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Date nights add sparkle to your marriage

Many new year’s resolutions involve spending time nurturing your relationship with your significant other, and date nights are the perfect opportunities to reconnect with your spouse. Since Valentines Day is just around the corner, we thought we’d share some creative date night ideas to spice things up a bit! You don;t have to spend a lot of money or take off on an expensive weekend either, many of these ideas you can do right from home.

Five date night ideas if you’re going out
Find a drive-in movie theater

Drive-in movies are about more than nostalgia. Sitting in close contact with your spouse, with a movie on the big screen, creates intimacy not found at the movie theater. You can chat, hold hands and ignore the move if that’s the direction the evening takes.

Discover your outdoor style

Where you live will put limits on an outdoor date, but take advantage of your geography and the weather to find your perfect date night in the outdoors. Try an outdoor concert, bring a picnic to the beach or find an outdoor skating rink and hold hands so you don’t fall all over the ice.

Get a room

If you have the ability to do an overnight away, book a hotel room in town and become a tourist — a tourist who can sleep in instead of getting up at the crack of dawn with a little one. Eat at a decidedly not-family-friendly restaurant and stay out way too late dancing — or go back to your room early and curl up for the most blissful night of sleep you’ve had in months. You might love it so much you recreate the bed at home.

Paint the town

Nights out at local painting studios are quickly becoming a go-to for groups of girlfriends, but it can be a novel way to reconnect with your spouse, too. Bring a bottle of wine, and agree to laugh at each other when your painting turns out more like something your four-year-old would bring home than something you’d find in a museum. Doing something outside of your comfort zone can be more intimate that sharing a candlelit dinner.

Rock out and dance

It doesn’t leave much quiet time for talking, but seeing a favorite band — or at least one you don’t hate — gives you the opportunity to let loose with your spouse. Stand up and dance, yell your favorite lyrics and drink cheap beer that’s warm by the time you find your seats. Besides, a concert is the perfect place to wear your {faux} leather pants.

Five date night ideas if you’re staying in

Game night

Playing games with your spouse takes on a whole new dynamic when you’re playing one-on-one. Wager something to amp up the good-natured competition — maybe the loser cleans the bathroom for the entire month or the winner gets to sleep in every weekend morning for six weeks. If board games aren’t your thing, try teaming up for online trivia.

Travel without leaving the house

Choose an area of the world and challenge each other to recreate the culture in your house. Whether you’re channeling Spanish culture with paella and a Pedro Almodóvar film or dreaming of France over brie, macarons and a photo tour of Paris, taking your focus outside of your home can be surprisingly freeing.

Throw a carpet picnic

Candles, a soft blanket and stemless wine glasses that won’t tip are ingredients for a carpet picnic. Stretching out on the floor is cozy, comfortable and gives you and your spouse a different perspective. It’s like a drive-in movie in your living room.

Wedding redux

Hear us out on this one! Select a couple of your favorite wedding details: your first dance song, your favorite passed appetizer, a cocktail you drank that day, the perfume you wore. Dress up a little bit and have a special night that allows you to reminisce about your past while dreaming about your future.

Focus on adult conversation

Talking with your spouse seems like a natural part of a date night, but when you’re dealing with kids and other family obligations, date nights can seem more like a conference call or weekly project wrap-up. Set aside fifteen minutes at the top of your date to get any pressing concerns about the kids out of the way, and then ban mommy-daddy conversation for the rest of the night. Having a tough time with it? Pull out the Taboo buzzer from game night and buzz each other if conversation strays.

What’s your favorite date night idea?
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5 looks from head to toe

We teamed with one of our favorite moms Venessa Kaufman, founder of We The Classy to show our busy moms 5 Ultra-Stylish Day-to-Day looks with sneakers. Venessa is a mother of two toddlers, blogger, model, and a registered financial broker who is always on the go. All of us can relate to Venessa’s journey, finding a way to feel like yourself and be a mom. “I found that being stylish like my pre-baby self, while dressing functionally for my post-baby self has been a key component in determining how my day is going to go” says Venessa.

