The Perfect Wardrobe
Things aren’t supposed to happen in the summer. Humans, I’m sure, are meant to cast away their cares and luxuriate in long sunny summer afternoons, cat napping and reading the latest glossies, giving ourselves cooling cucumber at-home masks, and contemplating what ripe summer fruit to snack on next.
That was not my experience last Monday afternoon, as I was scarfing down my deli sandwich and salt and vinegar chips, dripping in the heat, on my way back to the office to make it to a meeting with my boss. I made it just in time to clean up and look presentable from the hurried lunch and sweltering heat outside.
As I was sitting in the air conditioned office my boss brought up my stint in Chicago last year, and asked how I liked it. I told her I LOVED it. The city was so friendly, so pretty, and while the work was hard, it was fulfilling. She smiled, said it was good to hear, and proceeded to tell me that the company has decided to transfer me to Chicago if I’d like to accept the offer. Start date: Two weeks.
No, wait, what?!
I guess I said yes, because here I am, feeling wildly overwhelmed with my growing to-do list, not at all luxuriating in long sunny summer afternoons. There isn’t even hope in the near future to fulfill my lazy summer destiny. Ugh.
On the positive side, while the movers will pack up all my precious possessions, they are NOT going to touch my closet, so I get to tackle that tonight with clean hands and great care. First and foremost I need to pull from that blessed closet items to pack into my suitcase. I will beat the movers to Chicago, and I’ll be too busy to unpack for a little while, so I need to plan on living out of my suitcase for maybe two-ish weeks. Perfect. This is just the type of task I love to tackle.
Skirt: While I adore a good maxi skirt and I’m fairly certain I cut the most striking figure in an A-line skirt, I just got this new delightful pencil skirt, so obviously I can’t stand to part with it! I love the texture, cheery yet neutral color, and the cute name. I’m a sucker for a well-named item.
Blazer: An absolute must. It’s a game changer. The blazer will take my outfit from dull to polished in under ten seconds. So fast! I’ll find a lightweight one for summer. Something that says, “I may be cute, but it behooves you to take me seriously. This blazer is your warning.” Or some statement to that effect, anyway.
Dress: I will bring one that can go to work but also take me out on the town or to the farmers market on weekends. This one shows a little skin after work, but is perfectly office appropriate under a cute cardigan. No one at work needs to know about that twist in the back. Shh, it will be our secret! (If you aren’t good at keeping secrets, this dress is fabulous too. And I love this sweet surplice dress.)
Fancy shorts: I’m talking about shorts that can go to the office. Something in a dark neutral will work well, black, brown, or grey are great. Mid thigh or lower, no bums need make an appearance in the work place. Fancy shorts are already pushing the dress code in some offices, but when paired with a structured blazer, the look is sharp and fresh.
Cardigan: A cardigan is an absolute must! They are so perfect for frigid offices, and make a great layering piece. It will probably be the workhorse of my wardrobe, so it must be easy to care for. I’ll bring one in a color or print that goes with the palate of the other items in my suitcase.
Button down: But not white. Everyone tells you that you can do anything with white, and you can, but you also have to get it laundered more frequently. Eye roll. So a cute printed blouse will come with me, and will also be so trendy.
Striped top: A striped top will add interest and also celebrates summer with a nod to the nautical in a gorgeous blue and white or red and white. So many styles to choose from, I might like one with a boat neck and cute button detail.
Pants: Because I need to take these to work and play –and I’m so tired of trousers for the summer—I’m going to bring a bright blue denim pant. They will play well with my button down and striped top. Add classy cap toe flats, maybe my cardigan and scarf, and I’m good to go! On the weekend I can roll my pants and wear sandals, and my outfit is now a bit more casual.
Accessories: Last but not least, I will bring along my luscious leather shoulder bag, an interesting scarf, perfect cap toe flats and strappy sandals. Perfect. Let’s put all of this into action! Here are a few combos I came up with:
Monday: Striped top + skirt + strappy sandals
Tuesday: Button down, tied at the waist + blue denim +cap toe flats + scarf
Wednesday: Dress +cardigan + cap toe flats
Thursday: Striped top + blazer + fancy shorts + strappy sandals
Friday: Striped top + blue denim + cardigan + strappy sandals
Saturday: Dress + scarf + cap toe flats
Sunday: pajamas/ tee and shorts
Looks like I’m good to go while I wait for the rest of my lovely closet to show up. I’ll see you in my new city, Chicago!
