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My Latest Labor of Love

I’m excited to share with you all my latest labor of love: my column in Atlanta Social Season Magazine (www.seasonmagazine.com). This spread is all about creating that shimmery sun goddess look for these long, warm days.

Also, it’s important to protect your hair and skin, so they will be luminous from being healthy!

Here’s a direct link to my spread online: Shimmery Summer I hope you enjoy it!

Fabfitfun VIP Summer Unboxing!

What a treat to receive the summer VIP box from www.fabfitfun.com – and look at everything included!
A water bottle with a separate compartment for fruit to make fruit infused waters (I love this idea!)
A cosmetics bag from Thirsday Friday with a cute purse printed on one side. 
Pop chips – who doesn’t love those?
Birthday cake Slim Fast bar – innocent indulgence, yes!
Zoya nail polish
Kisstixx strawberry and chocolate lip balm set
Balanced Guru no frizz oil. 

Skintimate shaving cream. Lotionized
Sonya Dakar flash facial one minute exfoliating treatment
Pur-lisse spf30 sunscreen 
Always xtra protection all day liners

Share this summer box with 3 best friends. For each friend who redeems, you get a $15 credit towards fall. If all 3 redeem, your fall box is FREE! Code: 9961112

Empties Review – It’s All About The Hair!

I’ve been missing you gals (and guys!) It’s that time again to let you know what I’ve used up and am loving. Oddly, it’s all hair products this go around. But thats OK! We have to take care of our hair, too, so let’s get started.
I am a big believer in touching up those pesky gray roots at home. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have time to run to the salon every 2 or 3 weeks to keep the gray away. So, I started doing that at home, when my schedule permits and it’s working out great. I’m really loving the Color Brilliance Cream Color from ION. My hair has been highlighted and is quite long now, and I really like the ombre look, so it’s easy to choose a color close to my natural hair color and fill in the roots, and achieve a beautiful ombre style.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Of course, you don’t have to do this, because the ION color is great for all over coloring if you’re not interested in highlights ( or if you have really short hair) It takes about 45 minutes for the color to process, and I find myself doing the dishes, watching a show, catching up on some reading while it’s doing its thing. It’s like double tasking! You can find the ION color (and the 20% devloper that mixes with it) at your local Sally Beauty Supply.

Long hair needs some extra pampering, so that it doesn’t dry out, break and look scraggly. I’ve been loving the Matrix Color Bloom Mask. I use it once or twice a week, leave it in for about 5 minutes while I’m finishing up in the shower and it really seems to keep my color looking vibrant and my ends feeling moisturized (which is essential when you’re growing your hair out, so you don’t end up with lots of split ends that will have to be cut off) You can find this at some drugstores and Ulta stores. 

Dry Shampoo, I love you. I became a believer in dry shampoo over the last year and do not know how I functioned without it before. I try different kinds all of the time and just recently finished two bottles. Not Your Mother’s dry shampoo is great – the white cast isn’t terrible, it smells nice and the bottle is fairly large. I had never tried it before, and I’ll definitely purchase it again.

I also went through a bottle of Tresseme Dry Shampoo. I picked this up in a hurry at the grocery store. The price sucked me in – it was cheap and on sale. So I grabbed a bottle and hoped for the best.

I’ll be honest, it has a little bit more of a white cast, but it dissipates quickly once you brush it through. It’s a great economy option (and is easy to find since it’s pretty much everywhere.

Summertime Dos and Don’ts

This is some great information with fun solutions to summer wardrobe conundrums. My friends at Fresh Produce and I have some super savvy advice when it comes to beating the heat, in style. You can thank us now…