I think we can all agree with V when she says “that handling a tantrum on a staircase in stilettos is a hazard to anyone’s safety!” So for all of you girls who (pre-baby) were constantly running around in heels, this is for you! Using the same pair of New Balance sneakers we created 5 looks that are free of those traditional black yoga pants. If you don’t already own a pair, we strongly advises you to purchase a pair of neutral or monochromatic “sneakers” to accomplish these looks.

1. The Cool T-shirt Trend
Hot to rock a t-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes for a casuel look

(Pictured: Old Navy Necklace, Skinny Jeans, H&M, $9-49.95)
V-neck Tee, ZARA)

2. Moto jacket paired with printed active pants
Moto jacket with printed leggings and tennis shoes for a sporty look

(Pictured: Moto Jacket ,GAP $25.99, Printed Active Pants OLD NAVY $29.94)

3. Knit long sleeve tee with leatherette pants
5 ways to wear dress up your tennis shoes

(Pictured: Knit Long Sleeve OLD NAVY $16.94, Leatherette Pants H&M $17)

4. Fine-knit dress paired with a bright colored clutch
A dress and tennis shoes it can be done!

(Pictured: Fine-Knit Dress H&M $24.95, Pink Clutch H&M)

5. Leather jacket paired with v-neck tee and jersey skirt
5 ways to style trendy tennis shoes

(Pictured: Vegan Leather Moto Jacket AMERICAN EAGLE $89.99, Jersey V-Neck Top OLD NAVY, $14.94), Zara Mini Jersey Skirt)

Secret Beauty Tip From Venessa:

Another obstacle I’ve encountered is having pretty manicured nails between giving baths and making dinners. Through trial and lots of error I have discovered two Essie nail colors that are both lovely and extremely fast drying. So fast that if you need to have your nails done for a night out you can throw on a coat as you step out the door with no fear, or even while sitting in the playroom with the kiddos.

IMG_5182The two colors are called Haute As Hello and Good As Gold. Both are worth their weight in gold to a busy stylish mama.

I strongly believe that part of being a good mom is being good to one’s self. Our kids learn from our actions. If we are kind to ourselves and are confident about our images as mothers, then they will learn how to be confident as well. You are someone’s idol.

We loved working with Venessa aka VNK. She is the sweetest! Thank you for having so much fun with us and sharing some of your tips. For more with VNK follow @wetheclassy

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Because moms love their jeans

How many days of the week do you wear jeans? Three days? Five? All seven? Moms and jeans go together like, well, moms and jeans. Moms love jeans so much that they even have an entire jean category named after them (no, we aren’t suggesting you need actual mom jeans!). These jeans for moms are staples that you should have in your closet, no matter what your size, shape or style.

5 Pairs of jeans every mom needs in her closet
 5 Pairs of Jeans Every Mom Needs in Her Closet
1. Boyfriend jeans

Boyfriend jeans are a casual style of jeans that are more than just a passing trend. They’re often a bit bigger and baggier than the jeans you typically wear and sometimes they even have that pre-loved look with strategically placed rips in just the right places.

Jeans for Moms- Boyfriend Jeans

But, just because they are casual, doesn’t mean that you should dress boyfriend jeans down. Pair them with some feminine flats and a pretty floral top to balance the style of the jeans or take it one step further, throwing them on with your sassiest heels!

(Pictured: 1969 Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, GAP, $70)

2. Colored jeans

These will likely be the trendiest pair of jeans in your closet because the color you choose can be seasonal — pastel colored jeans for spring, brighter colors and even neons for summer, rich jewel tones for fall and soft neutrals for winter.

