Mom & KidsFollowing Featherbottom

featherIt’s always a challenge to find the perfect gift for the new family who already has everything they need, especially because I like to keep it unique and personal. So when a very special newborn arrived this summer, I went on a search for the perfect gift which would be personal and a keepsake. The whimsical story of Felix Featherbottom and his sidekick Pierre du Pond chronicles their adventures flying all over the world, trying to find the letters of the new addition’s name. From an A in Antarctica to a Z in Zimbabwe, Featherbottom takes us on a trip which goes through cities, countries, and regions of the world, inspiring baby to get a passport. The best part is that from newborn to toddler, the book is a favorite because of the remarkable illustrations and colorful letters of the alphabet spelling the child’s name. Even babies enjoy rhymes and rhythm, and the witty one-liners will inevitably coax out that smile. By the time their first birthday comes around, babies already have all the sounds needed to speak their native language! The more they are read aloud to, the better and faster their own speech will come. I’d found that it’s a lot of fun to reference the locations of each letter with its place on a globe, with a starting point of home sweet home.

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Bath & BodyC.O. Bigelow Mentha Collection

lipI love the nostalgia of classic New York institutions, and C.O. Bigelow Apothecary is one of the quintessential neighborhood mainstays which remains trendy and relevant today. Whenever I’m in the Village and have some time to kill, I always stop by and leave with some goodies, my all-time favorites being their eponymous collection of soaps and lotions. I appreciate that the formulas are time-tested and high quality, so I can count on them to cleanse without drying, moisturize without being greasy, and basically do their job while lifting my mood with delicious scents. One of my favorite lines this summer is the collection of Mentha Lip Shine glosses. These natural mint-filled glosses nourish like crazy while cooling the lips. It feels glorious as soon as I have a layer on, and the shine stays even overnight (tried and true!).

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Bath & Body, FragranceLive Colorfully

_7796298Oh, Kate Spade… How I love your bags and how I wish I could afford to buy more of them…

Luckily for me, when I can’t buy bags, I default to buying other things, which has led to me trying my first Kate Spade fragrance, Live Colorfully. It’s right up my alley–a citrus floral–and it reminds me of summer and vacation and always puts me in a great mood whenever I spritz it on. With notes of tiare flower, golden gardenia, coconut water, sheer amber, radiant musks and Tahitian vanilla, the perfume sounds amazing, right? Trust me, it is. It’s very tropical but a little sweet as well and I can definitely smell both the floral and the citrus on me when I’m wearing it. It’s the perfect date night scent, but I’ve also been wearing it during the day and it’s not too strong or overwhelming at all. How to describe it best? Unique and feminine – just like Kate Spade herself!

Beauty, NailsA Nail Treat

Treat Collection

We recently heard about Berlin-based nail brand, Treat Collection, and loved the large range of shades so much that we just had to try it out! They kindly sent us a selection of colors to choose from, and every single one of them is consistently good. Here are the colors in the box:  READ MORE

Accessories, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Casana Designs Lines & Dots Scarf

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Beauty, MakeupFind Your Perversion

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Any time Urban Decay hosts an event, I make sure to attend because they know how to throw a party. And who doesn’t love a good party? Especially when it’s in honor of their new Perversion Mascara (love the name!)

imgThe party was at The Sayers Club in Hollywood and it was everything you’d expect from a brand as cutting edge as Urban Decay–there was a knife thrower, burlesque dancers, a contortionist… never a dull moment in Hollywood! But a very fun night would’ve been wasted if the mascara itself was a dud, so I’m happy to report that it’s fabulous. The slogan for it is “Bigger, Blacker, Badder” lashes and whoever came up with that was right on the money because that’s exactly what I get when I use it. My lashes are way thicker, soot black and full of volume after I swipe it on. It’s the perfect trifecta!  I love the brush too – it’s big, but not so big that I poke myself in the eyes when I use it (more common than you’d think!) and the bristles are great for separating lashes. I get almost no clumps and even the ones I do get are small and comb out really easily. The formula is really buildable too–I’m able to swipe on multiple coats without getting crusty, spiky lashes. Instead, they just get even thicker, which is amazing. I think it’s time for you all to get Perverted too!

