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Fall Family Fashion, Footwear and Fun

October is one of my favorite months. I love the feel of the crisp autumn air and the fragrance of wood fires burning in the evening. I love dressing my little guy in corduroy trousers, cozy flannel shirts and warm puffy jackets . I adore dressing my little princess in toasty warm leggings, adorable sweater dresses and sweet suede booties. And I really, really like shopping for knee boots, my favorite and fabulously flattering skinny jeans, cozy cashmere sweaters and possibly even a new funky jacket for myself! There is nothing like a change of seasons to inspire a change of style, right?

And speaking of change, this is also the time of year to switch out the sandals and flip flops for adorable flats and cool kicks, sweet ankle boots, nifty knee boots and the ever useful rainboot! My little guy just loves these great slipons from CHOOZE. Camo print, but each shoe is different! And my little angel adores this girly version for fall — looks great with tights and a skirt or jeans and a sweater! And since I was already on the site, I snapped up this fun pair for myself!

As long as we're checking out fabulous footwear, I really need to share a few great ideas for festive party footwear. The exact reason for this will become clear further down the page, but for now check out a few style suggestions for upcoming festivities:

Casual Party Footwear — think afternoon bridal or baby shower, book club luncheon. etc. Afternoon events can run the style gamut from jacket-and-jeans casual to full-on party style, which means footwear styles will range just as far. I recently attended a baby shower where most of the guests were mothers of toddlers and young children so the fashion style was very laid back. I wore a pair of skinny jeans with a chiffon blouse over a cami, then upped the style ante with a pair of metallic peeptoe flats. The shoes just gave the entire ensemble the perfect finishing touch.

A bridal shower tends to be a little more dressy, and is also a great excuse for a mom to slip into a feminine dress and chic heels. I also love the look of a this season's hotter-than-haute midi sweater dress. Wear with a pair of funky ankle boots and you will be the envy of all the bridesmaids.

Evening Party Footwear — think dinner with friends or evening wedding reception. An evening out is always a good reason to give your favorite party dress a good airing! I don't know about you, but as a mom who spends most of her time in jeans I don't often get a chance to flash my freshly pedicured tootsies in anything other than my Merrell's, so I am taking full advantage. Skyscrapers with a provocative peep-toe are my go-to footwear choice! However, if I anticipate an evening on the dance floor I may opt for something a little kinder on my tootsies, but equally stylish!

So, now that we've got our party style-o-meter warmed up, I have to share this fabulous little girl's birthday party idea with you! My little princess and I recently attended the Parisian themed birthday party thrown by a good friend of mine. My friend is an amazing party planner and a gifted DIY artist. Give this woman a pile of wood, a bolt of fabric and a glue gun and she can make absolutely anything (a talent I wish I possessed!). She was a bit overwhelmed with all she had planned to prepare, bake and decorate for the party however, so she asked me for a little help. I, of course, wondered aloud exactly what someone who is all thumbs would be able to help with and she assured me that the only skill I needed was a steady hand and a little imagination. And voila! Behold the results of our joint venture:

The Preparation

Walking up to the front door (and the picture doesn't even do it justice) Three topiary plants were magically transformed into Can-Can Dancers,and the door was of course fancified to satisfaction.

Inside the Chateau there were pieces of Paris in every corner and on every mantle. Jewels, feathers, boas and even Eiffel towers galore!

All the food was labeled with it's french name: "la creme souffle", "french fries", it was so cute. I probably ate too many fancy treats...but I did it quick!  No one saw me!

No party is complete with out cupcakes. And of course, they were adorably fancy.

Outside the chateau there were lanterns hung above, fancy lemonade, a pink punch fountain, and boas and hair clips for each girl.

The place cards were candy-filled "shoe" boxes. And the most amazing part - a runway! As in catwalk. Flanked with 6 foot tall painted Eiffel Towers, this was an actual T-shaped runway… Girl sized!

In conjunction with this celebration and the celebration of all DIY projects, Bosch Power Tools and She She Me are sponsoring a Giveaway!!

Bosch Power Tool
Daredevil™ tool accessories GIVEAWAY!

According to a study from Bosch Power Tools, women’s confidence in their ability to tackle home DIY projects like assembling, sanding or restoring furniture is on the rise – more than 43 percent of women surveyed suggest that being able to manage repair projects on their own is more important than maintaining a ‘perfect’ household.

 Women are proving they are DIYers, too, and Bosch is now offering a new line of Daredevil™ tool accessories, perfect for women who want to tackle at-home projects with style, like a pro.

Want to DIY like a pro? Bosch Power Tools wants to help! Just enter here by sending in your best DIY story — funny, frustrating or successful - for your chance to win the following products from Bosch Power Tools!

ENTER TO WIN! Enter DIY PRO in the subject line and include your best DIY story!

Daredevil Spade Bits – Oscillating Tool

Daredevil spade bits were designed to answer the needs of users in terms of speed, ease of use and hole quality. The full cone threaded tip pulls the bit through material with less effort. Great for creating terra cotta patio lights or replacing an electrical switch.

