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Spruce up Your Style & Favorite Earth Day Picks
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 Style: 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!
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
3Strands Global - The Eco Friendly, Fashionable Brand that Gives Back
3Strands Global is an eco-friendly fashion brand created in 2012 working to fight human trafficking around the world. With the sale of every 3Strands handmade bracelet and gift box, money is raised to help empower, teach and employ young women who have been rescued from the evils of human trafficking. Profits from 3Strands helps to support organizations like Agape International Mission (AIM), based in Cambodia, that help to rescue and restore these young victims.
3Strands bracelets are handmade by rescued young women in Cambodia. The bracelets are made from wax-cotton cord that is dyed with eco-friendly chemicals and materials for treatment, processing, coloring and finishing. The woven bracelets each feature a signature 3Strands metal closure with the words “freedom, love and empowerment” appearing on the closure made to purposefully remind the wearer of the trafficking survivor who made it. The incorporation of a single red string, barely visible inside the center of each bracelet, illustrates the souls of these women and how they are practically invisible to those who have bought and sold them in the past. Every bracelet displays one fragile, red seed from the pods of Sandalwood trees, native to Cambodia. The discovery of seeds from the native Sandalwood tree were literally underfoot. From this litter of dry, colorless pods, the women select a fragile red seed to include in each bracelet they make. The natural beauty of this glossy, recycled, scarlet seed represents the beauty in each of the women who have been freed and empowered with a hope for the future. To Don Brewster, founder of AIM, these once discarded seedpods equate well with the human trafficking industry. Each 3Strands bracelet proudly carries with it a reminder of the inner beauty of its creator along with their personal signature.
For more information check out 3strandsglobal.com
Go Green with Pampering Products
for Mom & Baby
It’s time to go green! This Earth Day, stock up on products that are not only gentle on mom and their little one, but also Mother Earth. Noodle & Boo, the premier leader in luxury skin and hair care products for newborns, children and “mamas-to-be” is the answer for discerning moms who demand nothing but the very best for themselves and their little ones.The innovative product line contains sustainable, plant-based ingredients derived from natural resources that won’t harm developing babies or nursing newborns, giving moms the peace of mind they crave. All product formulas are pediatrician and dermatologist tested for sensitive skin to ensure they are safe to use while still delivering outstanding results. In addition, Noodle & Boo products are recyclable, nontoxic and biodegradable, and never tested on animals. Products you can feel good using – inside and out!
For the mama-to-be
- Elasticity Oil – an organic blend of sunflower and jojoba seed oil relieves dry and sensitive skin while grape seed oil and Vitamin E regenerate skin helping to avoid stretch marks and enhance elasticity
- Perfecting Crème - a sophisticated peptide compound helps prevent stretch marks while ultra- rich cocoa butter and avocado oil leave skin soft and smooth
- Afterglow Gel – a light gel that is refreshingly effective in improving improve skin firmness, tone and texture post-pregnancy
- The Balm – a fruit-derived blend of bilberry, lemon, orange, sugar cane and sugar maple extract offer a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids that gently exfoliate rough skin.
- Newborn 2-in-1 Hair & Body Wash – this high moisture formula nourishes and conditions delicate skin and hair without stripping baby’s natural moisture. Soap free and tearless, the body is a mild, dermatologist and pediatrician tested formula
- Play Day Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen – a lightweight, non-oily and water resistant sunscreen fortified with aloe and Vitamin E for babies 6 months and older to defend against UVA and UVB rays.
- Essential Care Kit – a perfect baby skin care kit for at home or on the go, which includes three signature products – Super Soft Lotion, Extra Gentle Shampoo and Soothing Body Wash – that are mild enough for daily use on newborns and babies with sensitive skin.
- Ultimate Ointment - developed for eczema and diaper rash, as well as cracked, ultra dry, and chapped skin, this ointment contains Pro Vitamin B and Vitamin E to hydrate the skin while zinc oxide protects and enhances the natural healing process
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!
Everyday bags that give back
||Raven and Lily’s Nimol Everyday Bags ($78) are as unique as the women who make them. These bags are made out of love by formerly sex trafficked women artisans in Cambodia. You see, Raven + Lily is a socially responsible lifestyle brand that is dedicated to making a positive difference in women’s lives and empowering them through design. Hand-printed in Cambodia, these eco-friendly tote bags are made with natural-dyed, remnant materials, and hand-woven cotton that is adorned with sturdy leather handles, practical for any kind of travel.
||The purchase of each of Sseko Designs’ Accent Tote Bag ($240) empowers and educates women in Uganda. From a casual handbag to a great accessory to take with you on any vacation, these on-the-go tote bags can easily carry your weekend essentials. Not only are they practical, but each purchase of Sseko Designs provides scholarships to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty in Uganda.
Earth Day - Help Plant a Forest
Lavanila doesn’t celebrate Earth Day – they celebrate Earth MONTH.
Known for its 100% all-natural fragrances and deodorants, Lavanila will dedicate the entire month of April to working with The Nature Conservancy, on their Plant a Billion Trees campaign.
