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Sprucing up Your Spring Style
Before my life with children, the onset of spring meant looking forward to lovely self-indulgent rituals. Switching my closet from winter to spring, sprucing up the apartment and putting on the bright slipcovers and the light linen drapes in the living room, and the dazzling bedspread to liven up the elegant white bedroom…Getting my spring facial and a nice bronzing treatment to show off the bare legs in my sassy new sling backs and pencil skirt for work, deciding what asparagus-based appetizer should star in my next neighborhood Saturday-night get-together. Things are just a weeee bit different these days.
But in the spirit of turning over a new leaf (sorry, it was easy!), I’m going to try to reinstate some of my old renewals. Based on the principle of “If mommy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” I’m going to make sure that refreshing our lives for the new season becomes a family ritual. And just think how happy it will make me when the little cherubs are finally old enough to air out their own quilts!
Chic Mommy Look: I did mention that we were keeping mommy happy right? Well, a stylish mommy is a happy mommy indeed (and since everyone knows that when you look great you feel great too, you are actually doing your family a service!) So slip into a chic pair of crops and a springy little top, toss a comfy sweater over your shoulders, slide into a sassy pair of wedges and finish with a fun little tote and you are good to go—to the store, to the PTA meeting, to the park, to wherever all the chic mommies are going! No more schlubby sweats darling—that's a stylish mommy no-no. Another fun style option is the new Miche bag—create your own handbag to match your mood or style. Check it out!
There is one tip I can share with you that will not only polish your image among the preschool drop-off set but also speed your morning prep: the dress. Sleek silhouette or trés-chic Retro , comfy airy cotton, spring's safari chic. Layered or on its own as the weather warms—it’s an outfit in a hurry! Throw on cute skimmers or wedges, grab your loaded tote, and you’re off.
Personal grooming: I’m lucky if I get a chance to shave my legs, let alone bronze them. Not to mention that the pencil skirt has disappeared from my closet completely, chic heels are only for date night, and entertaining neighbors has to occur between nap time and bedtime (and stars variations on hot dogs, not asparagus). But there are touches of spring that take but a moment to add to one’s life, and won’t be marred by sandboxes and jelly fingers. Start with a peachy-keen blush to add some life to the winter cheeks, and swipe lips with a dewy lip gloss to soften your skin. Switch from your earthy, exotic winter scent to something light and green and fresh—this one is my new favorite. Get your hair out of that ponytail you’ve been working all winter (to avoid the dry fly-aways) and deep condition it. Then let it air-dry for once, and see what your natural texture is all about—waves and beachy hair are in! Stop wrangling it into submission every morning. Think of the time you’ll save—and the PB&Js you can make instead.
I am making one well deserved concession to beauty this spring. Having spent too many of my young-and-silly days actually soaking up the sun's rays, on purpose, and without adequate sunscreen I might add (I know, I know—tres naughty!) Anyhoo, this year I am treating myself to a fabulous skin rejuvenation treatment. A glorious photo facial! Years of sun bathing and exposure to the natural elements can be removed after a
short, no down time protocol.
Clothing for the Kiddies: Isn't it amazing how quickly our little ones grow? Which means the constant replacement of kiddie wardrobes. For the little princess, start with a darling floral print dress and top with a sweet cotton cardigan. She can wear a long sleeve tee under the dress while it’s still nippy, then it will work beautifully on its own when the days warm up. For boys, I’m still holding the preppy/surfer line: seersucker shorts, durable denim and an oxford shirt, polos layered with tees. If you can get him to wear a little blazer, you have my admiration; just tell him he’s dressing like daddy. And don’t forget the wee little raincoats and boots! Why didn’t we have decorated Wellies when we were little? Tip to the wise mommy: don't skimp on your child's footwear! Those tender little feet are still developing and they need proper support. Invest wisely in top quality footwear and those little tootsies will thank you.
Along with keeping your little angels adorably attired, it is important to keep their delicate skin nourished and protected with pure, safe and beneficial products. All aspects are covered with Lavanila Baby Bundle. Everything you need to cleanse, hydrate and protect sensitive skin without the use of harsh chemicals.
