respiratory problems and other health issues. Here's what you need to know when selecting a humidifier.
On Mom Finds: Win a Dante Beatrix Stroller Tote Luxe. Win a fabulous diaper bag that combines attitude with all of the practical features busy moms need to get through a day out with baby.
On The Bump: Stay Up to Date With Baby's Vaccinations! The Bump keeps you on track for well-baby visits with its new vaccination checklist.
On We Covet: GIVEAWAY of the Week: Mod Pet Prints We Covet. Win an adorably stylish fine art print from Mod Dog!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Summer may be long gone but keeping your feet looking good is important year-round. When the weather cools off, our feet still work up callouses and need to be exfoliated. The Pink Heel Smoother from Artemis Woman is a great solution to keep rough heels at bay. This battery powered appliance is the #1 Podiatrist Recommended Pedicure Appliance on the market and has the endorsement of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
The Pink Heel Smoother has two settings and a small, rotating tip to help you get to hard-to-reach areas and easily work around toes and heels. It may tickle a little bit at first, but it's an effective way to remove dead skin from the feet in just a matter of seconds.
Artemis Woman donates 2% of profits from the sale of the Pink Heel Smoother ($24.99) to the Susan Love Research Foundation (for breast cancer research). Find it at your local Wal-Mart or Walgreens or shop online.
Those sweet gals over at Domesticated Sophisticate have awarded us with an "I love your blog" award. We just have to say a great big "thank you" to them for showing us some love.
We'd like to spread the love around and pass the award along to several of our favorite blogs. Here are seven of our faves:
1. Design*Sponge: lustworthy ideas to inspire home decor.
2. Chocolate and Zucchini: A Frenchwoman's guide to culinary bliss.
3. The Budget Fashionista: the best, on a budget.
4. NotCouture: great eye candy.
5. Hostess With the Mostess: fab ideas for entertaining.
6. How To Change the World: what can I say? He's amazing.
7. A Mom in Red High Heels: another fab beauty and style mommy blogger.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1. The Shootie: One of the hottest shoes of the season is the 'shootie’, a hybrid of a shoe and a bootie. Pair these with trousers, or tights and a skirt for a sleek look.
2. Metallic Flats: A great way to update your daytime look, we love metallic flats with everything from jeans to dresses. Try a pair with some texture (such as snakeskin) to incorporate another of the season’s hottest trends.
3. Slouch Boots: Feels like the 80’s all over again. These are a fun way to dress up your skirts or dresses with tights, but keep your hemlines hovering around the knee or you’ll risk looking frumpy.
4. Oxford Heels: A menswear-inspired look that works well with trousers or skirts.
5. Riding Boots: Dust off your riding boots from last fall. This trend is still riding high!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Mamas need to get out and kick up their heels every so often so that we don't lose our sense of selves. It's great to be there for the kiddos all day, but to have time with our girlfriends to unwind and just be ourselves is important. It energizes us to have an adult conversation (whether it's about the kids or not is up to you) and to take time to relax without wondering who's getting into what goes a long way to preserve our sanity.
I love this outfit for a mom's night out. The dark denim is chic and contains a hidden tummy control panel for a little extra support. These can also go to the park with sneakers and a tee shirt for a sophisticated update on your usual park attire.
Here's our pick for a budget friendly mom's night out ensemble:
1. Dark denim Tummy Control Jeans from Style and Co. are on sale for just $30.
2. Top the jeans off with a City Style Star Top on sale for just $16. This is a great style to help create a slim appearance. The twist in front draws the eye upward and the fabric drapes around the waistline nicely, without clinging to any extra weight, leaving you with a sleek and elongated look. Dress this top up with a pencil skirt and add a jacket and pumps for a chic business look.
3. Bracelets are everywhere this season and this Cable Cuff Bracelet gives an elegant touch for just $12.
4. Oval hoop earrings in black offer a modern take on a classic, and will set you back just $12.
5. A fabulous handbag is the perfect accessory to make your outfit feel complete. Why not indulge in this Black Python Satchel by Anya Hindmarch for Target. At just $45, it's about one-tenth the cost of her eponymous line of handbags sold in boutiques nationwide, and will inject your look with a shot of style.
6. These brown Kate Ankle Boots by Mossimo from Target add a bit of downtown chic at just $30.
Outfit total: $145. Take that extra fiver and put it in your piggy bank:)
Pregnancy is a wonderful journey that will take your body through a multitude of stages. Having a wardrobe that keeps up is an ongoing challenge. You want to look fabulous through all nine months - and you can, without spending a bundle. A great new website called Belly Bundles has recently launched and wants to help you stock up on, or unload, fabulous maternity wear.
