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Tips for Updating Your
Professional Style:

Every once in awhile life sends you a little wakeup call. I received one this past week in the form of a graduation announcement. A college graduation announcement. From my niece. What? My niece is graduating from college? I could have sworn she was still in braces and practicing for her driver's test and now she is graduating from a highly respected university and is about to embark on a career.

Where on earth has the time gone? It wasn't that long ago that I was tossing my mortarboard and trading in my jeans and sweatshirts for pumps and pencil skirts, and now here is a whole new generation of sweet young things entering the work force. And wanting to do so in a chic and stylish way. This is a good time to take stock of your professional wardrobe girls!

It's hard enough to be the new girl in the office, but if you take the time to make sure your work wardrobe is up to snuff it will take a bit of the pressure off, and give you that little extra boost of confidence to start your career off on the right foot…and in the right footwear!

So whether you are fresh out of college or halfway up the corporate ladder, it's a good time to spruce up your professional style. Here are a few tips to help get you started:

  • Don't be cheap with your feet. Buy top quality shoes and keep them in tip-top shape. Stay away from too-high, too strappy, or too casual. Two pair will get you started: one basic black and one nude. Trust me, these two pair will go with everything in your closet.
  • Choose your handbag wisely. Nothing too slouchy or casual—you aren't headed to the county fair. Same rule as the shoes—go with quality over quantity—it truly is an investment! Your shoes and handbag define your style.
  • Keep the hemlines near the knee. Too short and you look like a tramp; too long and you look like a frump.
  • Fit is key. Pants should be fitted, but free of visible panty lines. If they are low-rise, be sure to wear a longer blouse, cami or jacket. Nothing is more unprofessional than exposed midriff. Skirts, especially straight styles like pencil skirts, should be loose enough to sit down in comfortably. Jackets should be able to be buttoned. And blouses shouldn't never gap open (no one really wants to know what color bra you have on).
  • Underwear as outerwear is a no-no. Keep that cute camisole covered with a cropped jacket or lightweight sweater.
  • A polished image is in the details: manicured nails, run-free hose, scuff-free shoes.
  • Remember, less is more when it comes to jewelry, hair and makeup.

Looks to avoid in the workplace:

  • Too sexy: sheer tops, see-through lace, miniskirts, spaghetti straps, flimsy sundresses.
  • Too casual: jeans, shorts, T-shirts, hats, sneakers.
  • Too sloppy: wrinkled clothing, too many layers, baggy-fit clothing.
  • Too fancy: sequins, rhinestones, lamé. Seriously, that adorable crocheted mini might be perfect for a night out clubbing with the girls, but for the office? Not so much.

Best tip of the day:

  • Emulate the higher-ups. Look to the girl at the top of the corporate totem pole and take a page from her style sheet. Remember the old adage, "Dress like the fashionista whose job you want to have."

Second-best tip of the day:

  • When you leave work this afternoon, stop by the nearest bakery and pick up a nice, warm cinnamon roll. Then go home, kick off your shoes, curl up with a really great book, lick the gooey frosting from your fingers and forget all about looking like a total dweeb in front of your boss today. Oh wait, that was me. Never mind.

Well my darlings, that should get you and your working wardrobe off to a good start! Have a fabulous day, smile pretty and try not to break too many hearts!


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NEW Carol's Daughter Lavender
& Vanilla Collection

For decades, Vanilla and Lavender have been two of Lisa Price’s personal favorite fragrances. Now, Lisa has brought her love of blending to these two classic notes, combining them to create a nuanced, evocative scent experience.

BODY CLEANSING SCRUB: This creamy, exfoliating formula refines and softens skin while increasing microcirculation to hydrate, smooth and firm. Carageenan deeply moisturizes, natural sugars gently buff and purify skin, while Vitamins C and E protect against environmental aggressors.
SHEA SOUFFLÉ: This luxurious moisturizer conditions skin with lush, nourishing natural butters and oils. Cocoa and Pure Shea Butters combine with Coconut and Grapeseed oils to deeply hydrate parched skin while providing antioxidant protection, improving firmness and tone. As light and fluffy as a soufflé, the formula provides intense, penetrating moisture.

DRY OIL MIST: This lightweight moisturizing body spray is formulated with Shea Butter, Aloe Leaf Juice and Açai Berry Extract to infuse skin with a natural glow and protecting against environmental aggressors, leaving behind a light scent. The super-fine mist allows for a quick and easy application anywhere, any time.

