Want Spa Treatments (Not Strippers) At Your Bachelorette? Try These At-Home Kits
Your friends go out of their way to make you feel like the greatest bride-to-be on earth, especially when it comes to the infamous bachelorette party. While it definitely should be all about you, it's nice to treat your pals to something special and we've found the perfect idea: at-home spa kits! Still need some wedding accessories help? Check out our guides to Wedding Costume Jewelry, White Wedding Shoes, and Inexpensive Wedding Shoes.
What To Wear For New Year’s Eve: New York City
It’s time for the biggest party of the year, and where better to belt out than New York City, the chicest place in the world? Since Gotham's both the birthplace of disco and home to the famous Studio 54, get your groove on with a look reminiscent of the glamorous nights of yesteryear. 1. Channel your inner Edie Sedgewick with Nanette Lepore’s sequined block dress ($465). Gold sequined panels and a retro mod shape make this dress a standout at any party. 2. Kenneth Jay Lane Disco Ball Ring ($98) is perfect for the occasion. It’s glitzy, fun, and will keep sparkling long after you put away your dancing shoes. If you can’t watch the ball drop, why not bring it along with you. 3. A clutch is a must for a night on the town, so be sure yours stands out. Sang A’s silver clutch ($509) will make a statement without saying a word. The Target silver clutch ($12.99) is another alternative - super chic but not as pricey. 4. Need a quick spritz before your midnight kiss? Bond No. 9 pocket sprays are compact enough to fit anywhere and will keep you smelling fresh throughout the night. The New York Crystal Set ($220) comes with 3 fragrances, appropriately named Chinatown, Chelsea Flowers, and Eau de New York. An elegant Swarovski crystal flacon is included in the set. 5. Accentuate your disco diva style with daring eyeliner and faux lashes. Smashbox’s Smudgepot ($18) is perfect for creating the coveted smoky eye effect and will look smashing paired with Sephora’s lashes ($14) Complete the look with black tights and dramatic black shoes – the higher the better. Then get ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple followed by plenty of bubbly.
L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizer With Sunscreen: Protect Your Skin On The Cheap
What: L'Oreal Dermo-Expertise Revitalift UV Daily Moisturizing Cream with Sunscreen , $21.99Why: If you aren't already using a moisturizer with sunscreen—or a foundation, for that matter—you're late to the game. As most women know, sun exposure puts us at risk for UVA and UVB ray penetration, which in turn contributes to premature skin aging, wrinkles, loss of skin firmness and sun burn, among other ugly-inducing side effects. Unfortunately, lots of moisturizers that do contain SPF cost major dough (we're talking $100+ for some of the premium brands, like Kinerase). Thankfully, you don't have to be rich to be a "follower" and use a moisturizer with sunscreen. Simply walk to your local drugstore and pick-up L'Oreal's new RevitaLift UV Daily Moisturizing Cream with SPF 15. This skin cream contains Mexoryl, a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection agent. Plus, it's also a great moisturizer; it's light and lasts all day – who woulda thunk it?! My only complaint is the nozzle, which gives you too little the first pump and too much the second. But hey, at only $20, at least that tiny extra dot of lotion isn't costing you $5 a squirt. Get Yours: Drugstore.com
Great Deals On Gifts For Women and Kids
Sometimes coming up with a unique present is easy. If your sister is a dedicated skydiver or something, it's probably pretty simple to brainstorm something great she'd really want for Christmas (an extra parachute, perhaps?). But if you're buying for the vast majority of women, you're probably a little stumped. What will really make her happy? Can you avoid getting another boring gift card?Yes, of course you can. And you can do so without breaking the bank. SheFinds has put together some great deals from a few of our favorite retailers that offer unique, personalized gifts that are guaranteed to impress anyone from your sister to your mother-in-law. We've also tracked down great ideas for kids, too, since navigating the aisles of a toy store at this time of year can make a person feel downright homicidal. As if that's not enough, we've also tracked the most popular gifts this year and kept our readers in the loop on where they are still in stock. From the popular Anya Hindmarch bag (try eBay) to limited edition Marc Jacobs perfume (only at Sephora), we've got the info on where you can get your goodies.
Freebie Friday: Win a Cozy Pashmina Wrap!
