Walking on the Wedge

Playing on the summer trends of neutral palettes, animal prints and fun texture – shoes can make an outfit!  Shoes are a huge weakness of mine and this season the wedges are stealing my heart!  A 4ish inch heel is an instant confidence booster – provided you can walk without falling! 
Remember when you used to play dress up?  The list included lipstick, hair accessories, a glam outfit and heels that were too big? It started in childhood and continues on.  We all feel special in a pair of heels! 
This season’s designers have added some fun.  Look at these Marc Jacobs!  Pair these with a Maxi dress or a simple silky white tee and jean shorts, big hoop earrings and a pony tail…you get the picture!  And how sophisticated are the Via Spiga’s!  You can find these in fine department stores, but I stumbled across this exact pair called ‘epic’ in a free standing Via Spiga store in SoHo in NYC last month.  LOVE THEM!  How about the JRenee’s?  These aren’t your mom’s flip flops!  What a brilliant design team for Seychelles – a cool casual tribal wedge and fun flirty floral print wedge!  Who can ever top Tory Burch….she is always one of my top 5 shoe and handbag designers – classic, yet on trend fun stuff!
In case you are more of a classic shoe girl…..here are just a few more I’m loving this summer! One for every budget…come to mama!  Now…..I just need a bigger closet!
Do you dare walk on the wedge?  Who are your favorite shoe designers this summer?

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Boob Wrangler

Best BraIf you are like me, you constantly struggle with your undergarments. My bra straps are always falling down or I tighten them and then I lose feeling in my arm. I personally would love to go commando upstairs but unfortunately or fortunately,  depending on who you ask,  I inherited my Grandma’s cleavage. Thankfully my lady parts are still above my knees (I love you Grandma!) but I also haven’t had children yet… so I could be doomed!!  I finally decided it was time to do something about this horrible bra situation. I went to get a bra makeover. I did a little online research and found a place in NYC which claimed to “change women’s lives forever.”  Big statement,  but I was willing to give it a shot.

I knew this lady would be invading my personal space,  so I put on my fanciest matching bra and panty set (kind of felt like cleaning before the cleaning lady comes, but I needed to make an impression!) since I was heading to meet the person who was going to change my life forever. She barely finished shaking my hand before the boob wrangler was handling my boobs. Hello!! While groping me, she told me about the rigorous training she had to go through and how schooled she was on bra selection. At this point I had no choice but to trust her;  her only downfall, in my opinion, was she wasn’t enjoying my inappropriate jokes. Come on, her  hand was cupping my breast, you’d think she’d cut me some slack!!   But alas,  after a little poking, pinching and pulling I was, in fact,  given the perfect bra.  At least that was what I was told. I paid my bill and I was on my way,  $125.00 later.

Let me tell you, this bra is a miracle. I would wear it everyday if I could,  but that’s kind of gross. Ladies, take the time to find a boob wrangler in your area and go.  It’s worth the time, invasion of personal space and money. You can all thank me later!

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How to go from “Forty and Frumpy” to “Forty and Fabulous”!

Raise your hand if you have heard any of these?

“You know you’re not getting any younger.”

“Age is nothing but a number.”

“You are only as old as you feel.”

I don’t know about you, but all I seem to be able to hear is that teacher from the “Peanuts” cartoons when people start to utter these cliches.  Turning 40 can and should be a momentous occasion in a person’s life.  Some people embrace it, while others, such as myself, had to be dragged kicking and screaming toward that big ol’ number.  Many of you are juggling children, husbands, jobs, errands, finances, and at the end of the day, you feel like a wet dish rag rather than someone fresh off the set of “America’s Next Top Model”.  But taking your attitude from “feeling frumpy” and getting out of that housecoat and slippers to “feeling fabulous” and getting into that slinky little dress is easier than one might think.

By making a few tweaks to your daily routine, you will begin to see positive changes in the way you feel about yourself and, in turn, others will see the changes in you as well.  With an improved positive and healthy attitude, you will soon realize that getting older is not as bad as you think, and maybe the best is yet to come.  Here are some tips I would like to share that I have greatly benefited from over the past few years.

1.         “EXERCISE, EXERCISE and EXERCISE!!!” Now friends, this tip does not mean going up and down the stairs doing laundry.  NO!!!  I am talking real exercise.  We are in a world where we never have enough time, so if your idea of exercise is just walking around the cubicles at work on your lunch break then do it!   Find a half-hour in your day to do this for yourself.    I promise it will help with your physical and emotional well-being.

2.         TURN OFF THE TV AND GO TO BED!! Now I will admit that I am totally guilty of NOT doing this at times, but it is really important.  Trust me, as you get older, you want to wake up looking well-rested, rather than looking like you could pack for a vacation in those bags under your eyes!  Getting a full night of sleep not only helps with the way you look in the morning, but it improves your attitude 100% as well.    You do not want to end up taking a catnap at your desk while at work.    Get your zzzzzzzzzzzzzs.