Jeans for Moms- Colored Jeans

Colored jeans are such a fun way to add a pop of seasonal color to your wardrobe or to try out a color-of-the-moment (maybe in the latest Pantone Color of the Year?). Wear them with bold patterned tops for an outfit that makes a statement, or color block them with other solid pieces or pieces in the same color family to give a new look a try.

(Pictured: Women’s The Rockstar Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, Old Navy, $35) 

3. Skinny jeans

Let us make ourselves perfectly clear — skinny jeans mean different things to different moms and we embrace that. When we suggest that every mom should have skinny jeans in her closet, we mean that every mom needs a pair of jeans that is slim-fitting on her body. Find a pair that is slim-fitting through the entire leg of the jean and most importantly at the ankle — the signature piece of what makes a skinny jean a skinny jean.

Jeans for Moms- Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are incredibly versatile, especially if you buy them in a dark wash that will go with practically anything in your closet. Wear them with your favorite shoes  — from flats to wedges to those retro sneakers you adore — then pick a top shape that is flattering to go with them.

(Pictured: Charlie Skinny Jeans, Lucky Brand, $99)

4. Black jeans

If you’re going to invest in a pair of jeans, put your money into a pair of black jeans. Not only will you have them for years, but the more you spend on a pair of black jeans, the longer they will last and the less their color will fade. Buy them in whatever your favorite jean style may be, but we strongly suggest a simple, classic fit and style that will be timeless.

Jeans for Moms- Black Jeans

You can obviously dress up a pair of black jeans with a pair of heels and a cute blazer, but try taking them to the next level, too. Add some ankle boots and a casual v-neck tee for a completely different look. Or, use them as a base in your outfit for those animal prints that you can’t resist or for a pop of color that’s on-trend.

(Pictured: Paige Denim Skyline Skinny Jeans in Black Shadow, Nordstrom, $169)

5. Wide leg jeans

Wide leg jeans can be controversial, but we think they’re a must-have. Not only are they the perfect jean to wear with those espadrille wedges that you love, but they are actually quite flattering on all body types, especially if you pair them with the pieces that are right for you.

Jeans for Moms- Wide Leg Jeans

For moms who are short or petite, wearing wide leg jeans with wedges are a must to give you enough height to keep them from dragging on the ground. Moms who have more length to play with can pair them with flats for a soft, feminine look. All moms should consider what they wear as a top with wide leg jeans — try one that is more fitted to balance the wider shape of the bottom half of your outfit, which will make your waist look small.

(Pictured: Wideleg Jeans, Boden, $78)

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Give your health a boost with fantastic smoothies

Fruits and vegetables have undeniable nutrition benefits, but some days it seems impossible to get in enough servings to meet your personal nutrition goals. Smoothies are a healthy — and delicious — way to add servings of fruits and vegetables to your diet for a boost of nutrition. Texture and sweetness of smoothies are a matter of personal taste, but we rounded up twelve amazing smoothie recipes we think you’ll love.

