Gift Guides, Mom & KidsMagnolia the Bunny – Limited Edition

Magnolia Easter-2I almost melted into a puddle when I first laid eyes on Magnolia the Bunny, dressed in her Easter best! Magnolia is the latest limited-edition member of the Walnut Animal Society family, whose gifted creator Lauren Bradshaw takes the art of stuffed animals to a whole new level. Each animal is handmade of the highest-quality materials (to stand up to years of hugs!) and no two are exactly alike. Darling Magnolia is perfect for kids but even I felt a tug at my heart as she brought back so many whimsical memories of childhood imaginary friends.

My two-year-old actually let out a squeal when she first saw Magnolia, as even she could appreciate the rabbit’s charming cuteness (plus bunnies are her favorite right now). Last night, I managed to put her to bed without her beloved bunny so I could snag myself some quality time to admire her. Standing at two feet tall, Magnolia feels substantial, well-built and is just the right size for little arms to hug. She is impeccably dressed in Liberty of London-cut garments, and this styling rabbit knows how to mix prints in the most chic and adorable way! I had to smile at the bunny-print lower on her dress which was designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

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Bath & Body, IntimatesPerfect Pairing: Warner No Side Effects Bra and Dove Advanced Care Deodorant

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This spring (we can call it that now, right?), it’s all about taking care of your armpits. Instead of only complaining about them (amirite?), it’s time to give those forgotten body parts some love. Two of my favorite products of the moment strive to do exactly just that–and they work even doubly well when used together! Warner’s No Side Effects Bra is the first bra I’ve come across that’s dedicated to fighting “sleevage”–or in laywoman’s terms, armpit fat. In addition to being insanely comfortable, soft and cushy, the bra even contains an extra side panel solely for the purpose of tucking and smoothing away that area. So now when you’re wearing a sleeveless or silky top, you no longer have to curse your armpits–you can instead, admire them.

Speaking of sleeveless and silky shirts, they also tend to show off one other armpit pitfall and source of many complaints–wetness. This season, you can put that worry to rest too with the new Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant which delivers, not one, but two day’s worth of protection with each application. Now you don’t have to sweat it (ha ha) even if you forget a day. Of course in addition to fighting wetness and odor, the product is also packed with Dove’s nourishing skincare ingredients which soothe and smooth. Oh, and it goes on clear so you don’t have to worry about that embarrassment either. Trust me, your armpits will never be happier.

Warner’s No Side Effects Bra, #36, Macys.com
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, $6, Drugstore.com

 

HomeDrink SOMA (& An Early Lesson on Marriage)

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People often ask me if things feel different after getting married. Since my husband and I cohabitated for a year before we even got engaged, I would’ve expected to answer “no.” Well, I was wrong–and never did that become more apparent than when I bought our first water filter as a married couple.

My husband only likes to buy tried-and-true products. He is anti-trends. Me? I’ve tried everything from fermented gel lotion (it’s the next big thing), to sleep-mask self tanners (get on it), to long distance energy healing sessions. If I discover something new, I’m curious to test it out. 50% of my GChat conversations are essentially me sending links of products to my friends followed by “I want this.” My husband writes off my ADHD product obsession tendencies half affectionately, half mockingly as an effect of my “blog life.” Well, someone’s gotta try all the new things.

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Accessories, Insider's ObsessionsInsider’s Obsession: Sandy Leong

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Sandy Leong, of eponymous luxury jewelry line Sandy Leong Jewelry, isn’t just a talented designer–she’s a fabulous woman. When we first met her at a press preview months ago, we knew we’d be gawking at her line of modern structural jewels (just take a look at this statement topaz ring and twist bangle with diamonds)–what we did not expect was to end up chatting and laughing with her for an hour! Naturally, we needed to know what all her obsessions were…so we can add them to our own list!

ONE. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara — Look beyond the catchy name; this mascara is my go to daily secret for keeping my peepers looking peppy.

TWO. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment — In love with this skin treament – it really does add a daily glow to the face  - no secret about it! 

THREE. Sandy Leong Origin Mesh Bracelet — Part of my classic collection and still a favorite- this 18K gold bracelet lays nicely flat against the wrist- perfect for anyone with an active lifestyle.  I even wear it while playing tennis!

FOUR.  Case Mate iPhone5 ID Case — This cover with room for my ID, metro card and Visa — great for those days when I’m walking the dogs, running errands, picking up groceries and oh, wait, what are those cute jeans doing in the window?

FIVE.  Dark denim by IRO  — I love the way these jeans fit.  They are super flattering and have been my go to denim brand lately.

 

IntimatesSheerly Pink

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With the change in seasons, it’s always a great time to refresh your lingerie drawer – throw out the old, and bring in some new.  We love Felina here at TDO, and this particular Christelle bra and boyshort set is particularly lovely! This style is super feminine and sexy, while still offering full coverage. The bra and undies both have sweet bows, with a little silvery sparkle edging. It’s slightly sheer, yet still slightly opaque – and would still look pretty even if it peeks out from a thin slouchy t-shirt (like this one) that we’re all throwing on weekends when the weather warms up.

