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Top Summer Style Essentials
Have had a wildly crazy-hectic work week and was totally looking forward to a relaxing and refreshing weekend—sleeping in, brunch at my favorite little café armed with stacks of glossy magazines for summer fashion recon (it's never too early to start scouting for sweet summer dresses) and a leisurely stroll to the shoppes to check out window displays in anticipation of said summer fashion recon (flirty skirts are hot!) Next, the possible (probable, more like) purchase of a pair of this season's hottest sandals as a pre-summer fashion recon kickoff; and while I'm at it, an oh-so-divine little white dress wouldn't go amiss. And finally, to cap off a fabulously refreshing weekend of perfection, a lovely little bistro dinner with my gorgeous beau (immediately recouping cost of lwd; subsequent recategorization of said lwd from "expense" to "investment". Very, very good investment!)
Had just returned from late lunch and found office in complete whirl of confusion and chaos, message light blinking frantically and computer screen plastered with "SEE ME NOW!" and "MY OFFICE IMMEDIATELY!" Post-its. Quick cell phone check: battery dead. Again. (Oops.) Raced to mentor/boss's office, wildly wondering if I had emailed last weekend's swimsuit shopping photos to corporate headquarters by mistake (which would mean that this month's Pipeline Updates went to Shop Girl) and praying that if that were indeed the case, I had left out the one in the burgundy maillot—the neckline really is a bit too plunging and once a girl reaches her twirties she definitely needs proper support for the girls. Besides, the color is completely wrong for my complexion, it makes my legs look like sausages and it does absolutely nothing for my hips. Am leaning a bit toward a totally retro hipster suit which makes me feel like Uma Thurman with dark hair, but not the Pulp Fiction dark bob, just a gorgeous coppery-brown like mine…but I digress.
Anyhoo, reached mentor/boss's office to find her calmly tucking files into the most gorgeous rich buttery leather bag (did I mention how stylish she is?) and issuing a string of instructions to two of her assistants, when she looked up and said, "Oh good, you're back She She. Listen, I know you probably had plans for the weekend, but Jayne just phoned—apparently she's allergic to Botox and her face is the size of a watermelon—so I really could use your help in New York. I am so, so sorry for the last minute notice, but I promise, I'll take care of everything. Grab your laptop and handbag and we'll talk on the way to the airport."
And that, my dearest girls, is how I find myself happily ensconced in a very lovely hotel overlooking bright lights big city, surrounded by stacks of glossy mags to aid in my one-day-apparel-and-accessory-assault on the heaven that is Fifth Avenue (and nearby)! Can you say expense account?! Oh, the sacrifices made in the name of career advancement…
She She's Fabulous Summer Style Search
This little NYC junket is strictly for business; however, that business happens to include a quick jaunt up to Bridgeport for a start-of-summer bash with some of the corporate higher-ups and their significant others. So not only do I need business appropriate attire, I also need a few sporty-casual ensembles for the picnic/sailing/BBQ/schmoozefest. Looks like I've got my work cut out for me!
- A fabulous pencil skirt. Not too tight (must be able to sit down without hearing r-r-r-rip!, feeling a draft, and knowing that my Hanky Panky's are most likely now on display). Should perhaps opt for one with just the teeniest bit of stretch.
- A gorgeous blouse. Perfect under a demure jacket or sweater (chilly air conditioned offices!) but is feminine and flirty enough for evening.
- A pair of tailored trousers and a chic white blouse. Always a classic and can be combined with so many other pieces.
- Edgy city shorts. Will be perfect for client meeting; in fact, will most likely be heralded as very cutting-edge fashionista, girl most likely to head up next project. Especially when paired with great summer jacket. Oh, and a really precious pair of pumps.
- To-die-for shoes. Have had my eye on these stylish lace-ups forever, and they are on the haute list for fall! know, it's barely summer, but these are totally year-round work shoes, and are therefore justifiably smart purchase.
- A girly top. Can be worn under a belted blazer for work, then paired with capris and wedge sandals for play.
- A sleeveless sheath dress. Layer a cropped jacket on top for the business day; for evening, the sheath alone with a gorgeous long necklace and strappy skyscrapers.
- Accessories darlings! Will need to keep it fairly simple here, as I do have a tendency to go a bit overboard with the handbags and jewelry, and I somehow have the feeling that a charge on my corporate Visa card to Tiffany's would not go over too well. Think I'll pick up a funky little chain bracelet that will go well from work to evening. And a great little all-purpose bag for after hours use.
- Great pair of white capris or crops, nautical top and warm jacket for our little sailing adventure. Learned my lesson the hard way as far as yacht-appropriate footwear goes (nothing that will mar the deck!) so I know just what to look for. Fun little straw tote for sunscreen, shades, impressive reading material and iPod.
