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While at the Silk’n Beauty event to celebrate the launch of their new ReVit Microdermabrasion System at the (gorgeous) Oasis at Pierce Mattie space in New York City, my views on microdermabrasion were changed dramatically. Whenever I heard that word, microdermabrasion, it was usually accompanied by scary music and lightning flashes. This was mostly because I didn’t actually know what it was. Thankfully, NYC dermatologist Dr. Judith Hellman was there to clear up all my ridiculous assumptions. So for those of you out there with similar fears, let’s debunk the myths about it right now.

Myths about microdermabrasion

True or false? 

Myth: Microdermabrasion hurts.
FALSE: First of all, even though the word “abrasion” is part of the word, the process doesn’t include your face getting scraped by knives or scalpels.

Myth: I can’t do anything after I get it done.
FALSE: There’s virtually no “recovery” period. I always thought that after getting it done, you would have to go home with an ice pack and lay in bed with cold towels on your face. Not the case.

Myth: It’s so expensive.
TRUE AND FALSE: You can always find the latest and greatest spa treatments that will cost you an arm and a leg… each time you do it. But the Silk’n ReVit solves that problem for you, by drastically lowering the cost of each treatment. Plus, you can do it in your pajamas in front of Netflix. Win-win!

Myth: My skin is way too sensitive for that.
FALSE: It should be noted that I have extremely fair skin. (We are talking Snow White fair. Caspar-the-Friendly-Ghost-would-be-jealous fair.) The best part about using the ReVit is that you have control over how hard or soft  the pressure is. After using it on the hardest setting, I had very little redness and only for about 15 minutes.

Trying the ReVit at home

After listening to Dr. Hellman and seeing photos and video of actual users, I was starting to think that maybe this whole process wasn’t as terrifying as I thought. Then came the trying it out for myself bit. There were stations set up with tools at the ready and I watched as women of all skin types and shades practiced on their hands with no screams of pain escaping their mouths. When it was my turn, I was prepared for the worst, but to my great surprise, it wasn’t painful in the least. It was turning out to be darn right relaxing. But this was just my hand. How would it feel on my face?

At-Home ReVit Microdermabrasion System

I brought the ReVit home and, as recommended, I got comfortable on the couch and turned on the TV. I decided I would start small and would only work on my nose and chose the treatment head marked “precision,” which is intended for smaller places like the nose and eye areas. I plugged in (the ReVit only works while plugged in, so make sure you are in a spot where you have enough slack to manipulate the machine) and got to work.

Because the ReVit uses vacuum stimulation, you have to keep the tool moving so your skin doesn’t get sucked into it for a long period of time. (I did this accidentally on my hand and it ended up looking like I had spent time in my car at Look Out Point. Keep it moving fluidly over the area you are treating to avoid this.)

The major game changer is that the ReVit doesn’t use any crystals on the treatment heads. They are diamond tips only. Why is this a big deal? Because traditional microdermabrasion heads use crystals that leave behind debris on your fresh skin. Then that debris get stuck in your pores and when your new cells form, it gets trapped under your skin causing acne or even scars. Yikes.

The bottom line: This tool is pretty amazing. I was definitely skeptical at first, but after about two-weeks of use, I can see a difference in my pore size and the amount of bumps I get in the summer time from all the sweat, oi, and free radicals. It’s affordable at less than $100, convenient and will absolutely remain part of my beauty routine. I hope this has assuaged your fears about microdermabrasion and that you try it out for yourself!

This post was contributed by the team at Momtrends.

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I have had short hair most of my life, but a little over a year ago, I decided that I wanted to grow my hair out. Now, a year later, my hair is the longest that it has ever been in my life. It’s not super long, but it’s long for me. Today, I wanted to share some of my tips for growing long healthy hair with you. There is no magic pill or remedy that makes your hair grow fast — sorry, ladies! — but there are things you can do to keep your hair healthy to encourage it to grow.

7 Tips for Growing Long & Healthy Hair

7 Tips for growing healthy hair

1. Be patient

The key to growing your hair out is patience. It’s not going to happen overnight or in a week or in a month. Like I said previously, it’s taken a good year for mine to grow a significant amount. My hair does not grow fast at, all hence the reason I have always had shorter hair.

