5 Top Spring-to-Summer Style Tips
With spring supposedly here (somehow the clouds keep finding their way in front of the sun) there is much to do. No no, I’m not talking spring cleaning. That can wait. Ugh, now I’m thinking about spring cleaning. Sigh…
Openly ignoring previous thought and moving on. Along with warmer weather, blossoming flowers and baby birdies come scrumptious new fashions, fabulous new accessories, achievable new goals and somewhat healthier habits. Something about the fresh spring air motivates us and inspires us to snap out of hibernation mode and step into spring as the chic and stylish women we know we are.
With a few simple changes you can usher in the new season without feeling overwhelmed. Now, since we have oodles of great ideas for spring and summer trends coming up, I thought I’d skip past that and offer a few simple tips that can get you into spring in just one week —this week! Read on, girls.
Number One: Glowing Complexion
Sunny weather forecasts call for a fresh skin care regimen, among other primping matters (aka mani/pedis, facials, massages, spray tans). They say the key to healthy, glowing, youthful skin is moisture. (They also say pregnancy can lead to that healthy glow but that’s somewhat of a massive commitment, no?) Always begin and end your day with a refreshing face wash followed by a superbly hydrating moisturizer. Moisture restores youthful elasticity and volume to skin, warding off wrinkles and other so-to-speak “skin imperfections.” And for those twirty girls looking for some serious Hollywood wrinkle reduction, you might want to check out Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (all five-star reviews!)
Also, remember your sunblock. While you may be hankering for an exotic tan after months of winter-pastiness, I absolutely forbid you to visit the tanning salon (think horrid wrinkles and sunspots on your face, neck and hands—the first places to show sun damage ). Your best bet is to avoid the sun altogether, but that's no fun, so just make sure you are covered. At least SPF 30—preferably SPF50 or higher on your face and neck. If you feel the need for that golden glow, try a great sunless tanning option. You can also use a tinted moisturizer as an alternative, and find your perfect shade of bronzer.
Number Two: Fit and Fabulous
The other key to fabulous skin is actually connected to your overall health. When you’re in shape you not only feel better, you look better. Your body looks smashing and your skin benefits from working out and eating well (as in healthy).
You don’t necessarily have to go out and join a gym in order to get in shape, though it helps to have some kind of support system from classes. Find something you enjoy so you’ll stick with it. For instance, both of my parents are avid runners but yours truly would rather die than run two-to-four miles a day. My solution: yoga. Now if I can only get Girly to join me! What am I thinking? All I have to do is show her all the adorable yoga wear and she'll be in lotus pose before you know it!
Number Three: Best Foot Forward
Flirty footwear is always one of the first signs of spring (those gorgeous tootsies have been out of action far too long—get thee a pedicure!), so naturally we begin with pumping up your shoe selection. What better way to literally put spring in your step? Here are some styles I’m loving this spring:
Number Four: Sassy Spring Style
Another great way to usher in spring is through, drum roll: your wardrobe. Natch. By purchasing a few spring staples you can easily work the season’s new colors and fashions into your current collection. You don’t have to re-invent the wheel—just update it! Trade your basic blah tank for something a little sassy. Just make a few smart purchases and you are well on your way to springy goodness.
Number Five: Accessories are a Girl's Best Friend!
Lastly, always remember to accessorize. Accessories allow the real you to shine through even the dullest of dress suits. I tend to also look toward jewelry for a simple accessorizing solution to whatever I’m donning that day. Pick up a long necklace or two for a quick and easy fix.
No matter what you are expected or required to wear, you can always bump it up with a fabulous handbag or great shoes. My fascination with aforementioned is certainly no secret here! After all, everyone knows that behind every successful woman is a great pair of heels!
Spring means starting fresh, so put your best foot forward and prep your heart away this weekend, ladies. Happy spring!
