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Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the kind of day where you wish you could just crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head? Back in the days B.C. when I would feel one of those days coming on I used to be able to indulge, occasionally, and do just that — crawl back into my nice warm bed and snuggle in for another hour or three of sleep, then spend the rest of the day lazing about in my cozy pj's, flipping through glossy mags, buying totally gorgeous boots online, watching daytime television, and eating soup right out of the saucepan. Then I got married. Then I had a baby…and then another one. And now I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will never again be able to snuggle down in my warm cozy bed without two little munchkins clambering all over me with shouts of, "Mommy! Mommy! I need you to make waffles! Now!" while poking me in the ribs with their pointy little feet and trying to pry my eyelids open with chubby sticky hands. Honestly, who besides a grade-schooler and a pre-schooler can actually eat waffles drenched in maple syrup before the sun has even begun to peek over the horizon? And why, exactly, do small children feel it is their honor bound duty to be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:45 am???
So now you know how my day started. And it went rapidly downhill from there. Even though we were awake and whipping up waffles before 6:00 am we were still scrambling to gather books, papers and homework packets, cram them into backpacks along with snacks, lunches and sweaters and bundle everyone into car seats in the hopes of making it to school early enough to miss the four-block-long snail trail of minivans and SUV's dropping the kiddies off at school. No such luck. We ended up right smack in the middle of the bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, and by the time we made it to the front of the school, my little guy had unpacked his entire backpack looking for a "special note" that he had forgotten to give me. So now we had to circle around to the back of the school and park in the visitor lot (and why is the visitor lot way in the back behind the dumpster???) while my little man unzipped all 47 mini pockets on his backpack before he found the note… which was a reminder that I was Snack Mom today! What? I don't remember signing up for this! By the time we got everything safely stowed back into all the zippered compartments the bell was ringing, which meant I now had to physically walk my son into the school office and sign him in as tardy. (At least I looked cute in my new leggings and slouchy sweater!)
After dropping my daughter off at preschool I realized that I would have to skip my Zumba class in order to prepare anddeliver a healthy snack for 20 first graders. One look at the list of food allergies and "do not serve" items on the snack chart and I knew a trip to the local organic market was in order. I found mini boxes of raisins on the shelf with the leftover Halloween Candy, some packets of lactose-free string cheese and a big bag of sweet, juicy clementines (which I peeled, quartered and dropped into a ziploc bag while sitting in the grocery store parking lot. I drove quickly (but within the speed limit of course) back to the school to deliver the snacks, and when I got there I found that I had slammed my handbag strap in the car door where it had been merrily flapping for the past 3 miles. Oh, and did I mention that it was also raining?!
So, here I am. Dripping wet and holding my handbag by its shredded strap. Waffle mess is still on the kitchen counter. Missed Zumba. Haven't showered yet. And I have to pick my daughter up from preschool in an hour, and my son right after that. But right here, right now, I have an hour of peace and quiet, all to myself! I know exactly what I'm going to do: grab the latest issue of InStyle and a cup of hot cocoa and crawl back into my nice warm bed for a little R & R! After all, I think I've earned it!
5 Must-Have Items for Cold Weather Style
Tailored Blazer: One of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe! A tailored blazer can dress up a pair of jeans or give an professional edge to a silky dress.
Long Skirt: I am absolutely loving this style for fall, and especially into the holiday season. As much as I adore a shorter skirt with leggings, I really love the femininity of the longer, fuller skirt. Looks great with a cropped jacket, or pair it with a fine cashmere or lightweight sweater. A pair of chic ankle boots completes the look!
Chunky Sweater: This is one of my favorite styles for fall and winter. I just adore a warm toasty sweater! Looks great with a pencil skirt, tights and oxford shoes for the office. Wear it with skinny cords, moto boots and a beret for the weekend!
Rugged Boots: I love boots — they are a great footwear option for a busy mom on the go. Since I am usually toting a tot as well as handbag, shopping bags and other paraphernalia I like to go with a sturdier boot with a sole that grips the ground for less chance of slipping. You'll be amazed at the selection of great style options!
Stretchy Corduroy Trousers: As much as I love a great pair of jeans, there is just something about corduroy that feels right for fall and winter. Maybe it's because my grandmother used to make me a pair of flannel-lined corduroy trousers every fall and I would wear them every day if I could get away with it! And my grandmother was an excellent seamstress, so not only were they warm, they were very stylish! I like corduroy skinnies or straight leg styles because they look amazing tucked into a pair of great boots!
Well, it looks like my hour of peace and quiet was well spent! Happy fall shopping darlings!
Get Smoother, Firmer Skin with Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads
Now that summer is over and fall is in full swing, it’s time to regenerate our skin. Improve skin firmness, texture and elasticity before the start of fall with the Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads ($95).