2. Ease up on the washings

Do not wash your hair every day. At the beginning, this was really hard for me. I am typically the girl who has to wash my hair every day, because if I didn’t it was a hot greasy mess. I have learned that you hair will get used to not washing every day. Every time you wash your hair you strip your scalp of oils so it sends a signal to your brain that you need to produce more oil. So the less you wash, the less your hair produces oil. I try and go at least 2-3 days in between washes. Now, on day two, my hair is just fine as before it was a greasy mess.The Best Dry Shampoos for Keeping Dirty Hair Under Control

Dry shampoo will become your best friend, but beware that not all dry shampoos are the same. For me, it took trying out a lot to find one that worked best for my hair. I am currently using Rochaholic by Bed Head (Amazon, $14). Mine is in a pink bottle, as pictured below, but it usually is in a black bottle with a green lid. This is a more expensive one, but the cheaper ones tend to dry my scalp out and make my head itch like crazy! My friends rave about Batiste Dry Shampoo (Amazon, $10), so if you’re on a budget give that one a try.

Secrets to Healthy Hair: Hair La Vie Revive Deep Hydration Masque

3. Find a deep conditioning hair mask

On one of the days I wash my hair, I like to use a deep conditioning hair mask and let it set on my hair for a good 10-15 minutes. When I apply the product to my hair, I focus more on the ends to make sure they get super hydrated. I am currently loving the Hair La Vie Revive Deep Hydration Mask ($35 for a 30-day supply). It smells amazing and really hydrates my hair, even living in the desert where I need extra hydration for my hair and skin due to the dry conditions. I love that it’s all natural, full of 11 different vitamins, essential oils and nutrients and that it has Keratin protein to help rebuild any damaged hair as it grows.

4. Book those hair appointments

It seems counter intuitive to cut your hair in order to make it grow, but it’s true! Just ask your stylist! Keeping dead ends away and getting a trim on a regular schedule will not only help keep your hair looking healthy, but it will help it grow, too.

5. Ditch the blow dryer

Limit the amount of heat you apply to your hair to help it grow healthy and strong. I used to be the type to blow dry my hair everyday or every time I washed it, but as much as you’re addicted to your blow dryer, the heat can be really damaging to you hair. If you do use heat on a daily basis, make sure and use a heat protecting product on your hair first..

6. Go natural

I found that the less I colored my hair, the better it grew. I don’t know if that is the case for everyone, but I have seen a difference. I have only colored my hair once in the last year as I’ve been growing it out and I think it made a positive difference.

7 Tips for Healthy Hair: Hair La Vie Supplements

7. Get strong with supplements

Lastly, you can give your hair an extra boost if you take hair supplements such as Hair La Vie ($39 for a 30-day supply). These have 5000 mcg of biotin in them, which people swear will help your make your hair grow. Plus, they are free of snythetic fillers, buffers and addictives with 20 all-natural ingredients, so you can feel confident that they’re safe. After taking them for 30-days, didn’t necessarily think that my hair grew any faster (hard to tell after just one month!), but I do think they helped keep my hair (and nails!) healthier and stronger, which makes a difference for me.

7 Tips for Growing Healthy Hair: Before & After

Please excuse my car selfie, but I had to go back on my Instagram account and find a picture! These two pictures were taken 56-weeks apart. Look at how much just my bangs grew! 

This post was contributed by Krystal Hansen who is part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program. You can find more from Krystal on her blog, Simply Girly.

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I love having my nails painted and always feel a little more stylish and put together with them done. What I don’t love is when my polish starts to chip and peel after about a day. It’s completely frustrating and time-consuming when I am constantly having to re-do them.

I’ve tried the gel nails that last 2-3 weeks and while it was great while they were on, getting them off was another story. I hate the soaking and the filing and the peeling and the awful damage they it did to my nails. It left them looking worse off than before I started.

Imagine how pleased I was when I discovered the ability to create custom nail wraps from Make Me Nails using their new app.

Nail Wraps from the Make Me Nails App

These are called nail wraps, but think of it like a sticker for your nails. A sticker that stays on through showering, doing dishes, gardening, bathing kids, swimming, and everything else busy moms do that ruins our nails. One of the best things about these wraps is, when applied correctly, they will stay on for 10-14 days!

I have tried nail wraps previously, but the fun thing about Make Me Nails is that using their app you can literally design your own nail wraps and personalize them in anyway you want. They have a number of patterns and designs you can choose from, or you can upload a picture and create something totally unique and customized.

I chose not to go this route, but you could very well create a set of nail wraps with a picture of you and your kids. Too much? Maybe. But, it could be done.

