You’re Invited! | Babo Botanicals Spring Launch Party at buybuy Baby Chelsea

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Join me Saturday afternoon, May 3rd between 2 – 5 pm at buybuy Baby in my old stomping ground for a Spring Launch Party to celebrate Babo Botanicals‘ two newest hair care products– Smoothing Conditioner and Swim & Sport Conditioner.

Babo’s passionate founder, Kate Solomon, will be on hand with free samples and plenty of yummy snacks and fun activities to keep the kids busy while you browse.

If you’re not familiar with the brand, Babo Botanicals is a natural hair, skin, and sun products collection made entirely on a certified organic farm in upstate New York. The products are 100% vegan (except the lotions that contain beeswax) and free of parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances. Products you can truly feel good about bringing into your home!

I’ve recommended Babo Botanicals’ sun care products in the past since they rank highly among the top-rated sunscreens for the entire family but we just started using the hair care too. My kids and I have serious locks and Babo Botanicals not only gets the job done but the products smell divine and leave hair soft and manageable. Bonus points for getting my guys excited to wash their hair!

I really love this brand and hope you’ll pop in to say hello and learn more. Look forward to seeing you!

RSVP here or at babolove@babobotanicals.com.

{This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed herein are my own.} 

Wine & Spirits Delivered In Less Than An Hour? YES PLEASE!

I should be scolded for not coming up with this first:

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Minibar, an innovative new app that allows users to easily order wine and spirits for delivery in less than 60 minutes, launched today for users in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York City. Making its mobile-first debut on iOS systems, the Minibar app– which is downloadable for free via Apple’s app store – will simplify the way alcohol is ordered. Users simply enter their zip code, select their favorite wine and spirit and proceed to checkout. Orders, which require a $25 minimum, are then delivered in 60 minutes or less.

When are you coming to Long Island, Minibar?!

Clean-Up with Jewel

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At a children’s crafting event celebrating the launch of the Swiffer Sweep & Trap this afternoon at Make Meaning in Manhattan, rockin’ mama Jewel serenaded us with her version of the “Clean-Up Song.” It’s far better than my own “If you don’t help me clean up now, you’re going to your room!” rendition, I’ll tell you that.

While the kids did messy crafts like glitter art and cookie decorating, we got to see the Swiffer Sweep & Trap in action scooping up large crumbs into its removable bin. You know I love my Swiffer products but it was Sebastian who was most impressed. When he saw it in our goody bag as we were leaving, he said something like, “Finally I get my own vacuum.” As if we’ve been depriving him all these years. Enjoy it kid! If you’re a really good boy, we’ll get you this one for your birthday.

Jewel was as sweet as you would imagine her to be and gushed about the hands-on experiences and messes made by her 2-year old son. The “Clean-Up Song” will be available for free download on www.facebook.com/swiffer, along with the video of her performance if you want to try and brainwash your children with it.

I also have one Swiffer prize pack to give away including:

  • Swiffer tote with Sweep & Trap
  • Sweep & Trap refills
  • Craft recipe cards
  • Kids crafts

Just leave a comment below to throw your hat in the ring and I’ll randomly choose a winner in a week. US only please and you must be 18 or older.

UPDATE: Congrats Janice!

{I was not compensated for this post. Swiffer provided us with transportation to and from the event and a goody bag for our participation. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

Matilda The Musical {Guest Post}

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A couple of weeks ago I gave my kindergartner niece a big surprise when I arrived to pick her up early from school.  My sister told her that I’d be there to get her after lunch and the smile on her face when she greeted me was almost too much to handle. When I told her we were going to see Matilda The Musical on Broadway, a story that she didn’t quite know but has heard so much about, her face lit up with contagious excitement. Broadway is one of my favorite things about New York. When I was little my parents’ biggest splurge was taking us to the occasional matinee. Pulling up to the theater in the middle of the day brought me right back to my own childhood.

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I loved Roald Dahl’s books growing up and seeing Matilda come to life on a stage was like a childhood dream come true. It is the story of a smart, curious, mischievous little girl, her horrible (and dumb) family, the cruel bully of a headmistress who terrorizes her and her classmates, and the kind teacher who believes in her.

