Get Your Glow On for Summer

by Melissa Meyers


We all know that sunbathing is not a healthy option to achieve a great tan. A gorgeous summer glow is timeless and beautiful but even if you slather on the sunscreen, too much sun exposure can lead to wrinkled, dry and damaged skin. Get a beautiful bronzed look for summer by faking it with these amazing tan boosters, whatever your skin tone. From powders that wash off to self tanners that last for days, each product gives your face or body a natural looking glow to get you beach-ready!

NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer, $9

Achieve a natural and healthy looking complexion by using any of these powder bronzers available in five russet shades from NYX. They are perfect for that desired honey glow all year long! The varying shades match your skin tone so you can choose the one that gives you the perfect glow.  This bronzer provides a light shimmer of color that looks best dusted across cheeks or used for an easy contour. The packaging is compact and petite enough to fit in a beach bag or a work purse. 

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse, $32

Infused with conditioning aloe vera, this mousse from St. Tropez has innovative Aromaguard™ fragrance technology which eliminates the tell-tale self tan aroma by a minimum of 70% so no one will smell your tan. In just one use you will get a perfectly natural looking, streak-free tan that dries in 60 seconds. St. Tropez provides a perfect golden color so you'll never look orange. I really like this light weight self tanner as it works well when used on all skin tones, dries quickly and is easy to apply. 

Vita Liberata Trystal™ Self-Tanning Bronzing Minerals 

Trystal™ technology combines an instant pure mineral bronze color with long lasting results for a beautiful and natural looking medium tan. This bronzer is oil - free with micronized crystals that provide a sheer, lightweight bronzing coverage.  These bronzing minerals even have added DHA for a lasting tan result. This unique bronzing powder will leave you with soft, smooth, healthy looking skin. A little bit of Trystal™ goes a long way so you get a lot of bronze for your buck. 

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Fake Bake 60 Minutes Tan and Express Self Tan Liquid

Fake Bake's 60 minutes Tan and Self Tan Liquid provides a truly long lasting glow. This product is easy to apply all over because it shows where it has been sprayed so you walk away streak free. If you want to be a bit darker, simply leave the the product on for 60 minutes longer before rinsing. With this product, a long lasting golden glow can be achieved in an hour. Plus, it comes with a glove for even application.

Guinot Lait Hydra Bronze Moisturizing Lotion, $36

This bronzing cream gradually builds a natural-looking tan without causing any striping or streakiness and without exposing skin to the harmful effects of the sun. Not only do you get a healthy bronze but you also get to moisturize and soften your skin with use. The non-sticky consistency makes the product comfortable to use and beats risking a sunburn by laying out in the sun. 

La Mer Reparative Skintint SPF30+ 

La Mer offers a luxurious way to get a few shades darker with their Reparative Skintint product. It is offered in five different shades so you can go a little darker to match your skin during the summer. With a little moisturizer underneath, this product works great to cover blemishes while providing a glowing color to your face. This skintint simultaneously gives you color, banishes blemishes, fills fine lines and wrinkles and protects your face from harmful sun rays by providing SPF 30. It is perfect to add to a summer getaway bag! 

 


BEST SUMMER HOSTESS GIFTS

by Melissa Meyers


Summer is the time of year when many people entertain at their home from pool parties to BBQs. What should you bring the host or hostess when invited to a fun soiree, dinner or beach get-away? I have you covered here with some of my favorite chic and unique hostess gift ideas all priced under $100!

1. Vitreluxe Crystal Bowls, $78

Your host will be wowed by these faceted crystal bowls that have a beautiful optical quality to them (I love the way they refract light). The glass bowls are made by hand in Portland using cast and press glass and are inspired by geometric forms of Quartz crystals. Available in three fab colors--sea green, berry and aqua.

2.  Addison Ross Shagreen 5" X 7" Grey frame, $54

A beautiful enameled photo frame makes a great gift for just about anyone. This elegant one by Addison Ross has gorgeous details and the pale grey color will match any decor.

