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Super Summer Style

I've recently decided to take a more pro-active approach to getting this mommy bod into relatively decent shape for swimsuit season and I joined a gym. I know, I know, I am the one who is always promoting fresh air and the great outdoors, but honestly, when the rain has been pelting down for going on eight weeks, and prior to that the snow was stacked to the eaves, sometimes a girl has to just give in and go with what works.

So I signed up for a few personal training sessions, mostly so I could learn how to work all of the machines and equipment. And I love the Zumba class (when I can get in), and I adore the Power Yoga class (found new muscles that were previously dormant). So I would say that I am enjoying my gym experience as a general rule.

However, there is just one teeny tiny thing that is driving me crazy. There is a woman at the gym, Kate, who has a daughter at the same school as my little guy. I have seen Kate at school drop-off and pick-up five days a week for the last school year, as well as at various school functions. She is part of the tennis posse of moms who all head to the club for a match or two after drop off, and I am part of the fashionista posse who head to the little bakery around the corner for gossip, granola and shopping recon, so although we are not exactly bff's, we are on smiling and nodding terms; we've even had the occasional I-love-your-shoes, what-a-gorgeous-handbag, those-earrings-are-fabulous conversation while waiting to escort our little angels to our respective vehicles. But here's what has my Cosabella's in the tiniest of twists: every time I see her at the gym she pretends not to notice me! She acts like she doesn't even know who I am. Even when I catch her eye and smile, she just shifts her eyeDresses from Shabby Apples to the side or looks past me. Even complete strangers at the gym will at least smile and acknowledge each other, it's just common courtesy.

Today she almost ran into me as she was coming out of the locker room and I was going in. I smiled and said, "Oh, hi!" and she just started rooting around in her handbag like she was looking for something, stepped around me and kept on walking. Without even an "excuse me" for nearly knocking me into the towel bin! So what's with that? I have given her the benefit of the doubt on several occasions — perhaps she's preoccupied with problems at home, perhaps she's learning a foreign language on her iPod, perhaps she's legally blind. But after today's episode I finally realized that maybe, just maybe, she doesn't recognize me! After all, here I am with no makeup, hair in a ponytail, wearing stretched out yoga pants and a ratty tee shirt. Definitely not the chic and stylish fashionista mom who she has seen out and about the school.

So it looks like it's time for me to up my game in the fitness-chic department. Which I have definitely earned by the way. The past few months of cardio and toning are beginning to pay off, so I won't be embarrassed to draw a little attention by sporting a more stylish workout look from now on. As well as a more fit mommy bod to slip into that sweet new swimsuit that is hanging on the back of the bathroom door (for inspiration!).

And speaking of inspiration, those morning fashionista posse sessions are paying off as well. And our semi-annual Girls Night Out is always a serious style performance enhancer! Here are a few must-have items that we have researched, debated and decided upon for chic summer style:

  • Metallic goddess sandals — I love them because they are easy to wear, a versatile style option and so much more elegant than plain flip flops! They look great with everything from sundresses and shorts to denim capri's and long beach dresses.
  • Speaking of long beach dresses — the maxi dress is ideal for summer. Flirty, swishy, sexy and very flattering! Perfect for holiday weekends and lounging at the pool.
  • Floaty, lightweight, cool as a breeze blouse. Look for feminine details like delicate floral prints, crochet trim and lace edging. And you can never go wrong with a crisp white cotton tunic — the quintessential summer style piece.
  • Vibrantly hued sundress. There is nothing quite like a brilliant punch of color to put a smile on my face. This lipstick red dress is definitely going to be my go-to look for summer, paired with adorable printed wedges, a floppy sun hat and a fabulous handbag. Finish the look with unique accessories and you are set for lunch with the girls or a night out on the town with your fellah.
  • Satchel Handbag. Another must-have for summer. All the celebs are carrying them, all the fashionistas have them, and why not? The satchel is perfect for summer. So snap one up, pack it with a bikini and a coverup and head for the nearest summer hotspot!

There you have it darlings! A little style and a little beauty for every girl this season!

 Pretty Mama


Our Favorite Things!

Brighten Your Skin For Summer!

