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Hot Holiday Style

I thought I had finally gotten a handle on my crazy sleep-deprived life. I had finally figured out just how early I needed to rise to get myself and my two little ones fed, cleaned up, dressed and out the door to face the morning preschool fashion parade (current wake up time is 5:30 a.m.). I will also admit to many a morning when I just slip into trainers, comfy sweater and yoga pants, a ballcap and sunglasses to do the whole preschool drop-off routine. (Which has actually turned into a total benefit — since I am already so very appropriately attired, I may as well get a little exercise!)

I have been meeting my friend Whitney at the park where we both stroll our littlest angels briskly along the paths while we catch up on the past days' events. This little jaunt through the park is often followed by a leisurely cup of something rejuvenating at the corner bistro afterward. (Life is all about rewards at this point!) I was commenting to Whitney just yesterday about how our morning walks were starting to pay off — I had finally been able to pull my new on-trend white jeans up over my hips (without performing a multitude of contortions) and actually fasten the buttons without fear of them popping off and putting out an eye. Whitney replied that she, too, had felt that she was shaping up quite nicely in the post-baby figure department. At least until that morning. Apparently, as she was getting out of the shower her phone rang and since she was expecting a call she grabbed a towel and raced into the bedroom to pick up. Too late, the caller had hung up. She turned to go back into the bathroom and there was her 3-year-old daughter, Sophie grinning from ear to ear. "Mommy, your bum wiggles like Jell-O when you run," Sophie announced before performing her own imitation of the jiggle-when-you-wiggle. (Hmmm, kids do say the darnedest things!) Needless to say, a comment like this will put a bit of a damper on one's morning routine. I quickly assured Whitney that even the hottest celebrities experience the jiggle effect (who doesn't?) and that's why someone very brilliant invented Spanx, and why I will never go to a nude beach.

AG Jeans

Back to getting a handle on my life. As I mentioned, things have been going quite nicely lately. I seem to have found my mommy groove. My little boy is really enjoying life as a grade schooler and my daughter adores her preschool. My husband's new job is much closer to home so we get to see much more of him and I am finally back into my favorite jeans. So life is looking good. Or so I thought. Apparently the entire holiday season has snuck up on me - Christmas is just around the corner and Family Holiday Dinner, (important events are always capitalized in my family) and while I definitely know how to throw a great party, (or at least how to decorate for one!) I'm not so sure about being able to pull off the whole linen tablecloth, good china and crystal, honey-baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, lemon meringue pie-fest that my mother so effortlessly does (and my sister-in-law totally desecrated last year when she ordered a catered meal and tried to pass it off as her own! The dear girl can barely pour cereal into a bowl, let alone prepare a twelve course gourmet dinner with sweet potato brûlée! Besides, I saw the catering truck parked outside her house earlier.)

Since I'm not SuperMom (and don't aspire to be) and I believe that everyone should be able to enjoy any holiday without slaving feverishly in a hot kitchen all day, I am going to do the sensible thing this year and start a new family tradition: food assignments! I can manage the honey-baked ham, but I am farming out the rest of the meal to the attendees!. Let's see, Mom makes the most fabulous buttermilk rolls, my sister Jane is famous for her savory herbed mashed potatoes, my youngest sister can be counted on for a scrumptious mixed green salad and really has a way with ambrosia, Aunt Mary makes a mean string bean casserole, and my sister-in-law…well, my sister-in-law most likely has the number for Grandma's Pie Shoppe in her speed dial.

Now I can settle down to the truly important aspects of spring: how a busy mom stays chic and stylish! The key here, dearest friends, is great key pieces which can be accessorized to achieve even greater impact.

Everyday Chic

  • I absolutely adore skirts, but they are sometimes not user friendly when one is constantly bending over to pick up a toddler, or stooping down to soothe a fussy baby in a pram. This is where leggings or tights come in. Pair a knit sweater with a short skirt, leggings and a fabulous pair of knee boots. Wrap a fun scarf 'round your neck, add a funky bangle  to your wrist and finish the look with a sturdy leather bag.
  • If skirts aren't your thing, a pair of season's flared jeans will do the trick. Add a figure flattering top in an elegant lace or silk and top with a chic cropped jacket. Finish with a sleek pair of booties. Add a bit of sass with a great pebbled leather satchel.