 

Daredevil Auger Bits – Cordless Drill


Bosch auger bits are the leading edge in wood drilling by offering durability and clean holes. These are ideal for cutting holes in birdhouses or creating candle accent accessories.

 

Daredevil Framing Blades – Circular Saw

The latest to join the Bosch Daredevil family of high-performance accessories, the new Daredevil framing blades are crafted with steel plate blades that power through wood to deliver speed and a smooth finish. Perfect for installing shelves or creating a custom bookshelf

So there you go my dears! Fabulous footwear ideas for the entire family for fall, some spectaular party ideas and a great product giveaway to boot! From me to you, enjoy!

xoxo,

Pretty Mama

Toddler Tees 


Breast Cancer Awareness Products!

tarte - our hope for a cure
enter for a chance to win and
help us support Young Survival Coalition!

tarte partners with YouTube beauty guru, JulieG and YOU to support Young Survival Coalition during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

  • We're giving away 10 of tarte's LipSurgence™ matte lip tints in the shade 'hope'. All you have to do is enter to win, and for every entry received tarte will donate 20 cents to the Young Survival Coalition (a non-profit organization that supports and educates younger patients affected by breast cancer).

Go to: http://tartecosmetics.com/contest.php?id=41 to learn more. Plus, you can watch Julie G's video where she reviews the product. All you have to do is enter to win- it's so easy and supports a great cause!


JIMEALE NEW YORK

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Jimeale NY will donate 10% of all profits made from sales of the "PWP" range to the Libby Ross Foundation.

A continual supporter in the fight against breast cancer Jimeale NY is pleased to announce the donation of 10% of profits made from the online sales of the "PWP" range to the Libby Ross Foundation. Known for her chic and practical designs, Jimeale's "PWP" range incorporates feminine pink and white polkadot pattern and is available in a gorgeous range of products you are guaranteed to adore. The perfect gift for you or a loved one, select from the entire cosmetic bag collection from the petite 700 to the all-in-one 707 travel kit, Nylon Shopping Tote, Large Duffle Bag, Weekend Tote and Shower Cap (as featured above).

Everyone will be touched by cancer at some stage in their life, this fight has become particularly close to home for Jimeale NY founder Jimeale Jorgensen: "My mum was diagnosed recently with Stage 2 invasive breast cancer, so this has been yet again another eye opener into the heart breaking disease and is now more important than ever to support in any way that I can."

Get involved and help raise funds to assist in vital research by visiting www.jimeale.com in October to purchase from the Jimeale NY "PWP" range - because every little bit of support helps.


Kohl's Cares


Breast Cancer Awareness

Supersmile PINK 45° Angled Toothbrush: Supersmile will be donating 20% of sales during the month of October to Breast Cancer Awareness. The 45˚ Angled Toothbrush combines sleek design with superior function, assuring fool-proof brushing. It is the only toothbrush designed to stand upright which is essential for hygienic drying.

Price/Availability: $9.00/Supersmile.com and local retailers

Celeb fans: LeAnn Rimes, Kelly Rippa, Kristen Bell, and Adam Sandler and more

 

suki® eye lift cellular renewal cream: suki® skincare will donate 100% of proceeds purchased on sukiskincare.com during the month of October, to the Breast Cancer Action (BCAction.org) organization. The eye lift cellular renewal cream is a youth-restoring, completely absorbable, luxurious eye treatment with advanced liposome technology.

 

Price/Availability: $54.95 / sukiskincare.com

Celeb fans include: Eva Longoria, Malin Akerman, Whitney Port, Courteney Cox and more

 


 

DECLÉOR will donate up to 10% of net proceeds from sales of the Aromatherapy Coffrets to cancerandcareers.org, The Aroma Coffrets Collection, offering four exclusive complete skincare regime sets, each set is focused around a specific skincare need: Hydrating, Soothing, Nourishing and Anti-Aging.  Each set features a full retail size Aromessence™ Serum and complimentary Day Cream and Night Balm in travel sizes, each set will also come complete with an informational DVD that provides details on the sourcing of essential oils, the creation of Aromessence™ and the application techniques of DECLEOR’S signature serums.

 

Sets include: 

  • Neroli Hydrating Aroma Coffret, SRP: $68
  • Rose D’Orient Soothing Aroma Coffret, SRP: $68 
  • Angelique Nourishing Aroma Coffret, SRP: $68
  • Iris Anti-Aging Aroma Coffret, SRP: $84

LOFT Limited-Edition Products Benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

We’re all linked in the fight against breast cancer. To symbolize the strength of that interlocking community, LOFT has teamed up with jewelry designers Rachel Leigh and Roxanne Assoulin of Lee Angel & blogger Jessica Quirk of “What I Wore” to design limited-edition bracelets that support The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, now available online at LOFT.com and in LOFT stores nationwide.  Each bracelet represents the bond between women, linking arms as a community, to fight breast cancer.  
 