smoothie recipes
Green smoothies add bunches of nutrients
  • The Green Power Smoothie from A New Bloom packs a serious nutritional punch. The smoothie adds veggies, fruits, healthy fats — and even ingredients to keep your stomach settled. The balanced nutrition in the smoothie will increase your energy throughout the day. Like A New Bloom for more healthy recipe and lifestyle inspiration.
  • Love Me, Feed Me offers a recipe for a green smoothie bursting with tropical fruit flavor in her Tropical Mint Green Smoothie. In a delicious twist, the green smoothie can even be frozen into creamy popsicles. Follow Leah on Instagram for more fantastic, plant-based recipes.
  • Coconut water adds a refreshing burst to the Perfect “Pick Me Up” Green Smoothie. The recipe, from Fashionable Foods, adds a healthy dose of electrolytes and is filling enough to replace a meal — or be split into two snack-size portions. Like Fashionable Foods for healthy recipes — including gluten free tips.
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Green Power Smoothie
Tropical Mint Smoothie
Pick Me Up Green Smoothie
Blueberry Smoothie
Kefir Smoothie
Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie
Cashew Cardamom Date Smoothie
Cherry Almond Breakfast Shake
Red Velvet Smoothie
Pineapple Nutmeg Detox Smoothie
Heart Beet Smoothie
Kombucha Berry Smoothie
Berry smoothies offer a sweet start to your day
  • The Blueberry Smoothie from The Loveliest Food is simple but filled with nutritious fruits and veggies. Not only is it beautiful, but the ingredients will keep you full until lunch. Like The Loveliest Food on Facebook to answer the always-pressing, “what’s for dinner?” question.
  • The Kefir Smoothie from The Merrythought uses berries and kefir to create a delicious smoothie that’s great for your tummy health. Kefir is 99% lactose-free and packed with pro-biotics, making it an ideal smoothie ingredient for people trying to cut back on dairy because of stomach upset. Follow The Merrythought on Instagram for fabulous DIY projects, recipes, and home decor tips.
  • Tattooed Martha shared a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with Allison at Dream a Little Bigger, and we’re dying to try it. It takes like dessert, but Greek yogurt gives the smoothie a boost of calcium and protein. Follow both Tattooed Martha and Dream a Little Bigger on Facebook for more fabulous ideas.
You’ll go nuts over these nut-based smoothies
  • Dishing Up the Dirt finds the perfect balance of sweet and spicy in her Cashew, Cardamom, and Date Smoothie. Dates are fabulous for muscle development, so this is the perfect post-workout smoothie. Follow Andrea on Instagram; she’s an organic farmer in the Pacific Northwest with wonderful recipes.
  • Try a Cherry Almond Breakfast Shake from This Gal Cooks. The antioxidants in the cherries and the protein in the almonds make this a nutritious smoothie to begin your day. Like This Gal Cooks on Facebook for simple — and delicious — recipes.
  • Nutrition isn’t normally the first thing that comes to mind when hearing the words “Red Velvet.” The Healthy Red Velvet Smoothie from The Balanced Berry will have you thinking about red velvet in a whole new — nutritious — way. Follow The Balanced Berry on Instagram for a glimpse into the life of a personal trainer who loves food.
Delicious smoothie ingredients that might surprise you
  • The Pineapple Nutmeg Detox Smoothie is a fantastic smoothie recipe from A Clean Bake. The veggie combined with pineapple and nutmeg might surprise you — it was the first recipe I tried with the ingredient, and I loved it! Follow A Clean Bake on Instagram for delicious recipes that combine baking with clean eating.
  • The Little Epicurean maximizes the cleansing properties of beets in this Heart Beet Smoothie. Beets are a sweet veggie, so this smoothie is just as tasty as it is beautiful. Follow The Little Epicurean on Instagram, where Maryanne entertains with food and travel photos.
  • Reap health benefits with the Kombucha Berry Smoothie from Veganosity. If you haven’t yet developed a taste for the healthy, fermented tea, this smoothie is perfect for you. It’s packed with veggies and berries for optimized nutrition. Like Veganosity on Facebook for more vegan living inspiration.
What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
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 FabFitFun Winter Box VIP Event + 10% off Coupon Code

 



We had so much fun at the FabFitFun Winter Box Launch Party last week in Los Angeles! What a fun night and we left feeling relaxed, primped, and pampered after all the festivities.

fabfitbox

FabFitFun did an amazing job with their new Winter Box 2014. Teaming up with brands like Juice Beauty and Daniel Stone, FabFitFun’s Winter 2014 Box is one of their best boxes yet. The total value is worth over $380 but they sell it to their members for &49.99! Thankfully, it’s yours for 10% off with our special code SSM. Check out some of my favorites from the box below!

Daniel Stone COCO Candle, $42

DanielStonecandle

Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose, $30
handcream

Become a FabFitFun VIP and get your own Winter box, sign up at fabfitfun.com today!

