Hottest Summer Shoe Styles
plus Mother's Day Gift Guide
One of the joys of summer (aside from blustery winter winds, chapped skin and perpetually frozen toes) is getting to run around barefoot for a while. Despite public opinion about my footwear-acquisition obsession, I have always had an aversion to wearing shoes, and I’ll avoid wearing them around the house, in the yard, while driving, etc. as much as possible. But there are occasions when footwear is mandatory (“no shoes, no shirt, etc. etc.”), and so we need stylish options to wrap our little piggies in.
Finding footwear that is fashionable, comfortable and affordable is our goal this season. As our wardrobes lighten up for summer so must our shoe styles. It's time for strappy sandals, chic peeptoe wedges and flirty flats! Let's take a look at the hottest footwear styles for summer 2013.
Neutral nudes. My choice here is definitely the L.K. Bennett nude pump in either the "Sledge" or "Shilo" styles. Sleek, stylish, just the right height and it makes my legs look like they go on forever. Can't go wrong with either one. Also, be sure to check out other great options in embellished nude leather, suede and fabric for this summer style trends.
Hot colors. This summer pick a bright color as a basic instead of the old tried-and-true black or brown. Try a vibrant orange, fiery red or sunny yellow instead. You might even want to try a pair in an adorable floral print. Wear them with a neutral outfit or pair them with a contrasting floral and remain on trend.
Elegant pointed toes. A classic trend that never goes out of style, and looks great in any height. If you adore stilettos but want to take a break from the altitude, investigate the kitten heel, or one of the summer's chunky lower-heel heights.
Platforms. Another popular trend now available in summer styles, platforms are a great way to add a little height while enjoying the comfort of feeling like you are wearing flats. I am loving these gorgeous peeptoe platforms in a fresh mint!
Solid metallic's. This summer there is no need to limit yourself to just silver and gold. Try a gorgeous bronze metallic or something in pewter (honestly this shade goes with everything!)
Strappy footwear. Nothing says summer like a pair of strappy sandals! To remain comfortable, look for perforated or laser-cut leather, linen and open-toe strappy styles to give your stylish feet some air.
Embellishments. The perfect way to add a bit of bling to your summer ensemble is with embellished sandals. And with so many different styles to choose — wedges, flats, stilettos and even flipflops — you're sure to find the perfect pair!
Chunky heels. New for summer and fall, these substantial heels make a shoe comfortable and stable at any height. Higher chunky heels can often provide more stability than a low stiletto, with just as much style and a lot more comfort. And with all the fun possibilities in structure —chunky wood heels, heels made of lucite, even cork heels — you will be right on trend!
Well my dears, that should give you a head start for summer footwear. Just remember, when buying shoes always do so in the late afternoon or early evening when your feet have swelled a bit. It makes for a better true fit. Also, make sure to wear the shoe around the store a bit before you commit. Make sure your heel doesn't slip out and your toes don't pinch or slide. Also, be sure to try on BOTH shoes, not just one. Find the shoes and styles that are right for your feet, and you can rock the trends all summer long and well into the fall!
Mother's Day Giveaway!
Enter to win one of these three great fragrances
for your mom (or yourself!)
Treat your mom like the star she is this Mother’s Day with the gift of indulgent fragrances from other superstar moms like Halle Berry, Faith Hill, and Celine Dion. Enter for your chance to win one of these great fragrances for your mom (or yourself!)
||Closer by Halle Berry: For the hip, modern mom, give her the gift of Closer by Halle Berry, the undeniably fresh fragrance that perfectly marries opposing facets for a woodsy floral fougere. The combination of masculine herbal Fougere Accord balanced with a luscious feminine blend of Violet Flowers, Raspberry, and Mimosa is the perfect way to show mom you think she’s cutting edge cool.
