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Start Spring in Style
Don't you just love it when you find the absolute perfect pair of shoes, the ones you've had your eye on for weeks, and not only does the store have them in your size but they're on sale? AND you have a one-time-only 30% off total purchase price coupon that you snagged online just as you left the house? I know, it doesn't happen often so when it does you had better be ready to strike fast. And, that said, you had also better be ready to fight to the finish for your shoes!
Fight? Not your normal afternoon-at-the-mall activity you say? Well, as I mentioned earlier I found my perfect pair of shoes. In my size. On sale. AND I had that 30% coupon just burning a hole in my wallet. But somewhere between the seating area and the checkout counter my shoebox got swapped! When I got to the counter to pay for the shoes, the box that the clerk opened contained a pair of sensible shoes. Sensible shoes in a size 10.5!! Where were my perfect size 7 Italian suede Christian Louboutini platform slingbacks with adorable lace-up ties and a 5 inch heel? As I screamed in terror and disbelief, a woman beside me snatched her tissue lined shopping bag from the counter and hustled toward the store exit. There was something about the way she guarded that shopping bag while racing toward the door in her… sensible shoes!
"Stop! Shoe thief!" I yelled just before I launched myself across the store, snatching the bag right out of her hands before plowing into a display cabinet and sending Kate Spades flying in all directions. When the dust had cleared I was a little banged up but back in possession of my shoes.
And the shoe thief? Apparently she switched boxes in a moment of complete insanity/shoe lust, convincing herself that a size 7 would definitely fit, especially if they were Christian Louboutin and were on sale!
Since spring is my absolute favorite time to go shopping, it didn't take long for my fight club memories to fade. This season, instead of sticking to one look you have several to choose from. Now, I'm not advocating every look for everybody - a good fashionista knows her limits. Case in point, my too-chic-for-words friend in Naples has decided her 'look du saison' will be the non-matching prints trend. I personally would look like I've gone mad and taken half my wardrobe with me, but on her it's great. My fave looks and pieces, which are surprisingly easy for fashionistas living in the real world, are below.
My everyday uniform - A-line skirt and wedge heels. While I absolutely adore Ralph Lauren's exqusite silk confection, the Boden USA counterpart is more in my spending range. We love Michael Kors Platform Sandal or Tory Burch's sweet lace-up cotton espadrilles.
(Tip: Don't let your top compete with the volume of your skirt.)
My Lazy-Day Ensemble - Bermudas are back and better than ever. Pair them with a white tank and flops for shopping, traveling and just about anything else. You'll be very casual-chic.
It's All White - This is going to take some courage, but nothing beats an all-white ensemble. Try sassy jeans and good (as in not see-through) tank. Complete the look with embellished sandals. Splurge on Jimmy Choo's, or be able to eat for the rest of the month and take home these adorable metallic flats.
The Dress - Some of the fashion powers-that-be have suggested that all you need is one, but I can't say that I've opted for that theory. There are so many to choose from - wrap style, classic sheath or retro shift , long, short, solid, printed. You do need at least one fab dress this season. (Last one looks great with these Kate Spade wedges !)
Metallics - From bags and shoes to exquisite accessories, don't miss out on this trend. As for mixing metallics, it's kind of like red and pink or navy and black - do it at your own risk. Although, when it's done right, it's divine!
Handbags - this season's styles and colors are so plentiful you're sure to find the perfect bag for every occasion. I adore this eco-friendly shoulder bag from Hemptress. And what about this unique bamboo clutch? Not only is it gorgeous but it's a great conversation starter. (I should know; mine got me a date with the hot VP of a renewable energy firm!) And, of course, as a huge Matt & Nat fan I just had to share my newest fave.
Fill your jewelry box with layered necklaces (chunky beads and delicate chains alike), long earrings, and plenty of turquoise. And don't forget your wardrobe staples, like skinny jeans, pencil skirt, a white tank, chic flats and a great jacket. You'll need all of these for spring.
