Fashion for Women on the Go

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Siliva Sand by Naketano

Yesterday morning I sat at the computer, staring out of the window for two hours. I hate it when that happens because I always seem to fail at getting things accomplished for the rest of the day. The whole time I was trying to decide if I should return books to the library or renew them online, take Mademoiselle for a walk, or stay home to tidy up a bit.  

At noon, I figured I might as well go for a walk with Mademoiselle and run a few quick errands before picking the boys up from school. While Mademoiselle slept, I rummaged through my closet looking for something comfortable, yet cute and stylish to wear given the vow I made back in April to live a fashionable life. Though I managed to pull together a chic relaxed outfit that included an adorable hat from Kitson (no, you don’t have to be a celebrity to shop there) and a pair of pink and grey Puma shoes, I realized that I don’t have enough fashionable casual wear for those times when I need to run a ton of errands. You know… comfortable, functional clothes I can throw on and still look as if I belong on the cover of Instyle magazine.  

Here some comfortable clothing for moms, students, and busy women on the go:

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Ewe Grey Melange Pink by Naketano

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Pink Rose Hoodie by Raw 7

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White Terry Pullover by Alice & Olivia

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Cargo Pants on sale at Anthropologie

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Complete Look at Lucky Brand

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Anthropologie

 

 

 

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The Charmed Ones

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The old adage, “There’s nothing new under the sun” definitely holds true for the latest fashion trend, charms. Charms have been around since the age of Egyptian Pharaohs, who wore them around their necks and wrist not only for protection, but also as a symbol of status. Charms also served a practical purpose for Christians, Jewish scholars, knights, and kings. They were worn to represent family lineage, profession, political standing, and used to gain access into secret meetings. As the centuries forged ahead, though charms became synonymous with the wealthy and well-educated, they eventually lost their magical lure for the upper classes, but were widely worn by members of the lower classes. It wasn’t until the 20th century that charms were worn as fashionable pieces of jewelry. People wore lockets, family crests, replicas of popular local items dangling from bracelets and necklaces. 

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Today, charms are once again popular for both the upper and lower classes, and can be seen hanging not only from bracelets and necklaces, but cell phones and purses. For some, charms may carry a significant meaning and for others it’s all about the cute factor.

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Nanora asked me what the deal was with charms, at the time I told her I didn’t know why they were so popular, but I knew I wanted one of Aaron Basha’s charms. I fell in love with Basha’s charms about a year and a half ago. I was drawn by the craftsmanship, delicate designs, and of course, the diamonds. I just think they are the most adorable charms I’ve seen around. While I can’t see myself forking out $1800 – $4600 for one of these beauties, I love admiring them as an exquisite piece of art.     

 


A Word About Posting

Let me apologize for the lack of posts. School and spring sports activities are coming to an end for the boys and I have a lot other stuff on my plate, meaning things are pretty hectic on this end. Mademoiselle is very active and has been demanding a lot of attention lately, so I’m sure you can imagine what that’s like. In the meantime, please read through the archives and catch up. Also, enjoy these great weekend links:

 

 


Five Things I Want Now

I’m ready to ditch the black for a much lighter wardrobe. I really admire this soft, ultra feminine ruffled bomber by D&G. 

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I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but it is hot out here on the west coast. This Juicy tube dress is just what I need to stay cool and oh so fashiolicious.

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Whenever my autograph is required, I quickly pull out Crystal studded pen. I get a ton of compliments when I do, and everyone wants to know where on earth I found such a pen. I fell in love with my current pen, a shimmering Swarovski green, but retailers know how to keep you coming back for more. I definitely want one of these colorful cuties now.    

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I’m looking forward to the day when I can once again enroll into a Bikram yoga class. I’m looking forward to perfecting my tree pose and attending class in style with these cute accessories.

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I’m so ready to create my own outdoor sanctuary where I can dine, sit quietly, and read a book while sipping on a cold glass of Italian soda with cream.

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Vaccinations: My Child, My Choice

I waited for several months before I allowed either of my boys to be vaccinated. Not only was I concerned about their well-being and all the possible side effects, but I didn’t really see the point in getting them vaccinated early since they were so young and their immune system so delicate. Besides, who comes down with two or three diseases at once? And, why would I allow a doctor to inject my child with two or more different viruses. I just was not willing to take that chance with my child’s life. Had I known a lot about holistic medicine, I would have opted out of having them vaccinated, though I could have taken the necessary steps to have them legally exempt.  

I bring this subject up because Mademoiselle is eight months now and yesterday she was given her third vaccine. I love my children’s new pediatrician. She listens and is willing to work with me as a team to ensure that my kids remain healthy. Every two months, we go over the list of vaccines and determine which one is needed the most at that particular time. I will not give Mademoiselle more than once shot because if she has a reaction I want to know which vaccine was the culprit. 

