Favorite Fall Footwear
One of the many perks of a relaxing weekend is my standing appointment for a mani/pedi. Now, while a weekly mani/pedi may seem like a bit of an indulgence to some, it is an absolute necessity to me. After the wild, whirlwind work week ends there is nothing quite as relaxing, and yet invigorating, as a great mani/pedi. I love nothing more than to sink into that fabulous pedicure chair and give myself up to the lotions, potions and pampering of an afternoon at the spa. And when all is said and done, I not only feel 100% better but I look pretty fabulous as well! And besides that, I get a ton of fashion recon done while sitting on that pedicure throne!
This week's pedicure chair epiphany: fall weather shoe research. My father is always telling me, “If you are prepared, you will not fear,” and while I am applying that to being prepared with appropriate footwear so I am not caught in sandals at an inopportune time, I think he really meant something like making sure I have enough money saved for life’s twists and turns. But if the changing of the seasons isn’t classified as a “turn” I don’t know what is.
So with my father’s blessing, I will begin my fall shoe wardrobe:
Textures: Fall is all about the rich luxurious texture. Suede is still at the top of the list and so is polished leather (especially in menswear). This season is the perfect time to embrace different skins. Skins like snake, alligator, and calf hair (it’s just standard cow leather but with the hair still on, stop freaking out), are all perfect for fall. Real snake and alligator skin can get pricey, but there are now some really great embossed options, so I think it’s time to increase their presence in my closet.
Embellishments: This season sees everything from ladylike to rock n’ roll inspired. Demure ruffle or tassel detail adds some romance while studs and deep metallic hardware add some edge.
Colors: Colorblock is still going strong. Thankfully you’ve already embraced it, and can’t wait to add some colorblock shoes to the mix. Neutrals are a great breath of fresh air after a summer of bright neons. I have jewel tones from last year, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a fresh pair of deep blue deliciousness. This season’s evening shoe includes shimmery shiny metallic. Metallic silver, gold, or rose gold will show up nicely in the fall evenings with a little black dress or black trousers with rose gold silk blouse.
Booties: Stop everything and get some booties. I love booties. They come in many styles from wedge to stiletto, lace up, round toe, pointed toe, leather, suede, interesting soles, insets, cutouts or embellishments. My go-to this season is a gorgeous stacked-heel bootie that will hold up to the outside elements with style and comfort.
Boots: The grandmother of the bootie, the boot will be your work horse this season. A riding boot is sensible, refined, and slightly preppy, a modern cowgirl boot shows off your love of the land, and a moto boot adds a tough edge to your street style.
Strappy: This glorious summer had us in strappy sandals, and the fall will be no different. Straps abound! Try an eye catching T-strap or a chic ankle strap. If you want your ankle to appear thinner, go for a well-fitting narrow ankle strap, but if you want to add some volume, put on a wide ankle strap and possibly something with a little embellishment.
Menswear: A co worker of mine is absolutely brilliant at the menswear trend. I, however, am not so brilliant. It is my goal this season to add a touch of menswear, and I am going to do that in button-front shirts and in shoes! Smoking slippers, oxfords, or loafers are on my list this season.
Well, I think that is it, for now. Enjoy the rest of pedicure season, and happy shopping!
Songa Designs Launches Bohemian Handbag Collection for Fall 2016
Songa Designs International, an accessories and lifestyle brand with a purpose, is announcing the launch of its fall 2016 handbag collection, now available for purchase. The bags are handcrafted by the skilled artisans of Rwanda and made of natural, eco-friendly and local materials, such as maize leaves, banana leaves, sisal plant, re-purposed cow horn and upcycled local fabric. Each piece is unique, taking one artisan approximately one week to craft and carries a powerful story behind it. After working with Songa, many artisans are able to buy land, health insurance or send their children to school for the first time. A purse that gives back, just in time for the holidays!
Discover the Fall 2016 Collection
from Soma Footwear
Soma has reinvented the traditional shoe to embody a mix of East and West fashion style identities, with special attention given to comfort and quality. This is attributed to our method of sourcing high quality leather and superior stitching by craftsmen engaged in this art for generations.
- Each piece, like art, is exclusive and handmade by artisans world-renowned for their quality hand stitching
- Cleverly designed for everyday comfort & style (lined with cushion and foam for support)
- Available in a variety of styles and colors — embroidered, sequined, beaded, etc.
- Effortlessly blends East & West fashion style identities to create innovative designs
Check out the latest fall styles from Soma!
Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with C.O. Bigelow
||October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a cause that is near and dear to the heart of C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries. All year long, C.O. Bigelow donates 10% of all sales of their Freesia Candle to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a leading organization that fights breast cancer by advancing promising research around the world. Freesia, one of the brand’s most popular perfume oils, inspired this soft, floral scent featuring a heart of tart quince, jasmine, pink freesia and tender muguet. The feminine and uplifting power of this candle honors the spirit of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Price: $42.00 Available: bigelowchemists.com
KISS Cancer Goodbye with Skinn Cosmetics
Give cancer some lip service this October with Skinn Cosmetics’ Lip 6x Balm. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Skinn Cosmetics will donate 100% of sales (not profits, every cent of every sale will be donated!) of their Lip 6x Balm during the month of October to support Bright Pink. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Bright Pink has quickly become one of the country’s fastest growing non-profit organizations, impacting and saving the lives of thousands each day.