I ended up taking a picture of one of my favorite dresses and used that pattern to create my nail wraps. I love the pattern, but also the bright colors and thought it would be perfect for summer. Designing unique nail wraps was literally as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Make.Me.Nails.PicAfter selecting a photo you can zoom, crop, and preview just how the nail wraps will look. You can also select a size before placing your order.
How to use the Make Me Nails App

When my nail wraps arrived I was so excited to apply them and was pleasantly surprised by just how easy it was to put them on myself. I loved them so very much that I just kept staring at them and smiling. Remember how when you first got engaged and you couldn’t stop staring at your ring? Yep, that was me, but I couldn’t stop staring at my nails! I also got tons of complements everywhere I went and everyone that noticed them wanted to know how they were done.Make Me Nails Custom Nail WrapsTo learn more about Make Me Nails and their unique nail wraps you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to visit their website to view how-to videos on using the app and applying your unique nail wraps.

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scout program.  You can find more at The Magnolia Mamas.

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First impressions… that were wrong!

If I am being completely honest, when this showed up on my doorstep I wasn’t too impressed. To me, it seemed pretty gimmicky. A rotating makeup brush? It just didn’t really excite me. But, once I gave it a try, I was completely impressed, instantly fell in love and  have used it everyday since it came in the mail.

blendSMART Rotating Makeup Brush

Meet the blendSMART Brush

The Doll 10 blendSMART Rotating Foundation Brush is a battery-operated automatic brush that rotates 360-degrees. So essentially, it does the buffing of the foundation into your skin for you. To use it, I would put foundation all over my face with my finger and then go to town buffing away with the brush. It give the most flawless finish! If you are going for the natural air brush look this is for you.

I did go over my face a few times with the brush to make sure everything was nicely buffed and that there are no lines. This brush, in my opinion, works best with thicker foundation, however, I found that you don’t need very much foundation for this brush. The first time I used this brush I looked like a hot mess because I used too much foundation!

The brush itself is a synthetic hair brush and cruelty free. It’s also the softest brush I own — so soft that I just want to rub it all over my face all day! I also used it to blend in my blush and bronzer if I go a little overboard when I apply them. The shape of this brush is so thoughtful — it fits perfectly in your hand, making applying your foundation effortless

I highly, highly recommend this makeup brush, whether you are a makeup addict or not. It’s availble exclusively on QVC for $60, with powder brush and blush brush attachments that you can add for an additional cost.

This post was contributed by Krystal Hansen, who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. You can find more from Krystal on her blog, Simply Girly.
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Non-Toxic Nail Polishes: Mineral Fusion

Some girls are just born girly-girls. I can still remember when my almost 8-year-old was just a toddler. She was always fascinated by my painted toenails — always pointing at them and smiling! So finally, one day, I decided I would paint her little toenails pink and, as you can imagine, the rest was history. She loved them painted and would happily show them off to everyone who would take a look. Even though she loved being all dolled up, I was still a little concerned because I didn’t like the idea of the chemicals, toxins, and fumes being near my little girl.

Moms of fancy little girls have no need to worry thanks to some really wonderful, natural nail polishes on the market. They are all non-toxic, odorless and totally kid-friendly… and mom-friendly, too!

Non-Toxic Nail Polishes for Girls

Non-toxic nail polish for kids: 5 Brands to try

Hopscotch Kids
This brand offers 19 colors that are all playfully named after nursery rhymes and schoolyard games. Their polish is water-based, non-toxic, and steers clear of all the chemicals found in traditional nail polish. Hopscotch Kids also offers a top-coat to protect nails from scratches and add an extra bit of shine.

Piggy Paint
Maybe one of the most well-known brands, Piggy Paint is a water-based polish that is not flammable and is made of specially formulated natural ingredients. Their precious tag-line “Natural as Mud” speaks directly about the safety of their product and how safe it is for your little ones. This line also offers a nail polish remover that is low-odor, contains no acetone, is hypoallergenic, and biodegradable.

Non-Toxic Nail Polish for Girls: Piggy Paint

Guess what moms? Non-toxic nail polish is not just for kids. There are also a lot of natural nail polish brands geared towards women, too! Do yourself a favor and steer clear of the fumes with these non-toxic polishes that will give you a great looking manicure without turning your nails brittle or yellow.

Mineral Fusion
This is a US-based company that offers products that are free of formaldehyde, parabens, camphor, and artificial colors. Their 100% vegan line of nail polishes are specially formulated from a combination of minerals that produces an exquisite line of 61 colors.

Scotch Naturals
Here’s a brand with a fun twist… shaken, not stirred, of course. Because why would you stir your nail polish? Scotch Naturals is free of all seven chemical ingredients found in most nail polishes, while most brands only boast being free of five. Currently they have 16 fun cocktail-inspired colors available, with plans of expanding this summer. That’s a happy hour we can get behind!

Priti NYC
A luxury, all-natural, vegan-friendly professional nail care line,  Priti Nail was an idea tossed around creator Kim D’Amato’s head while she was pregnant. Wanting to give her and her child the best there is to offer in healthcare and lead an organic lifestyle, she thought why not apply this change to her nails too? Thus, she gave birth to her non-toxic nail care line and a beautiful daughter. The line now offers over 100 different shades.