A Few of our Favorite Things!
Crisp, Clean Summer Beauty
Are your beauty products good for you? Brands like Thymes, Burt’s Bees and Joey New York ensure all-natural, environmentally friendly formulas that leave you feeling crisp and awake. Use products that not only make you look better, but feel better.
Heat wave! Chill out with these icy cool concoctions
Don’t sweat it when the temps rise this summer, stop into LUSH and get your fix of our very best skin soothers. Not only will these products help beat the heat, but they will get your skin in top shape making for one very steamy season.
Did you know you can pop our Shower Jellies into the freezer for some extra refreshment? Just keep your jelly cold and when the weather has you wilting, a wash with Whoosh or Sweetie Pie will have you feeling fresh in no time!
You can also keep a bottle of Tea Tree Water, Eau Roma or a Breath of Fresh Air in the fridge and spray directly on the face for an extra blast of rejuvenation. All of LUSH’s toners are alcohol free, and made with floral/herbal waters and essential oils.
We make our Demon in the Dark soap with fresh mint and antioxidant-rich fresh organic apple juice to stimulate the surface of the skin and leave it brighter and cleaner. The invigorating peppermint will also jolt your senses awake.
It sounds like the last thing you want on your feet but we swear our Volcano foot mask cools your feet and gets rid of bacteria that cause funky odors. Kaolin and pumice draw out dirt and slough off rough skin while papaya and lemon juices cleanse. We added tomatoes, potatoes and anti-fungal essential oils to deodorize.
We designed our Mask of Magnaminty Face Mask to be used on your face and body. Peppermint oil stimulates and decongests your steamy complexion, while bentonite gel and kaolin mixture absorb oils and deep cleanse your skin to draw out the dirt which sinks into your skin.
LUSH also offers hand and foot treatments to help you cool down at all retail locations!
Your Curls’ Best Friend Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel
Do you ever feel like your curls need some extra friendly care during the summer season? Look no further thank Ouidad and turn to the Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel. The spiral shape of curls forces the hair shaft to remain open, allowing harsh environmental elements to dehydrate the hair as key nutrients and moisture escape, so even when you’re doing everything else right, your hair is still at risk. The humidity of July and August often makes it especially difficult to maintain healthy looking curls.
The Ouidad Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel blocks out humidity and helps keep your hair looking the same throughout the day or night. Gentle and moisturizing this formula contains the following key ingredients to keep your hair looking its best:
European Wheat Protein shields hair and breathes with the humidity, protecting the hair shaft and preventing hair from expanding
Amino Acids hydrate hair leaving it soft
Vitamin A nourishes hair, making it more manageable and full of shine
Water soluble leaves no build up behind
Protects hair from blow dryer heat when a straight style is desired
As a result, hair is smoother, shinier and better performing, surely making Ouidad your curls best friend!
It's About Time!
Fabulous bright color watches from Nautica, on sale now for a limited time!
Snap up a few to accessorize your hot summer styles!
Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance
Day Cream with SPF 15
Make skin look brighter and more radiant while protecting it against the harmful effects of the sun. Vitamin C and Arctic cloudberry nectar, which is bursting with natural antioxidants, fortifies the skin and protects it from both external and internal stress factors. Lumene Pure Radiance Day Cream feels refreshing and the citrusy fragrance is invigorating. Use it the morning for a little boost and for UVA protection!
Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure
Suitable for all skin types, Lumene Vitamin C+ Pure Radiance Beauty Drops effectively prevent the first signs of aging and helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots for long-lasting, brightening effects. Refresh your tired, dull complexion and achieve silky smooth, glowing skin with this beauty must-have. Use one capsule per day over a course of 28 days. Twist off tip to remove the capsule. Squeeze contents onto fingertips. Apply to cleansed face and neck or night cream. Avoid skin around the eyes. For external use only.
Tea Time With Aubrey Organics!
Tea and crumpets may be a tradition of the past, but green tea can have some surprising benefits on skin and hair. Green tea contains powerful antioxidant properties that are 20 times stronger than Vitamin E to help hydrate, cleanse, and protect skin against free radical damage. Use these tea infused products from Aubrey keep skin and hair looking its best!
Aubrey Natural Sun Green Tea Sunscreen SPF 30+ not only protects you from the sun, but also prevents free radical damage and fights the aging effects of sun exposure and pollution with organic green tea and herbal skin conditioners. The nourishing mineral formula also offers broad spectrum protection.