The FabFitFun Winter 2014 Box also contains: Half United Fighting Hunger Necklace ($34), yourMinerals Assorted Eye Shadow Duo ($44), Salted – 3 Months of Free Membership ($29.97), $30 Fashion Project gift cards with Free Shipping, Organic Valley Organic Balance Milk Protein Shake ($2.99), Justin’s Classic Almond Butter ($0.63), Special K Snack Bars ($2.62/box).

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Muffin tins make dinners easy… and delicious

10 Easy Muffin Tin Recipes

Kids love everything mini, so when it comes to making your favorite recipes, using a muffin tin is beyond brilliant — instant mini-meals! These 10 easy muffin tin recipes will turn any family meal into kid-sized portions that they’ll instantly love.

10 Muffin tin recipes your kids will love

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Muffin Tin Recipes- Breakfast Burrito Bites
Muffin Tin Recipes- Chicken Pot Pie
Muffin Tin Recipes- Deep Dish Pizza Bites
Muffin Tin Recipes- Lasagna
Muffin Tin Recipes- Mac N Cheese
Muffin Tin Recipes- Meatloaf Cupcakes
Muffin Tin Recipes- Mini Cheesy Corn Dog Muffin Bites
Muffin Tin Recipes- Omelet Breakfast Bites
Muffin Tin Recipes- Sloppy Joes
Muffin Tin Recipes- Taco Cups

1. Breakfast Burrito Bites from Ella Claire
Muffin tin recipes don’t have to be limited to dinners! These breakfast burrito bites use a tortilla as a base, keeping all of the yummy ingredients easily contained.

2. Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes from Sunny Slide Up
Comfort food in a muffin tin-sized portion is the perfect way to recreate this family favorite for your kids.

3. Deep Dish Pizza Cupcakes from Plain Chicken
We could all use a new twist on pizza, right moms? Try making pizzas in muffin tins the next time your kids are begging for pizza delivery.

4. Lasagna Cupcakes from The Girl Who Ate Everything
Lasagna is time consuming to make… unless you use muffin tins! This recipe uses wonton wrappers instead of lasagna noodles, which is a delicious — and easy — swap.

5. Mac and Cheese Muffins with Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese from Hip Foodie Mom
However you make mac and cheese at home, try making it in muffin tins. We love this recipe because it doesn’t skimp on what we love most about mac and cheese just because the portions have been sized-down.

6. Meatloaf Cupcakes from Six Sisters’ Stuff
Your kids may not eat meatloaf when you make it in the traditional way, but we guarantee that they will devour these little meatloaf cupcakes.

7. Mini Cheesy Corn Dog Muffins from Cooking with Mel
These corn dog muffins are a great idea for weekend lunches and using cheese-filled hot dogs is a twist that your kids will adore. Pass the ketchup!

8. Omelet Breakfast Bites from A Mitten Full of Savings
Another yummy muffin tin recipe that’s perfect for breakfast, you can adapt this recipe to include your family’s favorite omelet ingredients or customize different muffin tin cups for different palettes.

9. Sloppy Joe Cups from Recipe by Photo
Make that not-so-sloppy-joes! These will save you a ton of post-meal clean-up, since the sloppy part of the joes is contained in a muffin tin.

10. Easy Six-Layer Baked Taco Cups from Averie Cooks
Fun for dinner or for an appetizer, taco cups are such a fun twist on your traditional taco night and you can even let your kids add their own toppings!

Do you make any of your recipes in a muffin tin?
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Hot Jewels are HOT Savvy Sassy Moms

Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

A hot new trend is temporary jewelry tattoos and they’re not just for tweens and teens!  I brought these metallic temporary tattoos home and they were a big hit with girls and women of all ages! They let you express your style and give your look an extra bit of flair without the commitment of a real tattoo.

These stylish metallic tattoos come in a variety of style. You can layer a few necklaces together or stack up several bracelets or just place an arrow, sun or feather anywhere on your arm or ankle. The fun thing about these is that you get to design and create your own custom look.