I mentioned that my children had a new doctor. Their old doctor got on my last nerves. I was tired of him thinking he knew more than I did because he was the doctor. I was sick of the tension between us that was created by me being right when he said I was wrong. Here’s a good example: I love nuts. I eat them on and in everything. Everyday I would prepare a salad with almonds for lunch, and sometimes I would have some eggs for breakfast. After eating the salad, I noticed that Mademoiselle would break out in a lot of tiny little bumps on her cheeks, neck, and stomach. I called the doctor and told him I thought she was allergic to nuts. This idiot tells me, “How do you know? I think you’re just wrapping her too tight. She has a heat rash.” First of all, this is my third child and I have a whole lot of common sense. I know how to put two and two together. 

When I got off the phone with him, I quickly scheduled a same day appointment with another doctor in his office who determined that the outbreak was due to an allergic reaction. I left a message on his voice-mail with my findings and a request to have my baby see an allergist (thanks to the advice of my friend, Nanora). Long story short, the allergist found that Mademoiselle is allergic to nuts, eggs, and dairy products, meaning I can’t have any of those things until I’m done nursing. Once the old doctor received the report we were at odds from that point on.  

The straw that broke the camel’s back came when he and another doctor in his office told me I had to have my two month old baby immunized or else I had to seek medical care some where else. “It is our office’s policy,” he said. Yeah, since when? It wasn’t a problem thirteen years ago. I told him if something was to happen to my child there is nothing you will be able to say to me besides a lousy I’m sorry. I am responsible for my child’s well-being. I gave birth to this child and I’m not only financially obligated to care for her, but I’m also responsible for her emotional and physical well-being. It’s my child and my choice! As a result, she had her first vaccine at four months old. She did not have a reaction to any so far; not even a fever.

I’m so thankful that another doctor in the same office understands my concerns and is willing to do whatever it takes to see that my daughter and sons have a healthy future ahead.


Lighten Up: Shades of Summer Home Office Edition

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Remember that desk I mentioned I was suppose to be shopping for some time ago? I still haven’t purchased one, but fortunately was able to find a simply one I like a few weeks ago when I went into West Elm, one of the stores where I go to find the latest, most unique reasonably priced items for my home. As soon as I walked through the doors, that giddy feeling I get on the inside whenever I see something I can’t live without possessed my soul, I knew it was going to be my lucky day. In fact, Jay told me the staff worked well into the wee hours of the morning on the new floor sets to showcase the new merchandise. 

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I fell in love with everything I laid my eyes upon. Before I found what I was looking for, I spotted the perfect table for my mother’s newly remodeled home. She had been looking for the perfect bistro table for awhile and was delighted that I had found one for her.  I was, and still am, so inspired by the different shades of blue the store is offering for the summer, in particular, the color they call blue moon. The color invokes feelings of utter calm and unruffled repose. I think the desk and matching chair will be perfect in a room with accents of the same color, especially a bedroom, the place where most go to rest and seek refuge from a stressful day. I suspect various shades of blue as well as green will gain popularity as the season progresses.

In the retail world, summer is quickly coming to an end, which means nothing more than tons of discounts for people like you and me. The desk was on backorder until today, which works out well because now it’s on sale.

It’s a great time for you to stock up on colors that bring you a sense of peace and quiet, colors that will help you lighten up a bit and brighten up your home.

   


A Mini Facial Compliments of Mario Badescu

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Today, I received my samples in the mail from Mario Badescu. I was so delighted to find samples of seven different products I’ve never tried before and a personalized product application guide that listed the sample included in my package, a regime to follow in the morning and evening, and four illustrated pictures showing how and where to apply the products to be used a daily basis. I also received a detailed product guide designed to help you figure out what products to use. Though I’ve used Mario’s products before and received samples with my purchases, this was the first time I actually filled out the questionnaire and received free product samples tailored to fit my skin’s specific needs.

I found Mario by accident. I didn’t need to know that celebrities like Naomi Campbell, Heidi Klum, and Charlize Theron used his products. I was in a dire situation and was willing, at that point, to try anything. I’m happy I did because the products (with two products from Kinara) worked and corrected the problem within a week or two. Mario Badescu claims, “We make being beautiful easy.” He’s right! After witnessing first hand what the products did for my skin, my mother, sister, aunt, and cousin ran out the next day to purchase Mario’s products, and they too have had good results. 

Please take the time to find out what your specific needs are and purchase products accordingly.

Here’s what was in my sample packet:

  1. Seaweed Cleansing Soap
  2. Chamomile Cleansing Lotion
  3. Almond & Honey Non-Abrasive Face Scrub
  4. Enzyme Revitalizing Mask  
  5. Hyaluronic Eye Cream
  6. Protein Night Cream  
  7. Drying Cream

All the products I need for a DIY mini facial.