||SOUL2SOUL Vintage Faith Hill: For the traditionally sophisticated mom, surprise her with an uplifting fragrance like Faith’s SOUL2SOUL Vintage. This feminine scent is bursting with fresh juicy Pear, blended with notes of Passion Flower and Sparkling Plum for a fresh, fruity effervescence. SOUL2SOUL vintage is the perfect gift this Mother’s Day containing a romantic floral heart of Peony Petals, Geranium Egypt, and creamy Gardenia Petals plus the unmistakable sensuality of Oak and Cedarwood.
||Sensational by Celine Dion: If your mom’s a pillar of strength, let her know how much you admire her with Celine Dion’s Sensational fragrance. The dynamic fragrance opens with sparkling icy Pear notes layered over luscious Plum and crisp, juicy Apple. These tantalizing fruity facets evolve into a medley of vibrant florals like brilliant mimosa, intoxicating Jasmine, Luminous Freesia, and sweet Orris.
So many ways to enter!
Get 3D Lip Shine with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Glossy Sticks!
Spring is here and summer is fast approaching — it’s the perfect time to add a pop color to your look, and if you want to score points with mom, snap these up for her too!
SOAP & GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER GLOSSY STICK gives your lips a natural glow all while softening and moisturizing!
SOAP & GLORY SEXY MOTHER PUCKER GLOSSY STICK
Ultra-hydrating and glide-on-smooth, these new lustrous lip crayons give a subtle – but definite – wash of creamy color in three “you’ve gotta get ‘m shades”. Buzz-free (this one visually volumizes without the tingle), this 3D lip shine is packed with collagen-boosting pre-peptides for fuller, plumper-looking lips, while the exclusive ultimate shine & shaping technology and 3D plump complex build a firming network that defines and instantly wraps to your lips.
Mama Mio Pregnancy Essentials
Perfect for the mom-to-be! This kit includes three high performance products (Boob Tube, Lucky Legs and Tummy Rub) that will help every woman during her 9 month s-t-r-e-t-c-h!
What’s in the box
Boob Tube: Bust firming cream to stop sagging
Tummy Rub Butter: Award-winning stretch mark protection
Lucky Legs: A mini spa treatment to relieve swollen legs and feet
How it works
Tummy Rub Butter is primarily designed for one thing: increasing skin elasticity. You’re gonna grow, you’re gonna shrink; and no-one tells you your skin doesn’t have to suffer – but it’s a battle and you have to fight! Your secret weapon is the continual and plentiful use of Omega 3, 6 and 9 to build your skin’s strength and elasticity.
Boob Tube will moisturize and protect the delicate skin on your bust from cup size changes. With Omegas, antioxidants and Shea Butter, Boob Tube will be your new bust friend.
Lucky Legs. Safe to use throughout your pregnancy, our clinically tested ingredients will leave you with feather-light legs, reducing discomfort and helping circulation.
Lavanila I Love Lavanila Gift Set
When it comes to selecting the perfect gift for every occasion, look to this healthy beauty essentials set from Lavanila. Each “I Love Lavanila” set features three Lavanila favorites – The Healthy Fragrance, Healthy Body Butter and Healthy Deodorant – in perfectly portable sizes for easy on-the-go application. “I Love Lavanila” is available in two alluring aromas, classic Pure Vanilla and luscious Vanilla Grapefruit.
Body of Royalty Lipstick
Body of Royalty is the fabulous beauty brand that produces lipsticks that flatter all skin tones and effortlessly translates from boardroom elegance to after-five flair.At the affordable price of $17.99, Body of Royalty introduced 10 shades in creamy or matte finishes (ranging from nude/natural and bright corals to intense plum) for the spring and summer.
Gluten-free and ultra-moisturizing due to the infusion of Vitamin E, Body of Royalty lipsticks glide on effortlessly as they nourish and nurture the lips to perfect health. I received a sample of Body of Royalty lipstick in Natural Beauty and it is seriously one of the most perfect shades of lipstick I have ever tried! Not too pink, not too coral, not too red, not too orange. Just a delicate enhancement of color on my lips. I love the creamy texture, and the fact that it stays put! Just wearing it made me feel elegant and put together! Absolutely love it!