3. Lover Raw Chocolate, Raw Chocolate Heart Pieces

This  artisan chocolate is not only delicious but handmade, organic, raw, vegan, and low glycemic. All of LOVER's ingredients are super foods that are ethically sourced from diverse cultures from around the world. Popular with the Hollywood set, Lover Raw Chocolate tins were given out to celebrities at the Oscars!

 

4. VOLUPSA candles - Baltic Amber, $18

The Voluspa Japonica candle collection comes in a gorgeous floral design inspired from the beauty of Japanese art. Each candle is crafted with hand-poured coconut wax and features cotton wicks for a clean, fragrant burn. Baltic Amber blends notes of amber resin, sandalwood, cedar and vanilla bloom and the scent is incredible. It's no surprise that celebrity fans of VOLUSPA candles include Drew Barrymore, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Lopez, Megan Fox, Rachel Zoe, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, Demi Moore, and many more. 

Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Candle, $18. 12 oz. 60-hour burn time. 21/4"H with 16" circumference.

Voluspa Japonica Baltic Amber Candle, $18. 12 oz. 60-hour burn time. 21/4"H with 16" circumference.

5. KESS Monogram cutting boards, $50 

These cutting boards are a perfect gift for every cook to keep by the grill this summer. Available in solid colors or in a trendy chevron pattern, the Monogram Cutting Board is a cut above anything you have ever seen before! 

KESS Inhouse is known for their awesome products that feature real art on everyday items such as home décor and pet products. Their connection to the artist community is unique and sets them apart in the home décor industry because each product that is sold gives a royalty back to the artist that worked on the design. They now have a new lineup of products that are sure to excite every home dweller to turn their living space into an artistic sanctuary all while being dishwasher safe!

6. Jonathan Adler Bel Air Mini Scoop Vases, $98

The Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase is a surreal take on glam décor, an organic form in vivid color, suspended in a Lucite cube. Each vase is finished by hand and perfect for a petite bouquet of flowers. The miniature size has go-anywhere appeal and works great in sets of multiple colors for a mod pop moment.

7. Studiopatró Café Apron Set in Oatmeal, $98

This fab unisex apron was inspired by men who love to cook but looks good on anyone! On the front, there's a loop of fabric to hold a tea towel, and a pocket to keep tools handy. The aprons are 100% oatmeal linen and finished with sturdy nickel-plated grommets on the back corners and slate gray cotton twill ties. This is perfect to pull on in the kitchen and to quickly slip off before entertaining guests. 

8. Rifle Paper Co. Cities Coaster Set, $16

These fun and vibrant coasters by Rifle Paper Co. are great for the artsy hostess who also loves to travel. One set has 8 coasters and comes in 4 designs that feature New York, Tokyo, London and Paris for only $16. These coasters are a great place to set a chilled drink or even act as a conversation starter. 

9. ME! Bath Mini Bath Ice Cream Gift Set, $30.99

Perfect for the tuckered out hostess who needs some serious “me time” after her fabulous 4th of July bash. This pampering gift set features 12 full-size Bath Ice Cream bath soaks. Each scoop is comprised of a unique six oil blend, purifying minerals, salts and indulgent fragrances so that she can enjoy a customizable spa experience from the comfort of her own bath tub. Each set comes individually wrapped to ensure freshness. Flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, pomegranate, pearberry, apple, coconut, papaya, peach.

Price: $34, Available at MeBath.com 

10. Prodyne Fruit Infuser Pitcher, $19.99

This pitcher is perfect for adding fresh fruit and herbs to chilled drinks. There is nothing more refreshing and delicious than fresh lemon and mint in lemonade or fresh chopped fruit in chilled sangria. The pitcher's infuser is attached to the lid and is removable to allow for more space and even more drinks. Great to bring to a summer BBQ!

Prodyne Fruit Infuser Pitcher, $19.99

Prodyne Fruit Infuser Pitcher, $19.99

Lily Chai Tea Build Your Own 3 set, $32.99

Lily Chai Tea Build Your Own 3 set, $32.99

Lily Chai Teas 

Lily Chai Teas 

Lily Chai Tea offers the ability to make a personalized set of three of their original teas. This Southern Californian brand offers some of the most delicious and unique flavors available anywhere. Whether your host or hostess likes a strong hot Oolong or a decaffeinated iced Rooibos, these gourmet teas are sure to satisfy everyone.


