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Summer-to-Fall Style

Mere moments after the Fourth of July displays were taken down and the star-shaped ice cube trays finally cleared off the shelves, the retailers have been pushing back-to-school items. Nonsense, I muttered under my breath, it’s just barely the beginning of summer. How could I possibly start thinking about school already? Planning the kids’ wardrobe is complicated enough, what with balancing style and launderability; I’m certainly not ready to start thinking about my own sartorial persona for the school year!

And yet we find ourselves heading deep into August, and while the weather certainly will feel summery for a couple months more, the new school year is fast approaching. (Before Labor Day in our district! How uncivilized.) It may be a bit soon to be wearing corduroy jeans, chic field jackets and fleece-lined boots, but it’s never too soon to shop for them! And in the case of mommy clothes, I have to decide just who I want to be at the carpool lane.Madewell

Cute-But-Not-Trying-Too-Hard Mommy: The balance I search for. Excellent jeans, a dynamiteballet flat, and a classic little jacket over a silky top. As the weather cools, she’ll switch to a feminine  cropped sweater and a swingy coat, with a gorgeous leather boot with just enough heel to make her legs look a mile long. Lovely leather mini tote holds the occasional diaper and bag of Goldfish without advertising it. Runs errands while the kids are at school, but stops for a cup of coffee with a friend and possibly a buzz through the mall for a quick peek at this week’s new arrivals.

Oh-So-Glamorous-How-Does-She-Do-It Mommy: Sophisticated heels, elegant and possibly dry-clean-only trousers or even a pencil skirt with a great blouse, stylishly cut jacket, and fabulous accessories that take her ensemble to the next level.  Trim croc-embossed clutch bag is a dead giveaway that she’s not plodding through the supermarket this morning holding onto someone’s hand. Full, flawless makeup (lipstick!) and delightfully frizz-less hair. Far too busy to sign up for mystery reader, the stay-at-homes look wistfully at her as some sort of exotic creature they don’t quite understand.

Cookie-Baking-Adorable Mommy: Preppy to a fault, but classic. Bright colors and simple silhouettes like rolled crops, a cute tee and a great cardi in washable fabrics (ok, the occasional cashmere sweater) with chic yet practical shoes say she’s devoted to her brood, but not so overwhelmed that she’s forgotten how to coordinate. Always signs up to bring a (homemade!) snack to the class party and coordinate the teachers’ gifts.

Sporty Mommy: Always shows up in yoga pants, cute trainers and a chic drapey jacket. Minimal makeup, simple ponytail, sunglasses on top of head. Cute yoga bag on front seat of hybrid. May or may not have just come from the gym, but implies she takes herself as importantly as her kids. Guaranteed to serve organic lunchbox snacks.

Fly-By-The-Seat-Of-Her-Pants Mommy: Races in late for drop-off and pick-up in baggy jeans and a sweatshirt, usually with unlaced sneakers. Never made up, probably wearing her husband’s corporate-logo fleece jacket, she’s crazy like a fox: no one EVER asks her to help out with the fundraiser, book drive or class photo day. Dresses to kill on weekends.

And just in case I can find a sitter for the school auction, I’ll be sure to snap up a darling little dress with funky details and killer skyscrapers for myself. There has to be life after bedtime, right?

Now get out there and enjoy the warm sunshine while your schedule is still wide open! You can always shop after the sun sets.

xoxo,

Pretty Mama


Our Favorite Things!


Skyy Hadley // Long Lasting Manicure

Skyy Hadley, owner of As U Wish Salon, has these quick and easy tips to keep your manicure lasting longer during this extended heat wave! See below and LMK if you need samples, interviews or more info. Thanks!

  • Remove your polish and let your nails breathe for a good few days. If nails look discolored, squeeze some lemon into your lotion or rub a lemon wedge directly onto the nail to brighten nails.
  • Apply a shea butter lotion or non-greasy cream to lock in moisture.
  • Begin painting! Apply a cuticle oil (see below) to the base of your nails (or even when they are already polished), focusing around the cuticle area to hydrate and bring moisture into the skin, helping the polish last longer.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail & Cuticle Oil
Finish off your manicure with Color Therapy nail & cuticle oil, formulated with breakthrough argan oil formula. Your ultimate in nail therapy

  • Moisturizing and nourishing oil
  • Instantly restores radiance to nails and cuticles
  • Promotes strong, resilient natural nails


End of Summer Travel Essentials

Pack the perfect travel essentials for your final summer getaways.