These deep-cleansing pads harness the potency of Glycolic Acid, Chamomile, Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids in combination with fruit acids to exfoliate, smooth and soothe skin while improving firmness and overall texture. Formulated at maximum levels, these powerful ingredients penetrate skin to reveal a bright, fresh, youthful complexion. The innovative formula provides immediate exfoliation and preps skin to better absorb the antioxidant benefits and restoratives of other products in the Radical Skincare line.
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Skin Care Secrets: What Women Would Do To Control the Aging Process
A new survey by Elizabeth Arden explores the attitudes women have towards aging skin, revealing that to some women, aging gracefully is worth more than a retirement fund.
- Nearly half (45%) of women under the age of 40 are more worried about aging gracefully than saving for retirement. This doesn’t mean that 401(k)s are being put on the back burner, but it is a powerful indication of just how concerned women are about aging.
- Women are willing to go to great lengths to look younger. 76% of women would be willing to do something extreme if it would reverse the aging process. Sacrifices include giving up social media for a year (33%), getting a cosmetic procedure (24%), and letting their roots grow out (22%). 1 in 5 (21%) would even be willing to give up sex for a year. With the right skincare regimen, the skin you want doesn’t have to be a sacrifice.
- Among women who currently have an anti-aging skin care routine, a majority (54%) think they look younger than their age. Take it from women who already have youthful looking skin – anti-aging products are key.
Still, 63 percent of women don't use anti-aging products daily. Integrating anti-aging products like PREVAGE Anti-aging Daily Serum and Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum into your everyday routine is one of the easiest ways to achieve younger looking skin.
||PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum protects and corrects the look of skin, helping shield it from environmental assaults and intercepting future aging signs to dramatically improve the look of sun-damaged skin. It's formulated with advanced Idebenone technology, the most powerful antioxidant available today*, which achieved an EPF® rating of 95.The Serum addresses major skincare concerns with proven results. Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and discolorations appear reduced. Redness and minor scars and existing sun damage look minimized. Skin looks firmer and more radiant.
||Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, the world’s leading capsule technology, helps support skin’s ability to retain moisture, enhance skin’s hydration and reduce the visible signs of aging with exclusive CLX (Ceramide Lipid Complex). CLX leverages the power of Ceramides 1 and 6, that help strengthen and restore the skin’s natural protective moisture barrier and help retexturize and smooth. Double Retinyl Technology diminishes the look of surface lines and wrinkles, and supports skin’s natural collagen for a more even tone. Vitamin E helps moisturize and protect skin and borage seed extract soothes and calms sensitive skin. Packaged airtight and sealed for effectiveness, these golden capsules are free of preservatives and emulsifiers.
Tights That Massage Your Legs!
Every woman out there knows the perils of a day on your feet. From a strenuous day at the office to an afternoon of shopping until you drop, your legs and feet need some serious TLC when the day is through.
Hanes Silk Reflections is fighting back with the launch of their new Pure Bliss tights! With breakthrough knitting technology combined with luxuriously soft yarns, these tights micro-massage legs as you move through your day. And with the ultra sheer hosiery invigorating and revitalizing your legs, those 8 hours in heels can be be a more spa-like experience!
Available in Opaque and Sheer, these tights are the perfect transition item into Fall. If you are going to be wearing hosiery as the temperatures dip, why not get a pair that not only makes you look fab, but makes you feel that way as well?! Plus since these tights retail for only $13/pair, no other massage out there can beat them for price.
Get Inspired by Paris Fashion Week with NYX's Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette!
At Paris Fashion Week not only did we see amazing fashions and accessories but also the hottest beauty looks in store for spring. From smokey eyes to pastel hues, the spring runways have already featured a wide variety of makeup looks. NYX Cosmetics’ Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette comes in 12 different color collections to help you achieve these backstage beauty looks from The City of Lights. From “Love Affair with Louis” in shimmery black and blue hues to “Madeleines and Macaroons” in the perfect nude and pink combination (my personal fave!), the 9-shadow Love in Paris palettes have you covered for any “Parisian Chic” occasion.The NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette is available on www.nyxcosmetics.com.
Hanz de Fuko’s NEW Mystery Product Revealed!
CLAYMATION : A Wax & Clay Hybrid
The makers of Hanz de Fuko, beloved by Hugh Jackman, Bruno Mars & David Beckham, are known for their inventive products. The guys behind HdF are stoked to reveal their latest and greatest and say that not since Quicksand (their much touted about dry shampoo/beachy next-day-hair concoction) has a revolutionary product hit the market. Drumroll please… enter Claymation — the ultimate hybrid product featuring half wax half clay for versatile styles and cutting edge options.
What makes it special? The “wax-half” makes it perfect on its own for classic or aggressive styles adding high hold with amazing texture. The “clay-half” absorbs nicely into hair fibers, coating them and providing an unparalleled type of texture, smoothness and hold that lasts throughout the day.
