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Summer Fashion Picks

As a general rule I'm a glass if half full kind of girl. One who likes to look on the bright side of things. The eternal optimist. Yes, when life hands me lemons I stop by the bakery and pick up a lemon meringue pie. And I honestly try to carry that attitude into my everyday life, be it work or play. I've just found that I can be more productive and less stressed if I stay positive. That's not to say that I don't have my bad days, however.

Like this morning. Was feeling the need of a little endorphin boost so I awoke early, dusted off my membership card and headed to the gym. Had picked up a fabulous new sports bra from Jockey, made specifically for medium impact exercise (and it has molded cups for enhanced shape, so you actually look like a girl and not a uni-boob freak) and I wanted to test it out to see if it really did "wick moisture away to keep me cool and dry" (it did!). So I tucked all my necessaries in my fabulous new yoga bag (honestly, the best exercise/tote/anything bag I have ever owned!) and headed out the door. Luckily, at that time of the morning the gym was filled with serious exercise enthusiasts — you know, the kind who actually perspire? Which was good, because I worked up quite a sweat on the treadmill and, in fact, flies were beginning to circle by the time I finished and headed to the locker room. Normally, I don't really like to shower and get ready for work at the gym (left over junior-high body anxiety — while everyone else was blossoming, I was still a stick-insect with no curves), but I had a crazy day ahead of me so, 'nuf said.

Anyhoo, was lathered, rinsed, toweled, powdered, lotioned, dressed, made-up and hair dried in record time, ready to put the finishing touches in place when I reached for my magical Dry Bar curling iron only to find it missing in action! Well, not missing exactly, and most definitely in action, but in someone else's hands and hair! The gum-snapping overly-made-up multi-hued and tattooed teenager at the styling station next to me was using my curling iron, then passing it to various members of her locker room posse!

"Excuse me", I said to the dread-locked Elvira currently wielding my flat iron, "but I believe that's mine."AG Jeans

"Chill," she replied in a deliberately offhand manner. "Wait your turn lady. We'll be done with it in a minute." She then turned to her friends and mumbled, "Who does the old cougar she think she is anyway?" and they all broke into snorts of laughter.

Cougar?!? Cougar?!? Who does this little not-yet-ready-for-prime-time tart think she is dealing with? Nobody calls me a cougar and gets away with it! I calmly rose to my full height (with an imposing 4 " added by my new killer wedges), walked around the girls, reached for the power cord and whipped it out of the wall socket with a flourish, the momentum also yanking the curling iron right out of Thing One's hands, and deftly caught the handle midair.

"I happen to be the rightful owner of this nifty gadget, little girl." I said coldly, towering over her stunned and suddenly silent form in all my stylishly attired glory. "And hair implements, much like underwear, are not meant to be shared, especially by grabby little girls who feel entitled to take whatever they want. Now leave." I finished grandly, pointing to the door.

Well, my Joan Crawford act must have worked because those girls skedaddled right out of there as fast as their little clackers would carry them! And about that time I realized that there was no possible way I was going to be able to use that curling iron myself until it had been completely cleaned, disinfected and possibly even blessed. Thank heaven sleek ponytails are in style!

Anyhoo, to calm myself down after my little mini-tirade, I decided to stop by the local patisserie for a muffin, juice and a leisurely scan through the glossies for Summer Style inspiration. There are so many adorable outfits and delectable designs out there this season! But alas, the economy has taken a toll on my bank balance. So along with all my wishful dreaming, I have narrowed it down to the top five trends that I am on the prowl for (hey! I am a cougar!) this season:

Summer's Top Five

Summer Whites.  From a simple sundress to an all-out-glamorous cocktail gown, white hot is the way to go this summer. Crisp white cotton blouses paired with khaki trousers. Bold nautical striped tops paired with white denim. Or be brave and go with an all-white ensemble. Just be careful where you sit!

Seaside Stripes are all around this season. From tops and tees, skirts and sundresses to handbags, shoes and accessories. Keep it simple, with just one piece, or mix it up a bit: a stripey top paired with great jeans or khakis, stylish slides and a fun beach tote.

