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Sweet Spring Style!

Before my life with children, the onset of spring meant looking forward to lovely self-indulgent rituals. Switching my closet from winter to spring, sprucing up the apartment and putting on the bright slipcovers and the light linen drapes in the living room, and the dazzling bedspread to liven up the elegant white bedroom…Getting my spring facial and a nice bronzing treatment to show off the bare legs in my sassy new slingbacks and floral skirt for work, deciding what asparagus-based appetizer should star in my next neighborhood Saturday-night get-together. Things are just a weeee bit different these days.

But in the spirit of turning over a new leaf (sorry, it was easy!), I’m going to try to reinstate some of my old renewals. Based on the principle of “If mommy ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy,” I’m going to make sure that refreshing our lives for the new season becomes a family ritual. And just think how happy it will make me when the little cherubs are finally old enough to air out their own quilts!

Chic Mommy Look: I did mention that we were keeping mommy happy right? Well, a stylish mommy is a happy mommy indeed (and since everyone knows that when you look great you feel great too, you are actually doing your family a service!) So slip into a chic pair of lightweight crops and a springy little top, toss a comfy sweater over your shoulders, slide into a sassy pair of wedges and finish with fun little tote and you are good to go—to the store, to the PTA meeting, to the park, to wherever all the chic mommies are going! No more schlubby sweats darling—that's a stylish mommy no-no.

There is one tip I can share with you that will not only polish your image among the preschool drop-off set but also speed your morning prep: the dress. Sleek silhouette or easy boho style, comfy airy cotton, spring's must-have: colorful A-line dress. Layered or on its own as the weather warms—it’s an outfit in a hurry! Throw on cute skimmers or fun sandals, grab your loaded tote, and you’re off.NORDSTROM - Shop the latest trends

Personal grooming: I’m lucky if I get a chance to shave my legs, let alone bronze them. Not to mention that the pencil skirt has disappeared from my closet completely, chic heels are only for date night, and entertaining neighbors has to occur between nap time and bedtime (and stars variations on hot dogs, not asparagus). But there are touches of spring that take but a moment to add to one’s life, and won’t be marred by sandboxes and jelly fingers. Start with a peachy-keen blush to add some life to the winter cheeks, and swipe lips with a dewy lip gloss to soften your skin. Switch from your earthy, exotic winter scent to something light and green and fresh — new fave is Lavanila Vanilla Lemon, and a gorgeous new handbag (Happy Mother's Day to me!) Get your hair out of that ponytail you’ve been working all winter (to avoid the dry fly-aways) and deep condition it. Then let it air-dry for once, and see what your natural texture is all about—waves and wavy, beachy hair are in! Stop wrangling it into submission every morning. Think of the time you’ll save—and the PB&Js you can make instead.

Clothing for the Kiddies: Isn't it amazing how quickly our little ones grow? Which means the constant replacement of kiddie wardrobes. For the little princess, start with a sweet sundress and top with a cozy cotton cardigan. She can wear a long sleeve tee under the dress while it’s still nippy, then it will work beautifully on its own when the days warm up. I am in love with these adorable reversible dresses from Twirlygirl! Not only do they twirl up when your little princess spins (and what little girl doesn't love to twirl?) but you get double duty out of a single dress! For boys, I’m still holding the preppy/surfer line: cotton blend dock shorts, fun graphic tees, and polos layered with tees. If you can get him to wear a little blazer, you have my admiration; just tell him he’s dressing like daddy, but you might have better luck with a denim or canvas jacket. Tip to the wise mommy: don't skimp on your child's footwear! Those tender little feet are still developing and they need proper support. Invest wisely in top quality footwear and those little tootsies will thank you.

Along with keeping your little angels adorably attired, it is important to keep their delicate skin nourished and protected with pure, safe and beneficial products. I love CeraVe Baby Lotion. This über-rich lotion hydrates and protects against dryness and is paraben, sulfate and fragrance free. And for sun protection my favorite is Neutrogena Pure and Free Baby Sunscreen. Sweatproof, Waterproof, non-greasy and doesn't sting!

