Author: Melissa

Hot nail polishes to match the hot Pantone fall 2014 colors

It may still be on the warm side outside for some of us, but fall fashion is officially in full swing. In my kid-free days the new season meant a shopping spree was in order, but today I’m more apt to update my look with a new nail polish shade. Checking out the Pantone fall 2014 Color Report, I’ve put together a guide to fantastic polishes that hit all the right color notes. Hey, is it so wrong to want my toes to match my bag?     Radiant Orchid Deborah Lippmann Good Vibrations, ($17, Deborah Lippmann Online) I love this color, and we all have since  radiant orchid was announced...

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Out out, summer dark spots.

The end of summer is sad enough, but it’s also left behind a bunch of shiny new sun spots on my face even though I smeared on so much sunscreen all season long. The good news is that I found a relatively easy fix in the Lumene skincare line. Their new Bright Now Visible Repair Tone Corrector and Time Freeze Targeted Spot Corrector just might save me (and you) a costly and time-sucking visit to the dermatologist. I’ve been using Bright Now every day under my moisturizer to give my skin a nice pick-me-up, and it’s working really well. It’s true, there are definitely some good dark...

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When to replace makeup? An easy, common sense, non-alarmist guide

One of the biggest questions we see around the web is when to replace makeup. And I totally get it. I have a drawer full of makeup–like that cool auburn eyeliner that I might wear some day, or a pale pink lip gloss that was awesome over the summer and not so much for the fall. But the thing about makeup, unlike, say, a pair of skinny jeans you’re aiming to fit into, is that it does have an expiration date. Some products last a really long time and others not so much, so we’ve put together this  “when to toss your makeup” cheat...

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Personalized preschool shoe labels that help tell right from left. So smart!

Mornings can be a bit rough in our house. For my three-year-old, getting the right shoe on the right foot (or left foot, as it were) can add even more chaos to a stressful situation so I’m thanking the foot gods for the new personalized preschool shoe labels from Emily Press, the same folks who brought us the adorable reusable, dishwasher-proof labels that I use on all of my kids’ food storage items. As for the shoe labels, they’re made to help take out the guesswork, while giving little ones a feeling of accomplishment. Look closely and you’ll see that when they’re put together, they’re like two...

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Cool handbag organization tips and accessories for the (sometimes) organizationally challenged.

As organized as I may be in other aspects of my life, I consider myself a bit organizationally challenged when it comes to my handbags. No matter how big or small it is, I always manage to lose things I need in the black hole of my tote or purse, or pull out the wrong thing at the wrong time. Have you ever tried opening the door with a crayon? Or a tampon? Yeah. So in an effort to reorganize my stuff and make my life slightly easier, I put together a few handbag organizing tips, then scoured the web for some of my favorite...

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Slip happens.

Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more...

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Go nuts for the new Yes to Coconut skincare collection

It’s safe to say that I’m a Yes to Carrots junkie, so I was excited to try the brand new tropical-inspired Yes to Coconut skin care line from this CMP favorite. It’s right on time with the recent buzz about the super-powers of coconut oil and coconut water from wellness gurus, and, well, everyone who wants to smell like suntan lotion. Like all Yes to Carrots products, Yes to Coconut has loads of healthy ingredients at a totally reasonable price point (nary a product is over $20). But know that all of that coconut oil and water means the coconut scent is very strong so you’d better be...

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Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup. Not the contradiction it seems to be.

It’s the oldest joke in the world that we spend so much time looking makeup that makes you look like you’re not wearing any, but that’s exactly what Dr. Perricone is going for with the new Perricone MD No Makeup Makeup collection. The brand makes a very compelling argument: When you’re older than 29 (ahem), wearing makeup is less about creating drama and more about hiding any weird broken blood vessels or sun spots. Not that any of us here know about such things. [Note: this post has been edited to add more information about other products in the line] Now let me say right...

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HATCH Layers makes maternity basics comfy, chic and convenient. Yes, all at once.

Figuring out an outfit on a daily basis is not easy. Add pregnancy to the process and you can get a recipe for frustration as I can say from experience. Luckily HATCH, my favorite chic maternity brand, just introduced the HATCH Layers set, an easy formula for stylish dressing throughout your nine months and (way) beyond. The HATCH Layers concept is that you really only need three key pieces to build your pregnancy wardrobe: Tank top, long sleeve shirt and leggings. I concur! I lived in those three pieces during both of my pregnancies. Leggings and a tank can go under everything, and who doesn’t need a...

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You won’t believe who makes these stunning handmade necklaces.

I love jewelry. I don’t love spending money on jewelry that I only wear once and then gets lost in my tangle of necklaces and bracelets. Marbelous, a new collection of artsy handmade necklaces crafted from beautiful shades of clay, will not get lost in the shuffle. Marbelous is the brainchild of two 9-year-old Brooklyn besties–one of the things we love about this. The girls, who happen to share a birthday, were playing around with some balls of clay on a family vacation and ended up making cool necklaces that looked like funky chic marbles. When their moms were...

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