Fitness & HealthGraced by Grit

gracedWhile I love Spring for its innate optimism, it’s also a kick in the butt to well, get off my butt! It’s finally time to throw off the cold-weather layers and start exploring warm-weather wardrobes, and that means making sure my body isn’t still hibernating in winter mode. I’ll be the first to admit, I need a lot of incentive to get moving outside- a great playlist, comfortable running shoes, and fresh workout gear are often the most inspiring! I saw the name as a sign when I came across Graced By Grit, designed by two amazing athletes, for active women. Their inspiration comes from the life-shaping grit in life that shapes you as a person, and a welcome gift at the end of it is grace. The collection is unique because it is meant to function both in the water and on land, so the top-quality fabrics are light but woven to last.

The Show ‘Em Whatcha Got Cami is built for just that, a flattering and edgy cut made with quick-dry UPF 50+ fabric. It has a built-in bra, which can be supplemented by a sports bra for high-impact exercise. The top is fashionable enough to grab a smoothie in after the workout (the ruching had me at hello), but designed to be highly functional during it. I’ve taken the Cami for a few runs, and it’s comfortable and breathable, and doesn’t ride up. Most importantly, I feel safe running even at gloaming due to the reflective logos and the easily attached safety whistle always within arm’s reach.

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Dining & Nightlife, Hotels, TravelBourbon Steak Miami

bourbonMiami’s epic energy and fun spirit remain unmatched, which is due in large part to its unique fusion of cultures. I’ve always loved spending time on Miami beaches, basking in the sun (while it’s snowing at home) and being entertained by the people watching. Sometimes on vacay, I’m in the mood for something a little more laid-back but still carries that Miami vibe. Enter Bourbon Steak, a restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Mina, located within the sprawling and elegant Turnberry Isle Resort. A leisurely drive from the flocks of partiers, this is one place that the glitterati will migrate to for a taste of the superb cuisine in an elite club atmosphere with well-oiled service. The stunning entrance through glass doors invites diners into the sleek dining room which seats 250 and feels like the beginning of an opulent dream.

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SponsoredRoad Testing Olay’s new Sensitive Body Wash

olay_sensitive_body_washAlthough I’m normally not too sensitive when it comes to beauty (a definite plus when my job involves trying all sorts of products), this winter I’ve been experiencing a peculiar problem. I’m blaming it on the super cold weather and the hot showers I’m taking because of it—my skin has become so dry and sensitive that I literally have scratch marks from my upper back to my lower legs thanks to how irritated and itchy my entire body has become. (Insert huge sigh. I actually just did that while writing this.)

So when Olay approached me to give their new Sensitive Body Wash a try, I was more than happy to oblige. Out went my usual assortment of fancy fragranced shower gels and even my old standby, Dove, and in came the new bottle of ultra-gentle and ultra-moisturizing Olay body wash. What’s so fantastic about this product is that it’s formulated to sensitive skin so it’s unscented, dye-free, and soap-free which is a major plus because the last thing my delicate, scratched up skin needs is anything that could irritate it further. But while it’s gentle, it’s still incredibly effective at moisturizing—more so in fact that most other body washes I’ve tried. I was impressed and decided to investigate why. READ MORE

Beauty, Makeup, NailsPerfect Pairing: Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange and Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death

Processed with VSCOcam with k1 presetI’m not one to talk smack on any reds (truly, I love all the shades) but lately I’ve been feeling like my go-to classic blue red could benefit from an extra dose of sass–a bit more heat. In response, I’ve gravitating towards fiery tomato hues that strike just the right balance between the season’s it-color orange and the glamour of a bold crimson. On my lips, I’m wearing Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Deatha thrilling red that injects a bit more intrigue into daily life. Inspired by Tatiana Boncompagni’s book of the same name, the moisture-rich lipstick is meant to reflect the complex and glamorous intrigue of the story’s leading ladies. On my tips, I’m slathering on multiple coats of Jin Soon’s Pop Orange. Part of her new Color Field collection, the bold, creamy hue is inspired by mid-century pop culture but modernized for today’s fashion forward pack. Like all of Jin Soon’s polishes, this hue imparts a can’t-look-away high shine finish and long lasting color that’s already on its third week running. Try wearing both the limited editor lipstick and nail polish for a coordinated look that’s sure to turn heads and inspire conversation.

Votre Vu French Kiss Lipstick in Social Death, $23, VotreVu.com
Jin Soon Nail Lacquer in Pop Orange, $18, Nordstrom.com

Beauty, MakeupBoho Rock with Butter London

lsdWith one eye always on the runway, Butter London is label that we can count on to fuse  fashion and Rock & Roll. Since Butter shades are created specifically for the runway, we know we’re on the cutting edge when new colors are released. I love getting creative with high-fashion shades which add edge to any ensemble, especially if I’m dressed in one of my many neutral or black ensembles I’ve been gravitating toward. The Boho Rock collection takes earthy neutrals to the next level with soft, shimmering shades that accentuate every skin tone.

The Lucy in the Sky shade of Nail Polish is aptly named as it’ll definitely give you a trip! Undertones are reminiscent of tangerine trees and marmalade skies, and a girl with kaleidoscope eyes. I applied three layers to get a more opaque look packed with disco-fun glitter, which shows off gold and silver tones on a rose pink base. Butter polishes are always carcinogen-free which means no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, phthalates, or parabens. Since they are formulated to nourish and protect nails, rocking color doesn’t come at a cost of healthy nails.

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