Watching my niece who loves the theater, music and dance, was as magical as the show itself. She laughed out loud throughout the show and even during the sadder moments she squeezed my arm and whispered how sad the scene was. We both felt so many emotions and nothing could have prepared us for the magic that unfolded on that stage that day.

With everything from laser beams, jokes for grown-ups and kids, beautiful choreography, confetti, swings, and trampolines it was a show as entertaining for children as it was for adults. But beyond all the bells and whistles that made the show a powerhouse of fun was the story itself and the way it was brought to life by the beautiful, moving, and sometimes gut-wrenching songs and the actors who sang them. The kids were incredible. We even watched “Revolting Children” on YouTube on our iPad on the way home because once is not enough to hear that anthem of independence and revolution when those amazing kids finally stand up to their dreadful headmistress.

I would recommend this show hands-down to anyone of any age looking to have a good time at the theater.

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From now through the end of the year, you can purchase orchestra seats from $97 on select performances. If you bring this MATILDA Halloween Bookmark to the theater this weekend, you’ll get a special surprise treat. Visit Telecharge to purchase tickets.

Monica Shulman is a photographer and author of Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog. She lives in New York City with her husband, toddler daughter, and infant son.

{We were not compensated for this post but did receive tickets to the show for review purposes.  All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

CAbi Is Coming!

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Remember when I went out to Newport Beach for “The Scoop,” CAbi’s semi-annual training and runway show? Well, CAbi is bringing its fashion, female empowerment, and career opportunities to us this year with an “Exploring CAbi Event” on November 5th in New Rochelle AND you’re invited!

Created by Carol Anderson for real women with busy lives, the women’s apparel line includes an affordable mix of professional separates and casual everyday pieces that are refreshed twice yearly in the Spring and Fall to stay on-trend.

One thing that separates CAbi from other fashion brands is their consultant-based selling model. With approximately 3,500 CAbi Consultants spread across all 50 states, the unique shopping experience is really where the magic happens. CAbi Consultants host private trunk shows in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their best girlfriends. CAbi Girls have the best of both worlds: a home-based career without compromise, and fashion, friends and fun on the job.

Each year CAbi celebrates the brand and invites a new group of entrepreneurial and stylish women to explore a career in fashion, with the flexibility of working from home. At the November 5th event in New Rochelle, you can expect 2 hours of light refreshments and mingling with the passionate CAbi community while getting up close and personal with the latest collection of clothing.

President & Chief Culture Officer, Kimberly Inskeep will discuss how CAbi plays a unique role in the life of today’s woman, CAbi’s Founders will tell you about the company’s unique heritage and how it offers a rewarding career that fits into any lifestyle, and you’ll get a glimpse into the CAbi home show experience, as well as learn about the brand’s charitable efforts with The Heart of CAbi Foundation.

Did I mention you get to play with the gorgeous clothes? Stay tuned! I’ll be styling my very own CAbi outfit in an upcoming Mode Monday.

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If you’re interested in learning more about CAbi and meeting a fun group entrepreneurial women, grab a girlfriend or go it alone and REGISTER HERE NOW!

Have a glamorous weekend!

{This is a sponsored post.}

Beauty Buzz | #TargetStyle Fall 2013 Fashion Presentation Features Bold Lip Trend

 

Target Fall 2013 Fashion Presentation

I’m thrilled to be partnering with Target again this season to feature the latest fashion and beauty trends for fall.

Last weekend I stealthily attended a top secret fashion presentation held at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57 where Target featured its fall 2013 women’s and men’s collections. Much like its memorable television commercials, Target’s fall runway show was pure toe-tapping entertainment. Models floated onto the runway via conveyor belts showcasing this season’s hottest trends including: embellishments, tailored pieces, black & white looks, wavy hair, and one of my all-time favorite beauty trends, bold lips.

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I pretty much wear a bold lip every time I go out for something special. My lips are on the thin side and I have a gummy smile so bold color makes them really pop. One of my beauty resolutions in 2012 was to wear bright lipstick more often and I’ve really stuck to it. In fact, I was wearing a bold red at the show and most of the week!