Hot Jewels are temporary jewelry tattoos that last for about a week and are applied the same way you would a kids’ tattoo. Simply cut out the one you want, peel off the plastic, place on your skin and wet with a tamp cloth. Peel off and you have a cool tattoo that will last for about a week.

Temporary jewelry tattoos make for a fun girls Birthday party idea or even a girls night out! I’ve also found that Hot Jewels are a great travel accessory, since they don’t take up any room in the suitcase and you can create something that enhances your outfit so quickly!

Hot Jewels for girls

Hot Jewels Metallic Temporary Tattoos

Hot Jewels Temporary Tattoo Accessories

My daughter had a lot of fun putting them on her Grandma and I had a line of kids waiting to have me put one on when I brought them over to a friends house! These are sure to be a popular hit at your daughters next playdate, sleepover or get together!

Have you seen Hot Jewels before? What do you think of this latest trend?
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Solutions for dry, winter skin

Winter weather means dry hands and chapped lips. Wind and cold outdoor air contribute to your chafed hands, but the dry heat indoors means your skin can’t catch a break. Thankfully, you don’t have to suffer with dry skin until spring weather arrives. We have ten tips for winter skin relief — including some fabulous products for all budgets.

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Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil
CO Bigelow Derma Remedy
Aveeno Positively Nourishing
Nivea Sun-Kissed Radiance
Clinique Moisture Surge
Jurlique Moisturing Hand Sanitizer
LOccitane Hand Cream
Burts Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Bliss Foot Patrol
Sephora Color Reveal Lip Balm

Soft skin starts in the showerDerma Remedy is an intensely moisturizing body wash for winter’s driest, most-irritated skin (C.O. Bigelow, $18). With shea butter and primrose oil, the body wash helps keep skin hydrated for 24 hours at a time, giving winter skin relief between showers.

One-stop moisture shopping — Moisturize your face, body, and hair with Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil (Kiehl’s, $42). Repair split ends, smooth chapped cheeks, and leave your entire body silky smooth with fairly-traded Moroccan Argan Oil and naturally derived emollients, enriched with antioxidants and essential fatty acids.

Moisturize while soothing your sensesAveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Body Lotion is a daily tool for healthy, soft skin (Drugstore.com, $5). Lavender and chamomile provide a calming balm for your senses, while colloidal oatmeal keeps your skin moisturized.

Hold onto your summer glowNivea Sun-Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner and Body Lotion does more than keep your skin moisturized (Amazon, $8). The lotion gradually builds a little bit of color onto pale, winter skin — with a fresh scent not often found in self tanners. Gingko extract and grape seed oil help moisturize skin for even color without streaking.

Make a visible difference in your skinMoisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator makes a visible difference in the appearance of your skin (Clinique, $39). The oil-free, cream gel hydrates skin immediately, plumping facial skin and smoothing lines caused by dryness. Use twice daily for beautifully hydrated skin.

Fight winter germs while keeping your hands soft — Keep germs at bay without sacrificing soft skin with Jurlique Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer (Amazon,  $12). The natural alternative to common hand sanitizers, which strip moisture with drying ingredients, the Jurlique sanitizer eliminates 99.9% of bacteria within seconds.

Don’t miss this best-selling hand cream — The L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream is one of the most beloved hand creams in the world — one is sold every three seconds! (L’Occitane, $28). Honey, almond extracts, and coconut oil are blended with a high concentration of Shea Butter for a luxurious cream that never feels oily.

Get smooth, soft cuticlesLemon Butter Cuticle Cream will keep your cuticles soft and smooth, so your manicure looks its best (Burt’s Bees, $6). Sweet almond oil and cocoa seed butter provide moisture to your cuticles, while vitamin E and sunflower oil keep nails from becoming brittle in the winter air.

