Mom & KidsArt for Kids

bradfordbook1It’s never too early to expose the younger set to the world of art, especially since imaginations run wild and creativity abounds in fresh minds. An introduction easily made at home is with the bright and colorful book SIX, which is no ordinary counting board book. The author Katherine Bradford is an accomplished New York artist who is known for her portrayal of ships and water, which I find luminous and whimsical. Her work is displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Portland Museum.

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Beauty, MakeupThe Eyes Have It

clq_ZKYC01_402x464Clinique is well-loved for their popular Chubby Sticks, so I was super excited when I heard they were launching their Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara. As someone who has thinner, short lashes (can you even see them?!), the Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara promises “lusciously full-bodied, curled, thick lashes.” Offered in four colorful shades, this mascara is highly pigmented mascara for strong definition, which is perfect for a gal like myself. The oversized molded brush and the mascara’s thickening polymers helps deliver volume. All mascara tends to weigh my lashes down, so I still needed the help clq_ZGH504_402x464of a eyelash curler – but if you have thicker lashes, this mascara will probably immediately give your lashes a lift. It also basically stays put through the whole day – a total win! (Because really, who has time to freshen up their mascara mid-day?!)

I also tried their Just Browsing Brush-On Styling Mousse for brows. My brows are pretty light, so I definitely need some help to give them definition. What I loved about this product was it’s ease of use. The gel-mousse formula defines, styles and thickens brows instantly with just a few strokes. It’s “formulated with a combination of silicone film formers that keep brows in place” – and after trying it, I can assure you that it does not smudge! At $16, it’s a total must to help define your eyes!

Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Chloe & Olive Wonders of the Sea Pillow

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Mom & KidsDreft-ing with Bebe

Before baby, all the mamas in my life told me that there will be a lot of stains coming into my life. And boy, were they right! I never know how much spit-up, diaper blowouts, etc. there would be. Dreft literally has been saving my baby’s clothes (and my sanity). Most moms rely on Dreft’s detergent to clean their baby’s clothes gently, but did you also know they make fantastic stain remover?

I love the pen version to stick in my bag always. It’s really simple to use. Just remove excess residue from stain by placing something absorbent (like a napkin, wipe, etc.) behind the stain, while squeezing pen. Then use scrubber like an eraser to get rid of the stain. If I’m at home, the spray version is great. I simply spray the stain remover onto the stain and let it sit for a few minutes, after which I rinse and scrub under the hottest water the fabric will allow. In just minutes, voila – clothes are stain-free!

Accessories, Jewelry, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Kasane Jewellery Contrast Ring

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Mom & KidsJJ Rabbit

Slider-CUPPIES41Mealtime just became a lot more stylish and easy with the smartly designed collection from JJ Rabbit. The line was clearly thought up by parents with a lot of experience with toddlers but with one eye responsibly on safe, environmentally-sound materials. Plant-based construction is something I find astounding, and on some level still can’t believe that the sturdy plastic cups and plates are biodegradable and compostable, made from corn and sugarcane! They’re still dishwasher safe (phew!), and don’t contain any BPAs, pthalates, or PVC. Here’s a quick rundown of their fun collection.

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Accessories, Insider's Obsessions, ShoesInsider’s Obsessions: Vanessa Seide

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Vanessa L. Seide founded Very Lovely Soles in 2012 as homage to her initials and the core meaning of her brand’s spirit. A thirteen-year veteran of Nine West Group Inc. and having grown up in a family of successful entrepreneurs, starting a footwear company of her own was a natural progression for Vanessa.

Vanessa found her niche and passion in flats after years of traveling and trend sourcing the globe seeking the perfect pair, but to no avail. Using her deep factory relationships, knowledge of the industry and inspiration from her trips, the concept for the perfect flat collection was developed and immediately put into action.

Each pair of Very Lovely Soles flats goes through hours of meticulous crafting from Italy’s finest shoemakers then is delicately marked with a tiny hummingbird logo. The insole is embedded with form fitting layers offering hidden support in a clean, streamlined silhouette – a technique and standard unique to Very Lovely Soles. Find out more about Vanessa’s current obsessions below! READ MORE

Hotels, Travel, Washington DCSalamander Resort

salamanderIt is so amazing to me that nestled a mere 50 miles from the nation’s capital is a fairytale horse country replete with rolling hills, vineyards, and small town charm. We were lucky enough to discover all this while visiting the area’s most luxurious and grand getaway, the Salamander Resort & Spa. The resort spans 340 idyllic acres with trails, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor event space. From the moment we drove onto the grounds, we were astounded by the peace, beauty, and elegance that seemed to emanate throughout the property. The hotel lobby is an refined mix of the genteel country and the luxury of an estate, and staff were welcoming and professional, ready to help with any whim.

FOR TRAVEL - Salamander Resort & Spa --Living Room Center View Salamander Resort & Spa features a spectacular Living Room, which is the first space a guest encounters upon entering (Photo credit: Justin Kriel)

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Accessories, Obsessions, ShoesObsession of the Moment: Sebago Hutton Smoking Flat

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SkincareL’Occitane pour L’Homme

l-occitane-cedrat-pure-cleanserIt’s not often that an inspiring men’s line comes up that my hubby will actually use and enjoy! If left to his own devices, this is the guy that will use bar soap (or even dish detergent if in a pinch, scary!) for his face and SPF moisturizer at night. So when I cajoled him into trying L’Occitane’s Cedrat line, I was completely surprised when a couple days into using the cleanser, he volunteered, “All joking aside, I really like this facewash. It just feels luxurious!” He actually looks forward to washing his face when getting off a long day of work. I love the scent as much as he does, and he even enjoys the gentle exfoliating beads. Cedrat, or citrus, originated from Asia and eventually landed on the shores of Corsica. The Cedrat extract from the pulp was found to have skin energizing properties. L’Occitane harvests cedrat during the winter months from a small organic cooperative on Corsica. The exfoliating beads are actually derived from lemon rind to refine texture and reveal soft skin. The scent reminds me of eating juicy citrus fruits in Provence in the evenings on our balcony, so for me there’s even a hint of romance wrapped up in it.

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