Sunday, May 31, 2009
With the heat in full swing it's time to break out your LWD - little white dress, that is. Aside from looking lovely on your wedding or graduation day, white dresses can look fresh and modern at any event this summer. Wearing a white dress with panache takes a few special considerations. Once you have the basics down, the sky's the limit. Here are a few tips to help you look your best, whether you're going for a casual or a dressy look:
1/ Underneath it all - Bear in mind that white dresses (or any white clothing, for that matter) can show everything you happen to be wearing underneath. Opt for skin colored lingerie as opposed to white for the most undetectable look. A skin-toned full slip will give you an extra layer of coverage if your dress is sheer. With a knit dress or very fitted dress, try some shapewear such as Spanx boy shorts to keep VPL at bay. Nothing ruins the innocent charm of a white dress like brash panty lines or seeing a white bra. What you wear underneath should be your own little secret.
2/ Keep it simple - A white dress is like a fresh palette or a clean slate. It doesn't take much to kick it to the next level, expecially if you add a color. Less is more when white is your backdrop.
3/ Wear your best white - Ok, so bright white just does not flatter your coloring. If you have a warm skintone and haircolor, try a pretty cream or off-white dress and it will make you look lovely. Find your perfect shade and you'll shine!
4/ Nudes and neutrals - Forget that trad look of white on white. It's perfect for your daughter but you need something more grown up. Try accenting your white dress with shoes and accessories in nude or neutral shades such as gold, beige or silver. Adding a metallic accent brings a subtle sophistication to a fresh white dress. Try gladiator sandals or a pretty pair of pumps in gold, add a beaded clutch and a sexy pair of gold earrings accented with pearls for a simple and elegant look.
5/ Pop of color - Use white to best effect by adding just a simple pop of color. I love to accent white with a vibrant green that will enhance skintone. Use color sparingly because whatever you wear will really stand out with a white background. Remember, less is more.
6/ Boho Chic - A white gauzey maxidress is the perfect look for summer. Adorn yourself with ethnic accents that include fringe, texture and pattern for a look that's very modern. Add some turquoise jewelry, oversized sunglasses and a satchel in a playful color and you'll have your own bohemian rhapsody.
Perfect for summer barbecues, evenings out and just running around with the kids, little white dresses can look great on everyone. Just pair them with appropriate accessories and you'll have a fabulous look that can stand up to the summer heat.
Saturday, May 30, 2009
With summer unofficially having arrived sandal season is upon us. Finding sandals for your kids that are both cute and good for their feet can be easy if you're shopping at Eleven Collection. With a design sensibility that appeals to the modern parent, Eleven Collection's shoes come in styles ranging from oxfords to mary-janes, sandals to sneakers. But these are not shoes you'll find just anywhere.
Eleven Collection is the sister company to See Kai Run, known for their quality and design. Once your kids outgrow See Kai Run's handcrafted shoes you can rest assured that you can still get the same great styles paired with high quality shoes that are good for your child's growing feet. On a scale of one to ten, I give these shoes an eleven.
Now through June 5 you can save with their super summer sale. Plus, when you order two pairs you'll get free shippping.
We're giving one lucky winner a pair of shoes of their choice from
Eleven Collection. Just leave a comment with your choice and size along with your email address. Deadline is Midnight, EST, June 5, 2009.
Sometimes it may seem like a monumental feat to get teens into the kitchen to help prepare a meal that's both healthy and tasty (I'm not talking microwave mac and cheese here). But give them a little nudge from British teen sensation Sam Stern and they just may surprise you!
Since publishing his first cookbook at the age of 14, Sam's 4th book is just out. Sam Stern's Get Cooking is a great inspiration to teen chefs, helping them whip up tasty treats to please themselves, their families, and, as Sam likes to put it, their mates. When they find something they love, they can go to his website and even text a recipe to a friend. With an approachable manner that teens can relate to Sam includes recipes that are delicious and run the gamut from simple comfort food (yes, it includes mac and cheese) to fancier takes on dishes that will make mom proud. His techniques keep it easy - just watch his videos if you need to see how something works - and make it fun. Sam Stern's Get Cooking is also chock full of tips that are educational as well as delicious. His "Why not?" blurbs offer tasty suggestions for additions to make your dish really sing.
With a look that's handsome and approachable (not to mention great hair!) Sam Stern may be just what your teens need to give the drive-thru a break and whip up something on their own in the kitchen. Loved by chef Jamie Oliver, Sam Stern offers up a fresh take that makes food fun for teens - as well as their parents!
Friday, May 29, 2009
OCM: You two obviously do a lot with VickyandJen.com. How do you keep your lives balanced?
Vicky: Thanks to guests on our podcast (and the listeners who send in helpful ideas), I learn a new tip from each show we do. Little by little Iʼm implementing new ways to simplify and balance. Here are my top 4 “rules” that I try to live by since we started our podcasting journey
1.) Good parenting doesnʼt mean doing it ALL.
2.) Think bite-size. Itʼs okay to tackle jobs in phases and be happy with what you did accomplish - no matter how small.
3.) Be aware of how you spend your time and eliminate any timewasters.