Keep feet soft between pedicures — Foot Patrol exfoliates and softens feet after only a single application (Bliss, $18). Peppermint and salicylic acid soothe your feet and keep them from turning into a scaly nightmare after spending all that time in winter boots. Use the fabulous cream regularly, and you’ll swear you just left the pedicure chair.

Personalized color for chapped lipsColor Reveal Lip Balm does more than moisturize your chapped lips (Sephora, $13). The moisture booster soothes chapped lips with a sweet touch of honey, while a pH enhancer creates a subtle pink shade perfectly suited to your body chemistry.

Bonus winter skin care tip

Moisturizing products work best when they’re trapping in the moisture your skin already has. Make the most of your skin’s natural moisture by applying your favorite products right after you shower. You don’t even need to wait until you’re completely dry — since some of the moisture will evaporate, applying your moisturizer on top of damp skin can help build a protective, moisturizing barrier on your skin.

Do you have a secret winter skin care tip you can share?
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Protect your camera with a stylish camera bag

Maybe you received a shiny, new camera for Christmas, or maybe you just resolved to finally dust off the one that’s been sitting in your closet. A stylish camera bag will help keep your DSLR from becoming a burden when you’re on to go. We love that there are options in every color, and a variety of materials, to keep your DSLR safe without breaking your back — or your camera.

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Rose Teal Camera Bag
Kelly Moore Libby Camera Bag
Georgia Nautical Camera Bag
Chapel Kelly Moore Backpack
Missy Mint Camera Bag
The Chelsea Camera Bag
Gracie Magenta Camera Bag
The Union Street Camera Bag

The rose detail on the Rose Teal bag is a whimsical, feminine touch (Johansen Camera Bags, $89). The faux-leather keeps this adorable bag budget-friendly, and the convertible bag — it includes a removable cross-body strap — looks vintage, while being equipped with all the modern qualities that keep your camera safe.

 

Libby Camera Bags
Kelly Moore’s Libby bag is a photographer’s dream (Kelly Moore, $249). The chic camera bag includes five padded, removable dividers, so you can decide on the best configuration for your equipment. You can also carry a laptop — up to 15 inches — in the bag, making it a perfect all-in-one bag.Stylish Camera Bags

The blue and white striped fabric on the Georgia Nautical bag makes it a stylish camera bag that can stand in for a statement accessory in your wardrobe (Johansen Camera Bags, $109). With an inner pocket for a tablet, another for your phone and wallet, and three Velcro-equipped dividers, you can be sure that all of your equipment is safe and easily accessible.

Kelly Moore Chapel Camera Bag

Especially if you’re not used to carrying around your DSLR, the weight of the camera might seem prohibitive for a long day. Try a backpack camera bag, like the Chapel bag (Kelly Moore, $229). The bag can convert to a messenger bag, and the removable padded basket allows you to use the bag as a regular backpack on days you’re not carrying your camera.

Johansen Camera Bags Missy Mint

When you want your keys and phone available at all times, the Missy Mint bag is a great camera bag for you (Johansen Camera Bags, $119). The exterior pockets aren’t just stylish — their magnetic closures make them easy to open and close. With a laptop sleeve and five re-positionable dividers, this roomy bag will hold all of your camera equipment easily.

Chelsea ONA Camera Bag

Carry your camera and tablet in style with The Chelsea (Ona Bags, $369). The classic bowler isn’t the roomiest bag on the market, but it’s stylish enough to be worn for any occasion. If you don’t want to sling the bag on your shoulder, attach the included cross-body strap to free up your hands.

We love the Gracie Magenta bag for so many reasons (Johansen Camera Bags, $119). The bag hugs your body, making it comfortable to carry, which is so important for days when you’re hitting multiple locations. The Gracie bag holds a tablet, has seven spacious pockets, and has extra padding on the main two-thirds of the bag. Your camera will stay safe, and you’ll feel like you’re carrying a trendy purse instead of a camera bag.