Claymation has a neutral finish that is not too shiny or too matte. The scent is a mild Carnauba. Style Tip: Emulsify in hands and apply after styling as the ultimate finishing product to be layered on as a final “clear-coat” to lock in style. The idea is similar to a hairspray, but it doesn’t harden.
Best of all: IT WASHES OUT EASILY! No wax product on the market can boast that it is petroleum-free, water-soluble, AND high holding!
PROTECT YOUR SKIN WITH AVON'S ANEW SKINVINCIBLE
||Would you like to make your skin look virtually immune to aging? Introducing ANEW CLINICAL Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream. Repairs the look of years of age damage. Diminish the look of lines, wrinkles and sunspots. A moisturizing night cream formulated with the world's 1st SmartRepair™ Technology.
||Help defend your skin against the visible effects of environmental skin damage with
ANEW CLINICAL SKINVINCIBLE Multi-Shield Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 . This lightweight, moisturizing lotion protects with an invisible barrier that helps shield skin from age damage. Formulated with our most advanced antioxidant complex ever, plus our highest SPF available, with Broad Spectrum SPF50. Suitable for sensitive skin. Fragrance free.
Fall Favorites from SMASHBOX
Check out a couple of my new fall favorites!
LIQUID HALO HD FOUNDATION
Think coverage with the added bonus of actually looking like natural skin! And because it works with the skin’s natural undertones, it’s sure to always have the exact match. This is why Liquid Halo HD Foundation is different: It’s the ONLY formula with state-of-the-art Liquid Light technology.
FADE TO BLACK BE LEGENDARY LIPSTICK
To-die-for NEW shades of Smashbox’s best-selling lipstick that’s become a cult favorite.
2 Shades: Cognac (warm nude), Black Cherry (sheer berry).
Organix - Spray Your Way to the Solution
Whether you want healthy and hydrated, long and strong, or sexy and voluminous – trust Organix to fulfill your hair care needs. Lavish your strands in the Luxurious Moroccan Argan Crème Sheer Hydration Leave-In Mist for silky, undeniably touchable strands. Mist the Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Instant Repair Weightless Healing Oil to fortify, nourish and build longer, stronger hair. If you want an immediate hair transformation, use the Moroccan Sea Salt Spray for instant tousled, beach-bombshell waves. No matter your desired look, Organix’ assortment of styling sprays provides the solution.
L'Occitane NEW Shea Flowers of Love Collection
L’OCCITANE has recently introduced a colorful Limited-Edition Shea Butter Collection, Shea Flowers of Love. The series adds a touch of cheer to winter by combining three unique scents (Rose Tenderness, Subtle Violet and Passionate Jasmine) with their signature ingredient, Shea Butter. Each of the three scents are available in:
Also included in the limited-edition collection is a “dressed up” version of L’OCCITANE’s classic Shea Butter Hand Cream, dubbed The Greatest Love of All Hand Cream ($28). As well as The Strongest Commitment Solidarity Soap in Rose Tenderness ($3) in which proceeds support the visually impaired in developing countries with the support of the L’OCCITANE Foundation.
L’OCCITNE’s Shea Collection is available at usa.loccitane.com
Join L’OCCITANE and YouTube Personality Jessica Harlow
For a Glam Holiday Shopping Event in New York City
L’OCCITANE will throw its first Glam Holiday Party with a special meet and greet hosted by YouTube Personality, Jessica Harlow, who will share her holiday beauty and shopping tips! Guests shopping the L’OCCITANE flagship boutique in New York’s Flatiron District will be treated to custom cocktails (with any $25 purchase) and enjoy complimentary signature L’OCCITANE beauty rituals such as hand massages, mini-facials and fragrance layering. With any $65 purchase, shoppers may also receive a L’OCCITANE Glam Survival Kit filled with L’OCCITANE favorites like Almond Shower Oil, Shea Butter Hand Cream, NEW! Fleur d’or & Acacia Lip Gloss, Verbena Eau de Toilette and Magic Key (a very clever accessory, made to savor every drop of the beloved Shea Butter Hand Cream). So stop by L’OCCITANE and celebrate this holiday season the Provençal way!
- WHO: L’OCCITANE and YouTube Personality Jessica Harlow
- WHERE: L’OCCITANE Flatiron Boutique - 170 5th Avenue @ 22nd Street
- WHY: Celebrate the season and get a jump-start on holiday shopping at L’OCCITANE’S Glam Party!
- WHEN: Thursday, November 7th 5:00PM-8:00PM
A Luxurious Scrub from Joey New York!
||Brighten up your complexion with Joey New York Quick Results Bye Bye Blackheads Gentle Peel Cleanser. This luxurious cleanser scrub is enriched with Young Green Tender Coconut Water packed with vitamins and minerals to help restore and soften your skin. Unlike most scrubs, Joey New York Quick Results Bye Bye Blackheads Gentle Peel Cleanser ($22.00 dermstore.com), isn’t harsh on your skin but will give you the deep clean you need. This cleanser relieves the look of dullness and stress instantly, without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
Burt's Bees Classic Collection!