Home: It’s hard to think about brightening your décor when you’d really rather just have someone clean the windows for you, but it’s so worth the extra effort, especially on those
grey rainy days when you’re just dying for a little sunshine. Add it yourself with easy-peasy accessories and new colors: pillows, duvets and coverlets, bright towels—how about a splashy slipcover for that armchair? Trade your heavy velvet drapes for something sheer and linen-y. Get inspired to cook with fresh spring ingredients and put the crock-pot away until stew season returns. The #1 easiest way to let the spring fever into your home? Fresh flowers. Get the little mister back to his old courting rhythms, or send yourself a fat bouquet. Better yet, send some to your yummy-mummy BFF and have her return the favor! Peonies and tulips are divine.
Now that you’ve perked up your surroundings, it’s time to work on that attitude. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down with the minutiae of life with little (or big) kids, the schlepping, napping, crazy food requirements, etc. Make it a priority to spend at least ten minutes each day with each child, reliving the joys of hanging upside down on a tree branch, spinning on the swing until you get dizzy, or watching the spring clouds zip overhead and looking for animal shapes. Your kids will adore you for being silly, and you won’t even remember why you were in a mood by the time you’re finished. Oooh, I see a zebra!
Prom Prep Via Your Smartphone!
For many teens, prom is the event of the year. Hours of preparation go into finding a beautiful dress, a well-fitting tux, a flattering hairstyle, and the perfect date, of course. This year, you can add a new assistant to make all of this easier for you: your smartphone. Make prom night all the more special with apps that will help you put together the right look and document it with amazing photos.
Molly K. McLaughlin, Senior Editor of ConsumerSearch.com, an award-winning Web site that helps consumers make informed choices, can offer teens, and their parents, advice on apps to assist in making prom a memorable event. Her recommended apps include:
iProm Dress: Prom Dress Shopping Assistant ($1.99 for iPhone) The iProm Dress app's Prom Dress Shopping Assistant allows you to put together an alphabetized catalog of dresses, including details such as designer, style, color, silhouette, neckline, length, fabric and price.
- Prom Guide (Free, available for iPhone and Android) PromGuide.com helps teens find everything from dresses to tuxedos to elegant shoes.
- Prom360 (Free for iPhone) Prom360 provides one of the most comprehensive app approaches to planning your prom allowing users to browse dresses, tuxedos and more.
- Prom Hairstyles (Free for iPhone) Prom Hairstyles helps you "try on" prom hairstyles.
- Camera360 (Free, available for iPhone and Android) The Camera360 app offers tools to improve and enhance your mobile photos.
- Adobe Photoshop Express (Free, available for iPhone and Android) Photoshop Express editing options include crop, straighten, rotate, and flip. In addition, you can also modify colors, filters, and add special effects and borders.
Life can be complicated, skincare shouldn’t be. Clean Scene® by Murad®
There’s more pressure than ever to look your best – and even more pressure to look great, especially in Jr. high and high school. Teens are juggling more than ever these days: schoolwork, friendships, social networking, sports, extracurricular activities and – those pesky breakouts. Clean Scene® is the first brand developed by Murad, Inc to tackle those embarrassing blemishes in easy steps created to make healthy, clean skin drama-free!
In addition to powerful ingredients that target acne, each product in the Clean Scene line utilizes the power of the newest super-fruit, the Yumberry, an exotic Chinese wonder that contains powerful antioxidants. Yumberry helps neutralize skin damaging enemies from stress, sun and pollution to leave a balanced, smooth complexion.