Feel free to kiss and tell with Skinn’s Lip 6x Balm in Watermelon. Formulated with Volulip, Maxilip, Filling Spheres, Vitamin C and Revinage, this lip treatment is tailored to hydrate, enhance plumpness and improve lip curvature for a smoother, more youthful appearance. While it instantly soothes, quenches and dries cracked lips, the Lip 6x Balm is sure to leave you kiss soft, plump and healthy
Breast Cancer Crusade
Sweet Cherry Blossom Candle
Three-wick wax candle with notes of cherry blossoms, red fruits and soft sandalwood. 30-hour burn time. 4" diam. X 3 1/2" H. Glass jar with metal cover.
For every candle purchased $2.00 will be donated to the Avon Foundation for Women to support Avon Breast Cancer Crusade programs across the U.S.
Together, we can celebrate life. In 1992, Avon began mobilizing the unique power of our global network of sales Representatives to sell Breast Cancer Crusade products that raise funds and awareness for the cause. Today, Avon is the leading corporate supporter of the breast cancer cause, having donated more than $780 million to breast cancer programs around the world over the last 20 years. Help raise funds and awareness for education, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services, and scientific research by purchasing a Breast Cancer Crusade product
The Mane Choice Haircare
The Mane Choice Haircare, a line of premium products to help nourish, grow and retain hair. This scientifically advanced product line was created by a Physician and Registered Nurse duo (who are also husband and wife!) to offer solutions to common hair problems.
1. Easy On The CURLS Detangling Hydration Shampoo ($12.99)
A revolutionary product for curly hair. No more dreading wash days, as this advanced shampoo cuts wash time in half by eliminating knots and tangles. Infused with Biotin and Vitamin E to nourish, grow and hydrate hair, leaving it feeling soft and shiny, while eliminating the dry and stripped feeling
2. Soft As Can Be Revitalize & Refresh 3-in-1 Co-Wash, Leave In, Detangler ($13.99)
A 3-in-1 conditioner formulated to revitalize and refresh the hair instantly. Acting as a 3-in-1 product, it can be used to condition after shampooing, and also act as a leave-in conditioner and detangler. Adds shine, softness and manageability and stops breakage during the detangling process. Leaves hair softer and more elastic.
3. Green Tea & Carrot Deep Strengthening & Restore Mask Treatment ($17.99)
A healthy hair essential. Formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and infuse it with high-quality vitamins and nutrients to transform hair into its healthiest state. Enriched with biotin, green tea, and carrot oil, this product will immediately begin to repair and restore dry and damaged strands.
4. Manetabolism Plus Vitamins ($25.99)
A daily complete dietary supplement formulated to grow hair longer, thicker, faster and healthier, while also acting as a multivitamin to aid in overall nutrition. Manetabolism Plus works to nourish hair follicles, prevent hair loss, remove scalp toxins and speed up hair growth with zinc, niacin, folic acid and a biotin dose of 5000 mcg. Ingredients also stimulate the circulation on the scalp and have the ability to rejuvenate dead, inactive and slow growing follicles.
New! From PÜR Cosmetics
Transformation Sculpting Eye Shadow and Cheek Palette
||Amp up your Halloween makeup routine!
Designed to offer versatility and ease during application, PÜR’s one-of-a-kind palette contains 7 putty-to-powder shades for expert cheek contouring and stunning eye color. Just in time for Halloween, the formula contains Moroccan Lava Clay, which ensures the shades will last through a night of PÜR transformation.
Use your finger to press and sculpt the shades directly onto the skin or use your favorite brush.
EYE SHADOW SHADES: Original, Alter, Re-Werk, Metamorphosis, Bleeding Edge
CHEEK SHADES: Tailor Made (Bronzer) and Brand New (Blush)
Sleepwear line bridges the gap between sexy and comfort
We get it, life is chaotic and we hate fuss too! We have the answer to a problem that you probably didn't even know you had. Just because you are busy (way TOO busy) doesn't mean you need to sacrifice luxury and comfort for style. Enter Lunya, the sleepwear line that bridges the gap between uncomfortable sexy lingerie and the oversized t-shirt look that you probably stole from your partner. Now you can sleep comfortably AND wake up looking put together from the moment you open your eyes (and do it all again without a trip to the drycleaners), and we know that's a hard feat. With today’s demanding schedule, sleep can lose its place on your priority list, and that is a problem for productivity and health. Don’t let your sleepwear add to the problem, let it help make your life easier!
Introducing Lunya: the new sleep style standard! Expertly crafted with the perfect blend of laid-back luxury and functional style. Featuring fluid, feminine shapes, Lunya sleepwear sets are the ultimate staple in a rich, but comfortable, style. Made in Los Angeles, Lunya uses breathable fibers to design custom sleepwear that significantly impacts the quality of your sleep.