What: 3-Ply Pashmina Wrap from the Pashmina StoreWhy: If men are from Mars and women from Venus, then Mars must be pretty damn hot, because the guys in every office we've ever known are constantly adjusting the temperature downwards. In the summer, they blast the air conditioning, and now that the weather's turned, they insist on turning down the heat. What gives?Since we can't combat biology, the best way to tackle the battle of the thermostat is to keep a wrap handy at all times. And since you'd rather not sacrifice an ounce of style (why else would you wear 4-inch-heels on the subway?), a gorgeous pashmina offers the perfect solution. This warm and cozy shawl looks great, feels better, and offers a wonderfully feminine way to ward off the office chill. Read more about the 3-Ply Pashmina Wrap, and enter below to win!How to Enter: You must be a SheFinds subscriber to enter the giveaway, so sign up now if you haven't already! 1. Reply to this post in the comments section below. One comment per person, please. 2. You must supply us with a valid email address. 3. The contest starts now and entries must be date stamped by our server no later than Friday, November 16th, 2007 at 11:59 AM Eastern Time to be eligible. 4. One winner will be selected during a random drawing and will be notified via e-mail to receive the prize. 5. No prize substitutions. 6. You must be 18 years old or older to enter. 7. No purchase necessary. 8. Void where prohibited. 9. Click here for the full rules.Good luck! And don't forget to check out the great giveaway at MomFinds.com, an adorable pair of shoes from See Kai Run!Congratulations to our winner, Mags!
Yuck! What’s Growing In the Water At Your Local Nail Salon?
What: Pediclear Spa Disinfectant $24.99 (12 packets) Why: So we usually consider a pedicure to be a safe, relaxing, and stress-free indulgence, right? Well, not to burst everyone’s bubble, but apparently we have to stay on our toes even while they are being painted. Although you can always control what polish goes on your nails, neither you nor your pedicurist can help what goes in your water. Believe it or not, as clean as that pedi-basin may be, the water itself has yet to be disinfected, and harmful bacteria can thrive despite the force of those water jets. Until now. Pediclear is an FDA-approved foot spa disinfectant that gets rids of potentially harmful bacteria that could ruin a beautiful pedicure. So why not give both yourself and your feet some extra protection from unwanted germs by bringing some Pediclear on your next visit? Each individual package is the size of a stick of gum, and you just kindly ask your nail technician to add to the water as she starts your foot bath. If this is a bit intimidating, Pediclear provides a small salon info card which explains exactly what the product is about. I felt a tad shady as I handed over the package, but surprisingly enough, my pedicurist knew exactly what it was without needing an explanation. It made for a much more relaxed experience knowing my feet were safe, sound, and soon to be beautiful.Get Yours: Divina ProductsStill feeling dirty? Take a look at our germaphobe's guide to fashion and beauty!
Best Sellers: Juicy Couture Charm Bracelet A Holiday Must-Have
What: Juicy Couture Charm Bracelet, $35 Why: Spotted on shows such as Desperate Housewives, Laguna Beach, and Newport Harbor, the Juicy Couture charm bracelet has become one trend that women of all ages adore. And this holiday season its popularity continues to rise, with retailers naming this one of their most popular products. If you want one on your wrist (or that of a friend, sister, or mom), start buying now, and be sure to add one of the adorable charms to start a collection. Seasonal options include limited edition gingerbread houses ($58) and New Year's top hats ($58) plus the fashionable snow boot ($48).Get Yours: eLuxury or Neiman MarcusWhat else is selling out this season? Be sure to check out our 2007 Guide to Sold Out Holiday Gifts.
Deal of the Day: Up to 40% Off Cold Weather Boots at Macy’s
One step outside of your apartment yesterday probably made you want to turn around and run for the cozy covers of your bed. It is getting colder by the day, which we all know means chapped lips, static-y hair, and frozen toes. The good news is you get to wear some fabulous winter weather boots, and Macy's has a few snuggly pairs on sale! These Rib Knit Rebels (were $80, now $47.60) are the best way to bundle up this winter, for they are like having your leg warmers and boots in all in one. If your comfiest cable-knit sweater could somehow transform into a cute wedge-heel boot, this Report "Flurry" Cold Weather Boot (was $110, now $77) is what it would look like. We dig the pom pom laces. When those blustery winter winds pick up, the more leg coverage the better! These killer leather Jessica Simpson Slate boots (were $210, now $147) will cover a good 18 inches of your leg and feature a snuggly mock shearling fold over trim. MORE DEALSVeterans Day Sale at Macy's. Free Shipping with $99 purchase. Valid November 8th through the 12th.Save 25% off cashmere & fall favorites at Bloomingdale's from November 8-12. Simply enter the code SV118 at checkout.Wrap up your purchase with $4 gift wrapping from Buckle.com!
Which Celeb Boot Style Is Your Favorite?
