Create A Sweet And Colorful Candy Bar With These Mail Order Chocolates & Candies
We'll say it - NOT having a dessert table at your wedding is a major foodie faux pas. Why limit the sweet stuff to tiny little favor boxes? We've found a premium selection of mail order treats that will delight everyone's sweet tooth, whether your sugar-ey poison is hard candy, chocolates, jelly beans, or confectionery! (more…)
Real Wedding Find: Sweet Treats & Practical Favors That Keep Guests Happy
Name: Margaret & Todd Muhlfelder Wedding location: Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill, Tarrytown, NY Best finds: Pink pashminas and flips flops to keep guests warm and comfortable; candy-filled mason jars with custom labels. (more…)
Solution: Soothe Your Itchy, Dry, Sunburnt Skin
There are hundreds of folk remedies for dealing with sunburn, and everyone you encounter seems to have a tried-and-true favorite that trumps the rest. But one thing everyone can agree on is that once you take the initial sting off, moisturizing is of the utmost importance. Use one of these heavy duty body creams rich in soothing ingredients to keep redness to a minimum, prevent painful tightness, and stave off that icky peeling phase for as long as possible. Best for Always-Outdoor Divas: Though it may sound more like a pizza than a prettyfier, Mega-Mushroom Body Cream by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins ($45) means serious business. Packed with a signature blend of exotic mushrooms (try saying "hypsizygus ulmarius," "reishi" and "cordyceps" five times fast!) and skin-imitating lipids, this cream from the Plantidote line combats all the outdoor toxins that are at war with our skin. Slather this on and say adios to damage caused by sunlight, pollution, weather, detergents, perspiration and friction. Best for Exotic Eco-Friendlies: The best thing about Shea Terra's all-natural body products is that the entire lush line serves a double purpose. The rich, silky Miombo Mango Indigenous Silk & Shea Butter Lotion ($18), for example, soothes your burn with sweet-smelling mango from the Miombo forest in Central Africa. Sales of the indigenous mangos are keeping the forest—home to endangered elephants and exotic birds—from being torn down by foreign logging. Win win! Best for Bargain-Minded Burners: In that long list of household items that soothe sunburn, milk is almost always at the top. Why not pull a double-whammy on your bummer of a burn by hitting it with milk and moisture in one fell swoop? SkinMilk Body Cream ($6) comes in a huge tub and is packed with skin-softening vitamins A, D and E on top of real milk proteins. As the saying goes, milk does a body good, and that includes your sunburnt skin, too. Avoid the scorching sun altogether with products from our Guide to the Best Self Tanners.
Carasol Parasol Saves You From The Sun – But Do You Have The Guts To Walk Around With One?
We all know them. The tanorexic. They're slightly orange and never too far from a tanning booth. And as middle age approaches, that sun worship turns their once admirable complexions to a leathery debaucle. At best, they have more wrinkles than their sun-screened counterparts. At worst, they develop skin cancer.But now a new sun-saving alternative has hit the market. Straight from period films and Gone with the Wind, the Carasol Parasol is a throwback to the days when pale skin connoted high economic status and desirable beauty. Now, it mainly just denotes someone who is willing to stand out in their attempts to avoid UVA and UVB rays.The Carasol Parasol is designed with UV blocking fabric in ultra-girly styles. Stylish and smart? Definitely. Really something I'd ever use? Probably not.Because, frankly, while I think this is a good idea... I couldn't actually imagine using it regularly. As I took it out for a spin in the city, numerous people turned their heads upward, looking for the imaginary rain. Others stared. I felt awkward and kind of weird. Maybe on a beach or on a vacation... but on the streets of New York, the Carasol Parasol made me feel a tad out of place. For those of you who are braver than me, the Carasol Parasol is available at www.carasolparasols.com and costs between $85 and $325.What do you think of this new way to battle the sun's rays? Would you sport a parasol around town? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
News Updates: Siriano Pops Up At Bluefly, Hayden-Harnett Next At Target?, And More..
Christian Siriano's first collection arrived at Bluefly.com yesterday. Shop the fierce designer's duds now, and check back in with SheFinds later today for our review of the line. [Racked]Rumors are circulating that accessories brand Hayden-Harnett will be the next designer to collaborate with Target on a discount line. Shop Target now for the much anticipated Botkier bags (although we didn't think they were so hot). [WWD]Jessica Simpson is adding a dress collection to her massive apparel brand, which already includes shoes, accessories, swimwear, and lingerie. What do you think of the Jessica Simpson line? [CatwalkQueen]According to a report from DeBeers, diamond sales for the first half of the year grew significantly. Could the diamond be recession-proof? [Portfolio]
Only 1 Day Left To Win A $200 Shopping Spree At Julia Bristow Jewelry
Sure, it's nice to pine over astronomically priced, luxury designer accessories, but we all know most of us will never be able to afford them in our lifetimes. And when we find amazing boutique designers like Julia Bristow, we think, why would we want to spend all that money anyway when we can own unique and beautiful gems for a fraction of the price. Or even for free! This week, SheFinds is giving away a $200 shopping spree at Julia Bristow Jewelry. To enter, go to the site, pick out what you'd buy if you won, and then come back to SheFinds and post about it. So far, our readers love the Pink Quartz necklace, the Fertility bracelet, and the entire Nature's Presence collection. You have one more day left, so let us in on your favorite for a chance to win.