Home Style: It’s hard to think about brightening your décor when you’d really rather just have someone clean the windows for you, but it’s so worth the extra effort, especially on those grey rainy days when you’re just dying for a little sunshine. Add it yourself with easy-peasy accessories and new colors: pillows, duvets and coverlets, bright towels—how about a splashy slipcover for that armchair? Trade your heavy velvet drapes for something sheer and linen-y. Get inspired to cook with fresh spring ingredients and put the crock-pot away until stew season returns. The #1 easiest way to let the spring fever into your home? Fresh flowers. Get the little mister back to his old courting rhythms, or send yourself a fat bouquet. Better yet, send some to your yummy-mummy BFF and have her return the favor! Peonies and tulips are divine.

Now that you’ve perked up your surroundings, it’s time to work on that attitude. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down with the minutiae of life with little (or big) kids, the schlepping, napping, crazy food requirements, etc. Make it a priority to spend at least ten minutes each day with each child, reliving the joys of hanging upside down on a tree branch, spinning on the swing until you get dizzy, or watching the spring clouds zip overhead and looking for animal shapes. Your kids will adore you for being silly, and you won’t even remember why you were in a mood by the time you’re finished!


Pretty Mama 


Our Favorite Things!

Get Date Night Ready for Valentine's Day

Whether you’re going out with your best friends or significant other this Valentine’s Day – Get date night ready with these prime beauty essentials.  

Lavanila  Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub Exfoliate and smell delicious with the Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Vanilla Bean Creamy Body Scrub. The vanilla bean has been used for years to protect, condition, and repair the skin. The essences of this plant are rich in polyketones and polyphenols that work together to deliver youthful-looking skin texture and powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. This ultra-creamy, non-greasy body scrub is formulated with crushed Madagascar vanilla beans blended with whipped shea butter and five nourishing essential oils. It whisks away dry, dead skin cells—revealing soft, hydrated, glowing skin. ($40;
Get a bigger pout without needles using the, InstaPlumper Natural Lip Plumping Treatment by Violent Lips. A lip-plumping treatment that’s like no other – the longer you can take the intense tingle, the bigger and bolder your results. Made with 6 natural ingredients to deliver the ultimate in plumping power (cinnamon oil, capsicum oil, sunflower oil, peppermint, black pepper oil, and coffee bean oil), InstaPlumper lasts up to 8 hours and will leave you with lips that rival the look of professional injections. 7
Prep your skin before makeup with the KORRES Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil. This innovative brightening oil infused with real wild rose petals pays homage to the legendary wild rose oil ingredient that started it all. This ultra-concentrated vitamin C oil is rich in omega 3, 6, 9, fatty acids, and vitamins A and C. It provides significant antioxidant action while repairing the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improving skin's overall tone and texture.
Create some show-stopping waves with the Cuvée Beauty Champagne Spray. Incredibly shiny, beautiful hair transformed by the nurturing properties of champagne and other luxurious, top-of-the-line ingredients. For a lived-in, tousled look, this texture spray creates instant “second-day” hair with just a few quick spritzes. It also provides powerful antioxidant protection that conditions and strengthens hair, leaving behind locks that are perfect and piece-y. It’s safe for color and chemically treated hair, and is sulfate- and paraben-free.

Valentine's Day Dressing with
Simply Vera Vera Wang



Gorgeous affordable watches for Valentine gifting

There is nothing wrong with sticking to a budget for Valentine’s Day as long as your gift to your sweetie is more thought out than a gas station box of chocolates and a card. Reactor watches for men and women are one of the few watches that are not only affordable, but that will also last the test of time. The Crystal for women pairs a ceramic watchband with metal accents for a statement piece she can wear with any outfit and it is even available in pink to fit the theme of the day.

For guys, the Proton World Time watch gives him the ability to spin the bezel of the watch to know what time it is any where in the world instantly so he is never late for a date again, even if it is on video chat. Both watches are designed with Reactor¹s unmatched durability, making them some of the toughest sport fashion watches in the world. 

Chic Sketch Illustrations of you and BAE

Valentine’s Day. Roses, chocolates, table for two? Mandatory. But what to get the girl (or guy) who has everything? We’ve got your back. Chic Sketch mobile app can create a personalized hand-sketched illustration of you and your BAE. 

