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Crack-The Ultimate Hair Care Prescription

I was recently in a check-out line and saw a bottle of “Crack”. I had to look. The clever description made it impossible to resist. So , what is “Crack”? Well, it’s not what you’re thinking (I would never condone drugs). This is a hair care miracle. Named Crack for it’s addictive, habit-forming properties, this cream does everything you need it to do. Formulated with acai extract and silk proteins, this product moisturizes and protects hair from dryness and chemicals, including chlorine. It offers thermal and UV protection, and moisturizes from the hair cuticle to the ends. And this wonder blocks the effects of humidity and eliminates up to 95% of frizz and curl.

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As you can see (and no, this isn’t me), it really does work. From the first application, my hair was shiny, more manageable, and very silky. And I can also vouch for the humidity claims. This summer has been one humid mother, and this product keeps my hair smooth all day long. Applied to towel-dried hair, Crack makes blow-drying a snap. The brush glides through hair and makes the whole process much easier. I’m left with hair that has tons of volume and looks smooth as glass. I’m already addicted. But a warning, a little bit goes a long way.

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Crack $19.95
available at Ulta

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Stress Rehab For Your Locks

We all know winter can dry out and damage our hair, but what about summer? I’ve come to realize that the heat and elements of the summer can be just as, if not more so, damaging to my locks. Think about it. You have pool, lake, and ocean water, wind, humidity-and that’s just to name a few. After spending this past weekend outside in blazing sun and strong winds, my hair was looking a little parched. Time to pull out the big guns.
Sally Hershberger’s Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray is my hair’s best friend. This is the ultimate stress rehab for your follicles. It’s a super lightweight leave-in moisturizing spray that can be used on damp or dry hair. The super keratin and silk extract repair damage, seal split ends, protect from heat and daily stresses. It also tames frizz (essential for humid weather), static, and flyaways.
When sprayed through damp hair, you’re hair gets the deep moisture it craves. You can also use it on dry hair for instant manageability and softness, or to reactivate your style. I really focus on my ends and hair around my face because that seems to get the brunt of the damage. My locks are noticeably softer and virtually frizz-free. It is a major part of my routine on hair-washing days.

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Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray $12.99
available at Ulta

If you’re looking for one thing that can really protect and repair your hair, this is the one. And it’s very affordable (actually on sale right now for $7.99).

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Madewell Summer Picks

I love Madewell, mainly because not only do they carry their own brand, but others as well. Their clothing and accessories are casual or edgy, depending on how you style the look. They have a vast offering of merchandise, the quality is great, and the price points vary. It’s a great place to find anything you’re looking for and you know you’ll walk away with pieces that will last you many trend-filled seasons. I’ve put together my picks for this summer. Hope you like them!

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DRESSES
A must have for summer, but I think I’ve selected a range that can go through all seasons with the right accent pieces.

TOP:
Holepunch Tee Dress $99.99
Tickertape Stripe Shift $89.99

MIDDLE:
Stitchwork Silk Dress $159.99

BOTTOM:
Attic and Barn Kami Dress $235
Attic and Barn Kaoma Dress $255

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TEXTILE ELIZABETH AND JAMES
One of the brands designed by this year’s CFDA winners, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen (and one of my favorites). This collection offers fabulous denim pieces and quirky dresses. I love that they chose to do the jacket in a bright pink, the jeans offer that 70’s vibe I dig, and the shirtdress is right on trend for this season.

Sid Denim Jacket $365
Morrison Jeans $245
Alex Shirtdress $245

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SUMMER MUST-HAVES
Everyone needs a fantastic bikini, a great hat and sunnies, and some tops for summer. These are my favorites warm-weather pieces.

TOP:
Pen and Ink String Bikini $46 for top, $44 for bottom
Sunny Day Tortoise Sunglasses $49.50
Sheercheck Smocktop $69.50

BOTTOM:
Mara Hoffman Cocoon Tunic $213
Biltmore Straw Fedora $58
Stoneskipper Sweatshirt Tee $49.99

All items available at Madewell

Summer essentials, for me, are pieces you can wear year after year. Bikinis, sunglasses, denim, tees, a great dress-these all are essentials. Add some trendier items and you have the perfect outfits for the season.

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Discover Club Monoco

Club Monaco has to be one of the most visually appealing stores in the mall. Founded in Toronto in 1985, this international lifestyle brand offers affordable luxury with modern sensibility. Headquartered in NYC, in the heart of Chelsea’s art gallery district, the brand appeals to the creative consumer who likes to mix fashion must-haves with timeless classics. The apparel and accessories can easily transition from work to play,and there is the right ensemble for every occassion.

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Stunningly merchandised

Club Monaco has a very eclectic mix of merchandise. Here’s a look at some of my favorite pieces. I think you’ll agree that they are fashion forward, classic, and pretty awesome.