I discovered this over-the-top line of teas when my son was playing soccer in Irvine. My favorite is the blueberry Rooibos which makes the best iced tea. Even the kids drink it without adding any sugar!


My Father's Day Gift Guide

by Melissa Meyers


Father's Day is around the corner so it's time to think of the perfect gift to get your dad, grandfather, or maybe even that special uncle. Whether your man is an adventurist, metrosexual, techie, or foodie, below are some unique gift ideas that will surely please him.

1. Qlocktwo Touch alarm clock: $616.00 (reduced from $770)

QLOCKTWO TOUCH is a precision table alarm clock that adds a cool, modern style to any bedroom, living room or office. Just like its globally successful and multi-awarded big sister QLOCKTWO, the matrix of characters in the form written words tell you the time. QLOCKTWO TOUCH is available on-line at SUITE NY, one of my favorite modern furniture showrooms in New York. Perfect luxury gift for the dad who has everything!

Qlocktwo Touch alarm clock: $616.00. Available at SUITE NY.

Qlocktwo Touch alarm clock: $616.00. Available at SUITE NY.

2. Cloud 9 Living: Prices vary and are based on type of experience

Does dad prefer adventure and experiences to traditional gifts? Give him something from  Cloud 9 Living, a company that offers experiential gifts (and gift certificates) that fit any personality or budget. This company offers over 1,800 unique experience gifts nationwide--some popular gifts include race car driving, being a fighter pilot for a day, city tours, scenic cruises, food and wine tastings, spa packages and more. They also have great customer service to help ensure that every gift recipient enjoys a memorable experience. Check out their website for all offers and ideas.

3. Gray Waxed Garment Weekender - $395.00  by Hook &Albert

A great gift for the hip dad on the go is this waxed garment weekender bag by Hook & Albert. The trendy bag will hold everything he needs for a few days away--suit or sport coat, pants, dress shirt and more! I love that it has a built-in garment insert that zips up for protection and keeps clothes wrinkle-free. There are also plenty of pockets to hold ties, accessories, toiletries and shoes.  

4. Gillette Shave Club

The Gillette Shave Club offers the convenience of their quality shaving products delivered to dad's doorstep. Gillette took their existing subscription program to the next level by offering special deals, coupons, and exclusive access to sports and entertainment programs.  Gillette Shave Club premium blades offer up to a month of shaves for about $5 ($60 per year) depending on the type of blade and frequency of delivery. Great for the dad who won't leave home without a perfect clean shave!

 

Gillette Shave Club. The Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology (recommended) is available for a suggested retail price of $11.49.

Gillette Shave Club. The Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology (recommended) is available for a suggested retail price of $11.49.

5. Soma and Intelligentsia kit - $69.00 

Soma filtration has teamed up with the experts at Intelligentsia Coffee to create the perfect gift for coffee-loving dads. Designed to elevate the coffee experience, this gift set features a Soma Carafe and water filter, a 12 oz bag of Intelligentsia Soma blend coffee, a customizable coffee mug with erasable marker, and Intelligentsia + Soma’s guide to brewing better coffee. 

 

6. Omaha Steaks Dad's Day Dinner Combo $69.99

For the meat and potatoes type of dad, this package by Omaha steaks will hit the spot. These delicious steak dinner packages are delivered to your home making it very convenient for everyone. Plus, the aged, handcrafted meat is of the highest quality so there is no compromise on taste. Perfect for a BBQ to celebrate Father's Day with the family. Includes 2 (24 oz.) T-Bone Steaks, 16 oz. pkg. Omaha Steakhouse® Fries, 4 (4 oz.) Caramel Apple Tartlets, 1 (1 oz. jar) Steak Seasoning. 