Perfect for applying in the morning as a pick me up, the Aubrey Green Tea and Ginkgo Moisturizing Cream restores hydration to dry skin with organic jojoba, rosa mosqueta and chamomile oils. The added green tea helps to balance out skin for a clear, bright looking complexion!
In addition to soothing benefits, green tea can cleanse! Aubrey Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo deep-cleanses with just one application and rinses clean to leave hair shiny, bouncy and full. Herbal extracts deliver beneficial nutrients quickly and reduce drying time for fast and easy styling, while green tea protects the hair and tones the scalp.
Aubrey products are available at Aubrey-organics.com or at natural retailers nationwide.
Summer’s Here… And So Is
Relief for Your Sunburn
Summer is in full swing (the season officially starting tomorrow), and my skin definitely knows it! That’s why it’s so important to make sure that not only we, but also our skin stays hydrated during the upcoming months. After receiving my start-to-the-summer sunburn, I picked up Atopalm’s Moisturizing Body Lotion.
Your skin will quickly absorb this lightweight, paraben free lotion. How does it sooth your scorched skin? The patented MLE formula revitalizes and moisturizes as it restores your skin’s protective barrier system. Vitamin E helps to defend the skin from environmental stresses, while Allantoin calms and soothes.
Fit Skin For Life with Mama Mio
This summer, Mama Mio is launching a Fit Skin For Life campaign, which aims to educate and inspire women across the world about skin fitness and help them feel more confident in their own skin.
As part of this initiative, Mama Mio has created an online Fit Skin Test (available at fitskinforlife.com) to help women understand their skin. Each woman who takes the quick test will receive a personalized Fit Skin Report, which features nutrition and exercise advice as well as tips to improve and maintain smooth, firm fit skin.
You can take the Fit Skin Test at fitskinforlife.com and in only a few hours the founders of Mama Mio will respond with a customized blueprint to help you get Fit Skin For Life.
Hurry now to take advantage of this great information, as the link will expire on July 14th! It only takes a few minutes to learn how to get Fit Skin For life!
Tweezerman Partners With Cynthia Rowley for 2012 Designer Series
Tweezerman has partnered with Cynthia Rowley for the 2012 Limited Edition Designer Series Collection - an annual compilation coveted by fashionistas, beauty aficionados and design enthusiasts alike. Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley has added sporty and graphic prints to this year's designer series collection for Tweezerman, bringing her colorful chic aesthetic to the premium quality beauty tools that give you the most beautiful brows, hands and feet. These special edition Sporty Foulard prints are available on the award winning Slant Tweezer in two special edition colors: Light Blue and Cobalt Blue. Also available on the famous Mini Slant Tweezer and the Filemate Nail File in Signature Red.
Tweezerman's award winning tools are beloved worldwide as the company understands a simple truth: when consumers feel comfortable, happy and confident, they also feel beautiful. As uniquely designed beauty tool experts, Tweezerman's approach is much like Cynthia Rowley's: high-end fashion, high-end function.
The 2012 Limited Edition Designer Series Collection will be exclusively available at Sephora July 19th, with items ranging from $5-$25 each, so make sure to swing by a location near you and add these cute tools to your beauty bag!
ideeli Launches Women Entrepreneur Contest with Small Business Champion Tory Johnson
*WHO:* ideeli and Tory Johnson
*WHAT:* "Best in Shop," a summer-long contest that welcomes women
nationwide whose company offers product within the categories of apparel,
accessories, home decor, and more to enter to win a chance for their
company and products to be featured on ideeli, the popular online retail
site. "Best in Shop" gives women entrepreneurs the opportunity to tell
their story, share their creations, and inspire millions. Three lucky
contest winners will be featured in a special fall edition of "Tory's Shop"
(www.ideeli.com/tory), a series of sales curated in collaboration with Tory
Johnson, featuring women-run small businesses from around the country.
*WHERE:* The "Best in Shop" contest lives on our Facebook page - http://idee.li/MiwJKS
*WHEN: * Contest Details:
Entry period: June 20 to August 3, 2012
Finalist selection: August 4 to August 17, 2012
Finalist announcement: August 20, 2012
Finalist voting period: August 20 to August 31, 2012
Winner announced: September 5, 2012
Winners featured on ideeli: Fall 2012
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