3.         EAT YOUR VEGETABLES,  OR TAKE A MULTI-VITAMIN. How many times did we hear this one?   I will admit that I would much rather sit down to a pepperoni pizza than a bowl of salad, and I do not always eat as well as I should.  Taking a multi-vitamin is something that has helped me to feel better and has given me more energy.  Once I turned 40, I also turned to “One A Day Women’s” Multi-Vitamin, and it has really helped.

4          LAUGH.     This one is one of my favorites.  Laughing makes everything better in my world. Try to find some humor and laugh at least once a day.   If that means having to put on a funny movie, going to lunch with some friends, having someone hold you down and tickle you, or, if all else fails, head to the dentist for some laughing gas.  Do whatever it takes to get this done or the joke’s on you!

5. SPLURGE ONCE IN A WHILE.   Now this can apply to a lot of different things.  It can be anything from a new outfit you have been eyeing, to a new pair of shoes, to a book you’ve wanted to read, a scented candle, a bubble bath, or even your favorite bottle of wine.   Life is short and you need to take time to enjoy the things that make you happy.   Getting older is much more enjoyable and less torturous if there is a smile on that face of yours.

6.     DRESS IT UP!!!!! Most of the population comes home after a long day and immediately puts on their favorite pair of sweats and a t-shirt to start an exciting evening full of cooking and cleaning.  Once in a while, you need to take off the old comfy clothes and put on the little black dress.  Every once in a while, plan a night out on the town.  It can range from dinner with your significant other to drinks with friends or family.   Dress up and go have some fun.  You are guaranteed to feel better about yourself.   PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, IT IS WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE INSIDE!!!  IF YOU FEEL FABULOUS THEN YOU ARE FABULOUS!!!

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The New “It” Bag

 

Like magician’s silk scarves the woman in front of me, began pulling environmentally friendly shopping bags out of her purse.   These were not the boxy earth toned bags I now realized I had left in my car. …again. They were smooth nylon, brightly colored, and geometrically patterned accessories.   They were, dare I say, stylish?  As she rolled her colorful cart away from the grocery checkout, and I sheepishly requested, “paper please”, I pondered the environmentally friendly shopping sack as the new “it” bag.   Sure my shopping bags were practical, but attractive?  Never.   I am a big believer in functional design, and love the idea of taking an item as mundane as the shopping bag, and making it fun.  These days, plastic is passé, and though paper will do, to look like a truly savvy shopper the reusable bag is de-rigueur.    While my ice cream melted holes in my paper bags once home, I raced to my computer to track down some pretty shopping bags of my own.  A couple of the brands I found that make bringing your own grocery bags hip, are baggu and envirosax.  Of course I  purchased my own sleek colorful bags to carry, and though they make me happy, because they are pretty, they really are quite practical. They hold a ton without ripping. They come in tiny pouches or roll up and snap to fit easily in your purse, so I never have an excuse to forget them in the car again. You can throw them in the wash when your super helpful 6 year old grabs the bag with the eggs, and then promptly drops it, and  I have since taken to giving them as gifts to my like-minded environmentally conscientious friends.  This is how my life has changed, where as a working girl in the city, I would have been noticing the shoe trends,  here I am in the burbs, now coveting shopping bags!

Do I just spend too much time in the grocery store? or have you noticed these bags too?

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Trending this Spring – The Iris Has It!

 

Yes, iris in floral prints are H-O-T for Spring 2011, but I’m talking about the color, Iris.  It’s like a deep cobalt blue with a purple hue – remember that jumbo pack of 96 crayons your grandma always gave you for the car trip home (the very long ride without seat belts)? Was it called Iris or Indigo?! – whatever you name it,  it is just pretty! On clothes, everyone can wear it. Next to the face, it really makes every shade of skin tone glow.  Bright ‘pops of color’ are the rage this season!  How fun is a white jean with a bright top? It lifts your spirits!

 

But don’t take my word for it, here are some familiar faces sporting my “it” color for the season:

 

 

So do you think I have a blue issue?! Have you seen this color in magazines or malls lately? Found a favorite item? Share – we would love to hear it!

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Win $2500 from California Black Ripe Olives (Dress Up Your Dish!)

Mediterranean Roasted Olives

Mediterranean Roasted Olives

 

I am thrilled to announce several fun contests being put on by California Black Ripe Olives.  Time is of the essence here, folks, so keep in mind one contest ends on April 26th, the other June 1.

With that said, here are the details:

From olive artichoke party dip to lime marinated seafood salad to the kid friendly pizza tacos, California Black Ripe Olives are every season’s hottest accessory and they truly make the dish!  I know a lot of you love to cook as much as I do (can I call what I do cooking??) so chop chop–pun intended–and start showing the California Olive folks what you’ve got, because they’re giving away some loot!

FIRST CONTEST: (ends April 26th)

  • Tweet a picture of a can of California Black Ripe Olives next to your favorite accessory.   Be fun, be fabulous, be forward thinking.  The more pictures you tweet, the better your chances of winning!