  MALIN+GOETZ essential kit
A wonderful way to experience the brand, this travel ready essentials kit includes all best sellers for face, body and hair – all sized to fly.
Set includes: grapefruit face cleanser, vitamin e face moisturizer, bergamot body wash, vitamin b5 body moisturizer, peppermint shampoo and cilantro conditioner.
Philip B Four Step Hair and Scalp Treatment Set  Philip B. Four Step Hair & Scalp Treatment Set
Packed with super-light essential oils, this award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types.
Set includes: rejuvenating oil, peppermint & avocado shampoo, light-weight deep conditioning crème rinse and detangling toning mist.
Conair Ultimate Root Booster Mid-Size Cushion Brush
Experience a luxurious new level of volume! The Triangle Airflow Bristle™ design lifts hair right at the roots. Bristles and vented cushion allow up to 50% more airflow* to reach hair for big, beautiful volume fast! This mid-size brush is perfectly sized for styling on the go.
Scünci spiral ponytailers
Scünci Spiral Ponytailers provide a dent free hold all day.

Sooth Your Tired Eyes

To help depuff your eyes, place the Makeup Drop in the fridge/freezer. It still has flexibility, so it feels good on the eye area especially when applying skincare, unlike other conduits for cold that are hard and unyielding. Not only does the silicone applicator feel good against the skin when chilled but it actually works.

The Makeup Drop at Free People  The Makeup Drop
Our Silicone Makeup Applicator was designed to completely eliminate wasted makeup and skincare. While sponge applicators soak up large amounts of makeup during application, the MakeupDrop™ perfectly applies and blends your foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer, moisturizer, and primer without absorbing one drop! Only half the amount of product is needed as compared to a traditional sponge or brush applicator.
DDF Skincare Advanced Firming Cream
Restore a youthful appearance at any age by repairing damage at the skin’s surface. This nighttime age reversing cream provides nutrients and skin conditioning properties to help turn back the damage that time has left behind.

Thicken and Volumize Your Hair!

It ’s time to talk about a topic we all collectively avoid – hair loss. August is Hair Loss Awareness Month and we’re here to let you know it’s OKAY! Male pattern baldness and female pattern hair loss are the most common conditions and it’s actually normal to lose around 100 hair strands per day, based on the average scalp containing 100,000 hair follicles.

If you want to prevent any future hair loss and don’t want to use any chemicals, Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner is your next dynamic duo. Also, Marula Pure Beauty Oil 5-in-1 Volumizing Spray for everyday styling, this allows you to aim at your roots (where we all need some extra love) or all over. Users have said this volumizing spray has made their hair look twice as thick when using!

Avalon Organics Shampoo, Thickening, Biotin B-Complex - 14 fl oz 

Avalon Organics Biotin B-Complex Shampoo and Conditioner 

A carefully balanced blend of biotin, saw palmetto, quinoa protein and vitamin E work in harmony to help build body in fine, thinning hair, stimulate the scalp to encourage hair growth and nourish hair from follicle through entire shaft. Helps strengthen hair strands within each use.

The result: Hair that feels thicker and softer with added volume.

Marula Pure Beauty Oil  5In1 Volumizing Spray 

Marula Pure Beauty Oil 5-in-1 Volumizing Spray

Patented dual-volume nozzle creates immediate volume at the roots and builds overall body and thicker-looking hair without residue, while providing natural-looking shine.  MarulaShield helps protect hair from hot tool damage, while micro-encapsulated Marula Oil hydrates, helping prevent dry scalp.

KEY BENEFITS:

  • Dual-nozzle that you can switch depending on what volume you want: root-lifting, or all-over
  • Lifts and supports hair strands, providing root volume
  • Builds fullness and body, increasing the appearance of thicker, fuller hair
  • Protect hair from thermal damage from hot tools, up to 450F
  • Infuses hair with incredible natural-looking shine while supporting healthy hair condition
  • Time released micro-sized capsules of Marula oil helps hair stay nourished and hydrated

FEATURED INGREDIENTS:

  • Marula Root Volume and Body-Building Polymers
  • MarulaShield helps protect from hot tool damage
  • ShinyWrap Stem Cell Technology
  • Microencapsulated Marula Oil

Keep Your Feet Silky Smooth with
Le Couvent de Minimes

 Whether your wardrobe consists of dresses or shorts, flip flops or heeled sandals, you’ll want to make sure you have these three products to keep your legs and feet beautifully polished.

Le Couvent de Minimes Hiker’s Foot Healer 

Replenish and hydrate dry and rough feet with this original recipe of nine beneficial plants. The treatment nourishes and repairs, while also softening the feet and improving microcirculation.

 

Le Couvent de Minimes Foot Polishing Cream 

Smooth and exfoliate to unveil clean, soft feet with this creamy polishing formula. The Poppy Seed, Pumice Stone and Walnut Shell Powder combine to effectively slough off dead skin cells and minor calluses. Meanwhile, the Wintergreen, Shea Butter and Grapeseed Oil help to soften, repair and nourish

Le Couvent de Minimes Leg Soothing Lotion 

Revive and refresh tired and dry legs with this comforting formula. Not only do the ingredients hydrate and repair the skin, they also help to reactivate microcirculation, relieving achy heavy feeling legs. The Alpine Mint, Lemon and Listea Cubeba top it off by providing a delicate fresh scent.


