Every fall, as the temperature drops, my cuticles begin to look cracked, ragged, and just plain dreadful. I’ve tried a few different products, but nothing has worked as well as Vitamins A+D Ointment. Yes, an ointment that has been used for ages to treat diaper rash is also great at moisturizing cuticles. Hey, chafed skin is chafed skin, right?!
I discovered this little beauty secret by accident. I was on the train, and my hands were aching because the chill in the air had zapped all the moisture. So I went digging through my purse, looking for something emollient and thick. I would have settled on Rosebud Salve, but then I remembered I was also carrying A+D Ointment. I applied a bit of the ointment to each cuticle and mixed the excess with my favorite hand cream, Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Souffle. The ointment instantly calmed and soothed my hands and nails.
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This year I’ve been exploring thrift shopping. Last January, I bought seven coats for only $70 during the Salvation Army coat sale. And in July, I increased my summer wardrobe during one of Housing Works’ Buy-the-Bag Sales. Most recently, I couldn’t pass up the chance to hit the Snellville, GA Salvation Army. There wasn’t a special event going on or anything, but if you’ve visited Snellville, then you know there isn’t much going on there. So I jumped when my cousin offered to drop me off at the Army. After three thrift excursions I’m convinced that I don’t need to spend major dollars on trendy and vintage items to add to my wardrobe.
The Army is one of the easiest places to go thrift shopping because all the clothing is sorted by garment type and color. Plus, they actually have sales! All the items marked with a blue tag were 50 percent off the day I shopped. So if you’re hitting up your local Army, check to see when/if there are sales too. I bought nine pieces for about $32!
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I probably won’t win too many fans with this statement, but it’s been on my mind for the past few years. I don’t think second-, third-, fourth-time etc. moms should have a baby shower for every pregnancy. The baby shower should be reserved for new moms only!
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What benefits children with cancer and gives you skin like Christina Hendricks, Julia Roberts, and Veronica Webb? Why, Lancôme Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate! A favorite amongst celebrities, this serum improves skin tone, texture, and luminosity in just seven days with the help of gene technology, according to the beauty giant. Today, Oct. 21, Lancôme celebrates its second-annual Genes Day, a one-day national tribute to the beauty of scientific research, by donating $7 from every purchase of Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. So that’s great skin for you, and more funds for St. Jude to do its thing — help children dealing with cancer and other devastating diseases. [$58 to $125, Macy's]
Modern coats can be a little minimalist and boring. However, retro coats have a certain flare that can make staying warm a chic affair. But, you don’t have to go hunting in your local thrift shop (although we wouldn’t fault you if you do) because we have nine coats with a retro swing right here!
Polka dots are no longer the pattern of choice for only Minnie Mouse impersonators. Those of us who’ve spent our adult years maturing are loving the print that screams par-tay now that it’s gone sophisticated. Here are 12 of our favorite fashions and accessories for adding a little or a lot of polka dots in your wardrobe.
Sizzling, sexy, sophisticated — all these words describe leopard print. Surprisingly, this pattern is easy to wear because it acts as a neutral yet also makes an impact. If you’re looking to spice up leopard print even more, then pick a garment in dazzling red. Either way, you’ll be hot, hot, hot in leopard spots!
Wearing shorts in the middle of the fall or winter can be a little tricky for some. But I’m here to tell you that it’s really as easy as wearing a skirt or dress during the colder months. All you have to remember are a few simple rules, for lack of a better word. First, and this is a biggie, you have to create a continuous line of color from the shorts to your legs or your legs to your shoes or from shoes to legs to shorts. Also, wear something that skims the body on top to avoid any boxiness. It can be a fitted top, sweater, or even a jacket that highlights the waist. In addition, if you’re going for a light pair of shorts, then balance out the color while making it season appropriate with a darker neutral. But in this instance, if you choose black then don’t also add in gray and brown or vice versa. See these rules in practice with the two shorts for cold weather looks I put together. Keep reading »
When I was a child, there were three things that defined my style — big earrings, hats, and vests. Big earrings and hats are style preferences that not everyone shares, but I’m going to argue that everyone needs a vest or two. For one, they’re excellent for layering this time of year, but won’t be too hot when the temperature warms during the day. And vests show that you’re more adventurous than simply choosing a jacket or cardigan as a cover-up. Here are nine of our favorite knit, tunic-length, drape-y, and menswear-inspired vests.
We’re all about being cozy and toasty this autumn, so we’re coveting a pair of knit sweatpants. Surprisingly, these pants aren’t as difficult to wear as you’d think. Thinking of knit sweatpants as simply relax-fit slim pants is the first step. Then you just add other items that make you comfortable and pull the whole look together. Layering other quintessential fall wear, like a plaid shirt over a long-sleeve T-shirt, will complement the relaxed feel of the pants for casual weekend wear. Pick a pair of space-dyed knit pants and you’re on your way to an unconventional tuxedo. Simply add a pretty blouse, a clutch, and shoes and you’ll be ready for a special dinner out. Take a look at the casual and dressy outfits we put together for inspiration. Keep reading »