Be Sporty, Look Good, And Protect Your Skin When Working Out In The Sun
I’m a runner and there is no better time than summer in Chicago to put the miles in outdoors. However, leaving the treadmill behind means I need to upgrade my athletic routine to include a few more things. Here are my favorites for getting the most from my outdoor workouts. IM Active Hair Accessories: I love the Activehold Tough Tread Head Wrap ($8) and the Activehold Sport Clips ($6) because they don’t slip out of my fine hair. Each has a tactile rubber tread that gently grips hair to prevent slipping but doesn’t pull. Beyond Coastal SPF 30 Lip & Face Screen ($7): Here's another water resistant product that will protect your lips while hydrating and moisturizing. It goes on clear, unlike some of the other heavy SPF lip balms that leave your lips white. Oakley Polarized Ravishing Sunglasses ($177): The glasses are a perfect blend of fashion and function, ensuring that you aren’t sacrificing style for science. The oversized lenses are polarized and tinted to protect your eyes by blocking out 100% of UVA, UVB and UVC light, while still giving you celeb-ready coverage.Also check out our review of the Footloose Running Dress for a chic alternative to shorts and a tank.
Design For All? Target Misses The Mark (Again) With Botkier
Once upon a time, someone at Target hit on a brilliant idea: bring in mid-range accessories designers and have them design a bag (or bag and shoe) line for the people. But this story doesn't have a happy ending.It would be unrealistic to expect a $50 handbag or $30 shoes to be on par with their $600 and $300 counterparts from the designers' regular lines, but Target’s proven that cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean ugly. eBay buyers are still hunting down Devi Kroell’s oversized Target totes (famously carried by Anne Hathaway, above). As the owner of the structurally perfect Trigger bag from the designer’s regular line – which, by the way, was bought after massive scrimping and saving – I had hopes that Monica Botkier’s collaboration would be more like Kroell’s and less like the sad-sack offerings from Loeffler Randall and Hollywould. Sadly, she goes where the latter designers have gone before. The gold and silver crackle bags look dull, and the crackle from the handle immediately came off on my shoulder. The PVC shells of the fuschia hobo and black satchel feel unbreathable, as if carrying one while wearing a cami will result in a blister. The python embossing looks like shiny, happy plastic (come on, Target, we know you can do better). One accidental flick of my nail, and the embossing started to peel off. And in real life, the goldtone clutch has clashing, plasticky gold accents.Target should give its customers something affordable, revelant, and attractive – these bags fail on all three levels. And while I can’t speak to their durability, I can tell you that my Loeffler Randall for Target clutch lasted one outing before the attached rosette started to unravel.Now we're all about finding a chic handbag for less - but we think sites like Urban Outfitters and Nine West usually offer better quality goods than the latest crop from Target. Have you seen the new Botkier bags for Target? Have you bought one? Tell us what you think of them in the comments section below.
Deal Of The Day: 50% Off Flats At Shoes.com
There’s definitely some digging to be done at the Shoes.com sale, but we think the three pairs below were worth clicking around for. The contrast stitching and soft grey color make Rafe New York’s Carly Flat ($147.50, were $295) casually elegant. These pink leather flats ($111, were $222) would look perfect with a pair of white jeans. Anne Klein’s Gwen Flat ($137.50, were $275) is definitely polished enough to wear to work – and complements a red pedicure nicely. More frugal finds this week: Get an additional 10% off all sale items at Pink Mascara with coupon code HOTSUMMER. Up to 55% off casual summer staples at Armani Exchange.From the SheFinds Forum: Up to 70% off at MeghanShop.com
Oregon’s Got Style – And Eco-Sense, Too
Since we know how important environmentalism has become, SheFinds tries hard to bring our readers the best of eco-chic design. We can't think of anything better than looking great while knowing you're doing good. So when this month's Travel + Leisure magazine chose the city of Portland's eco-fashion scene as the reason to visit Oregon this year ("50 Reasons to Love the U.S.A. Now"), we figured we should follow suit and check out what green design looks like out in the Northwest. Here are some of the new names that their reporters sniffed out (and since not all of you live within driving distance of Portland, we've also done some sleuthing--to make sure you can get all this gorgeous stuff online):Anna Cohen. With their "Italian street couture" look and environmental grounding (you won't believe the brilliant and cotton-soft materials she uses, including hemp and bamboo), Cohen's dresses have been wowing this year. We love the Soy halter dress (was $281, now $84), a fresh take (and fabric) on the classic little black dress. Suzi Johnson. Her cashmere sweaters, dresses, and even bikinis are hand-loomed from organic Tanzana cotton. This off-the-shoulder tunic ($446) is comfortable enough to wear while you lounge around the house--and hot enough to show-off on a night out with the girls. Julia Barbee. For the Frocky Jack Morgan collection, Barbee bedazzles vintage finds, adding sparkle and flair--and recyled material--to her wares. This Green Leaves necklace ($73) combines vintage charms and found objects to create a unique, whimsical accessory that will get lots of attention at the office. In fact, it'd go great with the above off-the-shoulder tunic!