Introducing megababe

Ladies, you need to check out Katie Sturino of @the12ishstyle and her NEW product collection, megababe, a line of thoughtfully conceived and expertly crafted products that take the annoyance out of being a woman.

The first SKU in this line is the thigh rescue, which is PERFECT for summer. It is an anti-chafe stick, formulated with aloe, pomegranate, grapeseed oil and Vitamin E. The formulation allows for maximum protection and a smooth, frictionless glide.

A single swipe creates a friction-free barrier that sits on top of skin, allowing thighs that touch to glide against each other instead of chafe. As you move, thighs stay cool and free of irritation and painful rashes.

Toxin-free formula includes soothing aloe and antioxidant-rich vitamin E to keep skin happy and hydrated. 

Apply as needed throughout the day and don’t let thigh chafe slow you down!


Bosley Professional Strength

As you know, August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month and now is the time to take preventative and proactive measures against this issue. It’s crazy to think that hair thinning/hair loss begins at age 35 for most women….not to mention that 90% of hair loss is genetic!

Bosley Professional Strength is here to help and has a collection of products specifically targeted towards prevention and treating those that suffer from hair thinning or loss. Check out a few expert tips from Michelle Blaisure, Bosley Professional Strength Director of Education.

THE FACTS:

  • Genetics is the primary cause of hair loss in men (about 95% of loss due to genetics)
  • 38% of women said they started to notice the change around age 35
  • 86% of women, when surveyed, said they would be concerned if they started to thin in their 30’s
  • By age 60 about 60-70% of men and about 50%-60% of women will have thinned

THE CAUSES:

Hair loss and excessive shedding can occur for many reasons:

  • Genetics
  • Extreme Stress
  • Child birth
  • Illness
  • Immune disorders
  • Medications
  • Tight braids, weaves and improperly applied extensions

THE SOLUTIONS:

  • When hair starts to thin, it’s important to address it early as it is easier to keep it than to get it back!
  • Use products designed for scalp health and thinning hair that add thickness and volume so hair has a fuller look, and when used for prevention, slow the look of aging hair
  • Shampoo frequently with a thinning hair cleanser, like Bosley Professional Strength BosRevive Nourishing Shampoo, which is designed to remove any build-up and debris from the scalp and hair
  • For a quick cover up try natural keratin hair fibers like Bosley Professional Strength Hair Thickening Fibers, as they give instant density in the hairline and crown
Bosley Professional BosRevive Nourishing Shampoo for Non Color-Treated Hair - 10.1 oz 
 

 


Get a Beachy Glow at Home!

It’s hard not to love summer and all those great trips to the beach. But, sometimes it can be a hassle to actually get there. Want to get that beachy look without having to actually go to the beach? Check out these products from Smashbox, ColorMetrics and John Frieda!

Get at home glow with Smashbox Cosmetics Spotlight Palette

Available in two tones (Pearl and Gold), each palette contains three velvety smooth, blendable highlighters – two shimmer-finish shades and one mega sparkle that dials light all the way up, popping your features.

Give your hair a refreshed, sun kissed shine with TouchBack Color Depositing Shampoo and Conditioner

Temporary hair color for use between permanent colorings for instant color and shine.

  Get the perfect beach wave at home with John Frieda Wavy Curls Curling Wand

NEW from Cuvée Beauty

New from Cuvée Beauty - the Everyday Essence Travel Kit. Three deluxe travel-sizes to give the real girl a complete Cuvée Beauty experience. Each limited edition kit includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Première Treatment--the foundational steps to hair health--as well as some new tips & tricks for amazing results.

  • Weightless formula
  • Antioxidant protection
  • Helps balance the scalp’s ecosystem
  • Protects & strengthens hair
  • Sulfate-free. Paraben-free. Pthalate-free. Cruelty-free.
  • Safe for color and chemically-treated hair

 


Go Back go School in Style:
Introducing the new Sally Hansen + Crayola InstaDri Collection

Sharpen those pencils, pack that apple, and add the final touch to your back-to-school look in an instant! The new Sally Hansen + Crayola Insta-Dri Collection transports you back to that care-free time of coloring with crayons, sketching out vibrant creations, and jumping back into the September back to school season. Color authorities Crayola and Sally Hansen joined forces to offer a bright, bold, and fun suite of hues that dry in just 60 seconds — so no time is wasted for the woman on the go. With a 60 second dry time, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri®Nail Color’s 3-in-1 formula features a built-in base and top coat to provide shiny, extended wear in a single step in just one stroke. These color specialists did their homework: From a saturated red to a marvelously mod white, here are the 12 new, specially designed shades inspired directly by the Crayola crayon colors we all know and love.