Based in Raleigh, NC, Belly Bundles takes gently worn maternity clothing on consignment and sells them online to expectant mamas all over the country. Owner, Jennie Greene and her partner will reimburse you up to $10 for shipping when you send a box of goodies to be consigned. Belly Bundles has drop-off points in Raleigh, as well as Birmingham, AL, Charlottesville, VA, Richmond, VA and Charleston, WV. They also carry brand new items from retailers that are at least half off.
Featuring such chic names as Rebel Maternity, Japanese Weekend, Olian, Mimi Maternity, and maternity jeans from Chip and Pepper and Joe's Jeans, this is one site not to be missed if you are expecting. If you've moved beyond your childbearing years, then round up all your Michael Stars tees and Majamas and send them to Belly Bundles. It will be nice to get a little something back for those clothes that kept you looking so chic for so long.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Whether you're a seasoned bargain shopper, or have begun cutting corners due to recent budget constraints, you're gonna love Buy Me Beauty. With discounts of up to 80% on name brand cosmetics, you'll be able to purchase some of your favorites without feeling the pinch.
With names like Lancome, L'Oreal, Bobbi Brown and Revlon, Buy Me Beauty is sure to carry some of your regular brands at a substantial savings from prices you'd pay at a department or discout store. The downside to these great prices, though, is that they may not have every product you're looking for. Some of my favorite cosmetics include Bobbi Brown. A recent search at Buy Me Beauty came up with just 3 products, at about a 25% savings. But I discovered this fabulous Elizabeth Arden Color Intrigue Lip Palette for just $14.59, a substantial 60% savings off the regular price of $36.50, and two pages worth of Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics. So take your chances and see what you can find!
Think of it this way - beauty is an area where many of us like to experiment, and Buy Me Beauty offers a wonderful opportunity to branch out and try new products, without the sticker shock of paying full price. Right now, you'll get free shipping with a $35 purchase. You never know - you just may discover a few new favorites!
But now, with their serendipitous collection for Target, Sigerson Morrison is still turning out fabulous styles, but at about one-tenth of their usual prices. It's my lucky day!
Right on trend this season, Sigerson Morrison offers up their comfortable, yet chic Glitz Crystal Flats in black with either gold or silver crystal accents, priced at just $29.99. Rock these adorable little flats with a party dress for the holidays, or just slide them on with jeans a cute top for a fun daytime look. At this price, you don't have to save them for a special occasion!
I am so loving these Electtra Suede Booties in blue with black accents. These are the perfect pop of color to dress up your LBD - just add a pair of black tights, some fab jewelry and you're good to go. These would be equally as fab with a pair of jeans and a sweater. Feel free to mix your colors, mamas. Blue is a wonderful color that pairs well with violet, green (pick your best shade), yellow, red or, well, black. These also come in black with a gold accent. For just $39.99 you can make a statement with each step you take.
These Fierce Patent Booties come in black and are just $39.99. With their side zipper, they add a bit of rocker-chic to your look, and the patent is a super hot look right now. Try these with some fun colored or patterned tights and a pencil skirt, a fitted tee and top it all off with a cardigan.
Whatever your favorite style, you can't go wrong with Sigerson Morrison. Their street cred, coupled with their fantastic design sensibility with set you right every time, and keep your budget happy to boot!
Friday, October 10, 2008
Do you realize that 50% of our drinking water in the US comes from rivers? This is a little bit scary when I think about all the toxic chemicals that are dumped into our waterways. So Tom's of Maine has decided to honor those who are actively participating in waterway cleanup or just educating the public about the importance of keeping our waterways clean. They want to recognize “river heroes” who help improve water quality and inspire others to become involved.
To salute these local citizens, Tom’s of Maine is launching its first-ever ‘River Stories’ Video Contest. The contest invites people to share their river preservation projects online as a way to draw attention to local efforts and volunteer opportunities.
This is a great opportunity to teach our children about protecting our environment, and show them ways they can make a difference. Plus, the winner will receive a Toyota Prius - a great car for someone who cares about the environment. The deadline is October 31, 2008, so get your cameras rolling!
Moms are always busy running around taking care of the kids and pets before walking out the door. So it’s no surprise they notice their outfit is completely covered in lint by the time everyone’s buckled up, strapped in and ready to go.