7. Mark and Graham iPhone case - $49.00

The Mark and Graham iPhone case makes the perfect personalized gift to help dad stay organized in style. It's made from soft, durable leather and will hold all of his necessities--an iPhone 6, cash, some credit cards and tickets to his favorite sporting event or concert. Complimentary monogramming by either foil or blind-debossed included. I love this gift for anyone...and it's well priced!

Mark and Graham iPhone case - $49.00. 5.25" h x 2.75" w x .75" d, fits iPhone 6. Camera hole is located on the back of the case. Free gift wrapping for Father's Day!

Mark and Graham iPhone case - $49.00. 5.25" h x 2.75" w x .75" d, fits iPhone 6. Camera hole is located on the back of the case. Free gift wrapping for Father's Day!

8. iGrill thermometer - $39.99

Dad can take the guesswork out of grilling with the iGrill thermometer. This single probe, wireless Bluetooth® Smart thermometer will tell him when the food has reached its desired temperature. Includes a 150' bluetooth range, 150 hour battery life, single probe monitoring, temperature LED indicator with proximity wake-up, and magnetic mounting. 

This cool gadget makes grilling more convenient and much easier for dad. 

9. Molton Brown Sport Collection

Molton Brown NEW Sport’s Collection makes a great gift for the active dad who appreciates quality grooming and does not want to fuss with multiple products. The 4-in-1 sportswash is a shower gel, face wash, hair wash and shave gel all in one. Add the Molton Brown Sport Body Hydrator so dad keeps his skin feeling hydrated and smelling clean and fresh (scent blended with cassia bark and zesty lime).


10. JoinEm

Make sure you get the best deal in town with JoinEm when shopping for dad this Father's Day. Order a new computer, gadget, sporting or home good at the guaranteed lowest price. JoinEm sells top name brands--there's also a fun social component when ordering from the site.

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Mani Monday: Fun Gel Mani's to Try!

by Melissa Meyers


Here's some inspiration if you are looking for something fresh and fun to do for your next gel mani!

Pretty in Pink with glitter tips. Hand model Heather Braverman.

Flowers a la Marc Jacobs! Hand model Rachel Meyers.

Flowers a la Marc Jacobs! Hand model Rachel Meyers.

Matte baby blue with stone accent nails. Hand model Rachel Meyers.

Matte baby blue with stone accent nails. Hand model Rachel Meyers.

Natural nail with stones, gold and glitter. Hand model Rachel Meyers.


10 Best Sunscreens to Protect Your Face and Body

by Melissa Meyers


We all know how important it is to protect one of the most precious and largest organs in our body...our skin. Now that the sun is finally shining and summer is around the corner, it's a good time to break out the sunscreen. Living in Los Angeles for nearly three years now, I started wearing sunscreen every day just to walk around and do errands. I've tried just about every sun protection product out there so to help you navigate the different options, check out my top 10 list of face and body sunscreens. Whether you like cream, spray, gel or tinted, I've got you covered. Always remember to apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before you go outside for the best skin protection!

1. Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion for Face and Body SPF 50+, $36

Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ is a new, lightweight, chemical-free sunscreen for the face and body that provides maximum broad-spectrum sun protection without irritation. Mineral particles are enhanced with powerful antioxidant protection from Vitamin E to protect against damaging sun-induced free radicals. The sheer, non-whitening lotion provides hydration and maximum water resistance and is perfect for sensitive skin. It layers well under make-up too!

2. La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Cooling Water Lotion Sunscreen, $35.99

La Roche-Posay makes some of the best sunscreens available in many formulas. This one in particular, is a cooling gel-like lotion that refreshes the skin while offering broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with antioxidants and long lasting protection. The powerful antioxidant complex includes Senna Alata, a tropical leaf extract known to defend skin cells from environmental aggressors to help prevent premature aging. The weightless sunscreen is fragrance-free so perfect for sensitive and acne-prone skin. It's also the first formula with UVA/UVB protection texture that transforms like water on the skin, while providing an immediate cooling effect.

3. Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, SPF 30, $65. Available at www.beautybrands.com

This innovative formula for the face is multifunctional and truly a miracle worker--it provides translucent SPF 30 protection, is an anti aging treatment and make-up primer as well. I was blown away at the results after trying it as part of my research for this article. Murad Invisiblur Protecting Shield contains mushroom peptides that diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles by helping aid natural regulation of collagen and elastin. I found it to be one of the best products to smooth and blur skin imperfections. This special product greatly improves skin tone and it's texture. In a Murad sponsored study, 71% saw fewer lines and wrinkles, 94% saw improved smoothness and texture, 100% invisible SPF protection. 

4. Honor MD Protect SPF 20, $60

Honor MD Protect provides superior sun protection for the face against the free radicals caused by both UVA and UVB rays. In addition to its antioxidant properties, it also contains octapeptide technology which is shown to reduce wrinkle formation (yeah!). Feels great on the face and under make-up.

5. HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $44

HydroPeptide Solar Defense is a lightweight, hydrating and anti-aging face day cream with advanced sun defense. This formula blocks 97% of UV rays that cause sunburn and premature aging. A soft smart-tint automatically adjusts to your skin tone for flawless coverage while antioxidant-rich acai extract neutralizes free radicals. It also hydrates the skin and contains Niacin to calm redness and galangal root to reduce excess oil production.

 

6. Suntegrity Skincare 5-in-1 Tinted Natural Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 30, $45

Suntegrity is a natural, healthy and holistic sun care line founded by Tricia Trimble after losing her mother to melanoma. Driven by the idea that a skin cancer prevention product should not contain other cancer causing chemicals, she worked with a highly skilled team of industry specialists to create Suntegrity Skincare in honor of her Mom.

The zinc-based, moisturizing face and body sunscreens are infused with youth promoting antioxidants and are free of parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, sulfates, titanium dioxide and chemical UV absorbers. 

True to its name, the 5-in-1 face sunscreen is a bronzer, moisturizer, bb cream, and primer all in one. It's good for all skin types and available in several shades. I fell in love with this product because of its high-quality formula and it saves me time getting ready in the morning!

 

7. Glotherapeutics Moisturizing Tint SPF 30+, $38

Glotherapeutics makes a perfect tinted, lightweight, oil-free sunscreen that provides moisture to combat dehydration and dryness. It contains broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection to guard against the sun's rays and the sheer hint of color softly evens out your skin tone. Available in several shades. 

8. Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, $10.99

NEUTROGENA® CoolDry Sport Sunscreen lotion features a special Micromesh™ Technology that stays in place, even during rigorous exercise! The new formula provides breathable sun protection so sweat can evaporate off of skin without compromising the SPF. This sunscreen feels good on the skin and is pleasantly scented--it's the best drug store sunscreen for outdoor fitness enthusiasts.

With Neutrogena brand ambassador Julie Bowen at the Neutrogena #PushFurther event where bloggers and press were able to sample the product.

Neutrogena brand ambassador Landon Donovan wearing Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, $10.99

Neutrogena brand ambassador Landon Donovan wearing Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 30, $10.99

9. Supergoop! Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist, $13

It's so convenient to use spray sunscreens on yourself and the kids, especially when in and out of the water. This one by Supergoop! is aerosol- and oxybenzone-free with complete broad-spectrum AVA/AVB protection. The hydrating, antioxidant-rich formula contains vitamin C, and can be applied to wet or dry skin. Plus, the light citrus scent smells nice and the price is right!

10. Sun Bum Scented Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30+, $4.00

We tend to forget about our lips but they are extremely sensitive to the suns rays and can easily burn and blister from too much exposure. A great way to protect them from harmful UVA/UVB rays and the drying effects of sun, wind and sea is with Sun Bum sunscreen lip balm. It contains vitamin E, aloe and cocoa butter and soothes even the driest of lips—available in a variety of tropical scents!


Mani Monday: Transition into Spring with the Perfect Neutral Nail Shade

by Melissa Meyers


I recently received one of the best assortment of beauty and lifestyle goodies in the Spring VIP box from FabFitFun. One of the items in the box was this bottle of whitish Orly Nail Polish--it's one of the  most wearable nail colors for transitioning into Spring and Summer. This polish goes on opaque and is not at all streaky. It reads white with a pale pink undertone so it's easy for anyone to wear.

