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5 Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves
PLUS Tracy Reese $1,000 Fall Wardrobe Giveaway

I am absolutely in love with autumn! I love everything about this season, from the vibrant hues on all the trees to the crisp freshness of the air. I love the way the sun casts long shadows across the park in the mid afternoon. I love making a big pot of soup in the crockpot and letting it simmer all day, filling my home with the scrumptious aroma. But my favorite thing about autumn is and always has been the clothes. Skinny jeans and gorgeous knit sweaters. Fleecy jackets, leggings and a great skirt. Knee boots, mid-calf boots, ankle boots and booties! What's not to love?

But where does a girl start when it comes to putting together a fall wardrobe, especially with the plethora of styles and fashions out there? The general consensus among fashionistas everywhere is to start with the 5 Wardrobe Basics, then build from there. These 5 wardrobe basics should always be of the best quality that you can afford. Remember, these are investment pieces. Look for well made, well tailored items of high quality — items that will last you through several years. Think classic and timeless.

Fitted Blazer: The fitted blazer is the item that pulls any look together. It adds panache to jeans and a T-shirt, it gets you big-presentation-at-work ready in an instant, and it is great thrown over a dress. Personally, I try and keep at least two different blazers around at all times — one in a solid color like navy, black or gray and one in a pattern like houndstooth, check or herringbone. The blazer is key because of the way it fits. Depending on your body type you’ll be looking for a one to three button, wide to narrow lapels, and patch or slit pockets. Any time I pass a blazer in a store, I try it on. You never know when you will find the perfect blazer. I view the time trying on every blazer as an investment in my future.

Jeans: You need jeans. I would recommend at least two different styles. One slim fit and one either trouser or bootcut. If you are serious about this, hem your trouser or bootcut style to work well with flats, and keep your slim fit long to wear with heels, or you can roll them past the ankle to wear with flats, which is a super cute spring and summer look. Look for even washes. Any distressing means you probably can’t wear them to work, and they won’t be in fashion for the long haul. These are investment pieces! Play it safe with a medium to dark indigo wash.  

White blouse:classic white button-down is always a winner, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. It can be tucked in and worn with a blazer and trousers or pencil skirt for a sleek, professional look for the office. Or, you can pull a cashmere sweater over your untucked white blouse and wear it with corduroys and boots for a great weekend look. So many gorgeous styles from fitted to loose and flowing. Look for the style that best flatters your figure.

Knee high boots: This is one of those wardrobe staples that is worth every penny, so don't skimp here. If you buy a well-made pair of classic knee high boots they will carry you through countless fall and winter seasons. Honestly! I have a pair of sleek, classically styled riding boots that I purchased at Nordstrom's back 15 years ago (when I could not afford them but also could not afford to not get them) and they are still going strong! The most classic and timeless style is the equestrian or riding boot.  Frye makes gorgeous high quality boots, like this classy cuffed riding boot. Frye boots will last and last — they are worth every penny. If you want a very classic, versatile riding boot try Tory Burch's Jess Riding Boot. They’ll go beautifully with a sweet skirt or sweater dress and practically scream “autumn.”  Riding boots should have structure and simplistic style, and the Ariat York  is a shining example of both.

The Perfect LBD: Last but absolutely not least, the classic little black dress. Here, again, we have a wardrobe staple that can see you through years if not decades, so if you find the perfect one snap it up! Everyone will tell you (myself included) that you only need one of these magic dresses. Simple accessories will help change your look, and you will get years of use out of one simple dress. Of course, if I happen across a great LBD while shopping, I usually end up buying it. I mean, “Everyone needs a little black dress.” Sigh. I’ve been brainwashed by my own advice, and She She Me’s continued purchasing encouragement.

Well my dears, there you have it! These basics will easily get you through fall and winter in a very chic and stylish manner. And since we all need a little help getting started on that fall wardrobe, be sure to enter below for a chance to win a $1,000 Tracy Reese Fall Wardrobe!

Happy shopping!

xoxo,

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NEW Masks From Feeling Beautiful

Feeling Beautiful has launched three NEW paper masks based on the latest beauty trends from around the world! Each paper mask is deeply effective and relies on active ingredients often found in prestige masks and peels.  Available this month, Feeling Beautiful effectively and naturally leaves your skin brighter, healthier, and more beautiful, no matter what your skin concern is.


Lumene Excellent Future Day Cream!

