MODE MONDAY: STYLISH SOLES

By now I’m sure your familiar with TOMS.  You can’t make it down a single Manhattan block without spotting a pair or two.

Leo sat next to founder Blake Mycoskie on a flight a few years ago and heard first hand how he was inspired to create TOMS Shoes when he met children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet.  TOMS matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need, One for One™.

To date, TOMS has given over one million pairs of new shoes to children through giving partners around the world.

Earlier this summer, TOMS launched its second One for One™ product, TOMS Eyewear, to help save and restore sight to people in need through medical treatment, prescription eyeglasses and sight-saving surgery, administered by its first Sight Giving Partner, Seva Foundation (www.seva.org).

You can find the new line at TOMS.com, Nordstrom and other select retailers across the US.  They come in three iconic styles (Aviator, Oversized, and Wayfarer) and a variety of colors that are sure to look universally cool:

In supports of TOMS’ efforts, Sebastian and I joined fellow New York City bloggers and their families in customizing our own pair at a “Style Your Sole” event hosted by Momma’s Gone City:

While I was too busy gabbing it up and trying to prevent Sebastian from bringing down the house (literally) to bedazzle my pair, I’m loving them unfinished:

Though I’d be happy to walk a mile in any of these new Fall styles:

 

The linky is at Momtrends today.

{I was not compensated for this post. Product images used with permission from TOMS.}

 

PHOTO DIARY: THE END

BEAUTY BUZZ | 4 MAKE-UP PRODUCTS THAT CHANGED THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT MY SKIN

There are more than a few things that have changed since becoming a mom, including my skin. Or maybe it’s just the clock dutifully ticking by. In any case, my face doesn’t glow like it once did and those dreaded little lines appear to be making up for lost time, a sign of growing up at the beach, a lot of inside jokes, and one too many Cosmos.

On a recent descent from an Upper East Side breakfast with Roo, I popped into Bloomies to inquire about under-eye concealer and walked out with a new make-up routine that has completely changed how I feel about my skin.

 

Clockwise:
SPF15 Tinted Moisturizer
Creamy Concealer Kit
Face Touch Up Stick
Bronzing Powder

If you have oily or combination skin like me, tinted moisturizer is a godsend.  It’s super lightweight and evens out the skin tone.  I also got the Creamy Concealer Kit specifically for under my eyes, the Face Touch Up Stick for blemishes, which at 34 still pop up as frequently as when I was 15, and bronzing powder.  The combination evens out my skin and gives it a natural, medium glow, the perfect foundation to apply color to.  Best of all, it doesn’t feel heavy or look “cakey,” although you can definitely tell I’m wearing make-up (in a good way, I like to think).  All the products are water-based, rather than oil, so they don’t irritate my skin at all.

I can’t believe it took me this long to embrace foundation make-up.  Even in my twenties I could have used all of these!

Bobbi is on the pricier side and also more of an effort to pick up than just swinging by the drugstore.  A great alternative is Revlon’s new Age Defying with DNA Advantage.  While I haven’t used it long enough to notice a reversal in lines and wrinkles, the coverage, hydration and SPF are great, and it leaves a dewy glow.  Because it’s so lightweight, I still need concealer for blemishes and had to play around with the application (sponge vs. fingers) to maximize coverage but it’s the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever used.

What foundation products are in your make-up routine?

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I received the Age Defying with DNA Advantage line at a Revlon beauty and wellness event.}

Nike Training Club {Week 1}

It’s not easy starting a new workout routine while on vacation. We’re eating out a ton and have friends and family visiting. But I managed to get in 2 “Get Lean” 30-minute Nike Training Club workouts, 2 runs, and some biking. To say I’m sore is an understatement.

The routines on the Nike Training Club app are no joke. I chose the “Beginner” level and was completely soaked when finished. I’m not used to doing many of the exercises given, which is great, but also why I’m so sore. I had to use the video function several times to make sure I was doing them correctly but while you’re working out, even if listening to music, a voice comes over to remind you to keep your back straight or twist all the way to one side, etc. and also counts down for you.

I’m genuinely enjoying the app but I will warn that some of the workouts require equipment (i.e. a 10-lb dumbbell) and all require space to move around for walking squats, etc. and a mat or carpet. I was doing the workouts on the deck and had issues with the hard surface for some of the exercises.

My goal for week 2 is to get in at least 3 workouts.

Have you been exercising?  What are your goals for this week?

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Women via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Women.}


MODE MONDAY: SUMMER FLAIR

Georgie St. Barth pants, Local Apparel top, Swiss Legend watch, bracelets from Mon Amour Chelsea, earrings from street vendor lower Fifth Avenue, Cynthia Rowley sunnies, Maybelline Fifth Avenue Fuchsia lips. Thank you for the photos Coll!