The Union Street Bag is the perfect bag if you want something a little rugged and virtually gender-neutral (Ona Bags, $489). Some significant others don’t want to be seen lugging around a pink camera bag, and when you’re on vacation, it’s nice to have an extra set of hands so you can capture the shots you want at a moment’s notice. The Union Street is definitely an investment, but with the ability to carry your camera, three lenses, and a 15-inch laptop, your family will adore the versatile bag for years.

Cover all your camera bases — well, camera straps

Even with the most perfect camera bag, photographers know you’ll be spending a ton of time with your camera around your neck. Camera strap covers are a fashionable way to make carrying your camera around your neck just a little more comfortable.

camera straps

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Spring Fashion  2015

Come winter and we go crazy about all things layers and coats. But now that winter is passing by, we have bigger things on our mind, like: what will we be styling our spring and summer with. Fortunately the designers give us a sneak peek of trends that will be ruling the fashion world, way before the season even starts. So we have plenty of time to prep up our very own spring and summer collections.

As we take a look at the runways which define the upcoming season’s trend, it seems like designers have fused in everything, but obviously we can’t just get our hands on everything we see on runways. So here’s a compiled list of essentials you will need in the blooming spring.

Denim Trends Spring 2015
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1. Do it with Denim

Denims are no more a jacket or bottom staple. If you’re thinking of doing spring right, then you definitely need all things denim; from tops, skirts, pants, jackets and other bottoms. There was a denim party going on the runways for spring this year. There were coats, jumpsuits and in all types of denim, you name it, we saw it on the runway.

As for a general and more wearable option at least get all types of denim tops and embellished denim pants, for you will be needing them all in spring. However your pants are not sticking to your skin this season because the runways were filled more with roomy and loose fitting pants.

Brocades Spring Fashion Trends 2015

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2. Buy the Brocades

Moving to bit formal options, brocade had us drooling. Dresses that subtly gleamed and were delicately fancy to make formal wear more elegant. Cutouts were a visible trend in almost every designer’s collection and so these brocade beauties had a fair share of cut outs. If you are thinking of buying an LBD for this spring, better buy it in brocade and you will look absolutely gorgeous and perfectly trendy.

Gingham Spring Trends 2015

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3. Wear it Gingham Style

Just who doesn’t love the absolutely adorable ginghams? Reminds me of our family picnics and gets me all nostalgic. Well, good news for those who are tire or bold plaids; you can tone down the squares and wear it all gingham style. Wear them in some adorable spring colors like, powder blue or go monochrome with black and whites. Top to bottom ginghams are what you will be seeing a lot in the coming spring, so you better buy them now.

Yellow Spring Fashion Trends 2015

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4. It Was All Yellow

When it comes to colors there is obviously a never ending list of pastels and bright hues. One color that ruled the spring runways was all shades of yellow. We actually loved how it felt like spring when it wasn’t even here yet. If you are looking for a particular color for your spring wardrobe, then yellow is a must have and you should get it in tops, dresses, skirt and everything you can fit the color in.

Quick tip: Keep your skirts flowing and pleated, they are a spring thing.

Eyelets Spring Trends 2015

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5. I See Eyelets

The eyelet or broderie anglaise cotton blouses and dresses made us feel that spring will be a whole lot soothing this year. The relaxing feel of these tops and dresses cannot just cut down the heat in spring but will also keep you ultra-stylish. The trend will be taking stores by a storm and will not just be seen in clothing but in bags too. So don’t wait till spring and get your eyelet tops you’ve been eyeing for so long.

I can go on with a list of 2015 spring staples but the ones I’ve compiled here are the most practical options for you to get your wardrobe ready for the coming season.

Which Spring trend do you like best?

Author Bio. Sheerin Jafri is a passionate lifestyle and fashion blogger. She writes for Sophie & Trey, women online clothing store and boutique. Follow @sophieandtrey to get more updates.

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