- Gorgeous sundress (not too bare) for the picnic, lightweight sweater in case of breezy conditions, comfy yet stylish wedges or flat sandals (heels tend to sink into the grass and trip a girl up) and the tiniest bit of edgy bling for fun.
- Sporty-chic skirt for the BBQ. Wedges or espadrilles (heels and grass again!) and a vibrant blouse (in case I drop chicken salad in my lap. Again.) Slim bangles to complete the ensemble.
Things I Just Might Need (You never know)
- A great pair of jeans. That's a given. Dress them up, dress them down, you'll look sassy all over town!
- A fun summer tunic. One that I can layer over a tank top and pair with my new jeans, then throw on over my swimsuit once the weather gets seriously summer.
- Nifty espadrilles. They'll look great with skirts, crops and even another new pair of jeans!
Goodness how time flies when one is mentally spending someone else's money! Hmmm, may have to rethink a few of these "expenditures". Perhaps can justify them on basis of post-tramatic-travel-stress-syndrome. After all, when one flies 2,500 miles without so much as a toothbrush that is pretty stressful! Must dash while the shops are open…smile pretty and try not to break too many hearts!
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Free Your Pores with Bioré + Giveaway
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POPSUGAR and Simple® Skincare Present
Join POPSUGAR editor Michele Foley and Simple Advisory Board member Dr. Josie Howard for tips, tutorials, and on-site giveaways as they join together to present Passport to Healthy Skin — City Edition, a daylong, free event that will inform attendees how city living (both the elements and lifestyle habits) can make skin sensitive and how Simple® Skincare is a kind solution for city skin.
Each attendee will be given a Passport to Healthy Skin to experience the event’s four zones: food, fitness, wellness, and relaxation. The event provides attendees with the resources to navigate through the stresses of everyday city life, highlighting how choices in all four zones can affect skin health. Additional event activities and offerings will include the following:
• Healthy Eats & Detox Tea Garden: Enjoy delicious bites from POPSUGAR’s healthy recipes and detoxifying teas.
• Fitness Zone: Join local fitness experts for on-site yoga and more.
• Relaxation Room: Enjoy chair massages!
• Beauty Oasis: Find out how to protect and pamper your skin with Simple® Skincare, and try free samples.
Guests will fill up their Passports and receive canvas totes filled with Simple® Skincare products and links for further information on www.popsugar.com and www.simpleskincare.com. Additionally, 150 lucky guests will receive the POPSUGAR Must Have box, filled with over $100 in editorial picks across fashion, fitness, food, and more!
A Tangy Summer Lip Tip from Elizabeth Arden
Did you know that tangerine is one of the most universally flattering lipstick colors? This summer, don’t be afraid to ease into wearing this bright hue by blending it with a subtle gloss. According to Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist, Rebecca Restrepo, “Blending can make a bold, bright shade you love a little bit softer and more sheer” making it perfect for daytime wear.
So what are you waiting for? Add some fresh color to your summer style with Elizabeth Arden Summer Escape Beautiful Color Gloss Stick in Coral Reef, $19.50; Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Tropicoral, $25. Available at Elizabeth Arden.com
What To Have In Your Beach Bag This Summer!
With July 4th just around the corner, make sure your beach bag is fully stocked with this summer’s must-have products for a head-to-toe perfect look! A revolutionary dry shampoo from Bosley Professional Strength will keep hair feeling fresh, a soothing mist with aloe from Jurlique will keep skin hydrated and a tan extending lotion from Arbonne will leave you with skin worthy of a bronzed goddess!
||Bosley Professional Strength BosRenew Volumizing Dry Shampoo. This dry shampoo is the ONLY dry shampoo on the market with DHT Inhibitors that target induced hair loss caused by sweat. As an added bonus, this breakthrough dry shampoo provides UV protection that not only defends hair against photo-aging, but also helps to stimulate the metabolic function of cells. The result is voluminous, soft and manageable hair!
||Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist. This high performance mist features the proprietary Comfort Complex including Calendula, to help comfort skin and restore skin's natural defenses after a long day out in the sun. It also helps to restore moisture and skin clarity, while the aroma of fresh cucumber and chamomile uplifts the senses. Skin feels hydrated, refreshed and comforted.
||Arbonne Glow With It After Sun Lotion. This hydrating formula moisturizes and alleviates dry skin, leaving skin soft and smooth. It also helps to restore the skin’s delicate moisture balance after a long day under the sun, all while keeping your tan lasting longer!
Summer Hair Therapy!