Lavanila will plant two trees for every:
- new order on Lavanila.com;
- new “Like” on Lavanila’s Facebook page;
- new twitter follower;
- and new instagram follower throughout the month.
While encouraging fans to spread the word about this exciting Earth Day campaign, Lavanila will also offer 30% off all online purchases to everyone once 1,000 new trees have been planted.
Join Lavanila to help save the Earth two trees at a time.
Lavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon
The Scent for Spring!
Looking for a new spring scent? Search no further than Lavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Make an airy impression with this modern citrus blend of crisp lemon, fresh bamboo, lush watery fruits and pure Madagascar vanilla – sure to be the brand’s cleanest take on vanilla yet!
The Fresh Vanilla Lemon Collection Includes:
- The Healthy Fragrance: Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance in Fresh Vanilla Lemon is beautifully made using pampering, natural ingredients.
- The Healthy Deodorant: A breakthrough in natural deodorants that delivers mighty protection against odor. For invigorating confidence, The Healthy Deodorant leaves behind a delicate trail of light citrus and powdery vanilla.
- The Healthy Roller-Ball: Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able fragrance lets you dab on lemon goodness whenever you need a quick refresher. The perfect perfume pick-me-up
L'Occitane Celebrates Earth Day!
For over 30 years, L’Occitane has ensured that all of their products are created with completely natural and sustainable ingredients throughout the entire production chain. From the preparation and planting to the harvesting and distillation of the plants, L’Occitane is constantly monitoring each step to guarantee that every ingredient meets all standards and regulations.
This Earth Day (April 22nd), it is more important than ever that we all take part in making our environment stronger. L’Occitane’s Eco-Refills are a great place to start your endeavor to become more eco-conscious. L’Occitane offers some of their best selling shampoos, conditions, liquid soaps, face cleansers, body washes and oils in these amazingly convenient Eco-Refills.
L’Occitane Eco-Refills retail from $20 - $44 and may be purchased at usa.loccitane.com
CHOOZE - The Ecofriendly Shoe
With celebrity moms like Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry putting these shoes on their children's feet, should come to no surprise that CHOOZE is an ecologically responsible brand!
CHOOZE shoes are matched but never the same, and are always eco-friendly! Wearing two tastefully different shoes inspires creativity and empowers children to have the confidence to make a difference in the world. An easy first step to having a positive impact is wearing shoes that only use vegan materials in manufacturing. With a full collection of cute and fun boys and girls styles, kids will want to sport these eco-friendly shoes year round! Chooz also has a fantastic selection of shoes for women.
CHOOZE takes eco consciousness a step further by creating "Art Boxes" instead of shoe boxes. These reusable boxes made form recycled cardboard are meant to be colored on and have a handle, so that they can be used over and over again for whatever the child's imagination desires.
And in case you are not sold yet on brand doing enough good, CHOOZE is a Good Returns Company, meaning it invests its profits in anti-poverty programs through micro-finance loans. These programs provide support, training, educations, and loans to women so they can start their own businesses to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
Shop the collection and learn more about the brand on:www.choozeshoes.com
Happy Earth Day from Burt’s Bees!
Celebrate Earth Day by bringing a whole new dimension of color and shine to your lips with Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses, Lip Shines and Tinted Lip Balms. Burt’s Bees has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for over 25 years. The company creates products for total skin health that keep The Greater Good™ top of mind. No petrochemicals, phthalates, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate. Not tested on animals.
||Burt’s Bees Lip Gloss – 0.2oz A revolution in vibrant color and pearlescent gloss that doesn’t skimp on nourishing moisture. Inspired by the seasons and formulated with 100% natural ingredients, the new Lip Glosses capture the beauty of dynamic nature in a tube. Infused with moisturizing botanical oils and Beeswax, the glosses nourish and soften while delivery long-lasting, rich color. Available in twelve different shades: Autumn Haze, Fall Foliage, Sweet Sunset, Sunny Day, Ocean Sunrise, Rosy Dawn, Spring Splendor, Summer Twilight, Evening Glow, Ruby Moon, Nearly Dusk and Starry Night.
||Burt’s Bees Lip Shines – 0.5oz A breakthrough 100% natural formula that gives lips a wash of sheer, glassy color and nourishing hydration. While some conventional formulas can leave lips sticky or worse, parched, Burt’s Bees harnesses the power of nature to give your pout a little pop of color and lustrous shine that feels great and helps care for your lips. Available in six expression-inspired shades: Whisper, Blush, Wink, Flutter, Pucker and Smooch
LaLicious Sugar Reef & Save Our Shores Collaboration
In honor of Earth Day 2013, all-natural bath and body line, LaLicious, will collaborate for a second year with Save Our Shores (SOS), the oldest marine conservation group in the Monterey Bay region. Paying homage to the beauty of the ocean that inspired the LaLicious Sugar Reef collection, the brand will donate 20% of ALL Sugar Reef sales during the month of April from their website to Save Our Shores whose core mission is to care for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy, and citizen action.
