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Have fun with fall makeup trends

You might not be able to completely overhaul your closet every season, but makeup trends are easier to follow. Load up your makeup bag with fun colors and on-trend makeup for a fun, easy way to ease yourself from summer to fall. The latest trends in skin, eyes and lips aren’t complicated and keep your look fresh — even when you’re wearing your favorite classics from your closet.

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Start with subtly glowing skin

This fall’s foundation is all about looking luminous. Overly done, matte skin is difficult to achieve and keep perfect all day, and this fall you don’t have to worry about that! Glowing skin doesn’t need to be flawless — though we’d all love to find the secret to impeccable skin. Start with a light-reflecting makeup. Nars Illuminator in Orgasm is a stunning, peachy-pink, but the makeup comes in six luminous shades (Nordstrom, $30).

Embrace eyeliner this fall

No matter which makeup trend you decide to try this fall, eyeliner is going to play a major role.

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The smokey eye has been reimagined in browns, instead of the usual blacks and grays. It’s a look many women will feel comfortable trying, because you can use the techniques you’ve mastered in years past with the neutral shades that play a large role in daytime eyes. The bareMinerals READY® Eyeshadow 8.0 The Power Neutrals is the perfect palette for the smokey brown eye (Bare Escentuals, $40). Damp application will turn these shadows into soft, blendable eyeliner.

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Makeup lovers know that black eyeliner never really loses its place in your makeup bag. The key to keeping black from becoming boring is to keep up with the most on-trend application methods. This fall, black is making a dramatic appearance in the form of a definite, thick swoop along the lower lashes. You’ll need a steady hand — and a waterproof liner — to keep the trend from sliding from risky to raccoon. Try Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner by Smashbox (Sephora, $20).

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Colored eyeliner is the fall makeup trend that will have the most dramatic effect on your look. If you’re unsure about the trend, start with a rich purple, like the Larger than Life Liner in Bourbon Street (Sephora, $24). Purple enhances and brightens all eye colors, and it’s subtle enough to transition into color from a neutral liner. When you’re ready for something bolder, try the Larger than Life Liner in Khao San Road, a metallic aquamarine (Sephora, $24).

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Extend your lashes

Nothing finishes your look quite like stellar lashes, and Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes are the next best thing to applying false lashes — or investing in lash extensions (Younique.com, $29). The 3-step fiber lash process transforms your own lashes into lush, dramatic lashes. Moodstruck Fiber Lashes are water resistant but wash off easily at the end of the day. Mascara lovers are quickly learning Moodstruck is a makeup must-have!

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Red lips are here to stay

Red lips have been making their way onto the makeup scene for a few seasons, and they’re not going anywhere this fall. Cherry red lips are surprisingly easy to work into your routine. A swipe of Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Everyday Diva will instantly polish up any look (MAC, $22). Just be sure to apply while looking in a mirror in case of any errant wisps of red — it’s not a look you want to attempt in the dark.

Which trends are you excited to try this fall?
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Book club recommendations

Now that the kids are back in school, moms can start checking books off their own reading lists. Book club recommendations for this fall range from the romantic to the thrilling — and don’t forget the ones with movies coming out soon.

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Books from your favorite authors

fall book recommendations

Jojo Moyes practically owns the New York Times best seller list. One Plus One follows Me Before You and The Girl You Left Behind, and Moyes doesn’t disappoint with her story about a dysfunctional family and a maybe-knight in shining armor (Barnes & Noble, $18). Frazzled moms will relate to the hoops through which Jess will jump as a mother trying to do the best for her kids after her husband ducks away from their lives.

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No one tackles the hidden tarnish beneath the sheen of suburbia like Liane Moriarty, and Big Little Lies is no exception (Barnes & Noble, $17). An annual event turns deadly, and the homicide investigation delves into the secrets hiding within the families entrenched in the school community.

Book club picks for fantastic discussions

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Taylor Jenkins Reid’s After I Do is written in a fun, conversational tone, but the quick read has a lot of discussion points beneath the whimsical exterior (Barnes & Noble, $11). Lauren and Ryan have the perfect relationship — until they don’t. Their decidedly untraditional marriage experiment offers an alternative way of looking at marriage. Gathering together a group of women is the perfect place to talk about how the traditional expectations of marriage might not work so well for every couple.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie takes readers from Nigeria to America and London, and back to Nigeria (Barnes & Noble, $11). A young, passionate couple leaves their homeland and end up on separate continents before finding their way back to each other and the land of their birth. Adichie tackles love, skin color, and the idea of home in this stunning novel.