Girly ruffles. You may think that ruffles aren't for everyone, but it doesn't have to be all Good Ship Lollipop/Shirley Temple. From delicate frills to sophisticated tiers to softly cascading swaths of fabric, the ruffle can be your friend! Try it on for size by starting small: a ruffled tank worn under a denim jacket with crops and sandals. Then work your way up to the full-on flounce with a gorgeous girly dress, sophisticated heels and a fun clutch.

Cool Khaki. This utilitarian fabric is a great go-to for summer wear. The key to working this neutral shade is to give it just a little pop of color or texture. And of course the most classic way to work khaki into your wardrobe is with a great trenchcoat — which just happens to be one of this year's wardrobe essentials! A great pair of khaki crops will carry you from spring to summer and right into fall.

Keep it on the low down. The new It heel height for summer? Mini block heels! Chic, stylish and an oh-so-comfortable height that works with everything from a day at the office to a weekend music festival!

And there you have it! My heart's desire(s) for summer!

xoxo,

She She Me


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Summer-Proof, Color-Safe Hair Care
NEW from L'ANZA

This summer is all about HAIR. Whether you’re enhancing the color you were born with or trying something new on for size (Blorange, anyone?), let ’ANZA’s Healing ColorCare Collection do all the work in preserving your color the way it’s supposed to be. Introducing the NEW ColorCare Clarifying Shampoo, launching this May/June as the first critical step in hair color maintenance.

NEWL’ANZA Healing ColorCare Clarifying Shampoo (Launching May/June)
The first healing shampoo that clarifies while preserving hair color!

Product Benefits:
- Removes embedded minerals, metals & debris without stripping hair color
- Natural Phytic Acid derived from Rice eliminates “swimmer’s green” & “well water orange” hair
- Clarifying performance that’s gentle enough to use daily

Complete your fool-proof color care routine with these best-sellers from the L’ANZA Healing ColorCare line:
Color-Preserving Conditioner:

What It Is: A daily conditioner that replaces vital nutrients and moisture to maintain color

How It Works: Flower Shield Complex and sunscreens protect color-treated hair. The Flower Shield Complex is a specialized blend of flower extracts designed to shield hair and prevent fading of color by using the same potent anti-fade protectors that flowers use for their own color protection.

Color-Preserving Trauma Treatment:

What It Is: Ultra-deep conditioning treatment that heals colored hair

How It Works: Over-processing and damage depletes hair of the nutrients needed to maintain fresh color, causing uneven results and fading; This treatment replaces these essential ingredients, improving color results and longevity by using the same potent anti-fade protectors that flowers use for their own color protection

Color Guard:

What It Is: Hair protecting spray that prevents water-induced fading and extends hair color up to 107%

How It Works: Did you know that 70% of hair color fading is caused by water alone? Oxidative hair coloring chemicals degrade hair’s protective layers, but L’ANZA’s Wash Shield reestablishes vital barriers to guard against color pigment washout. The leaf of the Lotus Plant is one of nature’s most water-repellent surfaces. Wash Shield uses botanicals lotus leaf plant adaptogens to repel water & guard against color washout.

Color Illuminator:

What It Is: Hair brightening spray that instantly revives hair color without applying new color

How It Works: L’ANZA’s Optical Refraction Technology provides color pigment optimization to instantly brighten hair color. This groundbreaking technology boosts hue vividness, allowing color pigments to illuminate with astonishing brilliance and renewed vibrancy.


About L’ANZA Healing Haircare:
From care to color, L’ANZA heals, seals, and protects hair around the world, while utilizing the latest technology available to keep their product performance ahead of the rest. L’ANZA is the only brand able to heal the hair, delivering maximum shine and color that lasts. The brand maintains a green commitment by ensuring that all of products and actions support a healthy and sustainable Earth. L’ANZA is proud to be a professional, diversion-free brand, creating the finest professional haircare products, tools, and education in the world. Visit LANZA.com for authorized salon locations.


Environ Tips From The Pros
- Esthetician, Sandra Velandia

For over 25 years Environ has conducted ongoing scientific research to expand their product offerings for strong, healthy-looking skin. Which is why some of the top experts in the industry recommend the physician skincare brand as a go-to to help provide a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.