It is time to give your hair the therapy it really needs? With the summer heating up, try ditching the hair dryer this season and revitalize your locks with the Philip B. Katira Hair Masque, a simple air dry and a touch up with a John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron!
||Philip B. Katira Hair Masque is a versatile rejuvenator is for all hair types. The clear-gel formula sinks right in to plump up fine, limp strands or calm and smooth coarse, hard-to-manage hair. Think of it as an amped-up, squeaky-clean version of a deep-conditioning treatment. A high-tech L-Amino Acid Complex infuses your hair with a perfect dose of moisture and nourishing proteins for enhanced control and elasticity. Coat clean, wet or dry hair with the masque comb it through from roots to ends evenly. Leave on until dry or overnight. Rinse well after use!
||After a nice air dry, touch up your healthy hair with a quick run of the John Frieda Styling Tools by Conair Satin Finish Flat Iron to smooth down any waves or fly-aways!
Check out LANY, a line of fashion-forward, yet budget-friendly vegan handbags.
Originally created in 1989 in a small boutique in Downtown L.A’s fashion district, founders Robert and Jane Park set out to develop a brand to reflect the ever-changing trends while satisfying their customers’ needs. While they stay true to their humble mindset through inspiration from the Czech Republic village of LÁNY, their handbags depict the roots of what the acronym is commonly associated with –America’s fashion hubs of Los Angeles & New York. The LANY collection features a variety of styles for every season, including barrel and bucket bags, totes, satchels, crossbody bags and more, finished with materials such as studs, fringe and metallic edging. Additionally, all bags are crafted from faux leather and are PETA-approved vegan.
NEW 2014 Kiss My Face Sun Care
Get out and stay out with Kiss My Face’s wildly effective sun care products, new for 2014! Kiss My Face introduces a new range of sun care that effectively blocks harmful UV rays with the use of Antioxidant Defenders™. These Antioxidant Defenders™, including Vitamin C and E, Green Tea, Goji Berry Extract, Olive Oil, Shea Butter and Aloe, offer hydrating defense against the sun. So go ahead and get out and play!
Kérastase Elixir Ultime Creme Fine
Kérastase is thrilled to announce their latest innovation in luxury haircare with Elixir Ultime Crème Fine! The first cream formula of the award-winning Elixir franchise grants the benefits of an oil, while leaving hair feeling light and natural.
Made with key ingredients Pomegranate and White Flower Oil the beautifying oil-in-cream offers hair daily fiber replenishment, color vibrancy, deep hydration, frizz control, natural shine, UV protection and more!
Kérastase Elixir Ultime Crème Fine retails for $42 and is available for purchase at Kérastase Consultant Salons and online at www.kerastase-usa.com
Summer Travel Essentials - Anywhere You Are!
Summer is finally here and whether you are planning on traveling or will be enjoying a nice “staycation” – Lavanila’s Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrances are the perfect fragrance to throw in your bag. These Roller-Balls are ideal for jet setting as well as running around while doing errands at home.
The Healthy Fragrance Roller-Ball is travel friendly, purse friendly and skin friendly. The fragrance is blended with exotic essential oils and skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin.
Put Your Best Face Forward
This Summer With Avon Anew!
||Contouring is such a hot trend right now, and Avon’s latest innovation shows us that you can get defined, chiseled features with not only makeup, but with skincare too. Avon has developed an advanced lifting product that targets the four key facial zones prone to sagging--cheeks, chin, jowls and jaw—to tighten, define, firm and contour the look of skin. So now you can put your best face forward with Avon’s ANEW Clinical Infinite Lift Targeted Contouring Serum.
Summer Beauty from the Inside Out
With summer finally here check out some beauty essentials that will help you get ready for the warmer weather from head to toe and from the inside out.
||HAIR: Lay off the blow dryer and ditch the straight style - in these warmer months opt for something more natural like tousled beach waves. Use Lavett & Chin Sea Salt Texturizing Mist, a must have for recreating the beautiful texture and body your hair gets from a day at the beach.
||FACE: Brighten skin with Burt’s Bees Even Tone Brightening Cream to get a glowing complexion. Enriched with Daisy Extract, this moisturizer should be a staple in your beauty cabinet. Keep it around for post-summer too, to combat dark spots.
||BODY: Prep your skin to get glowing with Radical Skincare’s Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads – while these pads are ideal for sweeping away dull winter skin on your face, they can also be used all over, like on dry elbows and knees. They’re a great multitasker for achieving spring smoothness.
||BODY – (INSIDE): Dreading pulling that bikini out of the depths of your closet? Try incorporating a few easy recipes from Kimberly Snyder’s The Beauty Detox Foods (kimberlysnyder.net). This book will help give step by step instruction on how to better your health in a natural way – recipes include everything from her famous Glowing Green Smoothie to her favorite dinner entrée.
||Hydrate! It is the best beauty secret and now staying hydrated has become a bit more fun with Stur Drinks – drinking water is no longer boring with these delicious naturally flavored water enhancers. Flavors include - Freshly Fruit Punch, Only Orange Mango, Purely Pomegranate Cranberry and Simply Strawberry Watermelon.
