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Top Summer Style & Beauty Tips
This summer is positively zipping by! Not that this past month hasn't been without plenty of drama and excitement. It’s easy to look back on it all now that I sit here comfortably in my fave sandals and Bermudas sipping ice cold lemonade. And to be quite honest, it’s generally easy to look back on drama when it was never yours to begin with!
Unsurprisingly, the drama revolved around She She Me, aka my favorite sister-in-law. Ignoring the smaller happenings, there was the semi-recent discovery of her adorable little puppy's secret hoard of once-chic accessories. It’s amazing what you’ll find when rearranging the living room furniture! The poor dear; she thought she’d just misplaced that gorgeous Kate Spade scarf but as it happens the once-gorgeous wrap has been chewed to stringy bits! And we would both prefer to forget what happens when a fluffy pup gets hold of one’s favorite clutch — at least we think that’s what the leathery bits came from. We don’t want to put much more thought into the remains we discovered.
In the excitement area, however, Hubby received an awesome promotion which kicked off our summer on the beaches of Maui! Yes, in his covert ways Hubby surprised me with a week-long getaway, complete with pungent leis and scrumptious luaus. Naturally I can’t complain about such a fabulous surprise, but I must say I was caught just a tad off guard and did not look beach-worthy with my über pasty legs (courtesy of my Irish heritage—thanks Nana) and less-than-summery selection of tops in my wardrobe.
Of course I didn’t let any of this stop me from popping on my beachy shades and shouting “Aloha!” to this blessed holiday from the smoky, hazy air (darn these summer wildfires), not to mention taking full advantage of the opportunity to update said less-than-summery tops with a gorgeous selection of very summery tops, tanks, camis and sundresses. Oh, and wedges, skimmers, beach-y flats, sweet sandals and flip-flops! However, having recently arrived back in somewhat-sunny California I have made it this past week’s task to kick full-swing into summer gear and it was my every intention to share this plan with my girls.
Behold Girly’s five step guide on how to get the summer look:
ONE: Hit the gym. Kick each day off with a good workout. Yes, this does mean sweat is involved—after all, a sweatless workout is, well, not a workout. I’ve taken the circuit approach at my local gym—I get a great full-body workout in about 30 minutes. A good workout is a physically, mentally and emotionally beneficial start to each day. Not to mention the bonus— totally kickin' swimsuit bod! Also, I get to wear really cute workout duds.
TWO: Freshen up! The first step to healthy skin is to exfoliate. I’ve picked up some awesome body scrubs to really get my skin a-glowin’. Exfoliating not only gives your skin a fresh and healthy glow, it also preps your skin to absorb moisture and color. This is especially beneficial if you like to use self-tanning products. Properly exfoliated skin will absorb color more evenly and will have a more natural radiance.
THREE: After my refreshing shower I slather some ultra moisturizing lotion from head to toe. And don’t forget the sunscreen! The key to wrinkle-free skin is one word: shade. Since living life in the shade isn’t exactly possible for most of us, however, remember to always apply sunscreen generously as part of your morning routine. And reapply often!!
FOUR: Dress the part. Yes, girls, this is the fun part:
- Color. Nix the blacks, browns and blahs. If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to introduce festive color into your wardrobe. The hottest colors this season follow the normal summer route of refreshing citrus, melons and beachy tones. Think of summer fruits and tropical flowers to follow the bright trends, and follow the colors of the beach scene (think sand, tropical ocean, beach grasses and clouds) for a more relaxed and calm feel.
- Shoe-ins. The gladiator finds a home in dressy heels and flat sandals for Summer 2014. Also popular are bold prints, strappy wedges and sizzling thongs, all styles to let your toes breathe and show off your fresh summer pedi.
- Bathing suits seem to have taken a very sexy turn this year. One pieces will be found with sassy cutaways and plunging necklines — and check out the monokini, pumping up the curves and bringing back the ‘80s. Bikinis cover the gamut from sporty to as bare as you dare. Be sure to choose something you feel confident in so you’ll look your best.
- Finishing touches, like earthy bracelets, colorful earrings and great necklaces, make a statement when paired with the simpler styles of summer.
FIVE: Femme it up with the occasional (read: weekly) mani/pedi, facial or (read: AND) spa indulgence of your choice. Nothing will help you feel more summery than getting in touch with your girly side. I’m finding these fab Nicole by OPI Nic’s Sticks very convenient for an at-home (or in-office) touchup or quick fix when I don’t have time to hit the salon.
Time to jump into summer before she passes us by, girls! Enjoy the sun and get the look.
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She She Me & Girly's Favorite Things
Mally Beauty - July Offer!
MallyBeauty.com is offering 25% off of their Believable Bronzer for the entire month of July! What better time than now to get your hands on a one-stop professional makeup system that gives you an effortless, sun-kissed glow.
Mally Beauty Believable Bronzer (retails for: $49.50, now: $37.13): The secret is in using these three powders to achieve that glow-from-within look--a tanning powder for all over color, a shimmer to highlight, and a beautiful sun-kissed shade that's designed to make your cheeks glow. Unlike traditional bronzers, there is no shimmer in Mally Beauty’s bronzer formula. Instead, the bronzer works in tandem with a warm blush and a sheer shimmer. This allows you to apply color and highlights specific areas of your face, as the sun naturally does, instead of all over. Shades are available in Lighter and Deeper.
Flirty Florals and Chic Chiffon for Summer
For gorgeous feminine style check out some of our favorite summer styles from Princess Vera Wang:
Edgy Summer Curls with KMS California
How to make summer curls more edgy and fashion forward ~ by KMS California guest hair stylist, Joi Fresche.