I have received dozens of compliments on this neutral nail shade and it's my favorite new pick for the season. Plus, I find it to be very chip resistant!


Eco-Beauty: 5 Best Organic Skin Care Products You Should Try

by Melissa Meyers


We should all take a moment to ask ourselves, “how do the products I buy and the companies I support contribute to the Earth’s wellbeing?" You CAN make a difference by using organic products that are natural and socially responsible! Below are some of my favorite organic beauty picks to try:

1. Marula Oil Pure Facial Oil 

Marula Pure Beauty Oil is a powerful, natural anti-aging product, that touts 60% more antioxidants than Argan Oil. The Marula tree grows wild in Africa, therefore, no pesticides or man-made irrigation are necessary. Only fallen Marula fruits are harvested by hand, consuming no electricity in the process. The extraction of the oil is also performed by hand. I adore and use this oil regularly. 
 

Marula Oil Pure Facial Oil, $78

2. Chandanni Face Grace moisturizer 

This Ayurvedic face cream is good for all skin types and best used at night to repair and heal your skin. I love the unique texture and how well it hydrates. It's also made with the highest grade essential oils--organic almond, sesame, lavender, bergamot, calendula and rosewood. Founder and creator Chandanni Miglino is a certified Ayurvedic Practitioner (the natural healing science of India) so you know this is one cream to put on your must-have list.

3. Aillea Enrich Deep Sea Hydrating Cleanser

The Enrich cleanser contains kelp (a nutrient-rich plant with detoxifying properties), marine extracts, Hawaiian deep-sea water mixed with a blend of organic coconut and avocado oils that help protect and nourish the skin. Bioactive ingredients bring age-defying benefits while pampering sensitive skin. AILLEA products are free of parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and endocrine disrupters. This fabulous cleansing cream is very gentle and perfect for all skin types.

4.BeautyCounter Glow Sugar Scrub
This sugar scrub is from one of the best organic, chemical-free skincare and beauty lines, BeautyCounter. It exfoliates and softens skin by buffing away dull skin cells while moisturizing at the same time.  Mineral-rich oils such as evening primrose, sweet almond, apricot kernel, and sunflower leave skin looking smooth. Bonus: açai berry extract delivers antioxidants, fatty acids, and natural enzymes to support healthy-looking skin. The refreshing lemongrass scent is derived from a mix of pure essential citrus oils. I like to use this product in the shower a few times a week!

 

5. Vineyard Hill hand and Body Wash, Body Butter

The body wash and moisturizer by Vineyard Hill contain vitamins A-E. They are delivered to the skin organically, using ingredients such as grape seed oil, and plant extracts from calendula, chamomile, green tea, cucumber, and arnica. These anti-aging properties neutralize free radicals that damage skin's collagen. Vineyard Hill natural products are a great value plus the lavender scent is amazing!



Top 10 Mother's Day Gifts

by Melissa Meyers


Have you thought about what to get Mom for Mother's Day yet? There is still time to get her that perfect gift. It's always tough to think of something unique and special so I've rounded up some of my favorite picks to help you select the best gift:

1. Dior Mise En Dior Tribal Double Pearl Earrings, $650

These tribal-inspired earrings by Dior have become the "it-girl" fashion jewelry piece to grace one's ear lobes this year. They are unique, classic and trendy all at the same time. A small pearl rests on the ear while the largest peeps out subtly from behind the lobe. They make a great addition to anyone's jewelry collection. Yes, they are on my personal "want" list even though the price just keeps going up due to their popularity (the original price--$290)! If you don't want to fork up the $650 for costume jewelry, I also love the ones shown below by Jarin K sold on ShopBop.

The chic Dior Mise En Dior Tribal earrings have been seen on several celebs this year.

Jarin K makes a great, more affordable Dior-inspired version of these earrings.