Good thing there’s Lint On the Go sheets to help keep your outfit lint-free while on the move. These smart sheets come packaged like wipes ($12 per pack) and can easily be stashed in your purse, diaper bag or the car for quick-as-a-wink cleanups. An easy and clever solution to keep you lint-free and looking fabulous!
On The Bump: New Tickers to help you countdown the days to baby's birthday, arrival or even conception.
On Moms Buzz: How to Win A New Minivan This Weekend. What about shooting a little video for a chance to win a new minivan - the one you always wanted? Like the new Volkswagen 2009 Routan valued at more than $42,000 fully loaded?
On Mom Finds: Win a Halloween Costume from Aeromax Toys. Searching for a cute Halloween costume for your child? One lucky reader will win a Get Real Gear Halloween Costume from Aeromax Toys.
On Coochicoos: Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas. Inspirations & instructions to making your own Halloween costumes.
On Clever Parents: Dr. Greene Top Parenting Dos and Don'ts. Each day I see parents trying their best to do what’s right for their families, but no one has the perfect guidebook that tells parents what to do. Here are the top eight solvable problems that I advise parents to remedy today.
On Car and Caboodle: Top 10 Things to Do While Pumping. Mom-friendly Medela Freestyle Pump inspires ideas on what to do with all that freedom.
On Boston Mamas: Handling Biting Behavior. Got a biter in the house? Check out these tips on handling biting behavior.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Nutritionists agree that a handful of almonds provides your body with a healthy blend of good fats, antioxidants and protein that do a body good. What they may not know is that almonds can work wonders for our skin too!
Tone® has introduces its new Almond Milk collection of luxurious body washes, soaps and liquid hand soaps that will leave your skin feeling moisturized and silky smooth, with a faint hint of sweet almonds. With prices ranging from just $2.19 to $4.49, the Almond Milk collection from Tone® is one sweet indulgence that doesn't cost a bundle and will leave your skin feeling pampered.
Available at your local drugstore, superstore and grocery.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
As you all know by now, this past summer I made my foray into image consulting. I never knew what a wonderful journey I was embarking on! It has been such an amazing experience to work with women of all ages and help them refine their sense of style. What seems to come natural to me, after growing up in a style-conscious family and working in fashion for more than 20 years, is something that eludes many women and leaves them feeling frazzled and frumpy. It has been my pleasure to work with such amazing women, both one-on-one and through my workshops, to help them bring out their best selves and see their confidence build.
If you have never worked with an image consultant, and feel your style could use a boost, you should seriously consider it. Even in an uncertain economy, it helps to have the guidance of an image consultant to give you confidence in your look and save you time and money in the long run. Working with someone one-on-one can help you to really understand what colors and lines work best on you (and the WHYs behind it), and can save you from making costly wardrobe mistakes. We all have a lot of money invested in our wardrobes - why not ensure that you're buying the right items that fit and flatter your body and express your personal style?
What you wear tells the world who you are. What does your wardrobe say about you?
I'd like to offer two winners the opportunity to win a 1 hour style consultation ($125 value each). Two winners will be selected at random and you'll be asked to send me your pictures, as well as fill out a brief questionnaire to tell me a bit about yourself and your lifestyle. From there, I'll make wardrobe and style recommendations for you, and give you some suggestions for hair and makeup, incorporating current trends and discuss how to play up your best features.
To be entered, simply leave a comment here and tell me what you'd enjoy most about having an image consultation. The deadline is Midnight, EST, October 16, 2008. Please make sure you include your email. I will look forward to working with you!
Monday, October 06, 2008
We're all hot mamas at heart, yet once we have children our bodies shift and our needs change. Shopmama understands this and has put together a fabulous collection of clothing, intimates and accessories that are made to fit and flatter our mommy bodies and keep us looking hot!
Shopmama has a great feature that helps you shop for clothing that works for your body. Are you boobalicious? Try the Burnout Jersey Empire top from Laquette. Whether you've got a bubble butt, ring around the belly or are a small fry, Shopmama has you covered and suggests offerings to help you look your best!
Featuring cute, fashionable tops that help to hide a few extra pounds around the middle, dresses that slim our shape, and jeans in a range of rises, Shopmama knows what moms like. Founded by women and inspired by moms, Shopmama uses only real moms as models and has committed to donating 1% of its profits to Breast Cancer Research. They interepret the latest fashion trends to bring us clothing appropriate for our bodies and our lifestyles, with prices that won't leave us cringing.
