December 19, 2014

Style Secret: Wear A Fair Isle Scarf

Nothing says ’tis the season like a great knit and classic fair isle accent! I love this look from fashionista Olivia Palermo. She tastefully added a fair isle scarf to punch up a winter white ensemble to attend a special event celebrating the holidays at The St. Regis in New York City. I have rounded up some pieces to help you steal this look in style and also shop Olivia’s exact skirt and boots.

December 19, 2014

Designer Spotlight: Ivivva Athletica

Get ready for your 6-year-old daughter to have a more stylish outfit than you for yoga class (you know her downward dog is already better than yours!). Lululemon’s Kids’ Line, Ivivva, is inspiring a new generation of fashionable yoga addicts.

I was invited, along with my 12-year-old daughter Taylor, who is already obsessed with the label, to the new Austin ivivva showroom last weekend. Needless to say we were both beyond excited. We were greeted at the door of the beautiful adobe style store by its owner Kimberly Burroughs. She welcomed us into the store and right away we began diving into the beautiful racks of clothing displayed before us.

Right away I was so impressed by the beautiful colors, patterns and incredible quality of the ivivva line. As a mom I always look for good quality. I know all Moms appreciate clothes that not only wear well but also wash well. ivivva clothes are pre-shrunk. That means if they fit perfectly in the store they will fit after you wash and dry them. Too many times I have purchased clothes that shrink after the first wash. Not anymore.



The fit is incredible. Designed for pure comfort you won’t find a seam that irritates or a strap that keeps falling down your shoulder. Even the headbands are designed to be slip-free. My daughter loves that feature and the headbands are stylish to wear everyday.

Beyond the comfort of ivivva apparel is the incredible attention to detail. From long sleeved running shirts that have a thumbhole to keep sleeves in place while keeping your hands warm to Hoodies with a built-in hair tie (now how smart is that?) you will live in your ivivva wear. And look great. No way can you achieve all that with sweats.


As for whether the prices are on par with Lululemon: well, they are a little lower. An Ivivva hoodie can cost you $78, compared to a $108 Lululemon hoodie. For the young yogi in your life, an item from Ivivva may be the perfect gift.


Please treat yourself to a visit to the your local ivivva store and drop-in for complimentary dance, yoga or athletic classes. Be it hip-hop, Hatha or Highland, they’ll teach you some new moves with new friends that will get your heart rate – and friend count – up.

A very special thank you to our host Kim Burroughs, the Austin ivivva showroom manager for her hospitality, expertise and generosity.

If you are lucky enough to live in Austin you can visit Kim and check out the ivivva line at 1206 W. 38th St. Austin, TX 78705

Please follow ivivva’s Instagram as well as ivivvs Austin’s Instagram for all the latest news, inspiration and join the celebration of movement.

December 12, 2014

What to Wear: Holiday Shopping

The holiday shopping season is in full swing…only 13 more shopping days! I spent the past weekend perusing my December issues of all my favorite magazines and found inspiration for many gifts, so now it’s full-steam ahead. I’m hitting the stores in earnest this weekend. Taking inspiration from Lauren Conrad‘s comfy about-town look, I’m stealing her style for my holiday shopping excursions. A cardigan to pull on and off depending on the weather (and temperamental store heating/cooling) is where I’m starting. To fill in the blanks, I’m adding comfy leggings, hide-all-flaws shades, and a whisper thin scarf for a shot of print. My bag of choice? An easy-to-carry mini bag to swing from my shoulder when my arms are full. To finish, I’m pulling on these fantastic suede boots with a stacked heel for walking (more fabulous fall boots here).

December 11, 2014

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: THE MISTER

Still not sure what to get for the guys in your life? We know money can’t buy love, but surely it can purchase a bit of comfort and joy, in the form of super cool, just for the guys, gifts.
It’s time to jump into the holiday gift guide and wrap up the must-haves for the man in your life.
Whether he’s rugged and outdoorsy or a buttoned-up desk dweller, there’s something here that should fit the bill, no matter what he’s into.…

December 10, 2014

Celebrity Style Boots & Hat Guide

Two of my favorite fall/winter moments? Pulling a cozy hat over my curls on a chilly morning and slipping my favorite pair of boots over my dark denim skinnies. When both of these moments happen in one day, it’s pure heaven. That’s why I’m sharing my 2014 Boots and Hat Guide with you today. Look for classic boots dressed up with multiple straps and made extra edgy with exposed hardware. In the hat department, it’s all about texture and unexpected flair. A chic new boot and a fantastic hat have the power to put a fresh spin on your tried-and-true staples. Just add your coziest sweater and go-to skinnies for an outfit that’s quintessentially winter.

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December 10, 2014

Obsessed: Rose Gold Gifts Under $20

This season’s most crush-worthy accessories are coming up rose gold—it lends a hint of edge without being over-the-top. The best part? Not only do these gorgeous rose gold gifts add a touch of romance to everything you wear…..they are totally affordable. From clutches to baubles these gifts will suit just about any Gold Digger if if they are all under $20!

December 10, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Pets & Pet Lovers

You’ve made your list, checked it twice . . . and you forgot the family pet?! That furry little creature that offers buckets of love throughout the year deserves something special during the holidays.
From plush, cozy beds to warm, stylish sweaters, this mix is made to pamper man’s best friend.

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December 8, 2014

8 Easy Hair Product DIYs For The Shiniest Locks Of Your Life

So, you’re not much of a DIY’er. It’s just not your jam. Your idea of making something from scratch is pouring cake mix into a bowl and adding some eggs. I totally get it. But if you’re ever going to break into the world wide web of arts and crafts, you should start with homemade hair products. Why? Because it’s easy. And because it’s really difficult to mess up. And unlike those sneaker hacks or DIY printables, you can totally start over again without having to run to the store to get more materials…because most everything in these hair product recipes are already in your kitchen cabinet.