2. Mother's Day Special Edition Birchbox, $62 ($180 + value)

Birchbox has curated a Limited-Edition Mother's Day box this year! What's inside? A decadent shower gel, creamy lipstick, a French serum and more great stuff from some of the best beauty and lifestyle brands. All of these products are beautifully packaged and make the perfect gift for the Mom who is product obsessed. Another idea is to give Mom a gift that keeps on giving and treat her to a Birchbox subscription! If you purchase a gift subscription for Mom, you can select from a specially curated Mother's Day box which she will receive for her first month. Yes please!

3. Ramy Brook Fringe Satchel, $425

Update Mom's wardrobe with this stylish, snake-embossed suede fringe bag by designer Ramy Brook. The bag is a perfect size for every day and the edgy chain details add a rocker chic element. It's the perfect new cool-girl bag for Spring and transitions nicely from day to night (busy Moms don't have time to change their bags every day)!

4Sakara Life Meal Delivery, $125

Give Mom something for her health this year with a superfood gift package from Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery company. This healthy living program is based on a whole-food, plant-rich diet that includes fresh, nutrient-dense and delicious ingredients. I like Sakara's Superfood Pantry Pack because it will introduce Mom to the power of super foods and how to include them in her daily diet. The nicely-presented gift package comes with a signature Sakara recipe booklet. These recipes are specially designed to help heal, fuel, and hydrate the body. All products are organic, preservative and gluten free.

Sakara Life Package includes: Spirulina, Black Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, Hemp Hearts, Raw Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, Himalayan Salt, Ashwagandha, Amla, Palo Santo (not pictured), Serving Spoon, Sakara Recipe Booklet, Sakara shopping tote (not pictured).

Sakara Life Package includes: Spirulina, Black Chia Seeds, Goji Berries, Hemp Hearts, Raw Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, Himalayan Salt, Ashwagandha, Amla, Palo Santo (not pictured), Serving Spoon, Sakara Recipe Booklet, Sakara shopping tote (not pictured).

5. Apple Watch Sport, Available April 24, $349 for entry-level Sport

For a Mom who is always multi-tasking, this cool watch may change her life! You can pre-order now, however, Apple is requiring an appointment to demo the smart watch and make an in-store purchase so reserve a time in advance. Apple's first wearable (and stylish) gadget allows you to easily check email notifications, get directions, make Facebook updates, beam messages, track fitness metrics and more. It's available in a variety of fun colors too!

6. Hook Me Ups, $24.99 - $188

For fashionable Moms on the go, these Hook Me Ups phone and iPad chargers make the perfect gift. When Mom's tech device runs out of power, she can use this fun portable charger to save the day. I recently purchased one for myself!

Available in several fun designs, Hook Me Ups, $24-$188

Available in several fun designs, Hook Me Ups, $24-$188

Available in several fun designs, Hook Me Ups, $24-$188

Available in several fun designs, Hook Me Ups, $24-$188

7. ESPA Sleep Couture Gift Package, $120

For the Mom who could some spa time and a peaceful nights sleep, these products by ESPA are perfection! The soothing scent made with Sandalwood, Frankincense, Ylang Ylang and Rose Geranium is my favorite from the collection and has an incredible calming effect. I am absolutely obsessed with the bath and body oil.

8. CanvasPop Instagram Prints, starting at $39.95 (Use code CA1CF9 to save 30%)

Give Mom the gift of personalized art with CanvasPop prints that you can create straight from Instagram photos. These gallery-quality photos on canvas look amazing and add style to any room. You can make one for Mom or give her a gift certificate so she can select the photos she would like to use!

9. Sugar Paper Monogram stationery, $30

Any Mom would love to receive this elegant stationery personalized with her initial by Sugar Paper. I love the Ashton Avenue monogram--the letterpress is printed by hand on antique machinery. Sugar Paper is a trusted resource for the fashion and celebrity set and offers the highest quality papers and letterpress.

 

Sugar paper Ashton Monogram, $30.00. Black ink on a bright white card with a gold border, paired with a white envelope and black and white pinstripe liner. 6 flat cards + 6 envelopes. Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.25 inches

Sugar paper Ashton Monogram, $30.00. Black ink on a bright white card with a gold border, paired with a white envelope and black and white pinstripe liner. 6 flat cards + 6 envelopes. Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.25 inches

PRISMSPORT Fitness Wear

Mom may not have time to update her exercise wardrobe but I am sure would love to be wearing the latest fitness styles to the gym. Patterned leggings are a huge trend this year--these by PRISMSPORT are a must-have for any exercise junkie. 