4.) Whenever possible, do it in the moment. Avoid adding one more thing to
your to-do list by waiting for a big block of time because sometimes things donʼt take as
long as you think.
Jen: Balance is a tricky word because it means different things to different people. My balance is probably a little off center. Days of crazy. Days of not. Not too scheduled. Not too off the cuff. Love it!
OCM: Does your family ever get tired of you being on the computer (I know mine
does!) How do you handle that?
Vicky: Oh yes! I actually have to hide the laptop from myself. No really, hereʼs what I do - I repeat the following 5 times as I walk AWAY from the computer: “As a work-at-home mom, I will never ever get it all done. I will always have a long to-do list so by working any longer today, I will not get ahead. My work will still be there tomorrow.”
Jen: My husband and girls are helpful (persistent) with reminding me to close the MacBook and concentrate on the moment. Since we donʼt clock in, there is always the “looming to-do list” that will never be done.
OCM: How do you connect with your kids one-on-one? Do you set "dates" with them, or have certain things that just the two of you do together?
Vicky: Reading is one of my favorite things we do together but we have also created a fun tradition that I hope my son will cherish like I do. For holidays and other special occasions, we give each other coupons that can be cashed in for back scratches, walks, movie nights, breakfast in bed and more. Recently I received a whole stack of “FREE” tickets and believe me, I take full advantage. “Back away from the video game because I WANT to snuggle and talk about how your day went . . . and you HAVE to because Iʼm using a ticket!”
Jen: I have regular dates with Jasmine and Jade individually and together, but my favorite times are the spontaneous ones. Unexpected trips to the zoo, impulsive ice cream cones and spur of the moment walks to the park are the best!
OCM: What do you love most about motherhood?
Vicky:Learning about life through the eyes of a 7 year old.
Jen: Jasmine and Jadeʼs full out belly laughs.
OCM: Anything else you'd like to tell us?
Vicky: A reoccurring theme on What Really Matters has been self-care. I think itʼs essential to take care of yourself FIRST so you can be a better parent. Our experts have motivated me to eat better, exercise more, schedule in down time and to explore personal interests. I say make a “date” with yourself as often as you can and then watch your productivity flourish, your patience with your kids increase and see a happier you in the mirror.
Jen: I am not sure if it is the podcast or just growing up, but I have learned to be more honest with myself, family, friends and others. Every day seems so much more important than it used to “pre-kids”. Donʼt waste time.
* Vicky and Jen is a family resource website and podcast show dedicated to making life simple so you can enjoy what really matters. On the podcast show, What Really Matters, Vicky and Jen talk about hot family topics, interviewing guests from parenting experts to best-selling authors, chefs to doctors, and professional organizers to television personalities. Listeners can upload these informative, radio-style shows directly from the website or iTunes and listen anytime. In addition to the podcast, Vicky and Jen provide a companion page of resources for each show with additional information for the listener. Vicky and Jen share recipes, kids activities and practical ideas you can really use to make every day more manageable so you can enjoy what really matters to you.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
A while ago we introduced you to one of our new favorite lines of jewelry from Holly Yashi. Her designs are sophisticated with a simple elegance and are perfect for your summer wardrobe. The Capulet Hoops ($45) are a pretty take on an easy-to-wear style that dresses up a tank and shorts or a simple sundress. Try them in this pretty aqua color or a more netural shade.
Add a dash of sparkle to your most basic tee shirts with the Sparkle Leaf Print Necklace ($42). It's understated simplicity is part of the charm of this versatile style, adorned with Swarovski crystals.
We love Holly Yashi that we want you to have the chance to experience it for yourself. We're giving one winner a $100 gift certificate. To enter, just tell us what you'd choose from the Holly Yashi website and give us your email address. Deadline is Midight EST, June 4, 2009.
* Congratulations to our winner, Zoey S.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Green is everywhere this season and boy am I glad to see it! Not only is it a fresh, vibrant color bound to put you in a good mood, but it can make your skin look simply amazing! Every woman is going to have a different shade of green that will be her most flattering. Often it's quite obvious when you're not wearing the right shade - think of those hard-to-wear hues of olive, chartreuse and acid green. Yet finding the right shade for you can be fairly simple.
Shades of green run the gamut from the lightest lime to the deepest inky green. The shades that are going to flatter your skintone best will be somewhere in the mid-range. Think teal, turquoise and jade.
If your skintone has a yellow undertone to it, opt for a green with a lot of yellow in it such as lime, jade and grass.
If your skintone has blue undertones to it, go for a blue-toned shade of kelly, jade or teal.
These shades are very user friendly so if you're not sure which tones your skin has more of you can still feel confident wearing a lovely shade of green in a medium tone. Green, after all, is the mixture of both blue and yellow. With the presence of both shades in this hue you can rest assured that they will leave your skin looking lovely all summer long.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Summer seemed to really sneak up on me this year. How about you? I managed to squeeze out a few hours to edit and organize my summer wardrobe but if you haven't had time this year just follow the two tips below for a quick and easy closet audit.