Hair, Los Angeles, Spas & Salonsbanged at spoke & weal

Spoke & Weal

I used to have bangs. And they were fabulous. But they took so long to grow out, I swore I’d never get them again. Then I was offered a complimentary haircut at Spoke & Weal Los Angeles by owner and hair artist extraordinaire Jon Reyman. Even though I was growing out my hair, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity (he charges $450). So I did it; I got banged. Standing up, I might add.

How did this happen? Well, it started at the end of the workday, around 6 p.m. (The salon is conveniently open until 7 p.m. on weekdays.) Just after I arrived, I was given a green juice from the local juicer and a relaxing, aromatherapeutic scalp massage. This alone was worth the trip.

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SponsoredAHAVAWoman Travel Essentials

image001To me, beauty and travel go hand in hand. After all, when I’m relaxed and in a happy place is when I not only feel most beautiful–but also want to look most beautiful (vacay selfies anyone??) And despite my usual “carry-on only” rule, I’ve been known to check my bag on more than one occasion when there were beauty products involved (grrr,  TSA rules). Said beauty products that could convince me to check luggage? The new AHAVA body and skincare line including their new Dead Sea Osmoter Concentrate, Carressing Body Sorbet, and Purifying Mud Mask.

image003The Concentrate and Mud Mask are key to taking the perfect #nomakeup vacation selfie–because honestly, a full face of makeup while you’re ziplining or beaching is a bit overkill. The Purifying Mud Mask helps to absorb excess oil–a glistening look is never a good look. The product is also infused with horsetail extract to help clean and soothe skin and take down any inflammation, and jojoba oil to help moisturize skin. But before you get snap happy, make sure you apply a layer of the Osmoter Concentrate, for that ultimate youthful vacation glow. The product helps to hydrate, illuminate, and recharge skin.

And let’s not forget about the body! Nothing better after day in the sun, than a cooling, soothing rubdown. The Caressing Body Sorbet, does exactly as it sounds. It’s a refreshing cream-gel that hydrates and rejuvenates the body.

image002Ready to learn more? Follow along on my social media feeds (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest) as I take these products with me on vacay this month (look out for posts with the hashtags: #AHAVAWoman, #AHAVA, and #AHAVALove). We’re also hosting a giveaway so you can win a set to try for yourself!  Just drop me a comment below to enter!

 

Mom & KidsRun with Umi Shoes

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A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

A perfectly posh wrap that allow her feet to feel as free as when they’re bare. A generous fit for those chubby baby feet and an easy hook-and-loop strap ease in even the biggest toddler shoe-skeptic.

  • Contoured rubber outsoles allows babies to rollup on their toes
  • Patented anti-bacterial removable foot bed
  • Leather uppers and linings
  • Hook-and-loop strap closure

– See more at: http://www.umishoes.com/shop/style/30405-680.html#sthash.EsehNcHs.dpuf

These cute tyke Mary Janes have fondly been nicknamed “playground shoes” by their pint-sized owner. The Umi brand has thought through everything a toddler and parent could want in a shoe- a generous fit even for chubby feet, easy on-and-off, nonslip stable rubber outsoles, and cute details like this cheerful daisy. Durability and longevity get high ratings for the Cassia shoe considering its top quality materials and workmanship, so these shoes will survive many playground playdates.

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Beauty, MakeupA Rose By Any Other Name…

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I’ve been wanting to try Bite Beauty for a long time, so when I got the opportunity to test out their Deconstructed Rose Lip Gloss Library, I jumped at the chance.  (I love that it’s called a library, by the way.  It makes me feel like I’m doing something studious or important by writing about it!)

The set has twelve different limited-edition shades in colors ranging from light pink to dark red, and each gloss has a rose scent to them, which is a very nice touch. I love that they’re all really pigmented, rather then being too sheer. I’ve said many, many times that that’s my pet peeve in a gloss (why pay money for something you can barely see?) so I’m happy that that’s not an issue here at all. The formula is also moisturizing and the color stays on my lips for a few hours before I need to reapply. Plus, I love the size of the tubes. They’re not so tiny that you’ll only get a few applications from each one, but they’re small enough to fit in a pocket or a clutch with ease–and you can actually use up a tube! I love that because I tend to travel with way more lip products than I need, so this lets me do that without weighing down my bag even more than usual. Consider me a Bite fan!

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