Mysteries and thrillers are better with friends

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Two of Gillian Flynn’s books are hitting movie theaters this fall — Gone Girl and Dark Places — so continue your book club’s thrills with Flynn’s Sharp Objects (Barnes & Noble, $9). The chilling story follows a woman back to her home town, where her questions about the murders of two pre-teen girls take her uncomfortably close to her hypochondriac mother.

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While your kids are diving into the Harry Potter books, check out J.K. Rowlings’ alter ego, Robert Galbraith. Galbraith’s second novel, The Silkworm, has detective Cormoran Strike looking into the disappearance of a novelist who wrote his latest book with a nasty, personal look at the people around him (Barnes & Noble, $17). When the novelist is murdered, Strike’s investigation becomes decidedly more urgent — and compelling.

Revisit the books, then see the movies

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Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay looks at the tenuous place between life and death (Barnes & Noble, $7). Mia wakes up after a car accident, watching from outside of her body, and she must wade through memories and flashes of the accident to understand the state of her physical body — and the choice she must make about it. Though If I Stay is a young adult novel with a decidedly romantic slant, the quick, poignant read offers a wealth of material for a book club discussion.

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James might have been the most whispered-about book of 2012 (Barnes & Noble, $11). Between the clandestine Kindle downloads and sneaking peeks while waiting in the school pick up line, women had the chance to mentally cast their perfect Christian Greys. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson won’t officially hit the screen until Valentine’s Day, 2015, but the trailer for the Fifty Shades of Grey movie is encouraging fans to dive back into the trilogy. Be sure you’re comfortable with the members of your book club before recommending this one!

What is your book club reading this fall?
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Searching for the right bra ranks right up with there with bathing suit and jean shopping. You can only avoid it for only so long, but the joy that you get from finding the right fit is undeniable. Count me in that category. After baby number two, my girls needed some help. The bras I had before just weren’t fitting and, well, I needed a little more support and lift.

So, I joined the Vanity Fair LiftTOUR. Currently, they’re traveling around the U.S., fitting women, just like us, for more shape and support than they ever knew possible. Really, a new bra makes everything fit better.

Bonus. For every fitting they do, they donate a fabulous new bra to Dress for Success – a group that helps women in need prepare for job interviews. And that’s totally something we can all get behind.

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Vanity Fair LiftTOUR

I met up with Vanity Fair and the LiftTOUR bus at my local Kohl’s and stepped for a personalized fitting. Turns out I was wearing a size too small around and too big in the cup. Everything was wrong. They put me in the Vanity Fair Women’s Beautifully Smooth Breathable Comfort Full Figure Underwire Bra. One wear, and it was obvious why this is one of their top sellers. I now own one in black and beige.

vanityfairbraseditedWhen I was done with my fitting, I was able to pick a bra of my choice to donate to Dress for Success and write a personalized message to the woman who would be receiving the bra. I can’t lie. I got a bit teary eyed. While it felt good to give back, I also thought about what it means to feel like a woman, and how most of us take for granted even the smallest things – like having a brand new bra.

Want to give and receive too? You can catch the bus at your local Kohl’s, JC Penny, or Sears, just check the website for times and dates.

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Moms, when was the last time you purchased a new bra?

 

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Falls Must Have Booties

Well ladies, it’s finally here…boot season!  One of my favorite things about Fall fashion are all the beautiful fall boots. Shopping for fall boots can be challenging because there are so many styles and colors to choose from so we are going to break it down for you this season and first up is the fall ankle boots. These ankle boots have a little bit of a heel but not too much so you can still manage to run around town and not be afraid of twisting an ankle. The other great part about ankle boots is that they are easy to slip on and are usually pretty reasonably priced.

Ankle boots also go really well with many different styles of denim. You can easily wear them with your skinny jean, rolled up boyfriend jeans or a pair of cuffed straight leg jeans. They can also be dressed up for date night but be worn pretty casual during the day.  If you are someone that can pull off tights in the winter then pairing your ankle boots with a fun pair of tights and a skirt will be super stylish. Don’t be afraid to

1. Steve Madden Nyrvana Boot $149
2. Cactus Studded Bootie $149
3. GAP Western Boot $89
4. Sole Society Kemi Bootie $89.95
5. Steve Madden Whysper Bootie $100
6. Jarrad Ankle Booties $119
7. ASH Jalouse Slip On Ankle Bootie $198
8. Train Wrap Belted Bootie $120
9. ModCloth Travel Light Bootie $70
10. Splendid Lakota Suede Bootie $158

How to wear ankle boots

Want to know how to rock ankle boots?  Here is one awesome example.

