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Summer Budget Beauty: Luxe vs. Less

May 16, 2013

Now more than ever, it really pays to save. But there’s also something to be said for making a smart splurge or two—especially when you find a beauty product that you absolutely love.

These six summer buys all get the MARS seal of approval, despite their drastically different price tags. It’s up to you to decide which warrant spending some extra cash and which don’t require the extra dough. (We, for instance, love Not Your Mother’s Beach Spray, which is only $6 and one of the best summer-hair spritzers around. IOHO, of course).



Phyto Plage Protective Beach Hair Spray, $22

Tousled, sexy waves are a summer hairstyle standard. If you haven’t actually spent the day by the sea, a wave spray is key for creating this disheveled-but-sexy style. Phyto’s formula creates a beautiful, just-back-from-the-beach look, with plenty of texture and volume. It’s also a great hair protectant that contains UV filters to shield your strands from salt water, chlorine, and sun damage.


Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6

For six bucks, you can’t beat this beach spray, which smells absolutely amazing—close your eyes while you spritz it on and it’s almost impossible not to feel like you’re at the shore. Infused with natural Dead Sea salt and sea kelp, it helps form a sexy, windswept style and will hold waves for hours. And you really only need a few spritzes, so one $6 bottle can last you all summer long.



Clarins ‘Instant Smooth’ Self-Tanning, $35

Streak-free color, a natural looking glow, and skin smoothing moisturize is what you’ll get from Clarins’ jar of self-tanning mousse. A light hue will develop instantly (in about an hour), and with daily use you can build on your color to achieve the intensity of tan you’re looking for.


L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Lotion, $10

You’ll also get an instant bronze glow from L’Oréal’s self-tanning lotion (within an hour, as well). Continue to build on the color, and eventually you’ll be two shades darker than your natural skin tone (if, of course, you want to take it that far). The brand’s new formula is also filled with good-for-the-skin ingredients, such as wrinkle-reducing alpha hydroxy acids and soothing vitamin E.



Laura Mercier Lip Colour Creme in Italian Summer, $24

Just because the temps are warming doesn’t mean you have to shy away from a bold colored lip. Laura Mercier’s Colour Creme is wonderfully lightweight, which is why it’s a great pick for summer. It’s also packed with moisturizing and anti-aging elements to keep lips soft, supple, and summertime sexy.


NYX Matte Lipstick in Pure Red, $6

This lipstick truly lasts all day, which is perfect if you’re planning to rock a glam beach beauty look. We do suggest adding a coat a lip balm before you apply, as this shade’s amazing staying power can cause a dryness. And don’t be afraid of red! A pop of the shade adds sexy oomph to any style, regardless of the season.

by Susan Linney 

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Net-A-Porter & Zimmermann Collab for Summer 2013

May 16, 2013

Australian swim and ready to wear label Zimmermann, has teamed up with luxe e-tailer Net-A-Porter to create an exclusive capsule collection of board shorts.  For this collaboration, Zimmermann, a brand closely associated with sophisticated femininity, will be featuring iconic botanical prints from their Summer 2013 swim collection.  Available only on Net-A-Porter, this collection is the answer to your summer swimwear needs,especially if you’ve decided to switch out your bikini or finally take those surfing lessons, in the most fashionable way of course.

Check out the styles here: Zimmermann Net-A-Porter

by Jennifer Pauline

Trend Report: The Printed Romper

May 15, 2013

Here to solve your lazy-girl wardrobe woes is the printed jumpsuit. A flirty onesie works wonders when you’re bored with the usual pant and top combo.  Although rompers can certainly be dressed down for a casual weekend look, we love Ashely Madekwe‘s style. She paired Topshop white check overalls with a pair of strappy black heels and a simple black and gold clutch.

Topshop white check $110 / Topshop black elepant print $110 / Madewell $135 / Isabel Marant short overalls $385 / Malene Birger $635 / M Missoni $1095


The Glam Cocktail Party

May 15, 2013


We’ve rounded up the perfect accessories for a glam cocktail party. A bar cart is the ideal piece to incorporate into any living room. Adorn with colorful bottles and bold glassware, and it will surely pack a punch. Plus, it provides the best excuse to ask, “Is it 5 o’clock yet?”

Currently craving these happy hour accessories:

1. CB2 bar cart $179 / 2. Missoni for Target tumbler $18 / 3. All Modern decorative sticks $24 / 4. Jonathan Adler agate coasters $125 / 5. Z Gallerie tray $99 / 6. All Modern shaker $18 / 7. Z Gallerie beverage dispenser $59 / 8. Zara wine glass

by Danielle Idan

Black & White

May 13, 2013

From bold graphics to geometric shapes and patterns, black and white is nothing short of a hot trend this summer. Sass Bide, Marc Jacobs and Rouland Mouret all showcased variations on this statement look.

It’s easy to take an old go-to item from your wardrobe and pair with a new accessory to add newness. We also love freshening up your space with home accessories too.