Go Barefoot With Barefooters This Summer!

This summer, Barefooters is telling men and women to throw out their basic, boring flip flops and go "barefoot"! 

Fashion meets foot reflexology with Barefooters, the innovative slip on shoes that actually feel better than going barefoot. This unique walking experience is getting great feedback from acclaimed athletes and even the fashion forward who spend the better part of each day on their feet.

Made of CorksiLite, a washable blend of cork and silicone, Barefooters are extremely flexible and shock-absorbing. They are designed as a walking shoe to naturally strengthen feet, stretch ligaments and massage tired muscles. Whether you are recovering from an intense workout, or just running a few errands, Barefooters are the perfect stylish, everyday shoe to heal and promote Feel Great feet. 

I received a pair of Barefooters recently and took them with me on my weekend getaway to the beach. I couldn't have picked a better pair of shoes to take along! They were absolutely perfect for all my weekend activities, from long walks along the beach to an afternoon trek through the redwoods. Comfortable and airy, they actually felt like they were massaging the soles of my feet while I walked. These adorable shoes live up to their name and I will never go barefoot without my Barefooters!

Avon's Latest Breakthrough

Introducing ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Treatment with breakthrough molecule A-F33. Developed with Avon’s revolutionary A-F33 technology, the Avon ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser Eye Treatment is clinically proven to diminish crow’s feet fine wrinkles by 36%, and improve the texture of the under-eye area while smoothing the look of fine lines. I started using this product a few weeks ago and already can see a difference! The fine lines that were starting to appear at the corners of my eyes and mouth have definitely diminshed! I am in love with ANEW Clinical Pro Line Eraser!

TAME Your Mane!

Warm weather is finally here and it’s time to tame your mane and say hello to spring! Prevent tangles, frizz and hair falling flat for stunning runway worthy styles. Check out these fabulous products to help get your hair in tip-top spring shape!

gӧt2b 2sexy voluptuous volume spray gel

Turn up the heat and put sexy back into your strands with the gӧt2b 2sexy voluptuous volume spray gel! Simply spray damp hair from root to tip, blow dry, and transform limp hair all while adding long-lasting body, texture and volume!


RUSK Str8 Anti-Frizz and Anti-Curl Lotion 

Eliminate frizz with RUSK Designer Collection Str8 Anti-Frizz and Anti-Curl Lotion! This light, greaseless lotion temporarily straightens hair and removes unwanted flyaways, for up to 24 hours.


Solano SleekHeat 450 Flat Iron


Soften strands and give hair a sleek style at home with the professional acclaimed Solano SleekHeat 450 Flat Iron. Glides through hair with beveled ceramic plates to create shiny, frizz-free styles without hiring a stylist!


Pretty in Pink With Pat Nash!

Spring is coming and we have our rose colored glasses on this season.  Try out the feminine and flirty pink handbag styles from Patricia Nash’s latest handbag collection, all under $250. With a style to fit every personality – from a bowling bag to a drawstring pouch to a mini cross-body – these styles are perfect for everyone looking for a pop of color this season.

Ferrara Frame Satchel $168
Talla Top Zip $84
Comano Drawstring $198

Rejuvenate and Revitalize for Spring

We know it's been a long, cold winter. But now that it’s officially spring try bringing a breath of fresh air into your life. Break out of the winter blues by rejuvenating your beauty routine and revitalizing your home this season.

As the weather warms up, shed those heavy layers and let spring skin shine. Thymes Naia Body Wash stimulates the senses with the lush scent of water lily balanced with subtle hints of energizing citrus and lychee to leave you feeling invigorated. Moisturizing glycerin leaves skin super soft, and rich, yerba mate infused lather provides the perfect pick me up.

Spritz on the scent of the season and let the aroma of blossoming flowers banish any lingering cold weather memories. Krigler Pleasure Gardenia 79 has a delicate base of jasmine, vanilla, and mimosa blended with a creamy mix of musk and gardenia petals.  This intense floral, voluptuous, fragrance will last all though these nice long, sunny days.
Bring the garden into your home this spring with Soap & Paper Factory Aromatic Room Diffusers. These petite diffusers are oil based, biodegradable, and phthalate free. Refresh your home fragrance this season with a variety of floral aromatic diffusers in enticing scents like Jasmine, Gardenia, and Geranium.