60 Modern Twists on Classic 'Dos
Braids, knots and buns, oh my! Introducing "The New Braiding Handbook," a full-color guide that will help you master the trendiest twists, fishtails and updos. With easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photos, you'll master
gorgeous new looks, including the Waterfall Braid, Fishtail Bun, Twisted Bohemian Updo, French Braided Pompadour, Celtic Knot, Topsy Tail High Bun and so much more.
This book will give you the perfect look for every occasion, whether you're meeting your besties for brunch, attending an important meeting or walking down the aisle! It's also packed with tips for eliminating pesky hair
problems-split ends, slow-growing tresses, oily hair, etc. With "The New Braiding Handbook," you'll have locks to envy!
The new line officially launches this month - these products are the result of more than 25 years of research, testing, and dedicated professional experience in advanced European dermo-esthetic skin care. My favorite is the Collagen Eye Pads – they work WONDERS for my dark circles!
||Blemarex – Designed to reduce the appearance of blemishes and pimples on acne-prone skin. For all skin types, except sensitive skin. Contains Salicylic acid and Oxo-Chloro Complex™, a special proprietary formula rich in Oxygen and Chloro IV, known for their antimicrobial benefits. Clear gel formula. Fragrance and Paraben free
||Wilma Schumann Collagen Booster Pads – An intense, hydration-boosting treatment for the eye contour area with 100% pure collagen. Visibly improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduces puffiness. Super-hydrating gel pads are packed with beneficial ingredients such as rosa canina fruit oil and hyaluronic acid, providing a “mini face lift” effect. Leave the pads on for 15 minutes to revive and rejuvenate tired skin.
||Wilma Schumann Neck & Bust Créme Intensiv – Super concentrated cream designed for ultra hydration in the delicate areas of the neck, bust and décolleté. Contains a unique combination of moisturizers, botanical extracts, brightening agents, Argireline® and micronized titanium dioxide, designed to provide a lifting effect, firmer appearance and to help protect your skin against environmental factors.
||Body Contouring Serum – This revolutionary emulsion has been designed to improve the appearance of cellulite. By containing the caffeine-based CoAxel complex that increases resiliency, the serum provides an overall firmer and toned look. The formula also includes Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract and Guarana.
Evo step by step Beach Mane for Summer
- Prep hair by misting in evo Day of Grace and brush into hair. Part hair in desired parting and section from ear to ear. Section out the top of the hair at the crown as shown.
- Using a curling tong, start on the right side of the head and work around. Take large vertical sections and curl the roots and mid-lengths for 6-8 seconds. Release curl and allow to cool.
- Raise your arm above your head to control the curling tong as you work through the back of the head.
- Take horizontal sections when working across the top of the head for volume. Repeat same technique.
- Once hair is set, spritz hair with evo Mister Fantastic, scrunch in and let product dry naturally into hair for 2 minutes.
- Shake hair out and dress into place. Set style with evo Builders Paradise for hold and extra style support for fine hair.
Target's Caldrea Essential Collection Debuts
Caldrea Essential Collection (exclusively created for/sold at) Target doors nationwide is excited to debut their first ever Personal Care Collection. The line-up will include a range of 5 products perfect for getting your body and mind into shape this spring/summer - Body Oil, Body Lotion, Body Wash, Hand Balm and Exfoliating Scrub - retailing from $6.99-$12.99 in the following three fragrances:
Apple Mint - Add a spring in your step with natural essential oils of Spearmint and Cedarwood
There's something for everyone!
Ginger Honey - Natural Essential oils of Ginger and Nutmeg offer a mix of a zing of good clean health with a deliciously awake sensation
Mango Lily - Juicy tropical notes find white freshness in the clean and floral notes of lily, with this mix of natural essential oils of Orange and Vanilla
Sweet Summer Styles With Princess Vera Wang
Summer is all about being chic and stylish no matter what the temps climb to. Check out these gorgeous new dresses from Princess Vera Wang for under $100 - great for summer dressing with vibrant, bright colors and graphic prints.
Reef for Summer Style!
Show your chic summer style with two of my favorite styles from Reef:
World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog:
The Sassy Pepper
You have got 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 sweet skirts out of daddy's shirts to creating an orchid terrarium or making basil mint lemonade, your 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 one of their latest projects — mini wall art tutorial: turning a blank canvas into a great backdrop for your displays. Step-by-step instructions along with photos will take you through the process, proving just how easy it is to be a DIY expert!