How to wear ankle boots

Kilee is a Mom of three and puts together this look effortlessly. Why we love it? It’s simple, stylish and totally practical. This is an outfit that all Moms can pull off and feel totally comfortable running errands, picking up the kids or meeting a friend for coffee.

One Little Momma: What I Wore – The Kimono

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The This Is Where I Leave You movie wants to set a date this September

Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You is coming to theaters on September 19, and the dramatic comedy promises to prod every bit of funny out of the dynamics of family dysfunction in the aftermath of a father’s funeral. The all-star cast — seriously, we would watch Tina Fey paint a house — combined with Jonathan Tropper’s adapted screenplay of his own novel, makes the This Is Where I Leave You movie a must-see this fall.

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Chat about #TIWILY every Wednesday

Book lovers know reading the book before seeing the movie is one of the commandments of reading and movie watching. Gather your girls together, snag a copy of This Is Where I Leave You, and schedule a book club meeting for your next girls’ night in. If you’re between book clubs — or just want a little extra discussion about the hilarity of family dysfunction — join Warner Bros. Pictures’ #TIWILY book discussion on the film’s Facebook page each Wednesday, and take part in the conversation for a chance to win signed movie posters and a trip to the premiere in Hollywood!

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Savvy readers are getting ready for #TIWILY

I’ll be hosting a This Is Where I Leave You book club discussion in early September, and I already can’t wait to chat about it with my girlfriends. Between the characters in TIWITY and the real-life stories that always weave their way into our book chats, I know it’s going to be a smart, funny and fabulous conversation. Sometimes family shenanigans seem overwhelming, and there’s nothing like a little commiseration and conversation to make you realize all families have their own catalog of cringe-worthy stories.

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Join the countdown to the This Is Where I Leave You movie

Follow along with the #TIWILY book club conversations and get more information about the film’s release by liking, following and participating in the social media conversation surrounding the movie.

Watch the This Is Where I Leave You trailer

Have you read This Is Where I Leave You? Will we be seeing you on Wednesday nights?
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Stovepipe Pants

Stovepipe pants are on-trend and should be on your bod this fall. This cut is a slightly tighter version of straight-leg pant that is fitted to your knee and then falls straight in an unbroken line to your ankle.

We located this most versatile of pants in a crazy-cool low price of $38 by fan favorite designer TopShop. It comes in an array of colors, and can be worn in so many ways. Work, dates, casual, you name it, your stovepipes will be smoking. Check out three ways you can style the basic black stovepipe for your diverse days.

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Professional and polished

Wear this to work, an interview or a business event and you will be taken seriously on the style front. Gorgeous camels and understated animal prints are both big this fall and classic staples that will last you longer than your current supervisor. You will get almost as much wear out of a silky tee and modern gold-tone accessories as you will out of the pants.

Stevie Silk Tee $39.98 Stylemint - Belted Camel Coat $279 Zara - Leopard and Leather Diamana Heels by Franco Sarto $92.65 Zappos - Gold Stacked Cuff Bracelet $9.99 DAILYLOOK - Delicate Gold Bar Necklace $19.99 DAILYLOOK - Topshop Pants $38 Nordstrom.

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Nights out and about

Yup, you can wear those same stovepipes when you hit the town with your ladies or your love. Add a subtly sexy top, edgy silver jewelry and some pops of cobalt blue for a fresh look.
Tucking Chevron Blouse $78 Free People - Foldover Clutch $110 Clare Vivier - Steve Madden Blue Suede Maiden Heels $110 Piperlime - Silver Art Deco Earrings $18 Etsy - Stackable Ring Set $4.80 Forever 21 -Topshop Pants $38 Nordstrom

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Casual cool

Now don’t be thinking that those stovepipes are singing “I’m So Fancy” all the time. You can totally wear them on weekends and while running the kids. Sneaks, plaid tops and canvas totes completely complement these pants. But since they are so freaking cool, be sure to choose hip items that do ‘em justice.