#1 - Place all your hangers backwards on the rod, so that the hanger is hooked from the back to the front, open side facing out. As for your drawers and shelving, traditionally when you fold your shirts, you keep the "belly" part of the fold facing towards you, when you put your summer shirts in now, arrange them so that the "neck" is facing out. When summer is over any clothing that you haven't worn will still be hanging in the backwards direction or arranged "neck" forward in the drawer. When Fall rolls around you'll know exactly what you don't need to keep for next summer. Let it go and donate it.
#2 - Keep a large shopping bag inside the closet. As you try on clothes throughout the summer and discover that they don't fit or are outdated, just drop them in the bag. When fall arrives you'll have a bag for donation as well as a fully "edited" summer wardrobe for next year!
On a side note, last week's workshop was such a success! We had a space-tacular group of people participate and everyone walked away with easy-to-implement techniques. Plus, I absolutely loved meeting the people of this wonderful Space Treat Community! If you missed it, don't worry, stay tuned as it's coming directly to your very own computer as a Webinar sometime soon!
Monday, May 25, 2009
As a parent we're required to think through every outing and be prepared for any situation. One situation that we're not always sure how to prepare for is when a child vomits. It can easily ruin a flight, a theme park outing or a car trip. The YakPack is a clean up kit that was created just for situations like this and helps parents deal with sickness efficiently. The YakPack includes:
• Motion sickness bag and lap pad
• Vomit absorbent/odor neutralizer, scoop and scraper
• Antimicrobial wipes, heavy duty dry cloth and non-latex gloves.
• Biohazard bag for disposal
• Clear zipper bag for storage.
Turn an unpleasant situation into one that won’t ruin your day. Stash a YakPack in your car or your carry-on and you'll be prepared for the unexpected. YakPack are just $8 at YakPack.com.
You don’t think twice about buying a great handbag for yourself, but you really don’t want to shell out a bundle just for a diaper bag - unless that diaper bag can have a second life as a purse. That’s exactly what the folks behind Timi and Leslie had in mind when they created their chic and modern diaper bags. But don’t be fooled – although they look sleek and sophisticated, these quality made bags are well equipped for all baby’s needs. With a convertible strap, a waterproof lining, stroller straps, a bottle tote, a changing pad, a key fob and elasticized inner pockets, you’ll have everything you need within arm’s reach – both before and after diapers.
We're giving one lucky winner this fabulous
Violette Diaper bag in YELLOW ($149.95) from Timi and Leslie. To enter, just tell us what your fave style of diaper bag is. Don't forget your email address. Deadline is Midnight, EST, May 31.
* Congratulations to our winner, Trish C.
As you celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends we hope you're relaxing with a nice cool drink and enjoying some good food. Once your festivities are over you can still take advantage of some of the fabulous sales today from the convenience of your own home.
While summer is officially almost a month away, today 0marks the unofficial beginning of the summer season filled with beach trips, afternoons spent poolside and more fun with family and friends. If your wardrobe could use a pair or two of shoes perfect for the season, don't delay! Save $25 on orders over $100 at Onlineshoes.com. With a fabulous selection of sandals and casual shoes perfect for the whole family, why not take this opportunity to save a few bucks, not to mention a trip to the mall. But keep in mind this offer is only good through tomorrow, May 26th. I already have my favorites picked out!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
If you have a square or rectangle face shape, chances are your classic hoop-style earrings just don't quite work on you. What's going to flatter your face shape best is to find an earring that repeats the angles of your jawline. Why not try a square hoop for best effect?
Square hoops mimic the lines of your face, giving you a look that enhances your own natural beauty and creating a look that just looks "right". Use this guideline when selecting your necklaces and watches as well. Although round lines seem to prevail, take the time to look a little harder because there are plenty of square options available at all price points.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Whatever your plans are for tomorrow, May, 23rd, make sure it includes a trip to Old Navy. They're having a huge blow out on all their flip flops and you can stock up for just a buck! All women's flip flops, men's flip flops, boys' flip flops and girl's flip flops will be just $1.
While this isn't a huges stretch (they're typically priced at $5 and under) every dollar counts these days. Plus, with all the fabulous prints they come in, you're bound to find several pairs you love. So if you're planning on wearing flip flops this summer, get 'em while they're hot!
I personally love flip flops and think they're great for the beach and running around with the kids. But I don't recommend that you wear them all day or every day because they offer little to no support for your arches, which can cause long-term problems. So stock up on your flip flops but alternate them with a shoe that offers more support. Happy shopping!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The kids are almost out of school and you know what that means - more time spent playing. With all that play, kids also get scrapes, bugbites, bumps and bruises. So having a first-aid kit handy is a must!
CVS offers a wide range of quality, low-cost items that help you stock your first aid kit including bandages, antibiotic ointment, gauze and more. While you're at it, stock up on your suncare products for the weekend. Through today, save 30% on sun care products at CVS. Sunburn is no fun!
One winner will receive a first-aid pack from CVS that includes:
Peas Cold Therapy
Reusable Instant Heat Pack with Click and Heat Activation
All-Purpose Cloth Tape
Extra Strength Aspirin
To enter, just leave a comment with your email address and tell us one must-have item in your first-aid kit. Deadline is Midnight, EST, May 26.