Now you can save 10% off all Shopmama merchandise through October 20 with code "CHICMAMA". This is a great time to stock up on a pretty dress for those holiday parties or just a fabulous pair of jeans that you'll wear until they fall apart.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
This season, bring your makeup bag up to date with the multidimensional colors of mauve. Including shades of lilac, purple, brown and grey, there is a hue that is flattering on everyone. Bobbi Brown’s limited edition Mauve Face Palette is a great way to infuse your look with these polished neutrals in all ranges of mauve that are perfect for eyes, cheeks and lips. Go sheer for daytime or a little deeper for drama. Find the Mauve Face Palette for $55 at Bobbi Brown makeup counters located in Belk, Nordstrom and Saks department stores, or at Bobbi Brown.com.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
With the economic shake-up that's going on, the thought of spending a lot of money for a fabulous new outfit can leave us in a tizzy. But we still want, and need, to look great - and perhaps even sport at least a few of the season's best trends. Let fashionista (and now, recessionista) Diana Pemberton-Sikes offer a few tips to keep you looking your best while keeping your pocketbook intact:
1. Spend the Most on the Clothes You Wear the Most -Investment dressing means spending as much as you can afford on pieces you expect to wear A LOT. Coats, shoes, handbags, suits - the backbone of your wardrobe, like the backbone of your body, needs to be strong and sturdy. If you spend $400 on a beautiful wool overcoat that you wear five days a week, four months a year for three years, the cost per wear is just $1.67. (5 days x 16 weeks x 3 years = coat is worn 240 times. $400/240 = $1.67). You get your money's worth wearing investment pieces.
Conversely, if you spend $400 on a special occasion dress that you wear just once or twice, the cost per wear is a killer ($400 or $200, respectively). Yet, that's exactly what many people do: they "go all out" for the special occasions in their life and "go cheap" the rest of the time. Don't do that. Like a carpenter with his tools,a dancer with her shoes, or a musician with his instrument, you need to invest in the clothing and accessories you wear all the time. Otherwise, they'll wear out quickly and you'll have to replace themfrequently. In the end you spend a lot more doing that than buying quality from the start.
2. Restock Your Basics as Cheaply as Possible - Now that you've got the big ticket items out of the way, replenish those basics you buy every year, like underwear, pajamas, t-shirts, socks, etc., as cheaply as possible -- yet still look for quality. You can't expect these everyday items to last forever, but they shouldn't fall apart after a few washings, either. Go with the names you can trust, like Hanes, Gap, and H&M for your day-to-day basics.
3. Build on Your Signature Style - When money's tight is NOT the time to explore your other clothing personalities. You may feel the need to channel Marilyn Monroe one day and Fergie the next, but really, getting the bill for all that exploration will take the artistic joy right out of it. So don't do it. Build on your signature style, add whimsical pieces as the mood strikes, but don't do a whole closet makeover on a regular basis. It's too exhausting. Not to mention expensive.
4. Go Cheaply on Trends - Or Skip them Altogether: If your budget's particularly tight, it doesn't make sense to spend a lot on trends that won't be around for long. Go cheap-cheap on
them, or just skip them altogether. Or, go look in your closet and see if you can re-create or approximate a current trend from something you already have. You can look up-to-date without spending a cent.
5. Mix Up Eras, Labels, and Price Ranges: If you really feel the need to be creative, put down the current issue of your favorite fashion magazine, back away from it slowly, and look elsewhere for fashion inspiration. Like vintage shops or discount stores or even your own attic. Mix old with new, high end with low end, this season from seasons long passed. People will admire your ingenuity.
I attended an event this summer wearing a designer dress from the clearance rack at Marshalls' ($22), a pair of sandals from DSW ($34),a pair of pearl earrings I received as a graduation gift, and a pearl-beaded evening bag my mother used in the 1960's. I was treated like a princess the entire night. Total cost: $56.
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Aging, lack of sleep and all the stresses of everyday life can make our eyes look a little droopy. Give them a lift by enhancing your eyebrows. Believe it or not, defining your brows can make eyes appear more vibrant. Achieving this look is simple. Start by having a professional shape your brows. Then use an eye or brow shadow a little lighter in color than your natural brow color to gently fill in your brows. Using a shadow helps to keep the look soft. Try an Angled Brow Brush to help give you the right amount of control and apply the shadow only where you want it. Defining your eyebrows in a subtle way can help put the spotlight back on your eyes and make you look wide awake – even if you haven’t slept a wink. The Angled Brow Brush from Amazing Cosmetics is available from Sephora $14.