When to Wear White – No Rules

Ever wonder, when exactly can I wear white again?  The answer – always when you are talking about white denim!

White shoes or white linen – a little different, save those items for the summer or the old rule “after Memorial day/before Labor day”.  White denim is always great!  Now, that being said, you may not want to sport an entire body of white in the messy weather months, but white goes with every color and texture.  Black and white are a standard all year – every season.  A neutral palette of white with creams or tans is so now and so classy.  White with a bright color or bright print is very popular.  Don’t you love red, white and blue?  The nautical look is always classy in New England! 

I love dressing up white! Whether I’m decorating it with layers of jewels or pulling it together with a coordinating jacket, it makes me feel fashion savvy.  Clothes and accessories are emotional, right?!  Afraid to wear white because of stains?…are you a mommy with sweet, yet ready to stain little fingers reaching up to you?!  I never leave without my Tide to Go pen. It’s amazing!  (I was so excited to score a free one at our Getting Gorgeous event in April!) My little ones are past this stage, yet somehow I manage to find stains and I love this little Tide stick.  Afraid to wear it because hips/legs could appear even larger that they are?? Draw the eye up! Pull it together with a pattern on top that looks fabulous with the white, yet draws all the attention up- like this black and white top or a fun flirty floral!

So wear your white, ladies – It’s the new black!

What have you paired your white denim with? Do you ever create a suit like our celebrities in the photo did? Can you do it? Can you wear white before Memorial day?!

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Fall Fashion: Flaunt Milan Handbag Giveaway!

Are you ready for the fall season?  Here are some extra special accessories that will liven up your fall wardrobe!  Designer, Faith Nicole, is my former 4th grade student from when I was a teacher in Norman, Oklahoma!  She is now a freshman at the University of Oklahoma in Norman pursuing her degree in International Business.

She started her business while in high school at age 16 after making some doodles on the back of a fashion magazine creating her own looks.  I am so proud of her and her accomplishments at such a young age!  Faith has stores carrying her products both nationwide and worldwide.  I know you will LOVE what she has to offer!  She carries accessories like handbags, wallets, tablet cases, jewelry boxes, frames, keychains, and much more!  Please check out her site at Flaunt Fashion!

This giveaway is for a Milan style fall handbag.  The winner can choose either pink or black.  Fill out the Rafflecopter at MamaLuvsBooks to enter.  The more you fill out the more chances you will have to WIN!  Good luck!

Here are your choices of handbags:


Kristin Wheeler

Feather Hair Extensions

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

My daughter begged me to get feathers for her hair for the start of seventh grade.  I understood because I had feathers in my hair when I started seventh grade as well.    Back then we had Farrah Fawcett to thank for that trend, and I remember wanting hair that feathered all the time like my classmate, Heidi Smith’s.  She was popular, and had naturally straight hair that was well cut to frame her face in cascading layers.   I had naturally curly hair that I needed to blow dry into what turned out more crashing waves than cascading feathers.  In any case, I went to the Haircuttery and told the hairdresser that for my $8.00 cut I wanted permanently feathered hair.  I walked out with a mullet.  It took forever to grow it out, and needless to say did not catapult me into instant popularity as planned.   So when my seventh grader asked me for feathers, I embraced her request with all the enthusiasm of my own youthful hair debacle.  (I have to add here that as an adult and parent I am now acutely aware of the benefits of being nerdy in the long run).  Much to my dismay, my daughter is innately cooler than I ever was.   Thus, I am even more willing to support a harmless whim like getting feathers in her hair, so that when she asks me later for the tattoo or belly ring, I can say no without the reply that I never let her do anything.

Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler

My daughter’s feathers are a bit different than my late 70’s hair feathers.  Thanks to Steven Tyler on American Idol last season, Fly fishermen are finding a shortage in their long feathered fishing lures.  The hair extensions are made from chicken feathers.  The same ones anglers would have paid about $5.00 for in order  to catch some fish.  I paid  $10.00 to have one chicken feather attached to my daughter’s hair . The feathers have been snapped up nationwide by hairdressers to feed the fashion craze that has swept our nation.  Applied like hair extensions to the root of a small cluster of hair they can last up to a couple of months of washing and styling. Either subtly applied to the nape of the neck to peak out from under the hair, or boldly laid as a top layer in natural or neon colors, they are certainly intriguing.  They are also easily removable, making pre-teen hair regrets much less traumatic than back in my day!

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Hemlines and The Economy

This summer I was sitting on the beach with a group of girlfriends reading a fashion magazine when I blurted out “Well, we’re in for a double dip recession!!”  They looked at me quizzically as I began to explain the correlation between hemlines and the economy.  I tried to maintain my confident tone as I scanned their smart, well-educated (and appropriately skeptical) faces.  I am no economist by any means, and they all know that.  I do read The Economist alongside my Vogue if that counts for anything.  Fine, I admit to not really knowing what I’m talking about, but my source on the theory was good  (my friend who is a fashionista, and whose husband worked for the Harvard Endowment).  So on that particular beach day as I flipped through the pages of models shrouded in full ankle skimming frocks, an economic dread overcame me.   I just thought they should know my prediction.  There is a real economic theory called the Hemline Index that was  developedpencil skirt in the mid- 1920s by the economist George Taylor. He found that  longer skirts correlated with a downturn in the economy, and vice versa.  It has more recently  been tested by researchers and proven to maintain some validity. Since learning about the link, I have noticed skirt lengths rise and fall with the economy. If you think about fashion history in broad strokes the 20’s brought on the mini-dress, the 30’s and the great depression had women in full, long skirts. The 40s & 50s women wore knee or calf length skirts while the country recovered from the war, and then in the booming 60s the mini skirt was all the rage.  I don’t know what the pants in the 70s meant but by the early 80s short skirts were back (thank you Madonna!). Late 80s, early 90s we wore long again.   Late 90s and early 2000, lots of leg was showing, until the more recent economic crisis that brought down more than just hemlines.  Hasn’t your head been spinning with the bipolar hemline swings in the past couple of years as our hope waxes and wanes?! I think our faltering economy is responsible for the ambiguity in our hemline trends, but I would be happy to be wrong.  So just in case, pull in your purse strings and pull down your skirts girls, we may be going for another dip!

 

Are there any real economists or fashionistas out there who can help our forecast?

 

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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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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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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

 

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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