Fashion, Fitness & HealthAthleta Summers

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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

TechGadget Survivor

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

Fragrance, HomeMaison Jardin

M-Jardin-Metallo-Sake-Lemon-350x350Even 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:

  • Sake Lemon Flower
  • Linden & Dark Moss
  • Yuzu Rose Stonecrop
  • Amaranth & Jasmine

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.)

Bath & Body, BeautyObsession of the Moment: MALIN+GOETZ Cannabis Hand + Body Wash

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Home, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: RS Handmade Crucible Planter

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HomeCaldrea Black Coriander Lime

corianderI have a love-hate relationship with spring cleaning. I procrastinate like crazy until I can’t stand the mess, then feverishly clean until I flop over, admiring and savoring the results. This year I actually looked forward to the Big Cleanup, thanks to the luxurious Caldrea Black Coriander Lime home collection which includes soaps, everyday cleaners, laundry detergents, and more. The fragrance is a beautiful mix of natural essential oils including lime, black peppercorn, and cardamom which actually make mopping more like a journey for the imagination than a chore. I relish the fact that Caldrea incorporates responsible use of cleaning materials basing them in renewable natural ingredients such as olive, coconut, corn, or soy. Safe for both the home and the environment, I know that dirt and grime will be gone without leaving traces of harsh chemicals around.

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HomeObsession of the Moment: AERIN Sphere Matchstriker

SponsoredGet Your Beauty On with Bergdorf Goodman!

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On May 1, Bergdorf Goodman will partner with ELLE magazine for a very exciting day of beauty. All day long we will offer complimentary makeovers, beauty consultations and customers can try out the latest colors, treatments and more. And from 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Bergdorf’s Social Media Beauty Director, Felicia Walker Benson will do a personal appearance in store and chat spring beauty.

Here’s the list of services you an get at the May 1 event: 
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Green Tea Leaf Reading with Amore Pacific 
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Facebook Look Transformation Station with Biobliss 
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Customized palettes by Bobbi Brown Artist Brianna Tallos 
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Sublimage consultation with Chanel 
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Mask Event with Cle de Peau & Shiseido 
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Hair Styling and Tutorials by the Designer with Colette Malouf 
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Manicures and Nail Art with Estee Lauder 
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Bronzing Bar Event with Guerlain’s  National Makeup Artist Marcus Monson 
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Complexion Perfection Makeover with Hourglass 
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Braid Bar with John Barrett Salon 
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Stress Releasing Massage with La Prairie Massage Therapist Edan Harari 
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Mini-facial pampering with Lancome 
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LED Light Chromo Mask Tool “Robo Cop Mask” with Natura Bisse 
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Scalp Treatments and deluxe gifts with purchase with Restorsea 
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Neck and Hand Massages with ReVive 
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Expert brow shaping with Sania’s Brow Bar 
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Sultry Sun Kissed Makeovers with Tom Ford 
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Lash Application and Personal Appearance by Trish McEvoy 
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“The Light Belongs to YSL” – 3 Minute Lumiere with YSL Beaute 

 

Mom & Kids, New YorkBonpoint Sample Sale

mail braderie USA E14-HDOne of my favorite sample sales of the year, Bonpoint’s beautiful French clothes are available at equally beautiful prices. Don’t forget to leave your stroller at home, you’ll need your hands free and ready to scoop up the deals!

Beauty, Eco & Organic, SkincareHollyBeth Organics

organicFresh, garden-grown, and organic are usually the words you’ll find in a specialty market for produce, but living a healthy lifestyle demands the same standards for skincare. After all, aren’t the creams, washes, and treatments we put on our face penetrating into our pores and being absorbed to be effective? HollyBeth Organics is an artisan line which is USDA-certified organic and ingredients are grown from a garden and not a laboratory! The creator, HollyBeth Anderson, has culled knowledge from fifty years of international travel, skincare testing and research to create her boutique line which is focused on safe and effective nature-based treatments. She has taken from each culture what they do best- essential oils and organic practices from France, and healing herbs from Latin America. Her recipes are based on traditional homeopathic remedies and are created carefully in small batches.

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