Chic Sketch, a fashion illustration app, converts users’ fave photos into custom, Instagrammable sketches. The company also launched a new line of accessories for those who are smart enough to plan ahead: The Chic Case and The Chic Frame. The sketch costs $9.99, but users can enter the code VALENTINES10 (active now through 2/14/2017) for 10% off a sketch

The Chic Case
Designed for iPhone 6, 6Plus, 7 and 7Plus.

The Chic Frame
Available in two sizes, 4 by 6 inches and 5 by 7 inches.
$44.99 for 4 x6 or $49.99 for 5 x 7 frame

We've Got Love on the Brain! Beauty Picks for Your Valentine's Day Stories

Whether it’s a sugary night with your significant other, or a salute to your single ladies squad, pamper yourself with these three irresistible treasures (you simply can’t go wrong).  

Your Chocolate Fix: NEW! PHYTO PHYTOLOGIST Exclusive Scalp & Hair Concentrate For Stronger, Thicker, Denser-Looking


Voluminous, shiny hair is here thanks to PHYTOLOGIST! This lightweight, leave-in treatment is recommended for anyone that wants to increase the density and thickness of their hair for optimal hair abundance and overall beauty. A botanic-powered, exclusive scalp and hair concentrate, PHYTOLOGIST is the first of its kind targeting the four attributes of hair thinning: 1. Density, 2. Thickness, 3. Strength, 4. Shine. The 99% natural formula contains high concentrations of powerful plant extracts (Cacao, Scutellaria Baicalensis Georgi, Indian Gentian) that invigorate the scalp, support natural anchoring of the hair and protect the follicle from external aggressors, allowing for an optimal environment for hair and scalp health for more beautiful, shinier, stronger, thicker and denser-looking hair to surface.

For Those Angel Status Waves – The Beachwaver Co. White Limited Edition BEACHWAVER S1 

Want to look like a Victoria’s Secret model? Well, now at least your hair can, thanks to the tool created by celebrity hairstylist, Sarah Potempa that was responsible for the gorgeous bombshell waves spotted at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. 
Featuring an arrow button with a fast/slow speed switch, the S1 is easier than ever to use. A new home button gives you the ability to reset the clamp at the start position for easy styling. With the BEACHWAVER® S1, you can create three different styles including defined curls, loose beachy waves and glam waves. This ceramic, rotating curling iron provides easy, quality waves in minutes!

The Added Flame – Artis Elite Smoke Collection 

Get the perfect Valentine’s Day makeup look with the Artis Elite Smoke Collection and must-follow step-by-step tips from Makeup Artist and Founder, Matthew Waitesmith (former MAC executive for almost 20 years!)

Highlighted Red Lip – Brushes Needed: Circle 1R, Circle 1 and Circle 3

Women love to wear red on their lips! And red often evokes thoughts of the heart and Valentine’s Day.

  • Step 1:  When blending lip colour into liner, use the Circle 1 brush to blend the colors together. For the upper lip, blend downward and for the lower lip blend upward.
  • Step 2: Choose a gold pigment or shadow that you feel compliments the red color you have chosen. Be careful to make sure this product is safe for the lip.
  • Step 3: Using the Circle 1R Brush, pick up a small amount of gold pigment or shadow onto the brush


Jurlique for Valentine's Day


Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum 

This youth defense concentrate serum features a proprietary active complex: Naturadiance PB18+ to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, help increase elasticity, restore radiance and increase hydration, while antioxidants create a natural defense shield to help protect against environmental aggressors. Leaves skin visibly glowing, hydrated and younger-looking.


Jurlique Aromatherapy Mists 

Designed for all-over use, our Aromatherapy Mists contain a blend of specially selected Pure Essential Oils to transform your mood anytime, anywhere.
Mists include:

  • Revitalising (Orange, Lemon, Bergamot and Lavender): Uplift your senses and promotes confidence, optimism, endurance and alertness
  • Calming (Lavender and Grapefruit): Promotes serenity, unwinding, relaxation and tranquility
  • Balancing (Rosewood, Lavender, Clary Sage, Patchouli and Basel): Centres yourself and promoted mindfulness, restoration, clarity and focus

Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil 

An indulgent, effective cleanser is nature’s solution to fighting fine lines and wrinkles. This innovative formula turns from oil into a milky texture with water, leaving the complexion with a non-greasy, soft and conditioned texture. 