Looking to freshen up your skincare routine this summer? Use Lumene’s Vitamin C+ skin care line to brighten up your skin this season! All Vitamin C+ products contain Arctic Cloudberry, an amber-colored berry that boasts twice as much Vitamin C than an orange!

Lumene’s Vitamin C+ Line consists of cleansers, moisturizers and special treatments, all of which are formulated with Arctic Cloudberry to strengthen skin, improve its moisture balance and help defend against the first signs of aging. All of those components sound like the PERFECT way to find luminous skin.

A few highlights of this radiant skin boosting line include:

Pure Radiance 24 Hour Lotion: An energizing lotion that imparts a matte finish and keeps skin well-hydrated and balanced.
 

Pure Radiance Day Cream SPF 15: This multi-purpose cream protects skin from the harmful effects of the sun, as well as helping to improve its luminosity by defending against internal and external stressors.

 

Dry Skin Comfort Radiance Cocktail: A highly conditioning blend of cranberry seed oil and cloudberry, this cocktail revitalizes and nourishes even the driest skin, leaving it velvety soft and radiant.

 
Pure Radiance Beauty Drops: These innovative drops effectively prevent the first signs of aging and dramatically reduce the appearance of dark spots thanks to a unique encapsulation technology that releases vitamin C slowly into the skin for long-lasting brightening effects. This is my personal fave!

Fabulous Custom Fashion Bags
from Forever Frogs

Forever Frogs is a fun new line of personalized fashionable messenger bags, lunch sacks, drawstring bags and even backpacks for both adults and kids. Design a custom bag online and choose from a variety of fun prints and bright solid colors on each section of the bag - from the front to the inside - and even the zipper. Bags can even embroider with your name for an extra personal touch. Women can choose from zebra print, damask, polka dots, stripes and more. There are also a large variety of kid friendly prints like peace signs, floral print, owls, camouflage and tie dye. The bags offer a variety of uses including, toting to the office, school, travel…anything!

I recently received an adorable personally created lunchbag which turned out so gorgeous that I am using it as a mini handbag! I have received so many compliments on it that I have decided these bags will be my signature gift at baby showers and bridal showers! They make excellent gifts for girls of all ages!

Forever Frogs was created by a mom who lost her daughter to brain cancer, at the age of 5. A portion of all proceeds are going to the Payton Wright Foundation. The bags are made in the U.S. and are made using only high quality, durable fabrics.  www.foreverfrogs.com


L’Occitane Angelica Skincare Collection Adds 3 New Products!

No time to spare? The perfect quick fix for hydration is coming to L’Occitane on May 14th to deliver maximum radiance in minimal time. The popular Angelica Skincare Collection is welcoming three NEW products, giving your skin the gift of organic angelica essential oil and angelica water.  The complementary products act quickly to rehydrate and revitalize leaving skin looking plump and dewy in no time at all. The additions include:

 

 

Instant Hydration Mask:

Application is a cinch with this silky gel mask that effectively restores skin’s moisture. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, pure water and angelica water, this perfect hydrating solution reveals smooth, radiant skin in just three minutes.

 

 

Exfoliating Gel:

Refresh and renew tired skin with a face scrub that goes on smooth and leaves skin baby soft. Tiny microbeads work to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate skin for a naturally youthful, wide-awake glow.

 

 

Hydration Face Mist:

Energize skin with a fine mist of thirst-quenching droplets that replenish skin’s moisture level in seconds. Keep it with you for an instant skin pick-me-up!


Bring The Sweet Fragrance of Summer into Your Home!

Agave Nectar collection from Thymes, which infuses the richly hydrating elixir of the Agave cactus with pure, naturally beneficial ingredients such as Jojoba, Aloe Vera, grapefruit, guava and lemon blossom. The Agave Nectar Home Fragrance Mist fills any room with a revitalizing aroma that lingers, enveloping you in an invigorating, alluring scent all day and night.

Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector

The Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector is a light, creamy lotion that helps to fade skin discolorations caused by post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and age.  Specially formulated to fade “spots,” this oil-free formula is light in texture and excellent for all skin types and ethnicities and, in addition to Hydroquinone, contains additional beneficial ingredients like glycolic and vitamins A, E and C.