Taste Test: Which Metallic Handbag’s Price Tag Outshines The Other?
Both of these bags will add some sparkle to your evening outfits – and both can be carried as is, or folded over for more compact carrying. But one costs more than five times the other. Can you spot the steal? Click on the images to find out the actual prices. Test your Fashion IQ with other Taste Tests.
Good Question: Where Can I Find A Portable Purse Hook?
From A SheFinds Reader: I mentioned that purse hook for restaurant tables to a group of women, and now they all want one! Where should I send them?We don’t blame them – these things are ingenious. The small metal contraptions are tiny enough to stick in your bag, and strong enough to hold it while you’re enjoying your meal, worry-free. Just set the flat part on top of the table so the metal hook hangs down, hook your bag to the bottom, and be done with it. The Glam Rock Stud Purse Hanger (left, $30) is almost chic enough to qualify as an accessory by itself. Somehow, it can hold on to a big bag even if only half of the studded square is anchored to the table. Find other Glam Purse Hanger styles at FashionBliss.com. The Purse Hand (right, $25) performs similar feats, and you can create tons of color combinations by customizing your own hook at PurseHand.com. And we loved Purse Pal's pink ribbon design, which puts some of your cash towards a good cause.Take a look at our past coverage of the purse hook trend for even more options. For chic and budget-friendly purses that will put these gadgets to good use, check out our Guide to the Best Bags Under $250.
News Updates: Siriano’s Hair Helps Prolong His 15 Minutes, Gucci Taps Rihanna For UNICEF, And More
With Project Runway's fifth season premiere on the horizon (it's Wednesday), Christian Siriano has announced his plans to debut a line of hair products. [NYMag]Rihanna will appear in Gucci's newest ad campaign highlighting the design house's collaboration with UNICEF. [WWD]Although Heatherette is defunct, Richie Rich is keeping himself busy with a the launch of his own CD, clothing line for Hot Topic, and shoe collection named Rox & Riley. [FWD]Alexander McQueen has launched an online store accessible to any shoppers within the United States. [Styledash]
Deal Of The Day: Up To 70% Off Mixed Media Necklaces At Tobi
Mixing materials makes these necklaces incredibly versatile – not too sweet or too tough, they’ll add a bit of extra punch to jeans and cocktail dresses alike.Rachel Leigh’s Crystal Drop Necklace ($106, was $176) mixes feminine crystal and silk with gunmetal and silver chains. This Twinkle by Wenlan Kasbah Necklace ($52, was $172) has a funky, ethnic feel. A silk and chain necklace ($144, was $240) is a nice alternative to a long string of beads. More steals and deals:As seen in the SheFinds forum: 30% - 60% off at Velvet Maven. Up to 70% off at J. Crew’s Final Sale. 20% off full price items at Ann Taylor LOFT with code 104016307.
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Fashion Top Five: Embroidered Tanks
The crop of breezy, feminine embroidered tanks that’s in stores this season goes to show that these tops don’t have to follow a specific formula. In fact, we’re particularly enamored of these five tanks precisely because they’re modern and a bit different – without, of course, sacrificing any of that gorgeous femininity that makes embroidered pieces perfect for laid-back summer nights. The geometric pattern on this Embroidered Flower Bubble Top ($86) is so chic in a single, muted tone. For more color, layer a tank under the ultra-scooped neck. This Embroidered Floral Tank ($16, was $28) is simple – and affordable – enough to wear as a camisole. A black and white combo is sleek enough to carry off the big pattern and ample volume on this Embroidered Long Tank ($114). We love the combination of peplum, thick straps, and pintucks on this Counted Cross-Stitch Tank ($98). Rebecca Taylor’s Embroidered Camisole ($208, was $297) would be beautiful peeking out under a blazer, or as the volume piece on top of skinny jeans and peep-toe heels.