This week we featured four boots celebrities adore: Nicole Richie's Lanvins, Becki Newton's Burberry booties, Blake Lively's Minnetonkas, and Jessica Biel's Loeffler Randalls. While we think they're all fabulous, they do run the gamut from cozy and casual to fierce and fabulous. We've checked them all out and can't decide which ones we like best. What do you think? Take another look and vote in the poll at the bottom... Nicole Richie's Lanvin Flat Knee Boots Becki Newton's Burberry Booties Blake Lively's Minnetonka Moccasins Jessica Biel's Loeffler Randall Kit Boots
Listen To Oprah and Dress Better
Oprah may be facing trouble in South Africa, but here at home, she's got nothing but good news. We tuned in yesterday to get her experts' advice on looking great, and we were blown away by the fantastic make-overs. Some pieces called to us more than others (and they weren't only the ones shown on the younger women). 1. One of Oprah's makeovers had a pesky back fat problem. The solution? Robert Rodriguez's high-waisted, wide-leg pants ($198) which transformed this woman's look from lumpy and dumpy to slim and chic. Get yours at Nordstrom, but don't forget to read our shapewear solutions, too. 2. When the style experts trotted out their classic looks, we weren't at all surprised to see a leather jacket included. While we highly approve of the Vince Washed Leather Jacket ($638) choice, we might have substituted the new patent leather version ($595) had they asked. 3. Yesterday we talked about the animal print trend, so we were thrilled to see the sexy yet sophisticated pencil skirt in a leopard pattern take to the runway. To do some online purchasing without busting the budget, check out this affordable option we found for only $44. Which makeover knocked your socks off? Tell us in the comments below!
Blog Round-Up: Heard on the Web This Week
Pretty cashmere sweaters are on girlawhirl’s mind right now! Smarter Fashion Blogs prepares for the holiday party season with picks for the Top 5 Cocktail Dresses from Nordstrom's Half Yearly Sale. StarStyle Scoop reports that Physicians Formula goes organic. The Beauty Brains chat about the ultimate eco-friendly cosmetic: Cargo lipstick.With parties galore on the holiday horizon, Top Button shows you how to rock it from desks to discos.
HeFinds Guy Friday: Get Grown Up Girls With Prep School Sweaters
What: Cotton-blend Argyle Sweater, $88Why: Here at SheFinds, there's very we miss about high school, least of all the guys. But when we tune in for our weekly Gossip Girl session, we have to admit that the fellas aren't looking half bad. Don't get us wrong--we want real, adult men in our lives not 20-somethings playing teenagers--but we can't get enough of Chuck Bass' good-boy-gone-bad look.To bring a little prep school flava into our mens' lives, we turn to Banana Republic's cozy argyle sweater. The soft blend of cotton, cashmere, and angora won't rub anyone the wrong way (if only we could say that of teenagers), while the argyle pattern adds just the right amount of country club style. Just remember, guys: you don't want to over-do the look, so make sure you match your preppy pattern with some cool jeans and mussed hair. We're looking for a good guy with an edge not the debate team captain.Get Yours: Banana Republic
Betty’s Devil Wears…..Burberry?
> What: Burberry Quilted Patent Ankle Boot, $855 Who: Ugly Betty’s saucy Amanda (a.k.a. Becki Newton) Why we should all follow in her footsteps: Yes, ankle boots are hot for fall. But these particular booties...they're damn near on fire. Why else would fashion addict Amanda choose to flaunt the Burberry gems on a recent episode of Ugly Betty? Because she craves the best of the best, that's why. These boots maintain a classic aesthetic through the quilted pattern while adding a touch of rocker appeal with an ankle buckle detail. Plus they pump up any outfit with just the right amount of attitude. (Not that Amanda needs more of that, but for the rest of us kinder folk, a little kick could do us some good.) Though petite in size, these Burberry booties carry a deceivingly large price tag. For a more conservative option, try BCBG’s Nilla boot for $253.95. Either way, you’ll be a hot topic around the Mode office Monday morning.Never mind the fashion envy ("how dare she wear MY boots!"); isn't imitation the most sincere form of flattery? Get yours: NordstromBe sure to check out the SheFinds guide to this season's hottest boots!
Deal of the Day: Up To 40% Off Coats at Saks
Cold weather may be coming, but that's no reason to throw your style out the window. With a fashionable coat (or three), you're sure to look just a chic as you did in your summer dresses. But be sure to shop the sales so you can afford more than just one boring option. Like we always say, the more, the merrier. Short and sassy, this Theory Mariza Stretch Wool Jacket (was $595, now $357) works great on brisk fall days or in colder weather over long sweaters.When you hit the slopes of Aspen this holiday season, this Andrew Marc Sense Belted Parka (was $695, now $487) will keep the snow out and the ski instructor in. Nothing screams class like a tweed Nanette Lepore Beauteous Bubble Coat (was $495, now $297). And with this kind of sale, you can actually afford to indulge in the trendy bubble sleeves and hems you've been coveting.MORE DEALS$30 off women's stainless steel Movado Gentry sport watches at Overstock.comFree shipping with $99 cashmere purchases during Macy's cashmere sale. Valid through November 12th.Cotton bikini panties on sale for three for $20 at GapBody