5 Non-Toxic Nail Polishes to Try

With all of these natural, non-toxic nail polish options, it’s easy to trade in harsh, smelly chemicals for bright, sparkly colors that will give you — and your daughter — worry-free, stylish nails.

Now tell us, which color will you choose?

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program.

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The 2015 spring beauty trends are so fun. I love that with the seasons changing. it gives us an opportunity to change-up our wardrobe and beauty products. Change is always refreshing and fall and spring trends are always the ones I look forward to most, especially when it comes to beauty products. Here are a few spring beauty trends I’m loving right now.

Spring Beauty Trends to Try
For your face

The spring trend this year is having a fresh, natural looking face. Ditch the harsh highlighting and contouring! I can not rave enough about the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream ($38). It’s so good for spring or really anytime of the year. It gives a nice coverage, but still leaves your face looking radiant and natural. Their claim — “your skin but better” — is 100-percent correct. It also has an SPF-50, which is always a good idea when the weather starts warming up. I would suggest popping on a subtle blush to give your face some color when you’re done applying.

For your eyes

The hottest eye trend is wearing a minimal eye shadow, all over the lid, but adding bright pop of color on the eye — either all over the lid or just nicely smudged on the lower lash line. I find that look is more wearable for most people. You could use a eyeliner like the NYC HD Automatic Eyeliner ($2) to apply the color and then use a brush to smudge it out. Using eye shadow is also great for smudging on the lower lash line. The Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette ($36) is perfect for spring. The colors are so vibrant and fun. If you are doing a natural-looking face, load up on the mascara to really make your eyes pop. This Benefit Roller Lash ($24) is quite popular right now and is perfect for curling and lengthening your lashes.

For your lips

Bright bold lips are where it’s at this spring! Wearing a super bright lipstick can be intimidating for some, but it’s a trend worth jumping into. I would suggest finding an inexpensive lip gloss in a bright color like the NYC Lip Lacquer ($4). This way, you could get a few different colors to try and get comfortable wearing bright lips. If you are already familiar with wearing a bright, bold lip, you rock that! Pinks and bright berry colors are trending for Spring 2015.

For your nails

I was kind of shocked when I saw the nail colors for spring. I typically think of pastels but, this year, the hot colors are purples, teals, grays, and neutrals. I love Triple Shine from Sally Hansen in Water Lily — this line of nail polishes is a really great quality and formula. I love how it shines on the nail… you almost don’t even need a top coat!

What are you favorite spring beauty trends?

This post was contributed by Krystal Hansen who is part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. You can find more from Krystal on her blog, Simply Girly.

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Facial cleansing brushes help you find your best skin

Forget the makeup and concentrate on beautiful skin. That might be taking it a little far — we love great makeup — but clear, bright skin is a lovely canvas for your favorite products. Before you worry about finding the right foundation at a cosmetics counter, start building one with a fabulous skin care routine. Facial cleansing brushes can help brighten your skin and make you look more polished — and well-rested.

best facial cleansing brush

Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System

If you’re looking to try a facial cleansing brush without making a major financial investment, the Olay Pro-X is the brush for you (Ulta, $35). The cleansing brush is designed for exfoliation and deep cleaning, with a brush that rotates at two different speeds. You’ll need to replace the cleansing brush head when the bristles begin to wear (Ulta, $11). Replacement time varies according to use, but generally plan on getting about three months worth of wear out of each brush. Though the brush rotates instead of using the sonic motion of some of the more expensive brushes, the Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System consistently gets rave reviews, much like brushes that cost more than twice as much.

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Proactiv Deep Cleaning Brush

Designed to work with the rest of their skin care system, the Proactiv Deep Cleaning Brush is available as a gift with your Proactiv+ 3-step system (Proactiv.com, gift with subscription). If you are already a Proactiv+ user, this is a great brush to try, because you can add it to your next purchase without any financial risk at all. The brush is sonic, meaning it vibrates in small movements. If you aren’t a Proactiv+ user, you might want to try another brush, because the purchasing options are targeted toward people also buying the skin care line.

facial cleansing brushesClinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Clinique fans will love the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush designed to be used with Clinique’s classic three-step cleansing routine (Clinique, $90). Used with face wash, the brush removes makeup and cleanses and exfoliates skin to make the other skin care products penetrate deeper and work better. The waterproof case makes it easy to use in the shower, and even if you don’t use Clinique skin care, the cleansing brush offers benefits. The angled tip makes it easy to reach the area around your nose, a huge plus if you’re one of the (many) people who notice most of their skin issues occur in the T-zone.