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One of my go-to colors is Revlon’s Fire & Ice which is a great, universally appealing shade. If you’re unsure of the bold lip trend, I wrote about how to get the perfect red lip on Babble this summer, and it applies to all dark shades. To recap:

(1) Make sure your lips are hydrated! Cracked and peeling lips will make your lipstick bleed and look uneven. Dry lips are also a sign that you’re dehydrated so be sure to drink plenty of water and apply lip moisturizer or balm to maintain healthy skin. To get a long lasting finish, apply a primer, which can also help smooth out the lips.

(2) Apply a lip liner. If you’re not using a primer, apply liner over your entire lips. Liner helps control the flow of color to the defined lip area and prevents feathering. Just be sure to choose a lip liner shade in nude or one that will compliment the lipstick you are using!

(3) Choose a bold color that works well with your skin tone. Finding the right shade can be a bit of trial and error (fun too!) but there are a few rules of thumb: Blue-based colors (cool) typically pair better with pale to medium skin tones and orange-based colors (warm) with olive and dark tones.

Are you with me?!

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{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. Photos 1,2,3 via Ken Pao.}

Spectator Style

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Slubby Spacedye Dress

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Drinks at the US Open

[slubby spacedye dress: anthropolgie // jacket: mavi // tessa tote: c/o b.makowsky // sandals: j.crew // cat-eye wafarers: c/o bcbg // judith ripka watch: c/o qvc ]

Cousin Kat invited me to the U.S. Open last Friday and it was the most beautiful weather we’ve had all summer. I’m so happy we got to spend the afternoon together amid fashion week, back to school, and our impending move. Life often cuts into my girl time but Kat and I never let more than a few weeks pass by without making an effort to get together.

I’ve always been a big tennis enthusiast (spectator, not player) and heading out to Flushing Meadows is such a fun experience each summer. I recently received an invitation to interview Andre Agassi about his new snack food line for kids, Box Budd!es, and I’m probably the most excited I’ve ever been to meet a “celeb.” I adore him and “Open” made me respect him for so many reasons other than tennis. I cannot wait to learn more about what he’s been up to since retiring.

#MondayMingle with @Glamamom @Momtrends @BonBonRoseGirls

“If you’re joining us for #MondayMingle, BonBon Rose Girls is hosting the linky this week. “Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/personal style link-up rotated between MomtrendsBonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom.

{I was not compensated for this post.}

Mode Monday | Lipton’s Summer TASTE Party with Katharine McPhee

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Singer Katharine McPhee ushers in this year's summer solstice by lighting the "Lipton Sun" at the Summer TASTE Party in New York

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Jill Seiman & Lauren Jimeson, Lipton Sun, Lipton TASTE of Summer Party NYC

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Jill Seiman, Lipton TASTE of Summer Party NYC

[dress & heels: zara // earrings: c/o stella & dot // bracelet: c/o t.j. maxx // bag: botkier]

It crept up on me but summer is officially here. Most of June was spent celebrating the end of the school year for Sebastian, a two-week break which included a trip to Sesame Place, and then the start of camp. We’ve also been devoting a ton of time to a major new project, which I’ll unveil soon!

Lipton Iced Tea and Katharine McPhee hosted a Summer TASTE party at the Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club down at South Street Seaport to celebrate the arrival of the summer solstice and unveiled a one-of-a-kind illuminated installation aimed at providing 24-hours of sunlight to New Yorkers. The view overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge was incredible, as was the company, photo booth with A Mommy in the City, and the fruity iced tea cocktails.

Katharine McPhee couldn’t have been lovelier. She was throwing back cocktails which I obviously appreciate. I had the chance to sit down with her for a chat and gushed about Smash and asked about her amazing skin. Here are the 2 beauty products she can’t live without, which I published over on Babble Beauty.

I didn’t realize the “beach club” actually included sand so my getup was a tad conspicuous but fortunately some party planning genius anticipated Glamamoms like me and provided #hashtag flip flops.

Have a glamorous week!

If you’re linking up with #MondayMingle, the linky is being hosted by BonBon Rose Girls this week with a Mark scarf giveaway!  “Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/personal style link-up rotated between MomtrendsBonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom.

{I was not compensated for this post. Photos 1 & 2 via Insider Images/Andrew Kelly for Lipton.}

Mode Monday | Cooling Down with skyn ICELAND

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I’ve learned first hand that stress has an unrelenting effect on the way I look. When we’re stressed, hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and histamine wash into the blood stream and can wreak havoc on our skin. All that excess oil, breakouts, dehydration, and irritation lead to premature aging.