Week 2 on the East End and we now have our BFFs in town for a little sun and surf.  I wore a smidge of navy for dinner, drinks, and bocce at Navy Beach.  Amidst the foggy sunset we were reminded of the selfless Seals that lost their lives this week and their families.




THE HUNT

I’m on the hunt for a fall bag.

So far this one’s in the lead:


Or maybe something new from Rebecca Minkoff?

It needs to be versatile and big enough to tote my SLR.  Also a more rugged leather so that I can rest it on the floor wherever I go (Christina reminded me never to leave my bag on the back of my chair at restaurants as her dining companion’s YSL was lifted at a recent lunch on the LES.  The horror).

Suggestions welcome!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post.}

Nike Training Club App

I’m pumped to be participating in a fitness program with Nike Women’s Training Club. You can join me too!

Nike Training Club is a full-body training app for the iPhone/iTouch/iPad designed to help people of all fitness levels build on the fundamentals of strength, cardio, interval, and core training.

Between work, blogging, Bubba, and cocktails, I haven’t had much time for myself lately and working out and eating well are usually the first things to go.  Nike Training Club is like having a personal trainer, except it’s FREE.

Ever have the feeling that you just don’t know what exercises to do?  The Nike Training Club app allows you to choose a goal/workout and shows you step-by-step, with photos, video, and audio what to do and for how long.  There are 60 custom-built workouts to choose from.

The app saves all of your workouts so you can see your progress and provides additional motivation in the form of “rewards,” similar to foursquare “badges.”

If for example I choose the goal “Get Lean,” which is high interval cardio drills to slim down, and I have 30 minutes to work out, the app will take me through a routine that includes a light jog, straight leg kicks, walking lunges, and so on.  You can even set the workout to music.

Pretty cool huh?

I’ll be updating Glamamom each week for the next month with my progress and will be announcing a sweepstakes next week so check back for a chance to win cool prizes.

What do you think?  Are you with me?  I promise you this app is super user-friendly and easy to navigate.  Getting started?  That’s up to you though.

 

The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Women via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Women.}


RISKY BUSINESS

Thank you to SunTrust Bank via Glam Media for sponsoring this post.

Starting one’s own business is a huge risk.  There are start-up costs, opportunity costs, and of course the fear and anxiety that come with trying something new and managing your own destiny. But if you’ve taken that leap, then you believe the benefits will outweigh the risks and are ready to fight the good fight to ensure they do.

I didn’t take the decision to leave my previous employer of 7 years to start High Line Media lightly.  In fact, I took a series of precautions to ease the transition and make sure both my family and I were prepared for the ups and downs of managing a start-up:

First, I didn’t make the decision to go out on my own with a branded identity until I had meaningful experience and a small client base and leads to draw from.

Second, I got buy-in from my husband.  Not in the sense that I needed his permission but I wanted to review our finances together and make sure he understood what starting this business would mean, both the cost and the time commitment.  Could our household afford additional costs without any income?  If so, for how long?

Third, I took on a temporary, good-paying, part-time assignment for experience and to earn money to carry the business until I had more steady work.

Founding High Line Media was both a risk and a personal stretch but thoughtful planning gave me the confidence that I wouldn’t fall too behind financially in order to do it.

SunTrust has consistently ranked at the top for customer service for a good reason – they understand their customers. This lets them provide the right solutions to meet those customers’ unique needs. They believe banking solid is the key to living solid. See for yourself at livesolid.com, where you’ll find many great articles, tools and tips on everything from shopping to family to money.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by SunTrust via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of SunTrust.}


MODE MONDAY: GONE FISHIN’

We’re officially on summer holiday and it feels oh so good!

Except when we were visiting friends today and Sebastian grabbed the water hose then proceeded to spray it through the screen door across their perfectly decorated living room while commanding, “Say hello to my little friend!”

Okay, the last part isn’t true because he doesn’t really talk yet but I can read his mind.

Chasing a toddler around every waking hour feels a bit like what I imagine prison camp to be but bonding with my little family (even Ish made the trip) outside the city, for an extended period, is a beautiful thing.  I already feel myself decompressing and we’ve only just begun.

Gifted CAbi Marrakesh tunic, J.Crew Ruched bandeau tank and Jelly thong sandals, TopShop headband, House of Harlow Sunburst Pendant, bracelets from Mon Amour Chelsea and Homeport Montauk, Rayban Signet sunnies.

Have a glamorous week!

The linky is at BonBon Rose Girls today.