With the temperature hovering around what can only be described as “hotter than hell” in Los Angeles as I’m writing this, I’m taking the time to enjoy all the inside activities that I can right now. This includes mani-pedis because not only does it involve air conditioning (sweet, sweet air conditioning…) but it’s also a relatively inexpensive way to pamper yourself. And for my next mani-pedi, I’m taking along Zoya’s new summer shades – the Tickled and Bubbly collections. The Tickled collection is made up of all creams, which I personally really love for my fingers. Here’s what you’ll find in that group:
For my toes, I’m all about the Bubbly collection, which is made up of holographic sparkly shades that look fabulous peeking out of open toed shoes. They’re all so, so pretty that you’re going to have a hard time picking a favorite (I’m not even going to try). Here’s what you’ll find in the Bubbly group:
The new shades are all in stores now. Get them before they sell out!
Pajamas by definition should be fun, and I love thinking outside the box with colors and designs. On rainy days (or even lazy sunny ones), we play inside all day in our PJ’s staying warm and cozy whether sculpting with playdoh or building skyscrapers. Skylar Luna makes the softest eco-friendly pajamas in bright designs ranging from bright California pinks to my favorite, an anchors-away nautical theme for imagining exotic voyages by sea. Made from 100% organic cotton, the stylish sleepwear is designed to be the ultimate in comfort for small bodies to move around while staying safe. I’ve been spoiled with the quality of the pajamas, as the cotton weave holds up over repeated washes, but remains soft and breathable. The fit is just right, not too tight or irritating like other brands can be, which is so important for a solid night’s sleep!
I always pay a little extra attention to celebrity beauty secrets, especially if they’re accessible and easy to try out. When I heard about gorgeous model Josie Maran’s beauty line based around Argan Oil, I perked up and did a little digging. Argan oil is a plant extract native to Morocco which contains vitamin E, known as a savior for sensitive skin conditions such as eczema or rosacea. It can be used as on skin, hair and nails, and Josie herself uses it to keep her lips and cheeks moisturized and looking healthy and beautiful. Josie Maran’s Argan Infinity Lip And Cheek Creamy Oil combines the best of two worlds- the nourishing argan oil using 97% natural ingredients and a splash of color. The Argan Oil used in Josie Maran products is sustainably harvested and pressed by women’s co-ops in Morocco, which empower their members and protect argan forests.
The Zen Swaddle
By Nested Bean, $39.99
I’m still smiling from Mother’s Day memories, it’s always a sweet time of year to relish the special relationship that can never be replicated. As I think back to the exciting time when I first became a mom, I remember rushes of love and discovery punctuated by extreme fatigue. Nested Bean is making that time a little more restful with the Zen Swaddle, a perfect gift for a new mom. The cute velcro-secured wrap makes swaddling simple and effective with its patent-pending weighted patch which rests on baby’s chest to reassure the little one that mom is closeby (while she catches up on some rest!). The high-quality construction and design of the swaddle can last through multiple siblings, and the adorable designs are contemporary and irresistible. I love that the swaddle is 2 sizes in 1, with a smaller pouch to keep baby’s feet secure for the first few weeks, then accommodates up to 29″ in length with an arms-out option.
Mio’s Future Proof Firming Active Body Butter is one of my favorites when I need a heavy-duty shot of moisture. The thick and creamy formula works overtime for up to 24 hours to banish my dry patches and cover my whole body with a seemingly new smoother, glowing skin. There’s a fine line between a saturated body butter which achieves ultimate richness and one with a pastelike consistency, and Future Proof maximizes its lushness without sacrificing smooth and simple application. Organic Argan Kernel Oil is one of Future Proof’s many unique ingredients which is packed with Omegas and proteins to improve inner strength and elasticity while moisturizing and feeding skin.
Trying to get your body swimsuit-ready for the warmer weather? Now is such a great time to stock up on some fitness goodies to get in shape for summer. Like I’ve mentioned before (in previous posts), working out requires motivation for me, and cute clothes certainly help! Athleta has some really fun options, but I’ve actually never tried their activewear…until now. I was pretty impressed by the fit, fashion and function of the pieces I tried. Read more about the items I tested below. READ MORE
I’m entering that stage in my life where it feels like everyone I know is becoming or is a new mama. I get to play auntie to adorable babies and kids, spoil them, and then give them back to their parents when the fun is over (best part of kids that aren’t yours, right?). However, that means that my devices have lately become the favorite toys (or distraction) for these kids, who are so tech-savvy at a young age. It was time to beef up the protection on those gadgets that could potentially be dropped, spilled on, etc. I looked to Griffin Technology‘s Survivor series, which is an “extreme-duty” case for your devices, to help me out. READ MORE
Even though the days are warming up, it can still be cool at night. And lately on weekend nights, for me, there’s almost nothing better than cozying up with a throw, lighting a candle and catching up on magazines. I’m a big fan of Voluspa‘s Candles, and was so excited when they reached out about their newest collection, Maison Jardin.
The collection is composed of 4 fragrances:
Since I gravitate toward florals and citrus scents, I happily tried to the Sake Lemon Flower Maison Metallo Candle. This is a lovely tart scent, but the sake note tempers the citrus, preventing it from being overly sweet.
Their containers are so lovely, as well. This one has gorgeous vintage-inspired florals, and their double wick configuration always leaves the candle burning evenly. (Tip: Make sure it always burns to the edges to prevent tunneling and for continuous even burns.)
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