Lunya sleepwear is a delight nighttime essential for the modern-day woman. Crafted from the highest quality materials, for your comfort and style, Lunya currently sells online at https://www.lunya.co.
Best Boots for Fall
One of the most important purchases for fall is a pair of proper boots, especially ones that will last all year long and guaranteed to protect wearers against whatever puddles, splashes and natural elements come their way.
Cougar Boots - The Canadian-based lifestyle footwear brand, known for temperature rated and 100% guaranteed waterproof shoes provides weather solutions to men, women and children, whether it’s the leaves in the fall, the snow in winter, or the rain and sun during spring and summer, Cougar Boots loves Getting Into Outside. Each boot mixes fashionable with functional, with fun prints and colors that create wearable styles for each and every occasion, eliminating the sacrifice of style over function.
Standing out from the crowd, each collection promises boots that can handle the outdoors without fear.
Each style is:
- Waterproof guaranteed: ensuring resistance to leaks under normal wear for a period of 6 months from date of purchase.
- Temperature rated: each boot uses a different level of insulation to account for jumping into puddles, or playing in the snow – made to keep your feet warm.
- Memory molded insoles: designed to conform to the unique shape of your foot, the boots each have a customizable plus feel which provides increased support and cushioning. These insoles can be removed easily for quick drying or replacement.
- Anti-slip outsoles: the lightweight, flexible outsoles are designed to provide sure-footed grip, allowing you to face the harshest conditions with confidence.
New, unique, and fashionable luggage tags
When you are traveling you want to have an ID tag on your luggage that stands out on the baggage carousel. Most people use pretty and unique ribbons, but those can be torn off at any time. Thankfully there is a luggage tag that you can personalize with colors from 50,000 combinations, and it even unravels into a paracod rope that can be used for emergencies or to fix a strap on your luggage.
-Our gear tags are a total of 7 3/4" long. The braided part is 3 1/4" long and it is around 1/2" wide. It is attached by running the loop through an attachment point and then the braided part is pulled through the loop securing it.
Bloxsun Sun Gloves
It is important to protect your hands from the sun's rays to help prevent sun spots from forming. With the average American driving approximately 100 hours per year, that is a serious amount of sun exposure on just your hands. Dermatologists around the country have discovered, recommend and now sell the elegant and luxurious UPF 50+ sun protective gloves and continue to back for more.
As well, there is a growing trend among the dermatology and cosmetic surgery world for beauty enhancements beyond the face. One of those popular treatments is the hand lift, or hand rejuvenation treatment. Today many are opting for fillers, laser resurfacing and topical treatments which can oftentimes instantly change the look of the hands and last up to 1-2 years. Bloxsun Sun Gloves
are the perfect post treatment product and are proving popular.
How To Never Have a Bad Faux-Glow... Introducing Tan-Luxe
Tan-Luxe is all about changing the perception of self-tan, one streak-free face and body at a time. The new approach delivers a radiant finish that’s tailor-made to your skin tone and skin type for deceptively subtle, #nofilter finish. The exclusive Triple Tan Technology combines unique formulations and the most advanced tanning developments to work with your own unique skin tone and melanin to deliver a radiant natural looking tan in just 1 hour. Formulated with skin-boosting and nourishing ingredients like Raspberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamins B, C and E you’ll get a personalized glow for every complexion. The next generation of self-tanning has arrived, and it’s chicer, easier and cooler than ever.
No streaks, no smells no drama. It’s our #tanifesto. Tan-Luxe collection includes:
- THE WATER: Revolutionize the way you tan with this vitamin-infused, hydrating, self-tan elixir. A unique blend of purified water, vitamins B, C and E, Raspberry Seed Oil and natural tanning actives to illuminate and nourish. The Water promises a gorgeous natural tan bursting with goodness. This quick drying, translucent formula means you can literally apply and go, developing a radiant faux-glow in just 2-4 hours. Available in light and medium shades.
- THE FACE: An Illuminating Self-Tan Serum that is moisturizer’s new best friend. The Face works with your daily skincare regiment to create a tailor-made faux glow for an effortless #nofilter finish. The revolutionary product works with your natural skin tone to even out your complexion, and is packed with skin-boosting and nourishing properties of Aloe Vera, raspberry seed oil and Vitamin E to promise gorgeous natural tan. Simply add a drop or two to your usual skincare regime to give yourself a natural radiant glow or build up over a couple of days to create a flawless golden complexion. Available in light and medium shades.
- THE BODY: The one you have been waiting for, these illuminating self-tan drops are made-to-measure for The Body. Transforming the dull and lack-luster into super glowing, sun kissed skin with just a few drops added to your usual body oil or cream. Packed with skin boosting benefits from Raspberry Seed Oil and Vitamin E, alongside hyper firming benefits from the Cellutone Complex, skin feels firm and toned as well as tanned. Available in light and medium shades.
- THE GRADUAL: This amazing lotion and oil hybrid delivers a light, buildable color across the face and body that smooths, conditions and tones, subtly dialing up a super natural glow. The color develops in just 1 hour leaving the ultimate, undetectable flawless looking tan. A great replacement for your daily body moisturizer. Available in light and medium shades.
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