Pretty Party Chic

Fun Things for Any Occasion:

  • Lavanila Holiday Roller-Ball Set: A stunning, 6-piece collection of perfectly portable mini roller-ball fragrances. Inspired by nature, each exquisite fragrance pairs a beautiful blend of pure essential oils with a warm base of Madagascar vanilla for a unique experience that captures a mood, a memory, or a moment in time
  • GIRL BOSS Stackable Cuff Set.  Are you a Girl Boss? Wear your title with pride!  These cuffs are perfect for stacking with all of your other pretty jewels!
  • A custom ONE OF A KIND druzy agate suede wrap bracelet from Candles and Confetti. This bracelet can wrap twice around as a bracelet or styled into a necklace.
  • For looking gorgeous while prepping in the kitchen, I love this adorable mother/daughter apron set!

Well dears, this has been quite the little missive, but I just had so much to share! Happy Spring Shopping!

Pretty Mama 


Our Favorite Things!

Soma Style

Soma, has launched its website! You can now shop and learn about Soma anytime, anywhere! Soma offers an eclectic collection of handcrafted, bespoke shoes for the fashion conscious. Constructed with rich, premium leathers and artisan detailing, these exquisite handcrafted styles have attracted an intensely loyal following among those seeking beauty and comfort. Check out our favorite pick for this holiday season:

Black Velvet Bee Loafer

All About the Serums with iS CLINICAL 

San Francisco Stocking Stuffer Swag

As a kid, getting socks for Christmas was just about as exciting as getting coal in your stocking. But this season, you’ll be showin’ off those fancy all through your city, with many thanks to Foot Cardigan

Foot Cardigan’s Mytropolis Collection is the perfect stocking stuffer for your San Francisco natives, transplants, or those who only dream of calling the happiest city in the world home. This quirky sock subscription service can transform your outfit from bland to bold as you step into the holiday season with style. Foot Cardigan brings you fantastic, fun, and funky socks that deserve to be seen right to your door for only $9 a month! If you’re just looking for a gift that doesn’t keep on giving, the individually-sold Mytropolis collection is perfect for you.

Introducing Gorgeous Gift Sets From Pacifica Beauty for Holiday 2016

This season, take the guesswork out of gift giving with these stunning holiday sets from your favorite 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand Pacifica Beauty! Embark on a luxurious journey around the world, with scents like Tahitian Gardenia, Sugared Amber Dreams, and Tuscan Blood Orange. Each product is formulated with supernatural ingredients and wrapped in beautifully designed, biodegradable packaging. Beat the holiday stress and cross everyone off your list with our perfectly curated Holiday Collection, exclusive to ULTA and Target.


HAND CREAM TRIO 2.25 FL OZ each | MSRP $18 Beautifully packaged to feature three of our most beloved scents - Tahitian Gardenia, Sugared Amber Dreams, and Indian Coconut Nectar – these travel –friendly, super hydrating hand creams contain coconut water, floral stem cells, and antioxidants to moisturize even the driest skin.
MINI BODY BUTTER COLLECTION 1 FL OZ | MSRP $22 A stunning collection of all your favorite body butters in miniature, travel–friendly form, these deliciously smelling lotions moisturize and leave the skin soft and supple. Featuring Tahitian Gardenia, Indian Coconut Nectar, Sugared Amber Dreams, Hawaiian Ruby Guava, and Tuscan Blood Orange.


MINI BODY BUTTER DUO 1 FL OZ each| MSRP $9.99 The perfect stocking stuffer that makes gift -wrapping unnecessary, this duo features treasured scents Indian Coconut Nectar and Tuscan Blood Orange. The butters contain Arnica, chamomile, and cucumber, along with macadamia nut and shea butters to beautify the entire body.

Perfect Holiday Hair

The holiday season is around the corner. The last thing you want to worry about is creating the perfect long lasting holiday hairstyle. Luckily for you, KMS California, Goldwell and VARIS have the right products to keep hair impeccable through the season. 


KMS California HAIRPLAY makeover spray; $14.50
Formulated with rice powder, HAIRPLAY makeover spray soaks up natural oils and product residue. It increases volume and builds texture throughout hair. Your hair will be left clean and refreshed with a matte finish for all your holiday hairstyling needs.


Goldwell Kerasilk Repower Volume Blow-Dry Spray
Formulated with elastin and keratin, this blow dry spray helps strengthen hair while you styling. The spray actively interacts with your hair to boost volume and shine, perfect for achieving your holiday look. 


VARIS Creative Energy Brush
Made with a ceramic barrel infused with Hydroionic Crystals, this brush adds more shine and reduces static fly-aways. Created to be lightweight for slip free styling. 