As Memorial Day draws near and we anticipate a three-day weekend, many of us will be heading to the beach. For some it may be the first getaway of the season, and knowing what to pack just puts you in a tailspin. You may be inclined to just pile all your current favorites into your bag and be done with it. But wait! With a little planning you can look fabulous without taking your entire closet (or laundry basket!).
Packing for travel doesn't have to induce a headache. With a few simple strategies you'll have plenty of clothing for a weekend away and will feel great having streamlined your suitcase.
1/ Pack several neutral bottoms that can go with multiple tops: white jeans or pants, khaki shorts, denim shorts or capris. Give yourself a dressy option and one or two that will work for sightseeing, playing with the kids or just relaxing.
2/ Add 3-4 tops that will inject some color or pattern into your look. Include one basic tee that can be layered under a cardigan and a few chic tops that work on their own. These can be interchanged with any of the bottoms to create different looks.
3/ Stick with neutral, but not boring, accessories: gold hoops, silver chandalier earrings or a simple necklace in gold or silver can be worn with any of these looks.
4/ Pack three pairs of shoes: a pair that are both chic and comfy for daytime, a dressier pair of sandals for an evening out and a pair of flip flops for the beach.
Add in a few other necessities - a great swimsuit, a hat that works both on the beach and off, a sarong that doubles as a skirt or a swimsuit cover-up, and a bag that goes from beach bag to chic purse. A cardigan in a festive bright will work with all the tops if the weather goes chilly, and an anorak with short sleeves is great for an unexpected shower.
Keep your makeup routine simple. Instead of toting along your moisturizer and foundation, why not opt for a tinted moisturizer that includes an SPF? It'll give you sheer coverage that goes perfectly with beach hair. A colored lipgloss and a slick of mascara finish your look off in a flash.
Another item you could include is a sundress or maxidress. Layer these under the cardigan or jacket, or wear the sarong around your shoulders for evening. Tailor what exactly you bring to your activities each day. Don't forget a fabulous pair of sunglasses and some sunscreen and you're on your way to looking fabulous all weekend long. Bon Voyage!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
They say revolution begins at home. So what better place than your child's lunchbox to take a piece of home and make a change? These days, getting our kids to eat right is becoming more challenging than ever. Between busy schedules and demanding lives, parents don't always have the time or the energy to shop for, or prepare, fresh whole foods. So having a few tricks up our sleeves in the form of nutritious snacks disguised as convenience foods can go a long way in easing a parent's guilt that her kids are eating right.
Revolution Foods is on our side. With their line of grab and go snacks they sneakily pack in nutritious whole grains, organic fruit and other healthy ingredients that help kids re-fuel while meeting their daily quotas. My kids loved the Jammy Sammy bite-sized sandwich bars. They come in classic PBJ combos (with either strawberry or grape), and nut-free kids can choose from yummy apple & cinnamon or blueberries & oatmeal flavor. Packed with protein and whole grain wheat-free goodness, Jammy Sammys contain only about 100 calories while giving kids balanced nutrition and making lunchtime more fun. Plus, 3% of revenues goes to provide healthy lunches to kids in underserved schools. That's something parents can really sink their teeth into.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Last week we told you the top ten signs that you're looking frumpy after 40. Number 2 on the list is yellow teeth, which are a big turnoff no matter what your age. If you're beginning to notice that your smile isn't quite as white and pretty as it used to be, don't worry. There's an affordable and simple solution that you can use during your busy days and still get great results.
By now you've probably heard of Crest White Strips. Recommended by many dentists and healthcare professionals alike, Crest White Strips are a simple and effective way to whiten your teeth on your own time. But Crest has kicked it up a notch and has introduced Advanced Seal white strips. These work a bit more intensely than the regular white strips, whitening the surface of the teeth as well as the enamel underneath. I could tell a difference in my teeth after just one use. The seal on the strips adheres more tightly to your teeth so that you can even drink water while you're whitening, and lifts off more of the yucky yellowing stuff. When you go to lift them off you'll notice what a nice smile you have. Find Advanced Seal white strips at your local drug store or super store for about $45. Happy Whitening!
Monday, May 18, 2009
Look on the bright side. We have many things to be thankful for, even during a down economy. Yet staying positive and being reminded of those blessings can sometimes be a challenge. Shade Clothing wants to provide a little reminder to "look on the bright side". They have partnered with United Way to help families in need through the Bright Side Project, featuring a line of graphic tees designed to inspire. Fifty percent of the $20 sales price of each tee will be donated to United Way.
So...keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life...
We're giving TWO lucky winners their choice of tee from the Bright Side Project. To enter, simply leave us a comment and tell us which shirt you'd choose along with your size and email address. The deadline is Friday, May 22nd.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
When you have little ones you know how time flies. As the "mom" of One Chic Mama, I can attest to how quickly the past three years have gone by. Started with my very first post on May 16, 2006, One Chic Mama has quickly grown and evolved. What was started as the very first online beauty and style resource just for moms has thrived and expanded. We now have a monthly beauty and style column in these six great print publications: Carolina Parent, Charlotte Parent, Indy's Child, Cincinnati Parent, Flagler Parent and Central Penn Parent. I am a contributor to Triangle Style Magazine as well as several blogs and websites. I hold workshops around the Raleigh, NC area to help empower women to get in touch with their own style. I work with women as an image consultant to help them find their own personal style and get back in touch with themselves.