1.    Don’t commit accessory blunders
Put those suede boots back in the closet! Make sure accessories are appropriate by paying attention to color, weight and style. Remember to keep it light, airy and fun. (Take the time to get a proper pedicure to start the season off right – take your manicurist your own polish and then touch ups at home will be easy!)
Do match your accessories to the season
Summer scarves like the Island Floral Scarf ($29) by Echo make great headbands to keep flyaway hairs at bay. They even dress up casual skirts or shorts when worn as a belt or sash.  Summer is also a great time for fun and whimsical accessories like the Silver Starfish Necklace ($24), Crystal Starfish Bracelet ($19), and the Blue fish Pendant Necklace ($24).
2.    Don’t let the heat determine your hemline
Hotter temperatures shouldn’t automatically mean less clothing. Let your summer outfit choices reflect your personality with color and patterns. If “daisy dukes” aren’t for you, don’t wear them! Try a pretty printed maxi dress or versatile and lightweight roll-up pants. (And this is where a nice faux glow will come in handy)
Do wear clothes that make you look and feel fabulous
If short shorts aren’t for you, try something that’s back in style this summer: the Bermuda short! The Gigi Pedal Pusher ($69) comes in an exclusive palette of bright colors and is a great active short for summer fun. Skorts are back on the “what to wear” list, too. The City Skort ($54) feels like casual wear, but looks like a great all-occasion summer skirt, making it our go-to choice this summer.  
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3.    Don’t let wardrobe malfunctions cramp your summer style
The biggest summer-fashion mishap on our list: the peak-a-boo bra strap. Too many summer tanks and dresses leave room for unwelcome strap appearances. (And while it may look good on models or actresses, trust me; no one at your kids camp or the grocery store is interested in what kind of bra you’re wearing today.)
Do choose summer items with considerate details
Tanks like the Horizon Cowlneck Tank ($39) and Layering Tank ($34) are cute to prevent the dreaded “strap slide.” Even the flattering Dragonfly Impromptu Dress ($89) with its open back is cut to be “no fuss, all style.”
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4.    Don’t get a sunburn
Not only is sunburn the leading cause of skin cancer, but it also ages your skin. Never leave the house without your SPF and lightweight clothes that shield your skin. (See, it’s not just me saying this! There are so many gels, lotions and sprays out there – no excuses!)
Do use clothing and accessories to protect your skin
A hat like the Ginger Poly Braid ($38) from Wallaroo has a wide brim to give you added protection from the sun. Plus, a loose-fitting top in a breathable, 100% cotton fabric blend is a great way to cover and protect shoulders. Both the Twin Peaks Top ($55) and Fringe Poncho ($59) have open sleeves and hang loosely, making each top the perfect, light layer to shield you from the sun’s rays.
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Get a Faux Glow

I dabble in self-tanning. I used to go to the tanning bed regularly, but it’s awful for your skin. It ages you way too fast (hello wrinkles!), increases your chance for skin cancer and it’s expensive to keep up with the lotions, creams, eye-wear and what-not. So I quit. And I got pale.

Let’s face it. Everyone looks better with a little color. Your skin looks more toned, you can camouflage annoying things like spider and varicose veins and for me, at least, it improves my mood to have a little color when I look in the mirror, see pictures of myself or wear shorts or a skirt. You, too?

I was lucky enough to be able to try Tarte’s Brazilliance self tanner and I have to admit, I really like it. It comes with its own mitt for application (I think that’s becoming a new trend), but I tend to be really clumsy and messy with my legs, so I don’t always use it.

Tarte’s formula is nice for a few reasons. First and foremost, it’s a dark gel formula, so you can see it on your skin and I find that’s helpful in letting you know where you might have missed a spot. It’s not fool-proof, but it does help. Second, while it doesn’t claim to be, I think it falls somewhere between one of those gradual self tanners and a regular self tanner. You’ll definitely see color with just one application – but I usually apply one, wait a couple of hours, and apply the second. Start with one, but don’t be afraid to slather on a second coat if after a few hours you discover you’d like more color. Last, but not least, the formula is actually good for your skin. Infused with maracuja oil, vitamin C and doesn’t smell awful. I can’t lie, I still think it smells, but it’s not the awful self tanner smell from the 90’s. Maybe I just have a sensitive nose?

Here are some steps to make the process painless and easy.

1. Exfoliate/Shave. It will help your tan fade evenly and remove dead skin cells which may hold onto pigment more than they should.

2. Moisturize – if you have dry skin, and really don’t most people have dry knees and elbows? (Don’t forget your feet here – they get dry, too!) Choose something light – a daily moisturizer. You don’t want to be greasy, just lightly hydrated.

3. Invest in a pair of latex gloves. (Or a box.) I like the mitt for smaller areas, but prefer to use my hands and fingers on my legs and I don’t trust that all of it will wash off, so gloves are my best friend.

4. I apply a line of Brazilliance from my ankle to my knee and start by rubbing left to right, followed by up and down. This seems to be the best way to ensure there are no weird patchy places. Go easy on the places you know are dry – knees, elbows, etc. Same process for arms. It’s intimidating at first, but just jump in there and go for it!

5. The formula dries pretty quickly – just give it a few minutes to complete drying and then go about your business. When you check on it in a few hours you can decide if you desire more color and can apply a second coat.

6. Enjoy your faux glow!

Want to get your own? You can pick up a tube of Brazilliance at www.tartecosmetics.com
for $37. Or you can snag one at Sephora or Ulta stores.

Hair Protection Is A Must

Summer heat can wreak hell on your tresses. Protect them this summer with Philip Kingsley’s Body and Shine Kit. Elasticizer, shampoo and conditioner work together to help hair stay healthy, moisturized, and healthy. Perfect for use at the beach or just during the summer months. 
Pack these little items in your bag and have great hair and a great trip! www.philipkingsley.com