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This Mother’s Day, Vichy has gifts for moms of all ages with their wide variety of problem/solution skincare. See product details below for new moms, your mom and even your mom’s mom!
||NEW MOMS - Idealia: When baby-proofing your home, make sure to life-proof your skin! New moms are often exhausted and overwhelmed, which can wreak havoc on your complexion - however, Vichy’s Idealia collection grants illuminated, lit-from-within results, giving you one less stress to lose sleep over
||YOUR MOM - LiftActiv: Make the mommy memories last, not the wrinkles! Vichy’s LiftActiv visibly reduces wrinkles so users can see firmer, rejuvenated skin again. Key ingredient Rhamnose has similar results to Retinol without the harsh side effects.
||YOUR MOM’S MOM - Neovadiol: Just because a loved one feels the symptoms of menopause, that doesn’t mean they have to see them too. Neovadiol re-plumps skin with moisture, rehydrating and revitalizing the complexion.
Sunglasses Make the Best Mother's Day Gift
Mother’s Day is just around the corner and, let’s be honest, grocery store flowers and over crowded brunches are played out. This year, we’re encouraging mother-lovers to get mom something that is both fashionable and functional – especially with that summer sun just on the horizon. That’s right, we think every mom should be gifted a pair of ic! berlin glasses this Mother’s Day．
What makes ic! berlin frames unique is that we ditched the screws that traditional glasses use long ago and created our own patented interlocking hinges. Our eyewear is 100% made in everyone’s new favorite creative haven – Berlin, Germany – and has been for more than 20 years. Each and every one of our frames features high quality materials, which makes ic! berlin glasses virtually indestructible – and a favorite of such moms as Alicia Keys and Heidi Klum.
Depending on the style, the MSRP for ic! berlin’s frames is between $479 - $600 USD and its frames can be purchased at boutique optical shops around the world
Philip Stein's Color Collection
Mom just loves a pop of color! (And so do you, right?) This Spring/Summer add an eye-catching sports watch to your wardrobe with Philip Stein’s new Colors Collection. The new line of vibrant watches will be available in a variety of bright colors, such as turquoise, orange, yellow, red and purple. Each piece is crafted with a refined attention to detail that flows seamlessly into the wearer's active lifestyle. Each watch is designed with a quartz dial movement and a steel round or yellow gold plated case, with some styles featuring a mother of pearl dial or crystal markers and a comfortable silicone strap. Available for men and women and will retail online at www.philipstein.com from $250.00 - $325.00 each
Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for the Clean Freak
Surprise mom with the best of technology; Conair’s Turbo Extreme Steam this Mother’s Day. This home device is a safe and easy way to freshen furniture, pillows and draperies throughout the entire house and an out of the box gift she is sure to love. Not only is it a remarkable cleaning appliance, it is the most cost and time effective laundry accessory on the market with heat up time of only 40 seconds. Helping keep the house sanitary and refreshed, this home device will be mom’s favorite gift this year and will make her cleaning routine a whole lot easier!
MORE ABOUT THE TURBO EXTREMESTEAM BY CONAIR:
The ExtremeSteam is the most powerful handheld steamer on the market
Professionally-engineered with a Turbo setting, it combines the performance of an iron with the power of steam for a hotter, faster, more effective steaming experience
Stands up on its own – is easy to use and simple to store
Reaches temperatures up to 50% hotter than traditional steamers, delivering 50% more steam for 67% faster results
It takes 40-seconds heat up and a 7.3-ounce water tank keep this steamer going for up to 15 minutes
The quilted aluminum steamer plate performs like an iron for a fresh-pressed look.
There’s a built-in creaser, as well as a 3-in-1 attachment with a silicone band to pull fabric taut, a delicate fabric spacer to protect trims and safely steam fine fabrics, and a bristle brush to ensure steam penetrates the fibers for the perfect press, even on heavy fabric.