Looking for a day cream that does it all? Lumene Excellent Future Age Defying & Repairing Day Cream SPF 15 is about to be your go-to beauty product. This cream is enriched with Arctic Cloudberry & Apple Stem Cell Technologies which is designed to prevent, delay and even repair the signs of aging. Cloudberry Stem Cell Extract boosts skins own collagen synthesis to help maintain youthful firmness making this cream a hard one to beat and can be used alone or under makeup
 

Sensai Eye For Fall

This season, it’s all about the eyes. Whether you want cat-like liner, a smokey eye or au-natural brows, Sensai has your makeup needs covered.

Sensai Eye Shadow Palette: Three harmonious shadows that can be easily layered for a natural-looking graduation. Bonus? The palette comes equipped with a matching eye-defining liner.

i received a sample of this eye shadow palette in gorgeous plum shades, perfect for fall! I love the silky smooth powder which glides on smoothly, stays put and doesn't crease! Can't wait to try the other shades available too.

 

Mally Beauty For Fall

Each year, QVC allows customers to weigh in on their favorite brands, products and innovations in beauty with their Customer Choice Awards. And, this year, Mally Beauty has been nominated for ten categories! Check out two of my favorites for fall:

Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender

This superhero of your beauty bag is the perfect finishing touch to your look. The water-clear, featherweight formula helps diffuse the appearance of pores and fine lines while locking makeup into place. It offers a smooth, matte finish without the dry, ashy look of powder.

Mally Poreless Face Defender with Sponge 

Mally Beauty 24/7 Blush System

A high-performance system that gives you a beautiful, natural blush that lasts. This 24/7 blush is made using two new technologies that activate one another for long-lasting results. Together, these two products create the perfect bond, locking in a long-wearing, fresh, dewy color that won't budge.

Mally Beauty 24/7 Professional Blush System, 0.26 oz 

Behind the Scenes with Katy Perry

Katy Perry introduces her latest fragrance Killer Queen by Katy Perry ($59), just in time for fall. The new, strikingly gorgeous perfume captures Katy Perry’s rebellious spirit, throwing convention to the wind. Inspired by a queen’s scepter, the distinct jewel-shaped bottle in shades of royal red and gold portray sexy sophistication and lawless luxury. The faceted bottle rests languorously on its side, like a loose, precious gem fit for a Queen.

Check out a behind the scenes look at her new advertising campaign!

 

On-The-Go with Sun Bum!

Just because it’s October and the summer days have seem to come to an end, sun protection is still the number one beauty step to keep in mind. Sun Bum Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 30 makes applying sunscreen to the face simple. Throw it in your bag and take it with you on the go, for last minute applications and you’ll be sure fight off harmful rays. This on-the-go beauty essential is water resistant and perfect to wear under makeup.
 

Get-The-Look: Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s recent locks seen at the Venice Film Festival, are an easy-to-achieve hairstyle that works on all hair textures; and looks flawless for any occasion. Here are a few quick steps on how your readers can achieve this look at home:

Step One: Spritz a leave-in conditioner all-over damp hair. Try UNITE 7Seconds Condition.

Step Two: Next, blow hair straight using a round paddle brush, leaving some of your natural texture throughout hair.

Step Three: Once almost completely dry, take a salt-based spray, like the UNITE Beach Day Spray and spritz it onto 2-inch sections of hair, raking fingers through to separate.

Step Four: Finish this look by flipping hair over and back, to get that effortless volume.

 

Brighten with Zensation!

Looking to achieve a radiant bright look? Zensation Radiance Brightening Cleansing Cream has you covered. This wonderful formulated cleansing cream is made up of a blend of natural ingredients, including a gentle cleansing agent that dissolves makeup and any impurities without harming the skin. Ingredients such as Vitamin E and Botanical Lightening Agent improve the skins tone and texture while leaving the skin glowing.

The Power of Oil
Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Cleansing and Mongongo Oils

All hair oils are not created equal.  The majority of women fear greasy roots when applying oils, however, Ouidad’s new oil infused products will provide for shine and optimal hair health sans the grease.  Ouidad’s Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil works to gently remove dirt and build up, while restoring essential moisture to the hair.  Post shower, feed tresses with the Salon Series by Ouidad Mongongo Oil Multi Use Hair Treatment, known as “hair food” in Zambia for its high Vitamin E content and superb regenerating and antioxidant properties.  These products will replenish, protect and strengthen with each use to leave hair shiny, never slick or heavy.