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Frida Dress $198.50
I love the color and the way this dress drapes. Very pretty and a little edgy too.

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Julissa Beach Short $59.50
Who can resist a little eyelet? These shorts are perfect for a day at the beach or an evening out on the town.

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Isabelle Sweatpant $89.50
Every girl needs a pair of sweats. These has fashionable details (like the pockets) which keeps them from being grubby.

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Levis 501 Roll Short $79.50
I’ve already written about how much I love a good cut-off, and these are classic.

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Sasha Silk Top $129.50
This is a super feminine top that is work appropriate but would also look adorable with cut-offs.

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Jennifer Embellished Dress $249
Stripes are a huge trend this season and this is a great weekend dress. And the moccasins are a nice touch!

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Pamela Silk Peasant Top $129.50
I like me a peasant top and this one is super duper. The print and fabric are light, which is great for summer.

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Janice Dress $89.50
Loose dresses will keep you cool on a hot day. I love the cut of this!

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Liza Medallion Ankle Jean $129.50
Polka-dot is another hot trend. These are pretty funky, but that’s what I like about them. Tres chic!

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Alexis Slouchy Sweater $98.50
Even in the summer I carry a sweater with me (air-conditioning can be chilly). This is an adorable layering piece.

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Hilary Skirt $98.50
A floral skirt is essential in the summer. It can get you through many types of occassions.

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Blake Dress $229
This dress will easily transition from summer to fall.

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Charlie Light Cashmere Top $169.50
Cashmere can be a great fabric for summer. This has a casual vibe, but paired with a skirt and heels, it can easily take you out to dinner.

Club Monaco is one of my go-to stores when I need something really special. The quality is top-notch, the service is outstanding, and the environment is inspiring. For more information, please visit Club Monaco

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Moisturizing Sunscreen

All my life I’ve received comments about how soft my skin is. I’ve been a moisturizing fool for as long as I can remember. The thought of getting dressed without applying moisturizer makes me squirm. Just like our faces, the body needs a barrier as well. During the winter I opt for an intense lotion because Minnesota winters really dry out the skin. But in the summer, I usually use a great smelling sunscreen as my lotion. The only problem with that is they aren’t always moisturizing. Now, the makers of my favorite smelling sunscreen, Hawaiian Tropic, have created the perfect blend of moisturizer and sunscreen. And I am in love.
Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion is the only sunscreen with hydrating ribbons. It nourishes and pampers skin while providing a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection (available in SPF 12, 30, and 50). Infused with silk protein, nourishing anti-oxidants, and exotic botanicals, this lotion is very lightweight and not greasy at all. It really feels quite wonderful on my skin and gives me a good 12 hours of moisture, even while out in the sun. And best of all, it has that signature Hawaiian Tropic fragrance. One whiff and I’m back in my childhood. Yummy!

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Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion $9.99
available at all major drugstores

I find this to be the perfect moisturizer for summer. My goal is sun protection, hydration, and to smell like the beach. Mission accomplished with Silk Hydration.

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Marni For H&M

The “Marni for H&M” collection was unveiled over the weekend and the stars were out showing their support.

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Drew Barrymore in Marni for H&M

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Freida Pinto in Marni for H&M

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Sofia Coppola in Marni for H&M

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Winona Ryder in Marni for H&M

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Jessica Chastain in Marni for H&M

As you can see, the collection is AMAZING and is complete with all the quirky prints and colors that are signature Marni. The collection contains a wide range of dresses, coats, tops, and accessories. Prices range from $20-$129 (very affordable). Here is a sneak peek of my favorite looks and pieces.

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Skirt $60, Necklace $50, Jacket $80
This is one of my favorites.

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Silk Dress $80, Bracelet $30, Sunglasses $20
I need this dress!!

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Dress $99, Bracelet $20
Another adorable dress.

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Dress $99, Coat $129, Belt $10
Same dress as above but styled differently. Changing out layer pieces and accessories can create a whole new look.

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Top $60, Pants $80, Bag $80
So springy!!

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Blouse $80, Pants $80, Silk Scarf $20
It’s a lot of print, but somehow it’s not overwhelming.

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Blouse $80
This is such a great silhouette and print.

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Dress $99
Perfect for warmer weather, but can be layered in fall and winter.

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Blouse, price not available
I really dig the color combination.

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Leggings $40
Such a great pattern and can be layered under many of the looks.

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Straw Hat, price not available
Everyone needs a cute straw hat for summer!

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Coat $129
The pattern is fantastic and it has a real retro feel to it.

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Dress $129
You always need a good maxi dress in your wardrobe and this one is gorgeous.

The Marni for H&M collection hits stores March 8th. Be sure to find out if your local H&M will be carrying it. If not, be poised over your keyboard. This is one designer ensemble that cannot be missed.

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