In short, starting the One Chic Mama blog three years ago was the beginning of many wonderful things. I love hearing from my dear readers about how they enjoy the products we spotlight and about their own experiences as moms trying to maintain their style while juggling busy families and busy lives. You, dear readers, are what have made this journey worthwhile and fullfilling in so many ways. I value your feedback and appreciate your suggestions. Like you, I'm a busy mom of two who, some days, is lucky to get out of the house wearing something that matches. I'm right there with you.
In short, I'd just like to say thank you for all your support. Without my loyal fans and readers, we wouldn't be here. So tell us what you'd like to hear in the coming year and we'll see what we can do. In the meantime, look for a flurry of contests as we finish out May with a bang. Happy Birthday - to all of us!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
One trend we've seen a lot of this season is maxi dresses. You know, those long, flowing dresses that hang to the floor and look oh-so-comfortable? At first I resisted the trend but today found myself trying on a handful of maxi dresses and REALLY liking how they looked. I guess at 5'9" I'm a great height to pull off this floor-grazing length. What I also like is that many of them have an empire waist and the potential to make me look much thinner than I am. But what if you're not tall and thin? There's a maxi out there for most of us. Here are a few guidelines to follow when selecting one for yourself.
1/ Choose a dress that is in proportion with you. You don't want to drown in your dress. If it's too long, it can be shortened, but look at overall scale, fullness, etc. and make sure it creates a balanced look.
2/ Most maxi dresses have an empire waist and can take inches off your midsection. If you have a tummy be careful because this can cause you to look preggers. Look for a maxi that has less fullness in the front and lies more flat in front than on the sides. This will keep rumors from getting started...
3/ For shorter women, opt for a sleek A-line or bias cut rather than a straight column.
4/ Maxi dresses range in length from lower-calf to floor length. The longer the dress, the lower the heel you should wear. Floor length dresses will best be set off with a sleek, flat sandal. Try one of the season's embellished gladiators or thongs for a smart look.
5/ Add bold, chunky jewelry, oversized sunglasses and a large satchel for a dash of celeb chic.
6/ Many maxi styles are sleeveless or strapless. If you need a little more coverage opt for a shrug or a simple cropped cardigan, or look for a style that has short or 3/4 length sleeves. They do exist (I just bought one myself).
While the maxi dress looks chic and sleek on those rare nights out they also work great as day dresses. Take the accessories down a notch and don a pair of Havaianas and a denim jacket, or your fave pair of Rainbows and you're set. A maxi dress can also double as a stylish swimsuit cover up. When it comes to maxi dresses, the possibilities are wide open!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Already organized your clothing but still feel like the closet is missing something? All your shirts are on hangers… pants are accessible…dresses are on display… socks are stashed away… work-out clothes and PJs are separated into their own drawers. Everything has a home and everything else has been donated, but the closet still doesn't feel as glamorous as you'd like? Throw up some wallpaper inside the closet or paint it a complimentary color to the room it's in. Use a row of decorative drawer pulls for hanging necklaces and decorative coat-hooks for chunky necklaces, handbags or scarves. Now your closet is not only organized but also looks as fabulous as you do!
Being a mom and turning 40 can feel like a double whammy. Not only do you have to deal with dirty diapers and temper-tantrums, you're also thrust into a new decade and have to decide if your clothing is age-appropriate while you start noticing wrinkles. Now we can't all look as great as Cindy Crawford, Brooke Shields or Jennifer Garner, but looking and feeling frumpy do not automatically come with aging. With a little care and some preventative maintenance, you'll be well on your way to being forty and fabulous! Here are a few things to be aware of that can date you faster than you can say "yummy mummy".
1. You look like you are wearing a Tent - Baggy clothes that hide your entire body make you look old and matronly. Show off the parts of your body you still like and cover up only the parts you don’t. Don’t use oversized clothes as a gigantic blanket to hide behind. Switch to more fitted clothing (but not tight) if you want to look fresh and with it.
2. Yellow Teeth - A big turnoff and a telltale sign of age despite how great you may look otherwise. Flash them a set of shiny white teeth and knock ten years off. These days it’s easy with at home whiteners or dentist laser treatments that restore sex appeal.
3. Dated Glasses - Still wearing those hokey glasses you bought ten years ago? Time for an update. The trend now- buy at least two pairs—one that is dressy and one that is casual and fun and switch them around to look modern and fashionable. Be sure to take a stylish friend along with you when you make your choice. It’s easy to get stuck in an eyeglass rut and end up buying much the same thing you had before. And don't forget, a great pair of sunglasses can make you look and feel super chic!
4. Dull, Uneven Skin Tone - As we age our skin starts to fade and years of sun damage from too much tanning begins to show up on our face as dark brown spots. You can even out your skin and restore its natural glow with cosmetic peels, and even laser resurfacing treatments. An added bonus- fine line and wrinkle also seem to disappear as the new layer of skin is revealed.