Trend Alert: Whimsical!

Looking to add that perfect finishing touch to your ensemble? Check out these gorgeous accessories, ideal for spring's whimsical styles!

Twistband, Heart Hair Tie Set, $6
Twistband, Chevron Hair Tie Set, $6
Shawlsmith London, Bicycle Scarf, $4
Izak, East/West Tote Bag, $48
Izak, iPhone 5 Phone Cover, $30
Shawlsmith London, Cherry Blossom Scarf, $48

Look beautiful and combat allergy symptoms at the same time with Mary Kay!

Unfortunately for many women, the arrival of springtime is also the onset of irritating allergy symptoms like watery eyes, red noses and puffy faces. Ward off unwelcome reminders that “you look like you’re coming down with something” by taking a few extra steps every morning to combat and conceal allergy symptoms. Be sure you never look as bad as you feel with these Mary Kay favorites! 

To relieve discomfort:

Soothe puffy eyes on contact with Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Eye Renewal Cream

  • Targets undereye bags, puffiness and dark circles
  • Unique zamac metal applicator tip gently massages the under eye to help reduce puffiness and provide a fresh, cooling effect

Combat dryness and brighten complexion with Mary Kay Moisture-Renewing Gel Mask

  • Cooling mask contains a potent blend of vital skincare essentials, including moisture-loving Sodium Hyaluronate, Vitamins E and B3, and an extract of superfruit Acai Berry
  • Helps skin feel calm, purified and nourished


To distract from watery eyes and a red nose:

Apply Mary Kay Concealer under the eyes to diminish dark undereye circles and under the nose to conceal red irritation

  • Available in six natural shades plus yellow (to reduce the appearance of red in the skin tone)

Use Mary Kay Facial Highlighting Pen on the top of cheekbones and the inner corner of the eyes to brighten the face

  • Special light-reflecting pigments optically “lift” the shadowy areas of your face
  • Available in four luminous shades

Cenoire unveils stylish, compact ultra electronic toothbrush for women

With the busy lifestyle of so many women today, it can be hard to keep up oral hygiene while on-the-go!  Luckily, Cenoire has the perfect solution with the company’s latest edition to its line of fashionable health and beauty accessories, the Eluo Ultra portable sonic electronic toothbrush.  The Eluo Ultra is the perfect combination of convenience, performance and fashion. 

Adding power and variety to the already impressive Eluo, the Eluo Ultra now includes two speed variations, so users can choose between low frequency and high frequency deep cleansing.  Users will never reach for gum or mints again with the satisfying clean feeling they get from the performance of Eluo Ultra.  This product’s lightweight and discrete mascara style case allows users to carry it in a purse, case, bag or pocket, anywhere, anytime.  Weighting only .09 oz. and measuring less than seven inches, users will hardly know it’s there!

I recently received a sample of this latest little wonder and it has quickly become my near constant companion. Sleek, stylish and compact enough to just drop in my handbag and powerful enough to keep my pearly whites shiny and clean. It has 2 Speeds — providing high frequency deep teeth cleansing and low frequency tongue cleansing — everything you need to keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh.


Play it Safe with Lavanila

You don’t have to be basking in the rays to be effected by the sun. SPF: Sun Protection Factor, is just as necessary during cold winter months as it is summer! 100% natural, healthy and effective – Lavanila’s The Healthy Sunscreen Collection will prepare you for any and all of life’s happenings.

The Healthy Sunscreen ($28 for face, $38 for body): Wearing sunscreen prevents sunburn, cell damage, and premature signs of aging. So why use a sunscreen full of harmful ingredients?  Lavanila offers a highly nourishing and safe alternative to chemical-laden formulas. Perfect for sensitive skin, this fragrance-free, ultra-sheer formula glides on smoothly with no white residue for the ultimate in natural SPF protection.


Bring a Fresh New Meaning
to Spring Cleaning  

Winter is long gone, spring is finally here and it’s time for skin to get a fresh start! Try the very best in face cleansers for smooth and moisturized skin this spring!

La Roche-Posay’s Physiological Cleansing Gel has a unique formula with a cooling effect for a refreshing, deep clean feel. The rinse-off gel efficiently cleanses the skin without causing dryness or irritation and is safe for all skin types.
Nature’s Gate Rice Bran Cleansing Milk sweeps away dirt and impurities while nourishing and hydrating skin. The unique formula contains Rice Bran oil, Vitamin E, and Aloe Vera to calm skin.