Where to Buy:

dr. brandt skincare Holiday Kits
and Stocking Stuffers

At dr. brandt® skincare, we believe that beauty makes the best stocking stuffers. So this year, we’re offering four fabulous, deeply discounted stocking-stuffer holiday kits exclusively on

Winter Survival Kit, $24.99
This set is packed with the perfect winter weather travel essentials, including a full-sized XTT Lip Smoother, a mini DNA Firming Neck Cream, and a mini DNA Triple Peptide Eye Cream.

The Best Holiday Gift Just Got Better With a Full-Size dr. brandt® skincare Microdermabrasion, $39.99
In addition to dr. brandt® skincare’s beloved exfoliating scrub, the kit also contains a mini 3-D Filler Mask and a mini Laser FX Perfect Serum.
Fit & Fabulous for the Holidays, $19.99
Filled with the perfect stocking stuffers for the #fitnessaddict, this kit includes a mini Pore Refiner Primer, a mini Age Fighting Mattifying Lotion, a Pores No More®  mini cleanser, and a mini dr. brandt®PoreDermabrasion.
Keep Calm & Take a Selfie, $49.99
The ultimate Secret Santa present for your selfie-loving friends, this set contains a full-size Pore Refiner Primer, a mini Magnetight Age-Defier Mask, and a mini 3-D Filler Mask.

Holiday Hair Heroes presented by Nexxus and TRESemmé

As the winter days become shorter and the temperature continues to drop, it’s about that time to switch up your hair-care routine to prevent winter-weather damage and protect from excessive holiday season heat styling. Nexxus and TRESemmé offer the essential assortment of products to ensure a smooth transition and maintain flawless hair through the season.

Smooth Strands

Nexxus Oil Infinite Nourishing Hair Oil Treatment - 3.3 oz. 

Instantly replenish dry, overworked strands while fighting frizz in the harsh winter weather with the Nexxus New York Salon Care Oil Infinite Nourishing Oil




TRESemme Expert Selection Keratin Smooth Hairspray - 7.7 oz. 

Set your holiday look to last with up to 48 hours of frizz-free protection with the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Frizz Free Hold Hairspray




Looks that Last

Take a night off from heat styling and excessive washing. Refresh strands and extend the life of any hairstyle using the Nexxus New York Salon Care Dry Shampoo Refreshing Mist



Climate Control Mousse 

TRESemmé Climate Control Mousse offers resistance from stubborn winter static and preps your look to last through every holiday party




Healthy Hair

No need to regret using heat tools to create the ideal hair looks for your holiday parties – use the Nexxus New York Salon Care Promend Leave-In Crème to directly transform damaged split ends into healthy-looking hair that appears freshly cut



Nexxus Emergencee Repair Reconstructing Treatment - 2.7 oz. 

Use the Nexxus New York Salon Care Emergencée Reconstructing Treatment to restore your hair’s natural integrity by reducing breakage and enhancing strength and flexibility to create ‘office-party-buzz-worthy hair



TRESemme Botanique Hair Mask, Nourish and Replenish - 9.17 oz. 

Use the TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Mask, infused with coconut milk and aloe vera, to restore dry, damaged hair, just in time for the holidays



TRESemme Botanique Conditioner, Damage Recovery Oil Elixir - 3.3 oz. 

Instantly revive dull, winter hair while reducing frizz and nourishing parched ends with the TRESemmé Botanique Damage Recovery Oil Elixirformulated with a blend of macadamia oil, avocado oil and wheat protein



Get Cozy This Season with LAVANILA

The holidays remind us of sweet-smelling aromas and cozy winter nights. LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla is a perfect gift for the home! 

LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Candle in Pure Vanilla is beautifully made with 100% natural soybean wax. Healthy, clean and soot free, this candle uses a lead-free cotton wick and high grade fragrance oils that deliver a burn time of approximately 50 hours. Simple and modern, the reusable mason jar packaging is beautiful and made to complement every design style with no added dyes or chemicals.


Party Girl Glam

Holiday parties are right around the corner, and we’ve got you covered on how to get the ultimate party girl look! Look your best and strut your stuff this holiday season with these beauty essentials.

Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisture and Brightening Face Cream 
Prep your skin with KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. This Wild Rose moisturizer is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations
Prep, prime, and polish your eyes in a single step with Pür Eye Polish Pure Pigment Eye Primer + Top Coat. With a pure pigment eye primer and top coat in one formula, this metallic cream shadow delivers flawless, long-lasting color with exceptional ease. Special light-reflectors add eye-popping vibrancy, while a silicone applicator minimizes smudging and creasing for expert precision.
Get a pout that is sure to stand out with Minis by Violent Lips. They are the first ever all-purpose temporary tattoos for lips, face, eyelids, body, and nails. They come in packs of 100 with designs ranging from rainbows to emojis to a cute little cactus and more! 

Holiday Stress Survival Guide

As the holiday season is approaching, the more and more stress comes along with it – The shopping and crowds, back-to-back parties and the endless gifting. That’s why we ’ve round up essentials below that you will appreciate from head to toe! 

AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Towel

Waffle Luxe sounds like she might ‘go on a bit’. Indeed, with increased surface area from the layered fabric, Waffle Luxe loves thicker hair requiring more water wicking. Great for African and Asian hair. New generation Aquitex improves absorbency and comfort. Wraps and tucks easily leaving hands free while hair dries. Dries fast with less friction, to minimize frizz and damage 


Conair Velvet Touch Paddle Brush 

One of Conair’s best-selling brushes has added three new colors to its collection for an updated look — black, navy, and red, all with a striking gold accent. These number 1 selling brushes are something even the man in your life might be stealing from your bathroom. Made for everyday brushing of all hair lengths, the ball-tipped bristles won’t snag or pull, and are designed to prevent breakage when used on both wet and dry hair. The soft-touch handle makes for an easy, comfortable hold and the flexible cushion base makes brushing stress-free.

Scunci Glitter No-Slip Headwraps 

scünci’s beloved no-slip-grip headwraps have been updated with a stylish glitter finish. They’re reversible, won’t damage or pull hair, and stay put while they shine.
DDF Nourishing Eye Cream 
DDF Nourishing Eye Cream 

An ultra-rich, emollient eye cream that is easily absorbed into the skin. This non-greasy, anti-oxidant rich eye cream fights free radicals and helps restore moisture to the delicate eye area for a more youthful look. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and blemish prone.

Lumene VALO Beauty Drops 

Precious berries are the magic behind this enchanting beauty treatment. Antioxidant-rich Nordic cloudberry and lingonberry combine with vitamin C to brighten and nourish, giving a wonderful natural radiance. The velvety texture indulges skin for the duration of the 28-day treatment, for super-soft skin that looks glowing and beautifully invigorated. Give your skin a boost with the power of Arctic berries

Lumene LAHDE Pure Arctic Miracle 3-in-1 Micellar Water

This gentle, fragrance-free cleanser effectively removes dirty, oil, makeup, and other impurities. Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Winter Skin Prep

I think it’s safe to say that as the days get colder, our skin is only getting drier. Winter is here and it’s time to stock up on those hydrating helpers before we go into hibernation. Let Burt’s Bees, Smashbox and Sun Bum help you fight off those harsh winter winds!

Burt’s Bees Peach and Willowbark Cleansing Wipes

These natural, Forest Stewardship Council certified cloths cleanse, gently exfoliate, and tone—all without rinsing.


Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water

Cheers to the first and only BB with water-like texture to quench thirsty skin and blur imperfections. Inspired by the glowing look preferred by top photographers, this ultra-hydrating, oil-free formula literally glides onto your face to blend in a snap and move with your skin.


Sun Bum Flavored Lip Balms

Keep your lips soft and protected with our flavored Lip Balms in BananaKey Lime,CoconutMangoPink Guava and Pomegranate. All flavors offer SPF 30+ protection, so your most sensitive skin is protected while you live and love in the sun.


Sumo Bean Bags ROCK!!

Here at Sumo, we have the best Bean Bag Chairs available in the United States. Our selection of luxurious and top-of-the- line Bean Bags is par excellence. Available in a variety of sizes from the comfy and accommodating Omni to the massive Maximus and Titanium Bean Bags - our competition cannot begin to compare with Sumo Lounge's quality and value.

Just imagine the possibilities! Be the envy of your friends or snuggle up with your guy or gal, to experience the ultimate in style and comfort. Imagine gaming, watching your favourite TV show or new movie in a Sumo bean bag.

At Sumo Lounge we manufacture the best bean bags for sale anywhere in the whole universe. Plus our great looking Bean Bags come in a huge selection of styles, shapes, colors, and sizes. Looking for a Bean Bag Chair in exotic materials like fur, suede or corduroy? You'll find it at Sumo Lounge and in an array of colors to fit your special style.

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