  • Hydrates and improves the skin's moisture barrier
  • Protects against environmental aggressors with antioxidants
  • Improves the appearance of visible lines, wrinkles and skin firmness

Rosewater Balancing Mist 

A daily hydrating mist featuring the relaxing scent of rose that restores, tones, and hydrates the complexion in one simple spritz. With its rich infusion of rose and marshmallow living energy, this formula provides the skin with balancing, moisturizing refreshment. Ideal for normal/combination skin types.


Jurlique Rose Love Balm 

A natural salve that moisturizes, softens and protects dry or chapped skin. Infused with the natural scent of roses.


  • Superior skin treatment salve that moisturizes and soothes sensitive, dry or chapped skin on lips, cuticles, elbows or anywhere skin is chafed and irritated.
  • Lightly scented with tangerine oil, it protects against moisture loss.
  • Provides antioxidant protection.

Mally Beauty Valentine’s Day Essentials

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Whether you have a Valentine or not, treat yourself to a gorgois beauty essentials for the holiday with help from Mally Beauty

Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra  Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Extra Eye Shadows
This product provides quick application and long-wearing color that looks incredible all day. It is a multifunctional product - your primer, shadow base and eye shadow all in one. Once your look is complete, it will stay fresh all day long! Available in Autumn Shimmer, Bliss, Brownstone, Burnished Bronze, Champagne, Chocolate Diamond, Mahogany, Marina, Moonlight, Over the Taupe, Pink Champagne, Royal Plum, Shimmering Mauve, Storm and Timeless Taupe
Mally Beauty More is More Mascara  Mally Beauty More is More Mascara 
Get full and glamarous lashes this Valentine’s Day with Mally Beauty More is More Mascara. The formula creates dark, full lashes with perfect definition, while the wand delivers exceptional lash building power.
Mally H3 Gel Lipstick Trio  Mally Beauty H3 Lipstick
This lipstick provides triple hydration with just the right amount of coverage and subtle shine. It is rich in antioxidants to help keep your lips smooth kissable this holiday. The formula is gel based rather than wax, so it leaves lips nourished and rich in pigment all day long. Available in shades: Grapevine, Rosy, Poppie, Nudish, Buff, Coraline, Angelic, Sheerly, Crush, Hibiscus, Flame and Flush

Valentine's Day Essentials

We all know about the cliché chocolate, but isn’t it time to switch it up this Valentine’s Day and make it even more exciting? Whether you’re spending the holiday with your signfincant other, friends or even on your own, there are ways to make the day fun and chic with these key beauty essentials. 

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban 
The all around gentleness of Lisse Luxe. With the convenience of an easy to fasten turban. Great for curly and delicate hair needing the gentlest treatment. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and fastens easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage
Conair Detangling Cushion Brush 
Conair’s Detangling Cushion Brush glides easily through wet or dry hair without snagging or pulling. Use on straight, curly or thick hair – the bristles will not pull, and hair becomes tangle free, quickly and painlessly
Lumene Valo Glow Boost Vitamin C Hyaluronic Essence - 1 oz.  Lumene VALO Glow Boost Essence 
Water and light, hydration and glow, beautiful combinations are the foundation of this miracle water. Cloudberry extracts and brightening vitamin C team up in our newly formulated brightening technology, which instantly enlivens fatigued and dull-looking skin. Uniquely pure Arctic Spring Water and moisture preserving hyaluronic acids increase skin hydration, giving you smoother, more radiant- looking skin. Enjoy the radiance of natural Arctic beauty.
Best-selling Dark Rum, Vetiver and Tobacco Candles, conveniently packaged together, offer a great gift and sampling mix for a perfect sensory experience in your bedroom, kitchen or bath. Each votive features our earth-friendly blend of beeswax, vegetable and soy waxes. This blend offers a cleaner and better burn
DDF Salicylic Wash
Salicylic Acid has effective exfoliating effects as well as the ability to combat excess oil. Allantoin and Panthenol provide skin conditioning benefits to keep skin feeling clean without being excessively dry or tight. Leaves the skin feeling refreshed and oil-free. Ideal for face and body

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