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Spring's Best Bag
Linea Pelle's Dylan Carryall
I am an avid handbag fan, always on the lookout for the perfect bag for my particular needs. Over the years I have determined a few must-have features that my ideal handbag should have, and the new Spring Dylan carryall bag from Linea Pelle fits every one of my requisites! Not only is this bag soft, supple and absolutely gorgeous, but it is the absolute perfect size for everyday use. I love the 4 zippered exterior pockets - they are ideal for keeping me organized (easy access to lipstick is a must!) I also love the adjustable shoulder strap which makes it easy to use as a crossbody bag or as a shoulder bag. Since I am all about the crossbody this spring I know exactly how I will be rocking the Dylan!
The Dylan carryall is made from special enzyme garment washed Italian leather for an ultra-soft feel and casual look. A roomy 8h" x12 "l x 4" depth, this bag has ample room for all your girly goodies. An interior back wall zip pocket provides safe keeping and there are two front wall pockets for your cell phone, iPod, etc. You'll love the iconic Linea Pelle domed stud hardware in a classic gold finish, with a top zip closure for easy access. And of course the bag is lined with LP's signature zebra cotton, which really makes this bag fun! It is available in black, brown, coral or turquoise.
Beautiful by Nature
L’ATHENE Introduces Pure Nutrient Skin Therapy
for Aging and Challenged Skin
The natural foods movement, once stigmatized as being a “hippie thing,” has quickly taken center stage in many average American households. Just as Americans are beginning to see the correlation between the food they eat and their health, the products they use on their skin has become increasingly scrutinized and held to higher standards.
Registered Nurses Nan Brown & Lil Bogdan have been ahead of the curve for almost ten years. L’ATHENE, anti-aging and sensitive skin care created by Nan and Lil, is pure nutrient therapy for maximum health and radiant beauty. L’ATHENE products all contain 100% pure pharamaceutical-grade natural ingredients, helping the skin help itself – naturally.
According to Nan, “I struggled with severely sensitive skin for years, even experiencing a second degree burn during a routine facial at a department store. This experience made me realize what the skin really needs: pure nutrients.” Nan and Lil, both former R.N.s at Johns Hopkins Hospital, spent years treating patients with burns and severe dermatological conditions. Through their experience at Johns Hopkins and countless months of research and development, Nan and Lil created the perfect combination of pure nutrient skin care that is also backed by science.
What Makes L’ATHENE Different?
Nan and Lil created L’ATHENE to produce quick, noticeable results with concentrated formulas that last two times longer than other skin care. L’ATHENE products are more than 99% pure, with less than 1% chemicals used only to maintain shelf life. According to Lil, “we created L’ATHENE to be natural and chemical-free because cosmeceutical ingredients in their purest form are the most potent, therefore creating the best results.” Every L’ATHENE product contains a powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids in their purest most bioactive form, essential for skin health.
Pure Anti-Aging Skin Care Treatments
- VITAPURE Antioxidant Nutrient Serum: To combat the signs of aging and sun damage. Intensive vitamin serum packed with four antioxidants and lush organic oils to help repair skin inside and out, and protect skin against further environmental damage. Vitamins A, C, E and Selenium to help diminish fine lines, discolorations and to smooth the skin. Tea Tree and Grapefruit Oils offer antiseptic and astringent properties. For all skin types. Price: $85
- PRIMESSE Cleanser: The three-in-one cleanser. Cleanses, tones and removes eye make-up and deep down impurities. This plant-based cleanser contains French Lavender Oil to calm and tone skin. Antioxidants Echinacea and Rose Hips restore a healthy equilibrium. For all skin types. Price: $45
- NEROLI Hand and Body Crème: For satin-soft skin. This rich nutrient crème totally transforms even the driest, roughest body zones. Discover the irresistible aroma of pure Neroli. Almond and Grapeseed Oils to replenish the skin’s natural emollients. For all skin types. Price: $40
- EXTRACT Dry Skin Plant Oil: To hydrate the driest skin. 100% pure essential oils to restore emolliency and smoothness. Sandalwood, Chamomile, Rosemary, Clary Sage, Lavender, and Borage Oils to repair dry, flaky, damaged skin. For extra dry skin. Price: $48
- NUTRIAGE Total Eye Crème: To awaken the eyes. A four-in-one ultra-rich crème powerfully targets lines, dark circles, puffiness and lack of hydration. Geranium Oil and Chamomile to ease puffiness and dark circles. Vitamins A and E to help minimize lines. Jojoba Oil to hydrate and firm the skin. For all skin types. Price: $80
Body Sunscreen: As Important as
Your Daily Vitamin
Applying sunscreen daily can feel like a burden. It’s cold, sticky and has that distinct sunscreen odor, but the American Academy of Dermatology says it’s a daily step you can’t miss!