I started using the Proactiv Dark Spot Corrector a few of weeks ago and already I can see a difference in my skin tone - it is noticeably brighter and I am wearing less foundation because there is less of a need to even out my skin tone. I love this product!

X Out™ Wash-In Treatment

The next big thing from the makers of Proactiv®

The teen in your life needs this!  X Out™ is a unique one-step Wash-In Treatment that washes powerful breakout-fighting medicine into pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples, while moisturizing and helping to protect the skin.  X Out™ is the anti-hassle, anti-drama, anti-breakout all-in-one Wash-In Treatment created just for teens.  Containing 8.5% benzoyl peroxide, X Out™ also uses smooth beads to help exfoliate dead skin cells and a unique moisturizing complex designed to help protect and soothe the skin.  The X Out™ formula is paraben and sulfate-free and is non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, making it suitable for all skin types.

As a bonus for teens, and to encourage the proper wash time, the X Out™ Wash-In Treatment bottle features a QR code for digitally-savvy teens to scan on their smartphone or view on computer at dd.xout.com. They will be automatically directed on their phone to “The Daily Distraction” site to watch a cool two minute entertaining video; a new video will be available daily for teens to watch while they wash.


May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

 Best SPF’s for all skin types:

  Cetaphil DermaControl Moisturizer SPF 30 (SRP: $15.99) features patented Oleosome technology to provide broad-spectrum UV protection with less UV filtering chemicals, which can irritate skin.  This daily facial moisturizer is gentle enough to use with prescription acne treatments and helps to relieve irritating effects caused by topical treatments. Cetaphil® DermaControl™ Moisturizer SPF 30 meets the new FDA sunscreen guidelines for both broad spectrum and sun protection factor categories.
  Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer UVA/UVB Defense SPF 50 (SRP: $13.99) is a lightweight, non-greasy formula that instantly provides daily sun protection, while moisturizing skin and offering the highest SPF available in a facial moisturizer.  BONUS: Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Approval!
  • ·Provides broad spectrum SPF protection with an optimum blend of 5 filters
  • ·Press pump to make proper application easy and mess-free
  • ·Blocks UVA/UVB with micronized Titanium Dioxide
  • ·Nourishes and hydrates the skin for 8 hours, to avoid evaporation
  • ·Absorbs quickly and leaves no filmy white residue
  • ·Fragrance-free and non-irritating (suitable for sensitive skin)
  • ·Non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores
  New scientific studies show that exposure to UVA, UVB and Infrared-A (IRA) rays can accelerate skin aging and can damage skin at the cellular level. These environmental factors cause 80% of the visible signs of aging. Now PREVAGE® Triple Defense Shield SPF 50 Sunscreen provides the protection you need to help your skin fight premature aging signs. While most traditional SPF products only protect against UVA and UVB, PREVAGE® contains Idebenone and Thiotaine to deliver an extra level of protection against the visible signs of damage caused by IRA rays

Sweetly Affordable Sun Care Goodies!

A Kiss Of Berry Swirl Vitamin Enriched Lip Care SPF 10 

A Kiss Of Berry Swirl Vitamin Enriched Lip Care SPF 10

Maintain soft and supple lips with this hydrating Kiss of Berry Swirl Vitamin Enriched Lip Care SPF 10 by Nivea.

I love this light touch of color and gloss — it is perfect for tucking into a backpack for a day hike or slipping into the pocket of your sundress. Keeps lips hydrated and protected!

Eucerin Everyday Protection Body Lotion Spf 15  Eucerin Everyday Protection Moisturizing Lotion SPF 15.Moisturizing alone isn't enough to keep your skin healthy when you are exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays. The solution? This body lotion offers you the protection from incidental sun exposure and free radical damage while intensive moisturizers relieve your dry skin. Brand preferred by dermatologists Formulated with a blend of sunscreens including titanium dioxide, it provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to help prevent skin aging, long-term skin damage and skin cancer Anti-oxidant enriched with vitamin E to help protect from free radical damage Non-greasy, moisturizing formula is clinically proven to relieve dry skin for 24 hours. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends this product as an effective UV sunscreen.

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 Peanut Butter Twix-alikes and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Cars themed birthday party (complete with Piston Cup prizes) 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 make a new lampshade for your tired old lamp! So easy and so very very chic!

 

 

 


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