    Prada Wristlet

    Win this Prada wristlet!

  • Be sure to tweet this hashtag with your picture #CalOlives
  • What you’ll win: Prada, baby!  Check out the wristlet, pictured right
  • For FIVE bonus entries, make a recipe using a can of California Olives and tweet a photo with hashtag #CalOlives
  • Final Note: Winner will be announced May 2nd on California Olives Facebook Page

 

Cali Black Olives

SECOND CONTEST: (ends June 1st)

  • We already know olives go with everything.  Now it’s your turn to “Dress Up Your Dish!”
  • Share how you accessorize your meals with California Black Ripe Olives for a chance to score one of 3 $100 Gilt gift cards, for REAL fashion accessories at insider prizes.
  • One lucky winner will take home $2500 in cash for creating the ultimate ensemble!!!
  • Three finalists will be selected based on creativity, ease of preparation, taste, and if the recipe used at least 6 ounces of California Black Ripe Olives (easy, right?)
  • Finalists will be announced June 15th, then it’s up to the fans to decide who will take home the cash.
  • Go here to enter (we’d love it if you told us about the dish you entered)

Disclaimer: I bet you guys were expecting me to say this was a sponsored post, Nope!  In fact, California Black Ripe Olives sent me to Mom 2.0—NO STRINGS ATTACHED.  I had such an amazing time and I loved their entire team so much–not to mention their product–that I just want to help spread the word about their awesomeness.  They are a joy to work with and I know whomever wins this contest will have the same experience.  Good luck…now, get to tweeting, creating & snapping photos! xo

 

Getting Bronzed for Mom 2.0 (Cancer Free)

I took the advice of my friend Carrie and decided to get a spray tan for Mom 2.0.  Not that I ever would have gone to a tanning booth…I mean, c’mon, my husband had cancer TWICE.  Melanoma is not something to mess with .  Trust me, waiting nearly six hours while your husband has his face operated on at the Cleveland Clinic is not fun.  Being the one to have to go through that surgery—wondering if you are going to survive—and being left with the scars is even less fun.

You know what is fun, though?  Walking into Airbrush Tanning in Cranston, as white as a ghost , and walking out like I just got back from a trip to Mexico. O.M.G.  This place rocks.  Seriously.  If you have a an airbrush tanning place around you, go check it out…and if you live in RI, you must stop by this place.

I’ll admit, it’s a little strange at first having someone else see your business.  Of course, you have the option of wearing your bathing suit, but since I am wearing a strapless dress this weekend, I went topless.  I figured there’s nothing she hasn’t seen.  She sprayed me by hand—let me dry—then sprayed me again. (I was thisclose to asking her if she could spray muscle definition in my arms and legs, but figured I shouldn’t push my luck.)  The whole process took about 20 minutes and was worth EVERY PENNY of the $25 I spent.  At the airport 6 people asked me if I just got back from vacation.  Nice.

I’ve had the spray done once before at Airbrush Tanning, before I was to host an Oscar show.  I loved the results that time as well.  I used a mild soap in the shower every day and cocoa butter as lotion and my tan lasted about 10 days.  Here’s to looking bronzed–cancer-free– into May!Bronzed with John Besh at Mom 2.0

Have you ever tried Airbrush tanning?  What did you think?

Top Trends for Spring Nails

I’m loving the fun colors for nail polish this season!  You can never go wrong with a French mani or pedi, but live on the edge of your peep toes or flip flop out over what is making toelines this season! I took a trip to NYC, with my AMomKnowsBest friends, this April for Getting Gorgeous, and I could not help but notice that women are ready to bring their toes out to play!  Some were showing off their first spring pedicure in great open toed shoes…others, like the ladies of AMKB, scored  adorable sandals from Flip Out Sandals and can’t wait to show off their cute tootsies!   I mean, really, how fun are THESE??  flip flops

So…here are the top 3 trends for Spring 2011 in nail color:

1) Blues Baby: How fun are these?! My other favorite is OPI Austin-tatious from their new Spring 11 Texas line!  I always love OPI  names, but this season they are based around Texas towns – Nothing Plano about it

2) Nudes have it: A nude nail always looks clean and fresh on toes or fingers!  It’s very easy to match with dressy or casual and goes with every color!  My favorite part is that you can’t see chipping as easily on a nude nail.

3) Shades of Gray: I loved dark metallic gray this winter and a lighter tone for summer is in style! A gray nail goes well next to the vibrant pops of color in clothing this Spring – can’t go wrong here!

New, different and off the Spring runways this season (and popular especially with the younger generation) is the “moon manicure” , gold foil and OPI’s black shatter that you polish over your current color to crackle or ‘shatter’ it!

 

What will you try this season? Do you have time to do it yourself or do you like to go to the salon?

One thing is for certain, it’s time to Spring on the Polish!

BONUS: All AMKB readers can get Flip Out Sandals for 20% off by entering code GORG at checkout.  Nice.

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