Plaid Blouse $128 Rails – The Man Repeller Metallicotw Sneakers $140 Superga – Pride and Prejudice Tote $18 Out of Print – Hear No Evil Chrome Earbuds $20 NastyGal – Lush White Watch $30 Crow - Topshop Pants $38 Nordstrom.

Which way would you most wear stovepipe pants? Share in the comments!
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Finding the Perfect Bra

Finding the most comfortable bra is much like finding the perfect pair of jeans. You’ll have a stack of denim in your closet but you always grab your favorite pair. The same is true for bras, we all have a drawer full but we always seem to wear the same one over and over. That’s because just like a great pair of jeans, a great bra that fits perfectly is comfortable and makes you feel good.

Vanity Fair Lingerie has totally changed the way I feel about putting on a bra in the morning. The fabrics of Vanity Fair bras are so soft and luxurious you’ll want to place them in a draw perfectly and treat them like you do your shoe or handbag collection. Vanity Fair has sent me a lot of bras to give a try and I have my three favorites that i keep wearing over and over. I should also mention I am a 34B to give you some perspective..

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Fits you Perfectly Wire Free Bra

This bra is what I would call sporty-chic and is the perfect t-shirt bra. It has a beautiful seamless cut that is so soft and smooth, you really forget you’re even wearing a bra. I wear a lot of v-neck t-shirts and this bra supports and has smooth lines that makes t-shirts look great. If you are not a fan of underwire, then this is a perfect option. I also love this toasted coconut color! Fits You Perfectly Wire Free

Next To Nude Vanity Fair Bra

 

Next to Nude Underwire Bra

This bra I have worn when I have dressed things up a bit and worn things that needed a bit more cleavage. The fabric is very pretty with a thin and silky texture. It is truly a light weight bra that feels next to nude. The underwire helps give the lift I want but still holds everything in place.
Next to Nude Underwire Bra

Full Coverage Illumination Vanity Fair Bra

Full Coverage Illumination Underwire Bra

This bra is my daily go to bra because I feel fully supported but it stills has plenty of flexibility. This bra is a bit thicker and has wider straps so it’s great for t-shirts, blouses and button up shirts. I love these two colors violet steel and the midnight black.  Full Coverage Illumination Underwire Bra

The thing about bras is, that they can totally change the way you look in your clothing, not to mention how you feel the rest of the day. No one wants to be limited or confined by their bra. Afterall, the first fashion rule of thumb is that you have to start with the right undergarments to really make your clothing look it’s best, so finding a perfect bra is just as important as finding those perfect jeans.

Have you tried Vanity Fair Bras?  I highly recommend you do.

Vanity Fair Lingerie has launched the “Women Who Do” campaign and is traveling across the country giving women a lift with their LiftTOUR - attend on of these special events and see for yourself just how comfortable these bras are!
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Disclosure: I am a Vanity Fair Lingerie brand ambassador, only because I love their bras so much. All my savvy thoughts and sassy opinions are my own.  I share this with you because I want to be helpful and honest to stylish Moms everywhere.

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10 Fall Handbags Under $100

Fall handbags under $100

So now that you have your kids ready to go back to school with the coolest backpacks, awesome shoes and school supplies. I think it’s time mama needs a brand new bag! As Moms we always spend so much more on our kids, but I urge you to also set aside a little “back to school” aka fall fashion fund for yourself. Now, there is no need to dip into the kids college fund, because finding an inexpensive fall handbag under $100 can be done!

There are plenty of stylish handbags out there that look like they cost more than $100 bucks and I found my top ten favorites.

Savvy Handbag Tips

Skip the bling. Too many zippers, studs, rhinestones, tassels, patterns and pockets will make a bag look cheap.  Besides, you are a grown woman and you don’t want to be carrying the same bag as your next door neighbors teenage daughter.

Stick with classic. Choose colors and neutrals that can look good with many outfits in your closet. This way they you can use this bag daily. Neutral colors typically look more sophisticated and inexpensive bags will look richer in these tones.

1. Jessica Simpson Raina Bucket Bag $98
2. Sole Society Pilar $55
3. Sole Society Amerie $60
4. Danielle Nicole Adeline Satchel $98
5. Sole Society Hampton $55
6. BP Zip Satchel $59
7. Danielle Nicole Piper Hobo $88
8. French Connection So Fresh Tote $98
9. Danielle Nicole Poppy Hobo $98
10. ModCloth Got it in the Bag $85

Sole Society has definitely stepped up and out of just shoes!  I am in love with so many of their bags this fall and at those prices, you can pick up more than one!  I am digging that that taupe Amerie bag (#3). I also just discovered Danielle Nicole bags, that sleek black piper hobo will be mine (#7).