Rag Roll it!
Shampoo & condition with KMS Curl Up then apply KMS Wave Foam all over.
Wrap the hair around a rag (piece of cotton, like t-shirt fabric, found at any hardware store in packs inexpensively) then tie into a knot.
Repeat all over the head, considering where you want your part to be and position off the part.
Let set until dry or under heat. Untie rags and pull out with fingers.
Use the KMS Tame Frizz de-frizz oil to separate and pull apart.
Keep those Lips Soft, Protected and Kissable this Summer!
Don’t forget about your lips! Be smart about all over sun protection and use Sun Bum lip balms and After Sun Cooling products for an effective, comfortable Summer experience!
SPF Lip Balm
Available in SPF 30
Broad Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection with Parsol 1789
Hypoallergenic, Paraben-Free and PABA-Free
Gluten-free and suitable for vegans
Sweet Scents of Summer with Glowology Skincare
Glow-ology® was imagined to inspire women to feel Positively Beautiful. Our luxurious body lotions, refreshing body washes, and gentle hand creams feature skin-nurturing formulas with uplifting scents. Our commitment is to provide women with a complete line of wholesome and natural bath and body products that pamper and improve the appearance of their skin, while indulging the spirit through relaxation and restoration. Made in the USA from wholesome ingredients and with environmentally safe processes.
smile. wish. believe.
This energetic fragrance opens with invigorating top notes of juniper and pineapple. The middle emerges softly with peony and freesia, counterbalanced with violet leaf and neroli. It dries down with vetiver, sandalwood and musk.
imagine. discover. begin.
This clean, fresh fragrance opens with crisp white cotton and ocean notes. The middle emerges with a floral burst of blue freesia and jasmine, accented with green pear. It finishes with a fusion of ocean, musk, sandalwood, vanilla and amber.
renew. thrive. flourish.
This fragrance opens with an ocean breeze and ozone top notes, giving off a clean fresh, airy energy. The floral middle emerges softly with jasmine, ylang, orange blossom and water lily notes. It dries down with a sandalwood and musk accord
heart. mind. soul.
This sweet cherry blossom fragrance opens with sparkling top notes of pineapple and leafy greens. The middle emerges with a floral cherry blossom, mimosa and rose fusion. It dries down with a blend of woods softened with vanilla, amber and musk
Your Ticket to the Flower Show from OLIVIA BURTON
Olivia Burton's all new Flower Show collection taps into the floral trend pulled straight from the Fall runways. The designing duo behind Olivia Burton, Jemma Fennings and Lesa Bennett, put their own stylish spin on things, drawing inspiration from fresh flowers and beautiful blossoms. Each Flower Show watch features a dial filled with gorgeous printed petals, complemented by soft genuine leather straps in classic colors.
Orico London is Crazy for Coconuts with NEW Coco Spritz
Think: Detoxify and awaken your skin
This summer, Orico is crazy for coconuts!
This refreshing toner with ultra-hydrating Coconut Water and Cocoa Seed utilizes the most advanced scientific, natural and bioactive ingredients to cleanse, nourish and protect skin from the everyday impurities and stressors of city living.
Did you know that Coconut Water is an excellent humectant and intensely hydrated and locks in moisture to encourage a healthy, radiant complexion? It is packed with nutrients that provide anti-bacterial and antioxidant benefits to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
In addition to Coconut Water, each bottle of Streetwise Coco Spritz also contains:
Cocoa Seed Extract: Fights the aging process by restoring skin’s natural balance
Mango Fruit Extract: Helps guard against free radicals while brightening skin for a radiant glow
Papaya Fruit Extract: Hydrates the skin while keeping it smooth and soft
Aloe Vera: Minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while stimulating collagen and elastin synthesis
Orange Flower Water: Offers calming aromatherapy throughout the day while it helps to hydrate, tone and soothe skin
Beat the Heat with KMS California!
Beat the heat by cutting your blow drying time in half! KMS California FREESHAPE quick blow dry speeds up drying time up to 50%. This is the perfect product to get you out the door in no time during these hot summer days. Just spray, blow, and you’re good to go!
It is also a great detangler, and gives a gentle glistening sheen to your hair. One of the best products I have found for summer hair care!!
AELLA- from Paris to the Hamptons: the Perfect Travel Pant: 1 piece many different looks
From Paris, NYC to St. Barth's to the Hamptons, it’s all about jet setting this year! Since we know how precious suitcase space is and how every extra inch counts, AELLA has solved the issue of how to easily look chic while traveling. Whether it is travel for business or for pleasure, AELLA is keeping you stylish whether strolling through the Parisian markets to sauntering right into an elegant dinner party.
Regardless if the choice is the culottes trend, the classic skinny or a fashion forward wide leg, AELLA is comfortable and wrinkle resistant, ideal for wearing on a plane and walking right into the board meeting. Additionally, the pants DO NOT have to be dry cleaned, perfect for washing on the go. A money and timesaver indeed!
The Shine Bracelet Collection
SOKO and Kenya based non-profit, Africa Yoga Project have teamed up for an exciting collaboration! Together, they announced the release of their exclusive Shine Bracelet collection. The Shine Bracelet collection is handmade in Kenya by Soko artisans, using ethically sourced and eco-friendly materials so you can look good AND do good!
SOKO is an innovation in global fashion and technology: a brand that connects online consumers to global makers and handcrafted jewelry from the developing world. Soko provides access to exceptional style with stunning handcrafted jewelry designs created by artisans in emerging economies, using ethical and sustainable materials.
These beautifully handcrafted bracelets will be available for purchase at AYP partner yoga studios across the US and Soko's website.
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