Murad’s Clean Scene includes:
- Craving for Clean® Gently wash away dirt and makeup for squeaky-clean skin that’s soft, smooth and hydrated. This foaming cleanser creates a luscious lather for a fresh way to start and end each day. (4.5 FL. OZ. $17)
- Gaga for Glow® For soft skin that never gets mixed up with a rough crowd, dismiss dullness with this gentle facial scrub. It deep-cleans to minimize the appearance of pores and gets rid of excess oil, revealing super smooth, glowing skin. (2.5 FL. OZ. $20)
- Crazy for Clear® Say bye-bye to blemishes and hello to clear, healthy skin. This targeted spot treatment starts healing breakouts on contact while helping to prevent new ones from forming. (0.5 FL. OZ. for $16)
- Down for Defense® Don’t get burned! Give your skin a fresh dewy glow and protect it from UVA/UVB rays with this SPF 15 moisturizer. (1.7 FL. OZ. $24)
- Begging for Balance® Shut down shine and get hydration in check with this oil-free moisturizer. Use it nightly for a smooth, balanced complexion and develop a healthy relationship with your skin. (1.7 FL. OZ. $22)
Eco-friendly Beauty with Aubrey
Earth Day is around the corner, and Aubrey Organices has fabulous green products! Aubrey uses herbals and plant extracts in their most natural form, and no synthetic additives or petrochemicals to ensure that you’re being kind to the earth and your body.
Put your best face forward with Aubrey Lumessence Lift. This face cream replenishes and renews skin for a silky finish and a firmer, younger-looking complexion with algae extract that firms and tightens skin. It also contains oat protein which is shown to reduce appearance of fine lines by 34% & deep wrinkles by 57% as well as shiitake mushroom, watermelon, carrot, and radish!
Don’t dry your hair out with chemicals and preservatives. Aubrey NuStyle Organic Detangle and Shine Booster uses organic quinoa protein to smooth, reduce frizzing and repair damaged ends, and herbal humectants replenish hair and scalp. Hair will shimmer without the use of glycerin!
Now that it’s spring, it’s time to start showing some skin. Legs will be silky smooth by using Aubrey Crème de la Shave . Made with rich emollients and fruit extracts, like apricot oil, this moisturizing shave cream pampers and protects your skin for a luxurious, ultra-smooth shave that will leave legs looking summer-ready and nick free.
Aubrey Organics products can be found at health-food stores nationwide and at www.aubrey-organics.com
Sustainable Style for Earth Day
Celebrate with Roux Maison
In the spirit of Earth Day, we’re shining the spotlight on the sustainable goods that make your clothes chic and good for Mother Earth. Roux Maison, a collection of eco-friendly home laundry products, cleans effectively while lessening your carbon footprint. Simply incorporating “green cleaning” into your life will have a positive impact on the environment while hardly sacrificing your commitment to style. Keep your clothes in tip top shape—save the planet in style with Roux Maison.
Roux Maison Essential Detergent
- Ideal for sheets, towels, and everyday laundry
- Completely rinses out garments, never leaving any residue
- Available in Ambrosia, Sweet Tea or Fragrance Free
- $14.99 for 16 oz bottle and $13.75 for a set of three 1 oz bottles
Roux Maison Delicate Detergent
- Ideal for machine or hand washing all fine washables such as lingerie, hosiery, shape wear and specialty fabrics (silks, cottons, rayon and polyester, etc)
- Engineered to break down and remove the perspiration salts, body oils, and stains common to these fragile garments, while keeping them in pristine condition
- Available in Ambrosia, Sweet Tea or Fragrance Free
- $15.99 for 16 oz bottle and $14.25 for a set of three 1 oz bottles
Roux Maison Sport Detergent
- Eliminates the dirt, odor and bacteria that can thrive in the dirtiest and sweatiest technical and workout gear
- Works to maintain the elasticity of lycra, spandex and high performance fabrics so they won’t stretch unnecessarily or prematurely deteriorate
- With use of the formula, waterproofing qualities stay intact and continue to breathe and wick away moisture as intended
- Available in Ambrosia, Sweet Tea and Fragrance Free
- $16.99 for 16 oz bottle
All Roux Maison products are available at rouxmaison.com
Green Beauty With Jurlique
Jurlique has been the leader in natural skin care science for over 25 years and I would love for you to consider some of their greatest hits. Jurlique applies the most advanced technologies to biodynamic ingredients straight from their one-of-a-kind Australian farm to create high performance, potent skin care. The result: healthy, beautiful skin!
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 get yourself organized for spring!
Check Ot 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!