5. Scary Lips - Halloween is over! Ditch the bright lips which are too strong a contrast to aging skin and hair and try wearing soft natural shades in pinks and peaches. And as for those dark lined lips that make you look like a vampire- when were those EVER in? When you walk in a room you want people to think how beautiful your face looks, not how hideous your lips look.
6. Juvenile Styles - Some styles, whether you want to hear this or not, look ridiculous on a woman who is 40+. Pinafores, overalls, anything too fluffy or frilly or with too many bows make grown up women look like wish they were still little girls. Avoid Juvenile styles like this and steer towards more clean, classic styles that look chic and polished.
7. Old lady Handbag and Shoes - You’ll look like an “old bag” if you carry an old handbag. Unstylish purses and shoes are a sure giveaway you’ve fallen in an old lady fashion rut. Study the magazines, see what younger gals are carrying and wearing on their feet and copy them. This is one area where you can be a little more trendy and fun. Classic styles + funky accessories = modern and youthful.
8. Too much Denim - Old rockers may never die, but sometimes it’s good to give it a rest! Head to toe denim after 40 looks tacky. Heck, this look is hard to pull off even if you're 25. Stick to well fitting pair of stylish jeans (try a trouser cut), with a low to medium rise. Steer clear of “Mom jeans” that are too high cut and emphasize a bulging tummy or hips. Dark jeans are always more elegant, so much classier if you are 40+.
9. Saggy Bust - If your breasts are heading south it’s time to perk them up with a good supporting bra. The older we get the more this is to help hold everything that’s fallen in place. Throw out your boring white underwear. Go out on a limb and get some lingerie that is colorful and fun. Age is a state of mind and if we’re feeling sexy underneath, we’re going project a vibrant, youthful energy to the world. While you're at it, get a bra fitting so you know you're wearing the correct size.
10. Helmet-Head Hair - The most glaring sign you are stuck in the past is hair that resembles a hair sprayed bubble. Remember the helmet head hairdos of Betty and Wilma Flintstone back in the 60’s? Don’t be caught looking like this! Keep you hair, loose, soft, and shiny. Update your style very six months and make sure your color is multidimensional, not flat and phony.
* These tips courtesy of Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler.
Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution was a bit of a disappointment. I started off excited about the preliminary features that allowed me to build my fighter and choose an opponent. The graphics of the game really are incredible.
After going through the tutorial and and learning how to throw all of the different punches, I was excited about finally getting down to business. However, once I began the fight I became frustrated. It was unclear which fighter I was. Many of my well-thrown punches and moves went unrecognized. This was disappointing after starting off with such a bang. Although Ready 2 Rumble: Revolution starts off with a bang, it finishes with whimper.
* Reviewed by Kristen Groner
Monday, May 11, 2009
Mother's Day has come and gone but when you're a mom, isn't every day Mother's Day? One fun way to show off your status is with a personalized EdenRox Bracelet ($45). Wear one for each child and show the world how proud you are!
We're giving one lucky mom a personalized EdenRox Bracelet ($45). Just leave us a comment and let us know if you'd like silver or gold and what size you'd prefer. Don't forget your email address (required). The deadline is May 15, 2009.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
As a monthly columnist for the magazine, Carolina Parent, I offer beauty and style tips to help keep moms looking fabulous, much like I do right here on the blog! But I wanted to take it a step further and offer a real mom a real makeover. So back in February we ran a contest for moms in the Trangle area and had an onslaught of entries. Our winner was Janine C., a mom of 4 and a business executive for a pharmaceutical company. Janine felt that her busy schedule was taking a toll on her "inner fashionista" and needed some help pulling together an easy but chic look that would work during the week and then transition to weekends filled with birthday parties, hockey games and errands.
Janine was wonderful to work with. Ready for a new look, she was open to suggestions and very easygoing. We began with a Color Analysis to determine Janine's best colors. She received a palette with her 40 best hues so she knows what's right for her. I then did an Image Analysis on Janine, determining her face shape and body style. Her face shape is oval which is the most balanced and ideal shape. Janine's got a nice figure but I wanted to see her show off her waist a bit more. She was hiding it under big, baggy jackets and I explained how that can visually add pounds and make her look heavier. Her narrow waist is one of her best features and needs to be flaunted!
Once we knew what colors and styles we were looking for we went shopping. Scout and Molly's outfitted Janine with a casual and chic weekend look that included a lovely melon-colored scoop neck top and a pair of dark wash Joe's Jeans. We emphasized Janine's waist by cinching it with a wide belt and added a pair of nude colored peep-toe wedges to keep her comfy while looking stylish.
Next came a visit to Glam Lounge where Justin Dare gave Janine's hair a sleek and polished look. He added sun-kissed highlights and shaped her hair into an easy-to-maintain bob that's perfect for work or the weekend. Fiquet Bailey of Luxe Apothecary gave Janine a brow makeover explaining that brows frame the face. She treated her to a makeover using cosmetics from Becca and stocked her makeup bag with the essentials so she could duplicate the look at home.
As you can see in the after shot, Janine looks fabulous! She was a joy to work with and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this great makeover!
See more of my style tips tips in Carolina Parent.