Products that work stick around for the long run and in many cases, become classics. Whether it be the ingredients or convenient packaging, we all have our favorite products that we can’t live without and our reasons why. The products in the Burt’s Bees Classics Collection were a hit from the moment they launched – and are still cult favorites today. These wonderful products came about more than 20 years ago, using what soon became Burt’s Bees most well-known ingredient, beeswax. Taken straight from the beehive, such a simple ingredient became everyone’s favorite. The classics collection includes:
- Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm you’ll be sure to find this trusty balm in just about everyone’s pockets and purses. This favorite is best known for moisturizing with Vitamin E and peppermint oil. I know that I never leave home without it.
- Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is the perfect way to freshen up last week’s manicure. Give your cuticles some extra care with this Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter infused treat, your cuticles will look better in no time
- Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream moisturizes and shields the driest of hands with Sweet Almond Oil and Vitamin E. This glass container is pretty enough to leave out on your bathroom counter or on your desk at work – everyone will be dying to try it.
- Burt’s Bees Hand Salve is a heavy duty hand moisturizer that works great for both men and women. Enriched with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax this hand salve can be used on more than just your hands and is considered to be the perfect multi-tasker.
- Burt’s Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream is the the ideal hand cream for on the go, enriched with Shea Butter and botanical oils and perfect for everyday use.
- Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream revives and rejuvenates dry feet with coconut oil, rosemary and peppermint extract. Put on before bed and you’ll be sure to wake up to smooth soft feet.
- Burt’s Bees Res-q Ointment comforts any bumps and bruises with a blend of herbal ingredients. You’ll be thanking Burt, once that bruise disappears.
- To help celebrate the Burt’s Bees Classics Collection, we created a brand video that is now live on our YouTube Channel. We wanted to share the story behind the brand, in a fun way, and show how these products came about. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/user/burtsbeesvideos?feature=watch.
Be sure to also follow @burtsbeesus on our new Instagram account and on Vine @burtsbees, where we’ll be posting a series of fun 6 second classics videos to help celebrate this fan-favorite collection.
Mama Mio Fall Fitness
Just because summer is over doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to be too. Keep up the hard work all year round! And with Mama Mio to help, you might end up with an even more taught body than you did during warm weather months! Mama Mio offers two skin tightening, body toning solutions:
||Shrink-to-Fit ($56): An incredibly effective cellulite blasting serum set in a richly moisturizing cream. It is packed with the most effective, expensive cellulite busters, circulation stimulators and anti-oxidants, all included at very, very high levels to ensure we have made the best anti-cellulite cream
Skin Tight ($56): Giving both a short and long term benefit, the soy protein complex is an advanced tightening agent that helps smooth the skin’s surface while each of the other ingredients are investing in the longer term benefits of daily gentle exfoliation
Polished for Fall: Exfoliators by ESPA
Each season we clear away the old and usher in the new. Now with summer officially over, and fall in full swing, it’s time to turn over a new leaf for your new skin by indulging in ESPA’s exfoliating formulas that leave skin deeply cleansed, smoothed, and renewed.
Now, just in time for fall, experience the indulgent ingredients like exotic Bora Bora sand and crushed beach shells, right at home with ESPA’s best-selling exfoliators—Refining Skin Polish and Clarifying Skin Scrub.
||Refining Skin Polish ($50): With ESPA’s renowned refining Skin Polish, you can naturally brighten and even your complexion. This gentle cream lifts away dull and dead dry skin while revitalizing new skin below. Clear pores, lift impurities, balance uneven tone, and stimulate cell renewal with an award winning formula featuring Spherical Diatomaceous Earth. And to smooth, soften, and refine, nourishing Rose Damascena and Shea Butter infuse skin with extra vitality. Perfect for all skin types, especially dull, dry, or congested complexions, this invigorating treatment also leaves skin perfectly prepped to better absorb serums and moisturizers.
||Mens’ Clarifying Skinscrub ($47): For discriminating men who desire clear, smooth skin, ESPA’s exclusive Clarifying Skinscrub delivers deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation. For supple skin, despite the hazards of shaving, this luxe formula features rare Fossilised Particles to unblock pores, remove dulling dead skin cells, clear blackheads, and loosen ingrown hairs. Cooling Eucalyptus freshens and invigorates, while hydrating Moringa Seed Extract delivers essential moisture, and soothing Lavender provides naturally antibacterial blemish protection. When used prior to shaving, this stimulating scrub helps lift the beard to prevent ingrown hairs.
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