  • Wild Strawberry: Ripe and ravishing, this primary red crème shade is a classic.
  • Sunset Orange: As bold as it is beautiful, this hue conjures memories of blissful beachy evenings.
  • Carnation Pink: Everything’s coming up carnations in this vivid, pretty pink.
  • Dandelion: Picked right from a sprawling field, this sunny saturated yellow is a force of nature.
  • Granny Smith Apple: Take it to the tart side in this vivaciously verdant polish.
  • Cerulean: Rock this hue, it’s a go-to blue for back to school. 
  • Vivid Violet: Cultivate the feeling of floral fancy in this purple shade that elevates any first-day-of-school outfit.
  • White: No better way to kick off the year than with a blank slate. Be crisper than a white board with this pristine white.
  • Razzmatazz: It’s your time to shine bright and be a dazzling star with this raspberry hue.
  • Scarlet: Show off your summer tan with this red hot mani.
  • Denim:Casually cool, this jean-ius indigo hue goes with everything.
  • Purple Heart: Be the Queen Bee in this courageously colorful purple.

Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri® is #1 in the quick-dry segment. The Sally Hansen X Crayola Insta-Dri Back To School Collection is available now! Crayola is the worldwide leader in children’s creative expression products. The Crayola brand is known for its iconic Crayola crayons, and portfolio of colorful and innovative art tools, crafting activities and creative toys.

 


Multi-tasking Beauty Essentials for Summer

These beauty products are must-haves for a quick but glam summer routine that will get you out of the house and to the beach faster and easier!

Protect your skin from the sun’s rays while also moisturizing with KORRES Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This ultra-lightweight fluid instantly disappears into skin, providing broad-spectrum UV protection and deep nourishment. The silky texture wears beautifully under makeup for a weightless, luminous finish—making this an ideal daily moisturizer throughout the year. Yoghurt, rich in skin-repairing proteins, helps keep skin nourished and protected while a blend of rice and camapu extract offers hydration and calming properties to soothe skin during sun exposure.
 
Fight flyaways, add shine, and shield your hair from the damaging UV rays with Cuvee Beauty’s Protective Treatment. A serum spray that primes your hair for any style with a lightweight, non-greasy coat of invisible protection, this multi-functional elixir that controls flyways, tames frizz, detangles, adds shine and strengthens against breakage - all in one step. Our protective serum also offers UV protection and antioxidant properties that protect hair from the sun’s harmful rays, and against heated styling tools. Increase ease the ease of styling and manageability.
 
Add a soft scent and moisturized skin to your beauty routine by using Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Body Butter Collection. A super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. Pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence.
Stay cool and stylish with the Hairdo Simply Straight Pony that wraps around your own ponytail for an easy temporary look. Measuring 18″ long, this wrap-around piece instantly adds length, verve and volume to your ponytail. Easily place the pony high, low or to the side. This hairpiece features a strip of hair that wraps around the holder and fastens it in with a hook-and-loop strip to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair. Made with Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out.

Celebrate National Relaxation Day with Wellco, Soap & Paper Factory and Molton Brown!

On August 15th, we will celebrate National Relaxation Day. In such a fast-paced society, this day is a reminder for us to slow down, unwind and just relax. WelleCo, Soap & Paper Factory and Molton Brown have the essentials for you to honor this day and take time for yourself.

WelleCo Sleep Welle Fortified Calming Tea
This natural and effective blend of herbs is great to drink before bed if you have difficulty sleeping. It harnesses three powerful ingredients, skullcap, valerian root and hops, combined with lemon balm, passionflower and natural lemon and mango flower to create a mild fruity and soothing drink.

As someone who has suffered from insomnia for years I find this tea to be the perfect way to end an evening and relax for a good night's sleep!

Soap & Paper Factory Luxe Bubble Bath

Take a moment for yourself to indulge in a nice ,warm bath. These bubble baths are skin-softening and each fragrance possesses qualities to relax and nurture.
Available Scents: Gardenia, Jasmine, Green Tea, Lavender and Lemon Verbena

 

Molton Brown Single Wick Candles

Infuse your home with the aromas and fragrances you love. These scented candles will light up your space and make you smile. Comforting and uplifting, they are blended with precious ingredients with pure functionality to truly improve your downtime.
Available Scents: Delicious Rhubarb & Rose, Black Peppercorn, Pink Pepperpod, Coco & Sandalwood, Black Leather Accord & Cade, Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise, Orange & Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Rosa Absolute, Gingerlily, Oudh Accord & Gold and Tobacco Absolute


The Silver Loft

Customize it. Personalize it. Tell your story! We are here to help you design those special pieces you will adore for years to come.


 

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