New York Esthetician, Sandra Velandia says, “One of the best tips I give my clients is to incorporate Vitamin A and C into their daily routine. Environ Youth EssentiA Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum 1 and Environ Youth EssentiA Antioxidant Defence Crème are the perfect duo! They work together to normalize the skin, help treat the appearance of hyperpigmentation, sun damage and combat free-radical damage. And with the addition of peptides, the pair helps reduce the appearance of visible signs of aging. This is perfect combo to keep your skin looking young and healthy without the need to use a ton of products!”

Youth EssentiA Vita-Peptide C-Quence 1 ($112, Dermaconcepts.com) is the introductory serum to the five level collection which features the lowest concentration of Vitamins A (Retinyl Propionate which is a stable form of retinyl) and C to combat the appearance of visible signs of aging. Environ believes that you must “start low and go slow” in order to build up your skin’s strength for long lasting results. C-Quence 1 richly hydrates the skin, softens the look of fine lines, and improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin for a more healthy-looking and radiant complexion.

Youth EssentiA Antioxidant Defence Crème ($102, Dermaconcepts.com) is a lightweight antioxidant rich moisturizer that intensely nourishes the look of the skin for the appearance of a firmer, softer and more hydrated complexion.  Targeting premature aging, the powerful formula includes Vitamins C, E and B5, Green Tea, and Rosemary Extract to help protect the skin from the effects of UV damage and external pollution. 


Banish Wrinkles

Give lines and wrinkles a dose of tough medicine. Reveal a smooth complexion with Exuviance Targeted Wrinkle Repair, a Triple Boost Formulation that helps encourage skin’s natural collagen to reduce the look of deep expression lines and wrinkles.

This formulation delivers highly targeted benefits that go beyond daily anti-aging skincare regimens. This targeted solution combines potent boosters NeoGlucosamine®, CitraFill®, and Matrixyl® Peptides. These star ingredients work together to attack the look of deep wrinkles from within the skin. Volume is increased over time directly beneath deep lines and creases so skin appears filled and smooth.

Exuviance Targeted Wrinkle Repair retails for $68 and is available at Exuviance.com,  ULTA and Ulta.com.


Summer Rituals

They are everywhere: at any given moment, of every single day, waiting to be discovered, eager to share the beauty within them. They are the seemingly meaningless moments we all tend to overlook. Rituals unveils these moments and reminds you to experience them with joy. Whether it’s taking a nice long bath or creating a homey atmosphere with the rich scent of Asian incense, Rituals allows you to find happiness in the smallest of things.

THE RITUAL OF AYURVEDA
Ayurveda originated more than 5000 years ago in India. This ancient philosophy is based on restoring inner harmony through the old practice of cleansing and nurturing the body and soul. Find inner harmony with Rituals’ Ayurveda collection with Indian Rose and Honey and beauty will come naturally.
THE RITUAL OF DAO
Dao is an ancient Chinese philosophy centered on achieving the perfect harmony between Yin and Yang. Focusing on nourishing Yin energy, The Ritual of Dao collection, infused with White Lotus and Yi Yi Ren, helps to find inner peace and tranquility
THE RITUAL OF SAKURA
For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. This marks an awakening of nature and symbolizes that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, The Ritual of Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning.
THE RITUAL OF HAMMAM
The Hammam is one of the oldest cleansing traditions in the world. This steam bath experience from the East purifies both body and soul. This ancient custom inspired Rituals to create a modern Hammam collection for the home. Enriched with revitalizing Rosemary and Eucalyptus, the products cleanse, soften, and nourish the skin.
THE RITUAL OF LAUGHING BUDDHA
In ancient China, 1100 years ago, the Laughing Buddha was a famous monk whose legendary smile brought happiness wherever he went. For centuries, rubbing his belly has symbolized good luck and prosperity. Inspired by this tradition, Rituals’ Laughing Buddha collection with Sweet Orange and Cedar Wood brings a touch of happiness to everyday life.