The Dermatouch Skin Perfecting System Facial Brush Set is a professional at-home device helping skin to breathe and rejuvenate to reveal greater, younger looking skin.

Start fresh this spring with La Roche-Posay, Nature’s Gate, and Dermatouch!

The NEW Miracle Oil!

With spring just around the corner, it has never been a better time for oils to make your hair shine. The Bosley Professional Healthy Hair Rebalancing & Finishing Treatment combines seven oils in one for a shine sure to rival the sun!!    

These powerful oils unlock the secret to thick, luscious hair with just a drop! Simply massage this oil into your scalp to stimulate hair growth or rub some through the ends for instant smooth and shine!

  • Marula Oil, known as Africa’s “Miracle Oil” is rich in vitamins and antioxidants to hydrate and repair damage to your hair and scalp.
  • Argan Oil infuses hair with Vitamin E to increase blood flow and stimulate hair follicles for growth.
  • Burdock Root Oil is rich in essential fatty acids that encourage hair growth and health.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil helps your hair and scalp to retain moisture and preserves color, too.
  • Coconut Oil helps balance your scalp to get dandruff and dryness under control.
  • Rice Oil has moisturizing properties and protects your scalp from losing collagen and elastin as you age.
  • Avocado Oil promotes hair growth with vitamins and folic acids, helps retain moisture and provides protection from UV rays.

Fun in the Sun: UNITE Blonda
Shampoo & Conditioner

To help guarantee fun in the sun without the drying, damaging effects of high temperatures and chlorine on your hair, try UNITE Hair BLONDA Shampoo and Conditioner:

BLONDA Shampoo: This shine-enhancing toning shampoo keeps blonde hair brilliant and healthy. The reparative formula is ideal for highlighted hair or high-lift blondes, and eliminates the brassy coloring in non-pigmented hair by infusing strands with violet-based ones. BLONDA Shampoo can even be used on naturally gray hair to remove the yellow tone.

How to use: Use one to two times per week. Leave in for no more than 60 seconds.

BLONDA Conditioner: An intensely moisturizing formula, BLONDA Conditioner is designed to neutralize brassy tones, conditioning hair while preserving the vibrant blonde color. Developed with ultra-nourishing Cocos Nucifera Oil and hydrating Glycerin, which acts as a humectant to seal in moisture, BLONDA Conditioner makes straw-like, yellow, brittle hair a thing of the past.

How to use: After rinsing out BLONDA Shampoo, apply BLONDA Conditioner from roots to ends. Leave in for 1-3 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Lighten Up this Spring with Mineral Powder from Dermablend

With the changing of the seasons you may find yourself wanting to lighten up your makeup load. Now you can lighten up without sacrificing coverage with the Dermablend Smooth Indulgence Mineral Finishing Powder. This wonder powder gives skin a youthful and naturally healthy appearance without ever looking cakey.

Perfect when applied with the Dermablend  Professional Face & Body Brush. This light-weight mineral powder evens out skin tone and helps minimize skin redness while making you look naturally healthy and rested.  Available in 2 shades, this powder can also be used for delicate highlighting on the high points of the face. Safe for even the most sensitive skin, this mineral powder is a must-have for any spring beauty arsenal.

Get Spotless Skin with
Murad's Rapid Age Spot

Hyperpigmentation is the excess production of melanin, usually caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries. Murad’s Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, is ideal for all ages and ethnicities and rapidly diminishes unwanted discoloration, prevents against sun damage and is clinically proven to restore clarity and even skin tone by reducing the appearance of sun spots and age spots by 33% in 1 week.*

Hydroquinone fades dark spots, age spots and freckles, evening skin tone to reveal a clearer, brighter complexion. Glycolic Acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, helping the active ingredient penetrate quickly for faster results.

Murad, Inc is looking for women between the ages of 30-60 with hyperpigmentation to participate in a skincare regimen and provide testimonials about their experience. We’d love it if you would share this with your readers and help them get spotless skin with Murad!


  •   Must be Southern California residents
  •   Women ages 30-60
  •   Hyperpigmentation
  •   Visible sun damage
  •   Age spots
  •   Must be available to take a Before & After photo at Murad, Inc. in El Segundo, CA

Participants will receive FREE Murad Product for their participation. Those interested in participating in a FREE 1 week study, please contact for more information. 


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