Friday, May 08, 2009
Quick, Mother's Day is almost here! Do you have the perfect card yet? You know, the one that recaptures all the heartfelt memories that you've had over the years with your mom, and how much she means to you? Then give Animoto a whirl and you'll have the best Mother's Day card ever!
Animoto is a website that lets you remix all your memorable photos with a favorite song from your past to create a personalized music video card just for mom (or your hubby, friend, kids, etc). With a wide selection of music you can add everything from country to folk to set the tone for your video. And just for Mother's Day, your Animoto video will be played inside a beautiful flower frame - sure to make Mom's day. A basic membership is free - all you need to do is sign up and you'll be on your way to making beautiful memories.
Hey moms, with Mother's Day coming up, what is it you really want? Sure, candy and flowers are nice, but why not bust through that trad image of a nurturing woman who likes pretty flowers, an understated fragrance or a Whitman's sampler. Each mom is a unique individual with likes and desires of her very own. Why not tap into what she really wants as a person, not just as a mom, and see how special she feels?
While the list runs a mile long for things I could suggest, here are a few unexpected gifts that may surprise you!
1. Treat mom to a new pair of sunnies from Jee Vice and she'll feel like a celebrity while keeping her peepers protected during those soccer games. As one friend eloquently put it, you can put on a big pair of sunglasses and feel chic no matter what you're wearing!
2. Moms can be very practical and pragmatic which means they won't easily shell out $200 for a fabulous pair of designer jeans for themselves, but would sure love to have some. Try a high-waisted boot cut and see how fabulous she looks!
3. Thinking jewelry? Forget the typical diamonds and pearls and go for something chic and modern from Alexis Bittar. It'll give her wardrobe a boost and keep her looking on trend.
4. Most moms I know just love shoes! While she may tend to buy something practical that she can run around in, why not treat her to something that simply makes her look and feel like she can conquer the world (after all, she deserves it!). It's always easier to shop for shoes than it is clothing anyway, because whether you're feeling great or feeling fat, shoes always fit!
So treat mom like a rock star and see how she feels! After all her hard work, she deserves the royal treatment!
While motherhood doesn’t define you, it is a huge part of your life and you want the world to know. PeaceLoveMom.com creates accessories that let you express yourself in myriad ways. Are you a Happy Mom? Why not show it off with a tee, a baseball cap, jewelry or a tote bag. Or if you prefer a more subtle reminder of your status, why not keep a Lucky Mom pad tucked away in your purse? It’s perfect for jotting down your to-do lists while sitting the carpool line. From $8.95 - $100 at PeaceLoveMom.com.
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Michelle Obama has taken the nation by storm. Heck, she's taken the whole world by storm too! Whether you're a left-winger or lean to the right doesn't seem to make a bit of difference when appreciating Michelle's easy elegance and down to earth syle. What Not to Wear's Clinton Kelly sums it up by saying, "Her style has a real dignity to it without seeming prudish, frumpy or out of touch. She seems to know she has a good body, but also knows enough not to show the public too much of it."
The recently released Michelle Style: Celebrating the First Lady of Fashion by Mandi Norwood is a lovely book that spotlights Mrs. Obama's unique charm and style and shows us how she gracefully and effortlessly blends discount with designer, and does it with panache. A real mom who has a busy life with two kids as well as being the First Lady, Michelle Obama knows how to dress for all occasions. Her choice of shoes is perfect for her tall, lithe figure - she wears flats or kitten heels, even with dresses - and they look great. She knows what's good about her and she plays it up. She knows her best cuts and her best colors and is not afraid to try something new.
The book highlights a few of Michelle's fashion rules, such as:
Skirt hems should be straight and parallel to the floor.
Dress to fit the widest parts of your body.
Seams should lie straight and flush against your body.
Fitted does not mean tight. You want skimming, not clinging.
If you can see the outline of any undergarments, it's a poor fit.
If in doubt, go half a size bigger.
Michelle clearly has a realistic grasp on her own personal style and is someone we can all learn a few tips from.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
As busy moms we all need to take a break from time to time and relax with friends. This Thursday, May 7th, is designed to help you do just that with a National Moms Nite Out. The first nationally organized celebration of motherhood intended to bring together today’s moms, both physically and virtually, the National Mom’s Nite Out will bring together more than 150 social media groups, companies, local playgroups, mommy bloggers and mother social networks in giving moms a well deserved night off.
The evening will consist of local events held across the country, as well as mom-organized parties and virtual activities. To allow moms everywhere to join in on the fun, mothers will be invited to throw their own mom’s nite out event by downloading party ideas and elements from The National Mom’s Nite Out website. The night of the event moms can join in the fun through online chats, Skype and Twitter tweet-ups.
I am excited to be participating in our local Mom's Nite Out in historic downtown Apex. Kicking off at greenPea Nursery at 5pm there will be an evening full of fun events. Yours truly will be hosting an Ambush Makeover during the evening that will take one lucky mom on a shopping trip to Nativa, adorn her with jewelry from Moon and Lola, then lead her to EnV Salon for a chic new 'do. A touch of makeup will finish off her new look and we'll show off the reveal back at greenPea Nursery around 8pm. Live video streaming will have the event broadcast on MomTV.com. See details. I can't wait!