Not to mention the price tag. The cost of those salon dry shampoos and luxury restorative conditioners alone are reason enough to give one of these at-home projects a try. If you’re not convinced yet, here’s another reason: you’ll know exactly what’s going into your hair. Sure, that bottle of serum says it’s organic and it’s only got jojoba oil in it, but it’s probably got other additives in there, too, which might be ruining your hair as a result. Trust me. These eight super simple DIY hair products might just change your life. Try it out and thank me later.

Coconut Milk Shampoo

 

Who doesn’t love the sweet smell of coconut? Now imagine that scent emanating from your hair all day long. That’s exactly what will happen when you create this four-ingredient all natural coconut milk shampoo from Free People.

Honey and Olive Oil Conditioner

 

If your hair is feeling dull, dry or brittle, mix olive oil and honey into a homemade conditioner to nourish your locks back to life.

Dry Shampoo

According to our friends at Brit + Costore-bought shampoos can sometimes contain chemicals like isobutane, butane and propane, which can hurt your hair more help it. Make your own all-natural dry shampoo with a few ingredients you likely already have. It might even blend and smell better than what you’re paying for!

Sea Salt Spray

Fake beachy waves for summer with this super simple DIY Surf Spray from Modern Wonderland. Adding texture to your hair only requires four ingredients and a good shake. I trust you can handle it.

Natural Hairspray

I had no idea you could make your own hairspray until I found this recipe from Thank Your Body. All it takes is a little bit of sugar and water. Literally, that is it! There’s an optional addition — vodka — but you can leave it out if you’d rather mix the booze with your lemonade.

Hair Serum

Blogger Sarah Di Grazia loves this hair serum DIY so much that she almost didn’t share it with her readers because she considered bottling and selling it instead. Thankfully, she chose to be selfless and now, you can have a super nourishing hair serum.

Clarifying Rinse

Some shampoos and conditioners can’t completely get rid of all the build-up hairspray and gel leaves behind. This DIY clarifying rinse, however, can. Revitalize your hair from your roots to your locks with a little bit of apple cider and essential oils.

Avocado Hair Mask

This super quick hair mask — which literally requires two ingredients — will leave your hair super soft and super shiny. What more could you want for summer than a full head of shiny hair?

Image: Free People, Chalkboard Mag, Brit+CoModern WonderlandThank Your BodySarah Di GraziaMichellePhan.comJenniraincloudmomtrends

December 5, 2014

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year….To Sparkle!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, a time to shine. Welcome in the 2014 Holiday season the best way you know how, with good friends, good cheer, and great style. Shine on with this winter’s wide array of sparkles, sequins, and metallic finishes, whether it be a touch of sparkle like a crystal-encrusted earring or an all-out firecracker like a sequin mini. Save sparkly dresses for night, but glimmer all day long with metallic accessories like clutches, earrings or pumps. For inspiration, take a cue from Marilyn Monroe and shine on with timeless glamour all year long!

December 4, 2014

Celebrity Style Christmas: Balsam Hill

I’m so excited to say that this holiday season my family has joined the Balsam Hill family! By now all of you know that I am totally obsessed with TV, TV wardrobe and TV sets. I’m about to let you in on a little secret. All the Christmas trees that you see on your favorite shows like Ellen,  Rachael Ray,  The Today Show, Hollywood Game Night,  Melissa & Joey, and Hot in Cleveland’s last season are all Balsam Hill trees. There’s a reason that celebrities such as Ellen, Leona Lewis, Kirstie Alley,  TV and award shows go to Balsam Hill to decorate their homes and sets for the holiday season. They create the most luxurious, realistic looking artificial Christmas trees, wreaths, and garlands. Balsam Hill is world renowned for their trees outstanding realism. Each tree is handmade and created with the utmost love and care. No detail is spared and each tree is truly a magical piece of art. Christmas trees are a part of the family during the holiday season and is the beautiful centerpiece of joyous memories. With the variety of sizes, shapes, colors and price points that Balsam Hill offers, there is truly a holiday tree for everyone. Join our Balsam Hill family this Holiday and spend the magic,  joy and beauty of Christmas in true Celebrity Style.

Trim the Tree with Smiles and Goodwill:
Want a wonderful way to give back this Holiday season? Balsam Hill and Operation Smile announced the #CelebritiesforSmiles campaign today that will auction ornaments autographed by celebrities from fashion, television, film, music sports, and media on www.celebritiesforsmiles.com December 9-16th. Balsam Hill, the leading online retailer of premium artificial Christmas trees and upscale home decor products, and Operation Smile, an international medical charity serving children and families in more than 60 countries, have partnered this holiday season to bring surgeries to children with cleft lip and cleft palate around the world!
Balsam Hill has pledged $25,000 to Operation Smile and donated ornaments from their new, high-quality home decor collection. More than 30 one-of-a-kind holiday ornaments, autographed by celebrities including Billy Bush, Michael Franti, Kit Hoover, Kevin Jonas, Chris and Peyton Lambton, Zachary Levi, Adam Levine, Jay Manuel, Jack McGee, Holly Robinson Peete, Missy Peregrym, Gavin Rossdale, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan, Elaine Turner, Meredith Vieira, Kate Walsh, Mark Wahlberg, Pharrell Williams, the cast of Days Of Our Lives and the hosts of The Doctors will be available on eBay or at www.CelebritiesForSmiles.com from December 9-16. Fans can follow #CelebritiesforSmiles on Twitter and Facebook to spot new ornaments and celebrity participants now through the end of the auction.