Price: Sugar Reef Whipped Body Soap - $18; Sugar Reef Sugar Soufflé Scrub - $34; Sugar Reef Body Butter - $25; Sugar Reef Body Oil - $24 available at www.lalicious.com
I just adore the Sugar Reef Sugar Souffle Scrub! The BEST way to start the morning!
NCLA Life Is A Beach Collection 2013
The Los Angeles darlings are staying environmentally-friendly on the fingertips with their 5-free, non-toxic lacquers. This Spring, NCLA, has once again introduced a playful twist on Los Angeles living, but this time the inspiration is sunshine and shopping (think: Cluesless). These four exclusive pastel shades channel your inner California girl.
REEF for Earth Day!
Key Reef sandals have an organic foam that biodegrades faster in landfills. Reef also has developed and incorporated Coconut Stretch, a material made from discarded coconut husks, into their boardshorts along with recycled polyester. Finally, much of Reef's woman's Bella Costas are constructed with woven textiles made by artisans from Guatemala, Uganda and now with the West African nation of Togo in conjunction with their We Heart initiative, which works to create economic stimulus in developing regions by employing local craftsmen.
The concept behind the We Heart Collection is to partner with skilled and talented artisans in developing countries around the world to help share their crafts, while also providing a source of income and promoting sustainable sourcing. Reef purchases their handmade crafts, in turn providing a source of income to help grow their businesses and build their communities.
Key REEF sandal styles incorporate ECO ONE™ foam, which is an organic additive that enhances the biodegradation process allowing all EVA components of the sandal to biodegrade in an active landfill. The use of the new technologyis one part of Reef’s Reef Redemption Program. The Phantom Player, a comfortable, water friendly synthetic nubuck upper is crafted with a compression molded EVA footbed and light weight construction for wearers on the go. All EVA components of the sandal are made with ECO ONE™ foam. Another key style, the Rodeo Flip, has a lightweight balanced construction and engineered anchor system to remove all glue from the process of construction, in addition to the ECO ONE™ components.
Coconut Stretch Boardshorts
‘Coconut Stretch' is a new fabric made from discarded coconut husks and is a functional fabric for surfers and logical alternative to non-renewable textiles. The new fabric designed with quick dry, odor fighting and built in UV protection isincorporated into Reef’s Spring 2013 line of boardshorts and will include a special collaboration with Cyrus Sutton. The new line will range in price from $65-$80.
Reef ‘Coconut Stretch’ is a renewable yarn made from discarded and landfill bound coconut husks. Reef has developed this technology to deliver boardshort fabrics with properties that dry faster, create less odor and provide added UV protection. While utilizing ‘Coconut Stretch’ in select boardshorts as well as recycled polyester, over eighty percent of the boardshort styles will be constructed with eco-conscious materials.
'Surfer, blogger, DIY enthusiast, EMMY award winning film director and lover of all things outdoors, Cyrus Sutton, has joined creative minds with the Reef apparel team for one of the signature ‘Coconut Stretch’ styles called the Cy Stripe. The line is a reflection of Cy’s affinity for the outdoors and his balanced appreciation for modern and vintage styling.
Kiss the Earth in Celebration of Earth Day with Kiss My Face
As Earth Day approaches we are reminded to keep the planet in mind when purchasing everyday items. Kiss My Face, a pioneer in the natural and organic industry, offers an entire line of green body care products. The brand uses only sustainable, plant based ingredients that are gentle to people and the planet and post consumer, recycled packaging. So go green and replace your existing beauty products with these eco-alternatives that work to reduce your carbon footprint and minimize waste imposed on the environment.
Kiss My Face Moisture Shaves
- Antiseptic peppermint cools and stimulates the skin
- Olive oil, aloe vera and coconut oil moisturize and heal the skin
- Soapwort, a lathering herb, cleanses the skin and reduces acne
- Lady’s mantle, sage, horsetail and orange flower act as astringents with styptic properties
- Vitamins A and E nourish and moisturize for healthy skin
- Available in Pomegranate Grapefruit, Green Tea & Bamboo, Fragrance Free, Cool Mint, Key Lime, Patchouli and Lavender & Shea
Kiss My Face Shower & Bath Gels
- Combine hydrotherapy with aromatherapy to cleanse, soothe and invigorate
- Skin balancing botanicals like bergamot, jasmine and lavender leave skin refreshed
- Aloe vera heals, while olive oil superbly moistures
- Available in Rough Thyme, Silky Soft, Early to Bed, Early to Rise, Active Athletic, Anti-Stress, Cold & Flu and Peaceful Patchouli
Kiss My Face Moisture Hand Soaps
- An effective moisture soap for all skin types
- Wash often without worry of drying
- Contains a naturally nourishing blend of olive oil, aloe, herbs, flowers and vitamins carefully selected to both gently cleanse and soften
- Available in Olive & Aloe, Sonora Almond, Anjou Pear, Fragrance Free, Tea Tree, Lavender Shea, Pomegranate Acai and Coconut
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!