Oh, and so mom can leave the house without feeling guilty, Ragu and Ronzoni have seen to it that dad and the kids have something to eat. They sent hosts of the makeover a dinner kit to keep the family fed and let mom get out of the house, guilt-free (well, they tried!)
Editor's Note: The National Mom’s Nite Out is being orchestrated by Maria Bailey, Host of Mom Talk Radio and author of “The Ultimate Mom Book” as well as top Mom Websites, Newbaby.com, BlueSuitMom.com, and MomSelect.com. Simon Property Group, Inc, the largest operator of regional malls, is a host event sponsor of The National Mom’s Nite Out and will provide venues for moms to attend local events in their cities. One Chic Mama is thrilled to participate in this wonderful event.
Monday, May 04, 2009
Whether you’re heading to the hospital to have your first baby or your third, Karen Neuberger has created collection that can make your stay in the hospital a little more comfortable. The KN Hospitalwear Nursing Gown ($52) is a lovely pull-over gown that gives you coverage while learning how to nurse your newborn. Another comforting item in the KN Hospitalwear Collection is the Double Plush Robe ($96). Machine washable and made to withstand multiple washings, it comes in a handful of soft shades. You may not think to bring warm socks that have grippers on the bottom but the KN Hostpitalwear Collection knew to include them. These warm chenille booties ($15) will keep you sure-footed on slippery hospital floors. Treat yourself at Karen Neuberger and make it an extra special Mother’s Day.
We're giving away a set of Mommy & Baby fluffy chenille Lounge socks to one winner. To enter, please let us know your favorite color and don't forget to leave your email. Deadline is May 8, 2009.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
Last week I had the pleasure of being part of a fabulous eyewear trunk show at VisionPark in Raleigh, NC. Known for their chic designer eyewear, the selection at VisionPark didn't disappoint. With reps on hand from two fabulous lines, ogi and JeeVice, I worked with clients to help them choose the best glasses for their face shape and coloring. The wide variety of styles made it hard to choose just one pair.
ogi features sculptural frames in both titanium and plastic that run the gamut from architectural to just plain funky. These frames look great on both men and women and will give your appearance a sleek and modern look. Favored by celebs such as Anne Hathaway and Katherine Heigl, the shades from JeeVice will leave you feeling fabulous no matter what you have on that day!
When choosing eyeglasses or sunglasses, select styles that mimic the lines of your face. If you have a more angular face, opt for the popular rectangular-shaped frames or a pair with more angles than curves. For more rounded faces, go for more of a contoured frame. While not quite as popular, you'll enhance the lines of your face and look your best. When deciding on color in eyeglasses, choose one that highlights your natural tones or repeats your eye color. Bold colors are popular, but don't get carried away. Try a muted metallic with cutouts for a modern take on a classic style. And if you wear glasses everyday, why not create a whole wardrobe of specs that suit all your moods?
Special thanks to Hal Goodtree of Street Style TV for the great video.
Getting kids to eat right can be quite hard. Unless it's easy. Seems like kids have a natural tendency to want to spend their daily caloric allotment on things like junk food and candy, with maybe a little fruit or yogurt thrown into the mix. And when it comes to vegetables, well, forget about it. Although my daughter will eat her broccoli, and sometimes even ask for it, that's about the extent of her daily intake of veggies. So I was glad to hear about Voots to help fill in some of the nutritional gaps that moms like me worry about.
Made without any added sugar or artificial flavor (how many things can you say that about these days?), Voots have a naturally sweet taste and are filled with a high concentrations of real produce. Each serving is equivalent to eating three servings of fruits and vegetables, which means that not only do kids (and grown-ups, too) get the vitamins and minerals they need, but they get all the power of antioxidants, too.
My kids give Voots a big thumbs up! They make this mom happy, and satisfy the kids with something sweet and yummy, that's good for them, too!
Friday, May 01, 2009
Not just for crunchy granolas anymore, non-leather shoes are becoming more popular with everyday women as well as vegan treehuggers - and I use that term lovingly. Thanks to their growing popularity, companies such as Moo Shoes offer a diverse and affordable selection of non-leather footwear and accessories, and these styles are nothing to balk at. Right on trend, you'll find slingbacks, gladiators, thongs and more in the season's best colors and styles. Take a peek at some of our faves:
1. Perfect for the office or a girls' night out, these Falcon Slingbacks in cognac have a chic 70's appeal for right around $70.
2. Ace Reds are flexible, adorable flats that look great with everything from shorts to sundresses. ($75)
3. Looking for a chic and comfy sandal? Look no further than the Adaline Turquose from Madden Girl ($39.95). Adorned with a cutout flower, you'll be coming up roses!
4. For a sleek, sophisticated and casual sandal, the Puma from Neuaura fits the bill. In silver or gold, these chic thongs give a sleek polish to even the most simple outfit. ($94)
5. These Aphrodite Reds are made from a material that molds to your feet to make them super comfy while looking great too! ($39.99)
6. Looking for a little bling for your feet? Look no further than these Claire Silver sandals to add sparkle to wardrobe.($19.99)