Mother's Day Must-Haves
Mother’s Day is approaching and it’s time think about what to get the woman who means the world to you. Luckily, Mally Beauty, Molton Brown and TULA have the right products to pamper and treat your mom on this special occasion.
||Mally Beauty H3 Lipglosses
Give your mother the gift of shiny and moisturized lips with Mally Beauty H3 Lipglosses. Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfect pastel shine every time. Available in shades: Sweet Peach, Pinky Daisy, Orchid Berry, Shimmering Nude and Perfect Nude
||Molton Brown Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Bath & Shower Gel
Treat your mom to the indulgent, rich scent of Molton Brown’s Delicious Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel. Filled with moisturizing rose extract topped with a zesty aroma of mandarin, this product brings a delightful moment to any ordinary shower routine.
||TULA Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment
Your mom deserves the best. Give her softer, plumper and hydrated skin with TULA’s Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment. It targets fine lines and wrinkles, reduces pore size and nourishes skin. Made with bacillus coagulan ferment (a probiotic strain), the bacteria work to increase the skin’s elasticity while fighting signs of aging. The formula also contains a blend of watermelon and fruit extracts to provide an instant and prolonged boost of hydration for the day
The Ultimate Beauty Gift Guide for Mom
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and last thing you want is to be scrambling for the perfect gift! Trust me – been there way too many times! If you can’t afford a fancy gadget or a luxurious day at the spa, consider putting together a customized beauty package full of products that will relax, pamper and beautify mom to ensure she feels like her best self on her special day. From makeup tools to hair care and skincare, we’ve got you covered!
For the Glamourous Mom:
For the Get Up and Go Mom:
||The Beachwaver Co. Coast Pro Ceramic and Titanium Professional Styling Irons
No time for a step-by-step blowout? No problem! The Coast Pro™ provides professional quality results in minutes and is perfect for curly, coarse and thick hair. Available in ceramic and titanium plates. The titanium plates evenly distributes heat, resulting in even faster styling and maximum frizz reduction. Touch Sense technology monitors the iron to reduce heat during non-use and automatically returns to previous temperature when touched.
||L’ANZA Healing Style Dry Texture Spray
Save mom an extra step when she doesn’t have time to style her hair. This professional-quality dry shampoo heals hair to boost body, texture & support. Invisible natural mineral clay powder absorbs excess oil, leaving hair weightless while L’ANZA’s unique Keratin Healing System heals hair to boost structural integrity.
||Bosley Professional Strength BosVolumize Texturizing Spray
Bosley Professional Strength’s popular Volumizing & Thickening Hairspray has been reborn as containing a weightless, volumizing formula. Mom will love this easy must-have that creates gorgeous summer hairstyles in seconds – perfect for a busy mom on the go.
For the Mom That Needs a Morning"Pick-Me-Up":
Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift
Help mom brighten tired eyes with Dermalogica’s new high-performance eye treatment that energizes the skin and reduces visible signs of stress. This two-in-one eye masque visibly reduces the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, instantly brightens and lifts the eye area, and helps restore the skin barrier. A cooling massage applicator serves to energize skin, which is just what mom needs to refresh and revitalize in the mornings!
For the Mom Who Doesn’t Believe Age Is Just a Number:
Dermalogica Age Smart Starter Kit
This kit for mature/prematurely-aging skin helps block biochemical triggers that lead to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and tone while firming and renewing skin. Contains Skin Resurfacing Cleanser (1 oz.): a highly active lactic acid concentrate that helps retexturize skin suffering from visible signs of aging by removing dulling surface debris and helping accelerate cell turnover. Antioxidant Hydramist (1 oz.): a freshening peptide toner that creates a hydrating antioxidant shield over skin to help reduce fine dryness lines and prevent the signs of aging. Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (0.5 oz.): an ultra-replenishing mask that helps rescue stressed, aging skin. MAP-15 Regenerator™ (0.02 oz.): a highly active vitamin C concentrate that helps minimize multiple signs of aging. Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50 (0.34 oz.): a moisturizer that helps minimize skin triggers with a medium-weight texture and broad spectrum SPF 50 protection. Multivitamin Power Firm (0.17 oz.): a powerful firming complex that helps combat lines around the delicate eye area.