Curl Recovery Ultra Nourishing Cleansing Oil ($25 at Ouidad.com)

  • Ideal for dry, damaged textures that gently fortifies and purifies hair while breaking down unwanted oil on the scalp
  • The CR 4 Repair Complex – a combination of 4 ingredients, Mafura Butter, Kalihari Melon Oil, Daikon Radish Oil and Meadow Foam Seed Oil that envelopes the hair shaft with concentrated fatty acids that are vital to rebuilding, nourishing and protecting  
  • Silk proteins and coconut oils bind to the cuticle to sustain hydration and resist damage while enhancing body and shine

Salon Series by Ouidad Mongongo Oil Multi Use Hair Treatment ($36 at Ouidad.com)

  • A high concentration of linoleic acid, omega 6 and Vitamin E deliver intense hydration to the hair
  • Formula coats strands to shield against UV rays and environmental aggressors
  • Protects hair from heat styling, while also speeding up drying time
  • Restructures damaged hair, while delivering intense hydration
  • Smoothes frizz and restores natural luster and sheen

Breast Cancer Awareness Roundup

Curls for a Cure
Ouidad Supports Breast Cancer Awareness
365 Days a Year

Ouidad – renowned hair stylist, salon owner, global educator, curl expert, mother, and industry icon – is a breast cancer survivor.  Diagnosed at the very same age as her mother whom she lost to the disease, Ouidad realized that she was in a unique position to apply both personal experience and passion to a remarkable cause and took action against this aggressive killer.  While she commends other brands for debuting limited edition, pastel pink products to raise funds for this important cause, Ouidad has chosen to pursue a higher level of involvement by supporting breast cancer awareness 365 days a year.

Fortunate enough to make a full recovery, Ouidad started a crusade against breast cancer, vowing to make a difference in the lives of other women.  She founded Curls for a Cure in 2005 to raise funds year round for the Breast CancerResearch Foundation.  Curls for a Cure is a donation program on Ouidad.com that welcomes visitors to make a donation of their choosing toward Breast Cancer research.  Taking her commitment a step further, Ouidad matches any amount donated, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000!


UniqueVintage

UniqueVintage.com  is donating 20% of the proceeds from their "pink" collection
of items to the National Breast Cancer Foundation


Mally Beauty for BCA: Brightest Days Ahead

As a mother, daughter, and woman, Mally Roncal, Celebrity Makeup Artist and President / Founder of Mally Beauty has been personally touched by breast cancer. To stand with other women who hold this cause close to their hearts, Mally is offering an uplifting seven piece collection, the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit.

With each purchase, a donation will be made to the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s breast cancer fundraising efforts (FFCF). FFCF leads the industry’s fundraising efforts for innovative breast cancer research and provides grants to the nation’s most distinguished breast cancer research hospitals and foundations.

Housed in a beautiful tote that reads “your best days are ahead” the Brightest Days Are Ahead Kit holds:

  • NEW Perfect Skin Illuminating Refiner with a brush and sponge
  • Perfect Prep Under Eye Brightener in Lighter
  • NEW Luxury Lipstick in Pilar Pink
  • Evercolor Shadow Stick in Empowering Lilac
  • Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner in Fearless Brown
  • Mally Inspirational Bag: To remind you, wherever you are, that “Your Best Days are Ahead
Mally 6-pc Your Brightest Days Are Ahead Collection 

The Mally Beauty Brightest Days Ahead Limited-Edition Kit retails for $59.98 (MSRP: $140.00) during the month of October.


Sensai Supports
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Pucker up for a purpose, kiss for a cause! This October, Sensai by Kanebo will donate 15% of their Total Lip Treatment sales to The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer®.

Sensai’s Total Lip Treatment ($68) helps promote collagen synthesis around the lip area. The luxurious balm works to repair rough, chapped lips while minimizing the appearance of fine lines. Lips are left feeling smooth and moisturized.


Kohl's Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month In Style

Show strong, stylish support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month by sporting the Kohl’s Cares Tek Gear collection. From tees and tanks to hats and shorts, the athletic collection helps everyone stay fit while supporting women’s health. 
Each piece of the Tek Gear collection,designed exclusively by Kohl’s, is available for only $5, $10, and $15 for each with 100 percent of the net profit is donated to support the fight against breast cancer. 
The collection is available now through November 3 at www.Kohls.com.

       

Treasure Your Chest - Boob Tube
Supports BCA

It is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Mama Mio is supporting the cause by donating $1 for every bottle of Boob Tube sold in the US to Look Good Feel Better, the cancer support charity that helps women manage the visible side effects of cancer treatment.

Boob Tube: Defies gravity and takes years off your décolletage. This bust and neck firmer is amazing because the quality of your skin changes so quickly. Within a week you will notice that your chest looks firmer, fitter, glowing, more dewy and more youthful.