PRISMSPORT leggings are flattering and super comfy too...I live in mine!


Newest Hair Trend for Gorgeous Sun-kissed Highlights

by Melissa Meyers


Move over ombre…there's a new cutting-edge hair trend in town for fabulous highlights called ecaille, French for tortoiseshell. I recently visited celebrity colorist Kari Hill from the famed Meche Salon in Beverly Hills who gave my hair this fresh look for Spring. I asked Kari to share her secrets with us on how to achieve and maintain the perfect tortoiseshell highlights.
 

MM: Describe the tortoiseshell hair color trend and technique.

KH: 'Tortoiseshell' hair-color is upon us! As we loved the 'Ombre' or 'Sombre' trends of the last few years, we have basically taken both of these techniques and almost 'morphed' them into one! Tortoiseshell or 'ecaille' is a color or hue more than an exact technique. It ties the boldness and extreme look of ombre and marries it with the darker root while remaining soft and subtle. This look can also be compared with 'sombre' which was a play on words of a 'soft-ombre'. What I love about this new trend is the layering of natural and beautiful tones that can compliment either a brunette or a darker blonde. As in the color of the actual tortoiseshell, you'll find the tones in the haircolor to 'almost' mirror it. Warm shades like a golden caramel, honey, and chocolate are tones you're likely to see in this technique. I like to describe this as a 'layering of color' so it looks soft and natural, and, like ombre, requires little upkeep as having a bit of a root and is still a trend which can also be a part of this look.

MM: What products do you recommend to get this look if you color your hair at home?

KH: L'Oreal Paris has some great options for at home use to achieve this result. Being that this is a combination of trends, you have the option to use all or just one of the L'Oreal Paris highlighting kits. Feria Ombre, Preference Ombre Touch, and the new Preference Glam Lights kits are user-friendly with applicators that help your at-home result have a salon like outcome.

MM: What are some tips for prolonging your color and to prevent hair from turning brassy? 

KH: Once you've achieved or received your desired haircolor result, it is a MUST to have the proper haircare products at home to help preserve and prolong your new haircolor. I like to use the L'Oreal Advanced Haircare Color Vibrancy line as it has some of the best products for helping your haircolor last longer (it has UV filters and anti-oxidants to help restore moisture and shine). If your haircolor oxidizes and has a tendency to 'yellow' or 'dull,' L'Oreal offers a new Everpure Brass-banishing line that is gentle and sulfate-free. It also has the first of its kind toning treatment, which I love. I usually suggest that my clients wash their hair, at the most, every other day--great if you can even go another day. If you absolutely have to wash every day, it's a must to have the correct products on hand!

 

Before: Ombre highlights 

After: Tortoiseshell highlights



Kari Hill, L’Oréal Paris Consulting Hair Colorist

With more than fifteen years of experience coloring some of the most well-known manes in Hollywood, Kari’s artistic perspective lends to her mastery of varied hair coloring techniques. She will be lending her insights and expertise to trend forecasting, product development, content creation and consumer education for the brand. Throughout the course of her career, Kari has worked at Hollywood’s most premier salons including Frederic Fekkai, Chris McMillan, John Frieda and Neil George. She has built an impressive roster of celebrity clients including Charlize Theron, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Faris, Karlie Kloss, and Taylor Schilling among others. Her indelible reputation and innate talent have made her one of the most in-demand colorists in Hollywood, with her hair color work regularly gracing the covers and pages of top beauty and fashion magazines. From show-stopping highlights and beautiful balayage to complete hair color transformations, Kari is well-known for her diverse abilities to subtly enhance or completely transform hair. Gathering inspiration everywhere from the red carpet and runways to even her own clients, she loves experimenting with hair color and helping women achieve their most perfect hue. She believes in the power of hair color to help women feel their most beautiful and confident selves.