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.
Introducing Thymes Temple Tree Jasmine
Indulge in a fragrance that embodies ethereal beauty with the Temple Tree Jasmine collection from Thymes. The latest offering from their fragrance studio, Temple Tree Jasmine envelops you in floral wisps layered over invigorating Temple Tree blossoms.
The following products are available, ranging in price from $5 – $33.
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.
House of Leagues
There’s no secret that most sports figures are becoming the jack of all trades – delving into fashion, beauty and business ventures.
Gio Gonzalez, MLB pitcher for the Washington Nationals, has launched a new collection of apparel – The House of Leagues. Aside from finishing 2012 with the most wins in the season, Gio has produced a collection of everyday basics inspired by an athleticism lifestyle.
Founded in Summer 2012 by Gio Gonzalez, The House of Leagues line consists of children’s, men’s and women’s t-shirts featuring graphics representative of baseball. With a philosophy following the integration between culture and fashion, The House of Leagues visually represents Gonzalez’ heritage and background encompassing baseball and old-fashioned street ball.
The ‘Stickball” collection features graphics with a twisted element in the baseball culture. A stick-figure insignia along with imagery significant to traditional baseball concessions including hot dogs and beers appear on each design.
The decidedly retro looks -- weathered tees – are imprinted with water-based inks on dye washed and solid-shade foundations. Composed of 100% cotton, The House of Leagues will feature crewneck and V-neck styles for men; crop tops, raglans, sweatshirts and tanks for women; and raglans and tees for children. Consumers can select from an array of solid shades including black, gray, red or white. At the affordable price of $24 - $68, sizes range from small to X-large. The House of Leagues is launching a collection of high-end woven and denim garments for men and women in Summer 2013. For more information, please visit www.thehouseofleagues.com.
Treat Your Feet - New L'Occitane
Almond Foot Care
The countdown to sandal season has officially begun! The last thing you want is for your tender tootsies to be subjected to scrutiny and found wanting! L’Occitane’s latest addition to their ever-popular Almond Collection, Almond Foot Care, is a summer must-have.
Enriched with softening almond oil and almond milk, this cream also contains nourishing shea butter and mint essential oil, to refresh and purify. Ideal for dry feet, it makes them feel incredibly nourished. And a product plus? Almond Foot Care has a powdery finish, so you can put your sandals back on immediately after use!
L'Occitane Fragrance Collection
NEW for Mother's Day
Looking for the perfect gift for Mom? Check out L’Occitane’s new fragrance collection inspired by Grasse, the world capital of perfumery. Just in time for Mother's Day, L’Occitane will introduce a four new fragrances each with corresponding body lotions; shower gels and soaps. The luxurious scents include:
Jasmin & Bergamote:
Bergamote discreetly brightens the scent and continues to retain a lingering presence while Jasmine reveals all its facets. The balance fluctuates between petals and leaves, freshness and sensuality.
Magnolia & Mure:
Between flower and fruit, the Magnolia essence provides the prelude to wild and slightly musky Blackberry notes. Present throughout the fragrance, Blackberry gives a tenderness to the woody structure.
Vanilla & Narcisse:
Discreet at first, the scent of Narcissus swells to reveal a bouquet of white flowers and spicy heart accords. Finally, Vanilla borrows the wilder untamed notes of Narcissus that gives it its spirit.
Thé Vert & Bigarade:
Essential and aimed at both women and men, it has a thirst-quenching effect, when sparkling citrus notes burst forth in an accord of sweet and bitter Orange.
Shed Your Spots For Summer with AVON!
From acne marks to sun spots, women of all ages share a key skin concern: discolorations. Unable to find a true solution, countless women hide their complexions with makeup. Now Avon introduces an innovative solution with ANEW Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector, a new serum developed to effectively even out the look of all skin tones. With Avon’s latest breakthrough, the hiding is over!
Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector targets the look of seven different types of discolorations:
Blotchy red patches
Uneven skin tone
From the Expert: "It's not just lines and wrinkles that cause skin to look aged. Discolorations -- and there are many types of them -- can add years to your look. I'm really impressed with the results I've seen from Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector and its ability to even out the look of multiple types of discolorations on a wide variety of skin tones." Dr. Cheryl Karcher, board certified dermatologist and professional consultant for Avon.
Give Mom Comfort and Style with CHROMATICgallerie
Empowering mothers everywhere with the power of CHOICE, this unique shoe line lets you be the hands on designer of your perfect dream shoes. With other shoe lines where there was one heel height, CHROMATICgallerie has three to choose from (2"-4"). Where there was no wiggle room, they have multiple widths to match your feet. Where there was sore feet, they have cushioned insoles. And where there was bland, they have a rainbow of custom-created hues. And the best part is that each custom created pair retails for ONLY $88! This collection is perfect for the on-the go mom who doesn't want to sacrifice comfort for style!
Lavish by Tricia Milaneze
Jewelry designer Tricia Milaneze, founded Lavish Jewelry in 2005, and since then her unique pieces-combining vintage style with modern-day influences-have become her signature, gracing fashionistas like Jennifer Lopez and garnering the attention of Ellemagazine.
It's the hand-crocheted gold thread and glass beading that give her designs the "where did you get that?" appeal. The craftsmanship is remarkable, making every piece of Tricia's various collections a work of art.
Lavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon
Mom's New Favorite!
Looking for a new spring scent? Search no further than Lavanila’s NEW Fresh Vanilla Lemon. Make an airy impression with this modern citrus blend of crisp lemon, fresh bamboo, lush watery fruits and pure Madagascar vanilla – sure to be the brand’s cleanest take on vanilla yet!
The Fresh Vanilla Lemon Collection Includes:
The Healthy Fragrance:
Unlike traditional fragrances, The Healthy Fragrance in Fresh Vanilla Lemon is beautifully made using pampering, natural ingredients.
- The Healthy Deodorant: A breakthrough in natural deodorants that delivers mighty protection against odor. For invigorating confidence, The Healthy Deodorant leaves behind a delicate trail of light citrus and powdery vanilla.
- The Healthy Roller-Ball: Housed in a slim, spill-proof bottle, this tote-able fragrance lets you dab on lemon goodness whenever you need a quick refresher. The perfect perfume pick-me-up
We all remember the days of the hair scrunchy. Easy to wear, enough styles to match any outfit, and they slid comfortably on your wrist between wearings. But as style evolved, our once-beloved scrunchy became a fashion “don’t,” creating the need for a new breed of hair accessories. Elastic bands tug on hair, cause headaches and can leave dents in your hair when you take it down. But with the introduction of the Twistband that is all about to change.
Twistbands are ponybands and headbands made of elastic trim. They stretch to support any hairstyle, yet are slim and sleek enough to wear on your wrist when you want to let your hair down. Twistbands are available in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics to complement any style. And with prices ranging from $5-12 for a set of three you can have one in every color! Check out all the great products at Twistband - just in time for Mother's Day!
Fun Handbags by Izak
Over the last two decades, the exceptionally talented and stylishly quirky illustrator Izak Zenou has forged a reputation as one of the globes most prolific fashion illustrators. Izak’s effortless, visionary style conveys a breezy and fresh, yet elegant and enchanting view of every day life. These fun designs are translated into chic and stylish handbags and tech accessories which are perfect for the über-chic fashionista!
Kate Young for Target
Kate Young — one of the fashion industry’s most influential celebrity stylists — has partnered with Target to introduce an exclusive collection for women. The Kate Young for Target collection features women’s apparel and accessories, including an assortment of special occasion dresses, handbags, shoes and jewelry. The collection ranges in price from $29.99 to $89.99 for apparel and $14.99 to $49.99 for jewelry, handbags and shoes. Kate Young for Target is available now at most Target stores and Target.com.
Check out this fabulous collection now, and live your red carpet moment!
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