Lara of Pretty Connected partnered skyn ICELAND to host an evening of relaxation at Henri Bendel earlier this month to slow down and cool down with their Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, healthy Liquiteria juices, yummy gluten-free Kaked cupcakes, manis, and stress tests. Skyn’s hero product is the Eye Gels, cooling gel patches that infuse the eye area with concentrated doses of elastin to help firm and tone, hexapeptide helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, ginkgo biloba to improve blood flow and help reduce puffiness, and advanced antioxidants to help prevent future damage — a summer must-have.

I wore another one of Carly’s outfits to the event. She found me the perfect black linen blazer (Vintage Havana) and floral jeans (Black Sheep, sorry a boutique brand). Of course despite a room full of bloggers I didn’t get a full length pic but here are bits and pieces. You can find more photos on skyn ICELAND’s Facebook page and Pretty Connected’s.

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[with monica marino of marino bambinos and christine tsang of tineey]

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Jill Seiman & Lara Eurdolian

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[with lara eurdolian of pretty connected and danielle gray of the style and beauty doctor]

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[linen blazer: vintage havana // jeans: black sheep (boutique brand) // judith ripka watch c/o QVC // bracelet & necklace: c/o stella & dot // nails: essie in the cab-ana]

If you’re linking up #MondayMingle, welcome! One participant this week will win a Beach Sun Hat in natural from Coolibar.

Have a glamorous week!

“Monday Mingle” is a weekly fashion/personal style link-up rotated between Momtrends, BonBon Rose Girls, and Glamamom.

{I was not compensated for this post. I received a goodie bag for attending the event. Post contains affiliate links. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}

HP’s Mom + Me Create Event {& Giveaway}

Monica Shulman is a photographer and writes Ciao, Chessa! – a photography and lifestyle blog.  She lives in New York City with her husband and toddler daughter.

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We love to craft at home.  I save every piece of tissue paper and wrapping paper imaginable and we use everything from popsicle sticks to paper plates for making art.  Recently I’ve also been printing photos from my iPhone and dslr on so we can make crafts with them – Lucia recently made a sweet collage using some pictures and lots and LOTS of glitter.  So when Jill told me about a HP’s Mom + Me Create Event for grown-ups and kids at the DwellStudio flagship, there was no way I could turn it down.

We headed to Soho and met with Christiane Lemieux, the talented designer and founder of DwellStudio (I’m obsessed with everything there) who is also a mother of two, a few other moms and their kiddos.  We talked about creating fun projects using our photos printed with HP technology (we used the HP Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer) and then we got to printing and making “fun stuff” as dubbed by my almost-three-year-old.

The best part for me was printing quality images quickly, efficiently and wirelessly from my iPhone.  The best part for Lucia was all of it – taking the photos, watching them print, and then using them to make a cool coaster for her dad and a fun canvas tote with an iron-on picture of herself and her two besties (her cousins).  I’m really looking forward to using the printer to make more things at home and also to print photos for framing and scrapbooking.

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WIN IT! We’re thrilled to offer one reader an HP® Photosmart 7520 e-All-in-One Printer that prints, scans, faxes, and copies, all in color or black-and-white, prints photographs in beautiful, sharp color at 600 dpi, and more (a $199 value).

TO ENTER: You must follow Glamamom at least one of the following ways: confirmed email subscriptionFacebookTwitterPinterest, YouTube or Instagram. Just leave a comment below telling us why you’d like to win this HP printer.

For an additional entry, follow @glamamom and @ciaochessa on Twitter and tweet the following: Print in style! Enter to #win an @HP Photosmart e-All-in-One-Printer from @Glamamom & @CiaoChessa: http://s.shr.lc/12BZ8Xd #giveaway

Two entries total, please leave a separate comment for each. U.S. only and you must be 18 years old. We’ll choose the winner in one week via random.org. Good luck.

UPDATE: The winner is Livivua Chandler. Congrats!

{I was not compensated in any way for this post. I received a complimentary printer for review purposes. All opinions expressed herein are my own.}