 


Summer Beauty Essentials

Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Effectively remove all your eye makeup before bed or your shower with Burt’s Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads. Formulated with Kiwi Extract, the 99.5% natural formula is clinically shown to gently but effectively remove all eye makeup, including waterproof and smudge proof formulas. The convenient, hexagon-shaped, pre-soaked pads are specifically designed to gently navigate corners of the eye area, without rinsing, residue or irritation.

Senteurs d’Orient Mint Tea Soap Leafs

Incorporate these 30 individual, hand-cut leaves into your daily routine by using one per shower. The mint tea scent is instantly refreshing, mixing soft green notes with sweet floral notes, creating a tingling delight for your senses

Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm

Repair damaged hair by applying Goldwell Kerasilk Reconstruct Restorative Balm to towel-dried or dry hair, and leave in. Formulated with Keratin, lightweight silk and the protective skincare ingredient Hyaloveil™, this nourishing, healing balm improves hair elasticity while also protecting it from breakage, dryness and other common forms of damage.


 Nails for Your Summer Tan

Make sure the SpaRitual Nourishing Vegan Color Inhale collection is on your radar for summer nails. The collection consists of five neutral shades that look amazing with a tan!

Nourishing Vegan Color is an all-in-one nail lacquer that eliminates the need for a base and top coat. It is also a longer-lasting formula that nourishes the nails leaving them looking bright and healthy.


Summer Protection

With the unofficial start of summer comes the deep dive into outdoor exposed-in-the-sun activities. Get ready from head to toe with the below products to help protect you this season.

DDF Protect and Correct Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF15

A moisturizer with Mirco-Radiance ComplexTM to help diminish the appearance of brown spots and helps protect from UVA/UVB damage and discoloration.

 

Malin+Goetz Mojito Lip Balm

Back by popular demand this balm is soothing to the lips as its blended to protect, restore and replenish.

Philip B Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray (125ml) 

Philip B. Oud Royal Thermal Protection Spray

Protect your hair against damage as this spray creates an invisible, weightless shield against the sun, chlorine and salt water.

 

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Nourishing Mineral Sunscreen

The lightweight, fast-absorbing formula spreads on evenly, leaving behind water-resistant, broad spectrum SPF30 protection, without the thick or sticky white residue.

 

Sun Bum Beach Formula Deep Conditioning Masque

Our Deep Conditioning Masque was specifically formulated to restore essential hydration and enhance overall softness and smoothness to dry, damaged or over-processed hair.


Makeup Drop

This silicone applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare. This product perfectly applies and blends. Use to apply SPF to the face.

 


Le Couvent de Minimes

Since 1862, Le Couvent des Minimes - a unique sun-drenched Convent located in Haute Provence, France – holds an ancestral tradition of care and well-being, blending natural, beneficial plants in time tested natural skincare recipes. Le Couvent des Minimes inspired a line of skincare, body and well-being products, which pays tribute to the traditions of the old Convent, while transmitting the love and passion for aromatic plants and natural ingredients. Check out a few of our favorites!

Le Couvent des Minimes brings you a foaming bath infused with lavender for an indulgent and luxurious bath. Located in the heart of Haute Provence, France, Le Couvent des Minimes (The Convent of the Minims) is a unique sun-drenched convent with an ancestral tradition of love and passion for aromatic plants and natural ingredients. The Botanical Recipe of Serenity invites you to slow down and enjoy the present moment for a true moment of relaxation. The Original Recipe of Lavender and Bergamot - known for their relaxing properties, Mandarine - a source of harmony, and Cedar - a source of energy.
Le Couvent des Minimes Fresh Shower Gel will gently cleanse the skin with a refreshing and revitalizing citrus scent.Use in the shower or bath and your skin will be left feeling invigorated while your body will be refreshed.

Orange Blossom Lip balm

Thanks to Le Couvent des Minimes' Original Recipe combining softening Marshmallow with nourishing Shea butter and protective Apricot oil, its formula with the Orange Blossom aroma works to provide lasting moisture and protection for lips day after day.
Le Couvent des Minimes Cologne of Love Body Butter smooths and hydrates your skin with this skin-softening formula. This generous and non-sticky body butter highly nourishes and protects your skin whilst refreshing and perfuming the whole body with delicious Orange Blossom fragrance.

 


 

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