Rachel Leigh for LOFT Cares Bow Bracelet

“My best friend comes from a family in which all of the mothers have been affected by breast cancer. I designed this bow-detailed bracelet as a reminder to all women impacted by the disease that they can still feel special and beautiful, even during the most challenging of times” – Rachel Leigh
Retails for $34.50

Jessica Quirk for LOFT Cares Friendship Bracelet

“This bracelet symbolizes the ties of friendship between survivors, supporters and women fighting breast cancer. Keep it, give it or share it to show your support.”– Jessica Quirk of What I Wore
Retails for $34.50

Roxanne Assoulin for LOFT Cares Beaded Cuff

“My design commemorates the strength we all have as women. As we search to put an end to this crippling disease, this bracelet is a reminder of the incredible courage and perseverance the women affected by breast cancer as well as their families have.”– Roxanne Assoulin
Retails for $34.50


LOFT honors the millions of woman whose lives have been affected by breast cancer through a limited-edition collection of three tee shirts, each one representing strength, support, and inspiration.
Retails for $39.50
Celebrity fans include Dancing with the Stars host Brooke Burke, Kristin Chenoweth, Maria Menounos and Amy Smart

Five dollars from each item sold will be donated directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, a charity dedicated to providing critical funding for research at medical centers worldwide to achieve prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime and increasing public awareness about good breast health. ANN INC. has supported The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® since 2005, donating $6.5 million to the Foundation.


 Second Base

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Second Base has chosen to donate 20% of sales proceeds from all Demi Camisoles in Ballet Pink (retail value $30.00 - $32.00) sold online at www.shopsecondbase.com to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Donation will go into effect October 1st, 2011 and end October 31st, 2011.


BRULEE

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, BRULEE has chosen to donate 25% of all sales proceeds from the Boudoir Cami & Short in Blush (retail value $124.00 & $86.00) sold online at Brulee.net to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Donation will go into effect October 1st, 2011 and end October 31st, 2011.


Affinitas and HerRoom.com

Affinitas has teamed up with HerRoom.com to donate 20% of proceeds from the sale of the Affinitas Intimates "Morgan" Padded Bra in Blush Pink (retail value $32.00) and the Parfait by Affinitas "Kelly" Wire Bra in Deep Orchid (retail value $42.00) to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Donation will go into effect October 1st, 2011 through October 31st, 2011.


JU-JU-BE's Life Long Commitment
for Breast Cancer Awareness

In Spring 2006, Ju-Ju-Be started making a donation for every bag sold and continues to do so today and are committed to keep it going as long as the company is around.   "Thousands of dollars of "Our" money ("our" means "you" plus "us") goes toward breast cancer initiatives ranging from cure research to providing mammograms for the underprivileged. We're proud to give back, you should be too!"   From lifestyle bags to diaper and baby bags, JU-JU-BE blends style and function for women on the go.  Framed against classic shapes - totes, hobo, bourse messenger, backpacks, laptop, weekender, carry all and beach, JU-JU-BE offers an array of large and small sized bags, wallets, cosmetic and sun-glass cases.

With durable design features from handles to multi pockets, the bags also come with 'smart features'; treated outer fabrics, memory foam, protected linings, adjustable straps and sections.   The bags are also available in an array of colors from warm earth tones of brown, beige and muted greens to fun and vivid, even retro, prints in purples, greens, navy, pink and white.  For those that are meticulous about being socially conscious, JU-JU-BE has recently introduced the "Legacy" collection which features a trade marked "earth leather" which is machine washable.  As supple and durable as leather but without the impact on the environment.

Each bag is a bold statement that brings the visual richness and a thoroughly modern context for the fashion forward woman of today.  The line retails from the $20 range for wallets to upwards of $200 for larger sized carryalls.  JU-JU-BE is steadily gaining momentum as the must-have bag for not only fashionistas but also yoga enthusiasts, travelers, and to carry about town. Currently available in Nordstroms, Von Maur and countless specialty boutiques nationwide as well as on their website:  www.ju-ju-be.com.


RapidLash

Women suffering from breast cancer often battle hair regrowth challenges during and after the course of treatment. Eyelash and eyebrow renewal serum, RapidLash, gives women a boost of confidence by helping to restore natural, fuller-looking lashes and brows. Women of any age can benefit from RapidLash but especially those who experience hair loss.  

 

RapidLash provides stellar results by delivering essential proteins, vitamins, moisturizing and rejuvenating ingredients that replenish and strengthen the structure of lashes and brows, while adding shine and elasticity. It is safe and effective, and the brand supports the fight against breast cancer by donating 5% of company profits between Susan B. Komen and The American Cancer Society all year long.

Plus, RapidLash is easy to use – with just a quick swipe of RapidLash across the lash line nightly, you will start to see results in just a few weeks. RapidLash is available at mass market merchandisers nationwide for $49.95.


World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper

Be sure to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish. From making homemade oreo cookies and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Wizard of Oz birthday party or the perfect baby shower, you're sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me! Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!

Check out the latest tutorial — how to add a splash of color to any room!

 


Check Out the Ask She She Blog

The Ask She She Blog, where She She Girls go to find the latest styles and the hottest trends; where your fashion, beauty and lifestyle questions are answered, and the thoughts, ideas and comments of all She She Girls are encouraged and welcomed!

 


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