Fig.1 Rag Bone skinny jeans $416 /  Fig.2 Rachel Roy safety pin earrings $26 / Fig.3 Trina Turk embroidered pillow $90 / Fig.4 Miss Selfridge crop top $28 / Fig. 5 Zara sandals $89.90 / Fig.6 Phillippe Starck chair $820 / Fig.7 Komono watch $101.82 / Fig.8 Cameo shirt $66 

photos: Revere Magazine, Glamour

Fashion Mood Board

May 14, 2013

This month we’re inspired by white denim, Chanel Resort 2014, big hair, transparent pieces, gold accessories, Milou van Groesen, wide-leg trousers, blue eyeshadow, statement bangles, printed denim, punk fashion, bright colors, crimson flowers, and short tresses.

by Danielle Idan

The Mood Board Vault: Coachella Mood Board, Mood Board: Emeralds, Feathers Embellishments, Mood Board: Summer, Purple Long Hair

Lazy Beauty: 7 Time-Saving Products

May 13, 2013

Whether you always find yourself in a weekday-morning rush, or just want to enjoy a lazy Sunday without a completely bare complexion, there are some fantastic products that make getting made-up practically effortless. Here are seven of our faves:


1. Olay In-Shower Body Lotion with Shea Butter, $4

In-shower body lotions are serious time-savers. Plus, they add maximum moisture to your skin because your pores are wide open from the hot steam of the shower. Just slather on liberally from head to toe, then rinse. No need to apply any lotion post-shower, which eliminates an entire time-consuming step. It’s a lovely luxury, whether you’re dashing off to work or simply sliding back into bed with someone special. (They’ll notice your soft skin, we assure you).


2. Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream in Natural Glow, $39

There are many BB and CC creams on the market, and if you’ve already found your favorite, use it. This CC cream (which, if you were wondering, standing for “coloring correcting”) provides a multitude of beautifying benefits in one application, including sun protection (SPF 30), hydration, fine-line and wrinkle reduction, and skin-tone and texture balancing. It also adds a natural-looking, luminous glow to your complexion, which for many, negates the need the foundation altogether.


3. Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara, $16

We believe mascara is a must, but you can skip the curler and still give your lashes eye-opening definition with this specially formulated version from Clinique. The arched wand lifts without smudging or smearing, and leaves you with a wide-eyed, lengthy lash look.


4. Benefit Benetint Pocket Pal Lip and Cheek Stain, $20

The cult-classic lip and cheek stain is now portable, which means it’s easy to stash in your pocket or purse for a quick flush of color. The double-sided wand contains the stain on one side and a clear gloss on the other. Perfect for adding an instant tint of rosy red to your lips, cheeks, or both!


5. Batiste Dry Shampoo Dry Shampoo, $8

Simply put, dry shampoo is a beauty essential. A quick blast will remove dirt, product build-up and oil, and will extend the life of any blowout (which is especially key for curly-haired girls). It can also be used as a texturizer and volume builder for flat hair. We love Batiste’s original version, but it also comes in a variety of other scents, including Blush and Cherry.


6. Josie Maran Bohemian Waves Argan Hair Mist Texture Volume Moisture, $22

Beachy, tousled hair, especially on an easy-going summer weekend, is such a simple and sexy look. Josie Maran’s spray adds just enough texture and shine to give you natural-looking, bead-head chic hair in seconds. It also moisturizes your sun-exposed strands—as well as keeps them soft and manageable—with Argan Oil and mineral-rich Pink Sea Salt.


7. Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Root Touch-Up Highlighting Pen, $23

No time to book your regularly scheduled highlighting appointment? No problem. Oscar’s Blandi’s touch-up pen is perfect for hiding those roots, and it comes in a variety of shades, from jet black to golden blonde. It’s a great tool for adding extra streaks, enhancing highlights that are starting to grow out, or covering those pesky grays that always seem to suddenly pop up. And it can all be done in a matter of minutes.


Still looking to save time? Try some of these muti-tasking, double duty makeup picks, which can also ease an otherwise busy, beautifying routine.

by Susan Linney


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Ella Moss: The Hot Pant

May 13, 2013

Everyone can’t get enough of Ella Moss’comfortable chic spring separates. Zoe Saldana and Alessandra Ambrosio were both spotted recently in the Paisley Dixon Pant ($138). The brands kaleidoscope/ paisley pattern is on trend for summer days and cool evenings this season. Check out this style and more at Ella Moss

photos: JustJared 

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Sales & Events Happening Now!

May 10, 2013

  • Splendid: Buy one shirting or gingham tanks, get one 50% off code: WELOVEMOMS.
  • BCBG: Enter code MOTHER at checkout to receive 20% off Mother’s Day Gifts
  • One Kings Lane: Home accessories you must check out. Receive $15 when a friend you refer makes a purchase
  • Event: In LA or NY May 18th? From 4-8pm stop by the Reiss store on W Broadway in NY or Roberston Blvd in LA for some awesome in store happenings; a DJ spinning, signature drinks, 10% off and more as they kick start summer
  • Steal: Asos: 50% off 50 key summer pieces (see photos above)
  • Tory Burch: Up to 30% off flats and summer sandals
  • Steal: Trina Turk: Up to 70% off sale items
  • American Apparel: 20% off everything. Code: Mothers13

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Here’s to you, Mama. Happy Mother’s Day!

May 12, 2013



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