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Pretty in Pink: Zoya Nail Polish in Kitridge

zoya_kitridge2Zoya Kitridge is a classic summer bubblegum pink cream that really pops against a tan. While it’s opacity was impressive, I’ll admit that I still needed 3 thin coats to achieve this look. The photo below was taken after a few days of wear and tear. This was an at-home manicure, so please excuse my jacked-up cuticles.

zoya_kitridge_nail_polishMy 2-year-old was so taken with the color that she insisted I paint a few of her nails…which I did without hesitation because of Zoya’s toxin-free formula. I also got quite a few compliments on my mani at work and while out-and-about. Pretty in pink, indeed.

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

For a long time, Mother’s Day was just another Hallmark holiday to me. Time to buy the obligatory bouquet and card, right? That is until I had my son, Westley. Only then did I understand what a difficult (and rewarding) job motherhood truly is. Now that I’m a proud (and exhausted) mom of two, Mother’s Day holds even more meaning for me.

So do me a favor…this Mother’s Day, I want you to spoil the mothers in your life. It’s okay if your wallet is a little light. We moms appreciate a home-cooked meal, a thoughtful email/text message and – yes – the obligatory bouquet or card. But in case you’re feeling generous this year, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Mother’s Day gift suggestions.

 

As many of you know, I’m a working mom of two little ones…and I miss them terribly when we’re apart. So for Mother’s Day, I would love to receive a “mom necklace” with their names – so that they can always be close to my heart.

I’ve been browsing GracePersonalized, an Etsy shop with beautiful custom jewelry. Every piece they make is so lovely, it’s hard to choose just one!

This Mother’s Day, give your mama the gift of flawless skin. Tatcha, one of my absolute favorite skin care brands, has curated kits that – no exaggeration – deliver a more youthful and radiant complexion. This is one gift mom will definitely thank you for (over and over again). Plus these products will look so pretty sitting on your mother’s vanity.  (more…)

Camera Ready Style Thanks to Hair Cuttery #MyHCLook

Westley BeforeMy 5-year-old’s name is Westley. I affectionately call him Wild West because he’s, well, wild—as most boys his age are. And like Westley, his mane has a mind of its own.

Westley before Hair CutteryIt’s thick and curly, grows at an enviable rate (we ladies should be so lucky) and Westley has this swirl pattern in front that creates one crazy cowlick. So when it comes to cutting his hair, the stylist needs to really know what she’s doing. This can’t be her first time at the proverbial rodeo.

Spoiled Pretty family
The Spoiled Pretty family: Arwen, Graham and Westley.

For a while, I was taking him to my hair stylist. But as Westley got older, my husband, Graham, took over the task. On the one hand, I’m grateful to Graham for helping out—since most child grooming responsibilities land on my plate, by default. But on the other hand, Graham was taking him to a whole bunch of random barber shops/salons – so there wasn’t any consistency. Sometimes the cut/style would be good and sometimes it would be really bad (like once when he brought Westley home with a buzz cut).

So a few weeks ago when Hair Cuttery contacted me about writing a review (as part of their #MyHCLook campaign), I immediately thought of Westley. It was perfect timing too because his hair was at an awkward length and he desperately needed it cut for spring school pictures. Hair Cuttery provided a gift card to try their services—so Graham took Westley to the closest location and a talented stylist named Debbie gave him a great cut.

Westley Hair CutteryThough I didn’t accompany them to the appointment, Graham relayed to me what a great experience they had at Hair Cuttery. Debbie took her time, was very patient with Westley and I am really pleased with the end result. I would definitely take Westley back there again.  (more…)

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