So, which handbag would you choose?
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Camping clothes
What to wear camping and still look cute…hmmm?

We still have plenty days of Summer left and if you like to hit the great outdoors and do a little camping then I have some stylish tips for you. A fashionable girl can go camping and not look like she got totally lost in the woods. Roughing it in 2014 isn’t exactly roughing it with these camping hacks or some of the glamping sites that can now be found around the country. Now you can turn pitching a tent into quite the enjoyable experience. We know you’ve packed the bug spray, sleeping bags and have a cooler full of food, but now what about you?

Here are the things you will need to survive the weekend in the woods.

 

1. Hiking Shoes or Sandals – depending on what types of nature walks or hikes you’re up for, you’ll want a quality shoe that can go the distance and get a little dirty. The shoe brand Teva makes great sport sandals for short walks to the lake or beach and water activities.  Merelle walking shoes makes some great waterproof shoes that are more for serious hikes.

2. A Hoodie – Yes it will get chilly at night and you want to cover up from the bugs too. You will probably want a pair of sweat pants or yoga pants while you’re at it too. Check out Prana.com for a gorgeous collection of hoodies and sweaters for the sporty yet stylish outdoor woman!

3. Backpack – This is essential if you plan on doing some long nature walks or hikes.  Fill it with snacks, a water bottle, and your camera.  Your backpack does not have to look like a child’s school backpack or one that looks like you are climbing mount everest.  You can still find one that is stylish yet practical for your walk in the woods. I love this backpack from PacSun, it has leather on the bottom for a little protection but is still outdoor chic.

4. Jean shorts – You will probably wear these everyday, these are great because denim is tough and you can get them dirty and no one will care or even notice.  Also, pockets are essential for keys, money and your phone

5. T-Shirts /Tank Tops – simple t-shirts that you might not care that if they make it back. Look for some fun vintage type of t-shirts at Target or Old Navy. V-neck t-shirts are always best and loose razer back tank tops are always super comfortable.

6.  Swimsuit & Flip Flops – You will be spending a lot of time in your swimsuit jumping in the lake or making sand castles on the beach. Bring one that is a bit more athletic and won’t have you adjusting yourself every 5 minutes.  Again, Prana.com has some beautiful swimsuits for active women.

 

What are some of your must have’s when packing up to go camping?

 

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by CoolSculpting®. All savvy opinions are our own.

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Summer shouldn’t mean hiding your skin

High temps, days at the beach and nights out with your girlfriends are all opportunities to slip on your favorite skin-baring clothes, but many women are hiding their bodies instead of celebrating them. According to a survey of 500 women, there are four major “thigh hiding” techniques women use each summer. 22% of them refuse to wear shorts at all. Keeping your body under wraps is no way to spend a summer — or any season!

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When diet and exercise stall

Clean eating and fitness challenges are major factors in helping women feel better in their skin. Cleaner diets lead to clearer skin, better sleep and increased energy, while fitness goals help build lean muscle and increase endurance. But there are times when changes in diet and increased activity seems to stall. 88% of women mention “one area” they’d like to fix before they pull on a bikini. CoolSculpting is designed to help improve the stubborn areas of thighs and those pesky love handles.

CoolSculpting® helps you regain confidence

Women don’t need a magic fix for their bodies. Feeling self-consciousness interferes with enjoying the summer months. Walking on the beach with confidence means you can worry about where to plant your umbrella instead of what to pull on over your bathing suit. CoolSculpting® just helps smooth away a little bit of the worry about baring skin and feeling comfortable doing so. Like them on Facebook to learn more.

  • The CoolSculpting® procedure is not intended as a weight loss program for overweight individuals.
  • The best candidates are people near their ideal body weight with stubborn fat that have not responded to diet and exercise.

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Try CoolSculpting® before summer ends

If you need a little boost to get you from covered up to wearing your favorite bikini, try CoolSculpting®. Find a doctor near you and talk about how the non-surgical procedure will work with your body and your goals. CoolSculpting® is so sure you’ll love the results that they’re giving away two thigh treatments — and a $500 shopping spree to buy a few new pieces to show off your new legs! Enter for a chance to win today.

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