Mama Mio products can be purchased at http://www.mamamio.com


Cenoire joins the fight against Breast Cancer


Our Gift of Time Watches

The Our Gift of Time brand has materialized over a period of years after the founder Debra Strochak survived stage three breast cancer in 1998. Debra was a healthy 47 year old mother of two grown children and running a successful business when she was diagnosed out of the blue. With the best and latest treatment options, Debra’s chances of living a cancer free life were less than 7% according to the data and statistics. This experience made Debra question, “What about the others out there who were less fortunate? What does the single mom do with three kids to feed and needs to work to keep her health insurance or those without insurance at all?”

Strochak took action and co-founded the Wellness Community of Greater Miami, a center that provides free psychological and supportive services for cancer patients and their families, treating over 300,000 patients.  As her family business grew, which was creating license plates, Debra started the movement to find the first “Medical Tag” in Florida, which is a Breast Cancer Awareness tag. Since its inception in 2001, Debra has raised over 4 million dollars for Breast Cancer Research, she became part of the American Cancer Society East Kendal Relay for Life, as well resurrected the Pinecrest Relay for Life which has raised over $400,000 to date.  Strochak has also been a sponsor and a team captain for Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and assisted in starting the largest all informative day for Breast Cancer with the Day of Caring. Debra was constantly putting forth her efforts where she felt like she could make a difference, each organization said “why don't I just pick one and stick with it?”  Debra’s feelings were that she never knew where the right dollar might come from that would actually find the Cure. There didn't seem to be any rhyme or reason why she survived with a 7% chance and others she knew had not.

Then one day Debra noticed a saying that read, “Life isn't tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift! “ Teaming up with two friends in the jewelry business, they created a watch design and logo that reflects this special sentiment.  The watch represents time, the gift box in the center and it’s tied with a pink bow representing Breast Cancer. When this special watch is purchased, the buyer gets to choose which breast cancer charity receives 100% of the proceeds in order to help others with “The Gift of Time.”  


Purple Aura Jewels

Donating 20% of sales proceeds of the below styles to Pink Ribbon International 
Price Point: $115-$340


CHROMATICgallerie Shoes
Supporting The Cause!

For the month of October, CHROMATICgallerie is donating 10% of their shoe sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!

The collection features a vast array of fun colorful pumps all retailing for $88. The proceed from the sale of every color of shoes, including breast cancer awareness appropriate pink to blues, yellows and more will go to benefit the cause. All shoppers have to do is enter code NBCAM10 at checkout :)

So go pick yourself up a pair of Grin N' Berry It purple or Little Miss Midas gold pumps, and feel good about shoe shopping again, knowing you are helping a great cause with each purchase!

Pick up your pair here: http://www.chromaticgallerie.com 


The Dew Tour Hits San Francisco

The Dew Tour Toyota City Championships returns to San Francisco October 11-13 for three days of free Skate, BMX and FMX competitions featuring the world’s top action sports athletes including Paul Rodriguez, Ryan Sheckler, Sean Malto, Garrett Reynolds, Drew Bezanson,  Dennis Enarson and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg.  Featuring Skate and BMX Street and Streetstyle, BMX Dirt and FMX Triple Threat contests, the Toyota City Championships will also include the family-friendly Dew Tour Experience where fans can interact with Dew Tour partners, meet athletes, skate and ride the Dew Tour fan courses and more. 

The Toyota City Championships draws on San Francisco’s rich action sports history, with a Street course that includes tributes to iconic San Francisco skate spots Hubba Hideout and China Banks.  The Skate Street contest will feature many of the world’s best street skaters, including Rodriguez, Sheckler, Malto, Chaz Ortiz, Torey Pudwill,Manny Santiago, Ryan Decenzo and David Gonzalez competing for the Dew Cup.

“The Dew Tour is one of my favorite contests of the year,” said Paul Rodriguez.  “The talent level is always amazing and competing in San Francisco on a course that includes some of the most iconic spots in skateboarding always makes for a good contest.”

Dew Tour returns with its one-of-a-kind progressiveStreetstyle contest, taking over Harrison St., with urban features including shipping containers, scaffolding, curbs, ledges and Toyota vehicles to build a dream setup for skaters and riders.  Ryan Sheckler will attempt to defend his skate title, but will face strong competition in Curren Caples, Omar Salazar and others hoping to take home the coveted Dew Cup.

On Sunday, October 13, Dew Tour hosts Community Day, giving kids the opportunity to skate the Dew Tour pro street course and ride the Mongoose BMX pump track.  Dew Community Day is a way for Dew Tour to thank the city and residents of San Francisco for welcoming the event, athletes and entire industry to their city. The Dew Tour weekend will also feature a concert and the Dew Tour: Recognize photo exhibit, showcasing inspiring skate photography from well known industry photographers.


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