facial cleansing brushes

Clarisonic Facial Sonic Cleansing Brushes

Conversation about facial cleansing brushes always comes back to the options from Clarisonic. From the Mia™ Skin Cleansing System to the larger, more complete systems, Clarisonic is a highly-rated, dependable cleansing brush (Sephora, $99). The Clarisonic is a sonic brush that moves back and forth more than 300 times per second, cleaning skin and pores much better than manually washing your face. The timer lets you know when you’ve completed cleaning, and you can customize your brush choice — including a brush for sensitive skin. Waterproof and available in a variety of colors, the Clarisonic aims to make it possible for anyone to get cleaner, healthier, younger looking skin.

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FOREO LUNA™ Facial Brush

FOREO knows not everyone is going to remember to change their cleansing brushes on schedule, and the LUNA Facial Brush doesn’t need changing (Sephora, $200). The phthalate-free brush uses body-safe silicone and T-sonic pulsations to deeply cleanse skin. Lower-frequency pulsations help reduce the signs of aging, and the unique shape of the facial brush fits comfortably into your hand — and the hard to reach areas on your face, like the sides of your nose. The brush holds a charge for a significant period of time, which is great if you don’t want to worry about an additional charger while traveling.

facial cleansing brushes

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DIY beauty

Pamper yourself with DIY face masks

Keep your skin smooth and keep blemishes at bay with DIY face masks at home. As lovely as they are, regular facials don’t fit into everyone’s schedule — or budget. However, you might be surprised what you can create with ingredients you already have in your home. We’ve rounded up some must-try face masks, complete with lush ingredients that can improve the look of your skin from the comfort of your couch.

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DIY Honey Lemon Face Mask
DIY Champagne Detox Face Mask
Vitamin C rich face mask
Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask
Clay face mask
Detox Your Face Mask
DIY Blueberry Face Exfoliator
DIY Honey & Oatmeal Face Mask
DIY Face Mask for Wrinkles

The Homemade Honey & Lemon Face Mask contains two of the most powerful natural ingredients you can find in your home. Lemon alone can help clear up acne, blackheads, and skin discoloration. The mask, from Hot Beauty Health, is simple but remarkably effective.

Hello Natural brings you a Champagne Detox Face Mask. You only need three ingredients and twenty minutes to get the benefits of this mask. Whether you decide to use leftover champagne the morning after a late night or sip from a new bottle while applying the mask, the antioxidants in the bubbly beverage help soothe your skin.

JJ Begonia knows what it’s like to see your favorite produce start to go bad by the middle of the week. Thanks to her savvy beauty skills, she can help you salvage those deteriorating fruits and veggies into something for your skin — like the Vitamin C-Rich Face Mask. The sweet-smelling mask will exfoliate and brighten your skin.

The Chocolate Oatmeal Face Mask proves cocoa can be a treat for your skin, too. This mask, from Gourmande in the Kitchen, is bursting with skin-improving ingredients. It helps combat free radicals, exfoliates, soothes, moisturizes, and opens up clogged pores.

The Clay Face Mask from Sprinkle of Cinnamon looks simple, but one of the ingredients completely shocked me. Especially with consistent use, this mask keeps your skin free of blemishes, and you might be surprised to see which of the ingredients you have in your kitchen right now contains antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties.

Oatmeal With a Fork concocted a homemade mask that gives you immediate results. The ‘Detox Your Face’ Mask is packed with natural ingredients that truly deliver a nutritional punch to your skin. The ingredients combine into a gorgeous, rich green color, and after 20 to 30 minutes, you’ll already notice a difference in your skin tone.

Smooth and moisturize your skin with the DIY Blueberry Exfoliating Mask from Alyssa & Carla. If you pick up a pint of blueberries during your next shopping trip, it’s likely you’ll already have the other three ingredients in this mask in your kitchen. The mask makes enough for two applications, and we know you’ll love it enough to use it several more times!

Hairspray & High Heels teaches you how to use three common — and budget-friendly — kitchen ingredients for a fabulous facial scrub. The DIY Honey & Oatmeal Facial Scrub will help your skin look younger and fresher without exotic and expensive ingredients, and the extra few minutes you spend on your skin will give you a few minutes to relax and recharge.

Try the Best Eye Mask for Wrinkles from Hello Glow for an instant face lift. The mask is gorgeous, and it will tighten your skin and help regenerate your skin’s cells. You’ll love how smooth your skin feels after a single application.

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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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 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.

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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

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Lather AHA Hand Creme with Evening Primrose, $30
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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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