For the Well-Traveled Mom:
PHYTOKERATINE Extreme Exceptional Transformation Trio
Gift mom with this glamorous, high-quality travel pouch containing must-have items from PHYTO Paris’ luxurious PHYTOKERATINE range:
· Mini PHYTOKERATINE Extreme Shampoo that gently cleanses and repair deep-down providing silky, shiny hair
· Mini PHYTOKERATINE Extreme Mask that nourishes and repairs each hair fiber to renew hair with ultimate softness, suppleness and shine
· Award-winning mini PHYTOKERATINE Extreme Exceptional Cream to transform the driest, most damaged strands into sublimely shiny, soft to the touch, beautifully resilient tresses
RINGLY's New Collection Launching
for Mother's Day
||Perfectly timed to Mother’s Day, smart jewelry company RINGLY’s new spring collection is available now with a suite of new styles and lifestyle features. Perfect for all moms — working or simply always on-the-go —these stylish and functional bracelets and rings allow customize mobile alerts through vibration and light so whether at the dinner table, out with friends, or in an important meeting, moms (and women everywhere) can stay connected without being glued to their phones. Imagine never having to worry about missing that call from the nanny, again!
More on RINGLY
RINGLY is an activity tracker, so not only functional, but attractive and stylish (unlike other bulky, masculine-looking wearables). So it helps maintain peace of mind and lead a more balanced and healthy lifestyle, without having to sacrifice personal style.
It is also the original smart jewelry (it actually launched the category), and the brand's rings and bracelets allow the wearer to stay on top of daily activity and notifications discreetly, so a beat is never missed. They track steps, distance, and calories burned. Syncing to more than 100 apps, wearers can also customize mobile alerts to the jewelry through vibration and subtle light.
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Introducing the New Gourmand Collection
from Molton Brown
Inspired by the success of their Delicious Rhubarb and Rose Collection, Molton Brown released a new set of scents inspired by delectable desserts. These exquisite scents are made with the best seasonal ingredients sourced from the English country side, celebrating Molton Brown’s history. Each product is a lavish addition to your vanity.
Molton Brown Comice Pear & Wild Honey: Delectable. Nectarous. Blithe. This fragrance opens with crunchy green leave accords, refreshed by subtle hints of bergamot and layered with light petals and gardenia. The heart reveals a juicy pear embellished by jasmine and lily of the valley before evolving into a gourmand base of mouth-watering honey caramel and biscuit.
Available in the Fine Liquid Hand Wash ($28), Hand Lotion ($34) and Hand Cream ($15)
Molton Brown Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower: Whimsical. Nostalgic. Ambrosial. This sumptuous powdery fragrance opens on fresh violet leaf and dewy freesia tonalities. The violet is magnified in heart by a rich bouquet of rose lingering into a sensuous base where swirls of vanilla take the lead on a bed of Tonka and musk.
Available in the Bath & Shower Gel ($30) and Body Lotion ($42) Single Wick Candle ($49)
Oscar Blandi’s Jasmine Collection
When Jasmine flowers bloom it never happens gradually. All at once they blossom filling the air with their intoxicating scent to announce the arrival of spring. In an attempt to capture that moment, Oscar Blandi Hair Care made Jasmine their signature scent. The fragrance of the below products will get you in the mood for spring and help keep your strands sleek, shiny and strong despite April showers!
Jasmine Oil Serum
This vitamin E infused serum administers instant definition and light reflection to dull hair while adding strength and anti-frizz benefits. Completed with the scent of essential oils jasmine, ylang ylang and eucalyptus, hair is provided with a natural, nondrying perfume.
Price: $35.00 (1.6 fl oz) travel size $16.00 (.67 fl oz)
Polish Blow Out Crème
Hair is smooth and frizz-free with the help of jasmine flower extracts, keratin, sweet almond oil and vitamin E while hydrolyzed quinoa nourishes hair to provide strength and improve elasticity.
Price: $25 (4.2 fl oz)
Polish Glossing Crème
Hair is left glossy and sleek with weightless non-drying silicones preventing frizz & flyaways. Kertatin proteins enhance sheen and protect from heat damage, finishing with a subtle jasmine scent.
Price: $25 (4.2 fl oz) travel size $12.00 (1.7 fl oz)
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