The AAD says sunscreen should be applied daily to exposed skin because UVA rays can penetrate glass windows. Also, even on a cloudy day, 80% of the sun’s UVrays pass through clouds.
Now you can get the daily protection of sunscreen, with the moisture and comfort of a body lotion. Australian Gold’s SPF Sheer Coverage Lotion ($9.99) is a long-lasting, UVA/UVB Sunscreen that uses InvisiDry™ technology to go on sheer like a body lotion.
It dries within 60 seconds and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. It also has a luxurious coconut oil scent that lingers like a tropical vacation all day long. It’s very water- and sweat-resistant, too!
Soothe Sensitive Skin
If you suffer from redness, itching, burning and peeling, you’re not alone. In fact, more than one million women in the U.S. suffer from sensitive skin and other chronic skin issues. It’s important to choose fragrance-free lotions and moisturizers to soothe and protect sensitive skin. Below, find great picks from Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica and Vichy.
|Avalon Organics Aloe Unscented Hand & Body Lotion ($11.45) delivers an intensely moisturizing and antioxidant-rich combination of certified organic Aloe Vera, Shea Butter and Vitamin E to nourish dry skin back to its softest, healthiest best.
|Alba Botanica Very Emollient Original Unscented Body Lotion ($10.95) is a deep, nourishing drink for dry, thirsty skin, blending certified organic Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Chamomile extracts for optimum moisture balance and therapeutic benefits.
|Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm ($32.00) harnesses the power of highly-concentrated Vichy Thermal Spa Water, Apricot Kernel and Shea Butter to rehydrate and repair fragile skin. Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Balm is specially formulated for sensitive skin and is fragrance-free, paraban-free and colorant-free.
M·A·C Future Face
M∙A∙C forges ahead with a three-in-one force: Powder, Foundation and Tinted Moisturizer all together. First, NEW STUDIO CAREBELND/PRESSED POWDERS blurs the line between skincare and makeup, with a pressed texture that beautifies as it benefits. Gives a sheer to medium, smooth, even coverage for a flawlessly soft and even tone with caring, comforting properties. Studio Fix Fluid and Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 shade extensions fill in all the gaps. A broad, all-inclusive shade range means M∙A∙C Artists can cover everybody, one beautiful conquest at a time.
M·A·C Future Face, Available now in the permanent collection.
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Merrell Mezame Ballet Flat
Looking for a great pair of comfy yet stylish flats for spring? Check out the new Mezame ballet flat from Merrell, the leader in footwear for the outdoor enthusiast. These are not your grandma's hiking shoes girls - these flats are built to last, but they are also built to flatter. Casual, comfortable and equipped with flippable, massaging footbeds, this stylish slip-on enhances your active life from walking tours to post-workouts. Cushioning in its sole delivers hours of on-you-feet comfort. Antimicrobial footbeds flip to revitalize fatigued feet with reflexology-based massaging nubs. Features a Cita-XY™ footbed and breathable mesh lining with Aegis® antimicrobial solution, molded nylon arch shank, compression molded EVA footframe for stability and comfort, and a Merrell air cushion in the heel for shock absorption and stability. The Mezame footbed helps you explore in comfort, then flips to restore your energy with a massage.
Check out the great selection of footwear from Merrell!
WHAT: SELF MAGAZINE’S WORKOUT IN THE PARK
WHERE: Little Marina Green
WHO: SELF Magazine and thousands of women seeking their best summer bodies
WHEN: Saturday, April 30th, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM; Rain or Shine
Special Celebrity Host: Alison Sweeney
Tickets to the event will be available to all consumers beginning on March 15th at www.selfworkoutinthepark.com.
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