May 31, 2007

What a Sanctuary

We are back from vacation on Seabrook Island (at right). Not familiar with it? Well it is a smaller island right next to Kiawah Island. They are both gorgeous, but we like Seabrook because it is smaller and quiet. There are no hotels on Seabrook Island that is how small and sort of remote it is.

If you want lots to do you can go to Charleston for the day, or night, or over to Kiawah, which has grown tremendously in the past few years.

One place we went that I have to recommend is the new Sanctuary Hotel in Kiawah! OHHHH is it phenomenal! We went there for dinner on our anniversary night. We ate at the hotel restaurant called the Jasmine Porch. The food was outstanding, service amazing and the wine list....don't get me started! They had some of my favorite hard to fine vineyards listed!!!! I was in heaven!

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Summer Make Up

I recently had the chance to check out the new Spring/Summer line from GloMinerals with a seasonal makeover. I love to do this atleast twice a year to see which new colors are in and break out of my rut.

As you can guess from the name, this is a mineral makeup line. Glominerals bases are formulated using powerful pharmaceutical-grade antioxidants, natural, high-pigment minerals and broad spectrum UV protection. These products are designed to deliver a flawless complexion while improving the health and appearance of the skin and protecting it from the outside - in.

I have a new favorite product...the gloPressed Base. After my 11:30 appointment, I went to visit my mother-in-law and then to a friend's house to swim with my 2 boys. Neither knew that I'd had a makeover, but both gave glowing unsolicited comments on my complexion. When I returned home at 7:30pm (after being splashed in the pool and playing out in the heat & humidity) , I still looked flawless...even my husband noticed.

The bronzer and Papaya Blush were beautiful, and I really liked the cream shadow in gilded bronze. I branched out with their rain forest shadow and fell in love with this as well!

GloMinerals are sold at spas and dermatologist or plastic surgeon's offices...and are definitely worth seeking out. In Lexington, try Laser Perfect Medspa.

Come and check out the sister products from GloSpa and Glo Therapeutics at our Bo & Glo Party on June 12th.

May 29, 2007

Summer Skin Care

It's time for a regime change (and not just because it's election season!) Ditch the heavy creams and stock up on sunscreen!

I am using SkinCeuticals Foaming Cleanser. Be sure you cleanse away all that sunscreen at the end of the day!

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum is a must year-round! You must read the research on this amazing product...it provides 8x photoprotection, reduces sunburn cells up to 96% in UV irradiated skin, & prevents thymine dimers (DNA mutations associated with skin cancer).

Daily Moisture is a great product for the p.m. summer regime. It minimizes pores & hydrates without greasiness (so it's also great under makeup!)

The face, neck and chest need lots of protection if you're going to prevent sun damage & wrinkles. I like SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense SPF 30. It works well under makeup for daily use & doesn't cause breakouts!

If you have any spots from past sun damage, have your derm check them out. Ask about a 4% hydroquinone lightener, like the one from Dermesse (available at reNew Medispa...you can learn all about this line at our Hautemommas' Night Out on June 12th). If your skin is sensitive to this ingredient, SkinMedica and SkinCeuticals make great hydroquinone-free lighteners.
images from skinceuticals.com

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May 27, 2007

Marc Jacobs Special Items

First there was Marc Jacobs. Next, Marc by Marc Jacobs. Now, Marc Jacobs launches Special Items. Available in Marc by Marc Jacobs stores, these Special Items are very reasonably priced. You can call the Savannah, GA store to order: 912.234.2800. View the entire collection at MarcJacobs.com (enter the flash site & click on special items).

PVC Flip Flops $14

Marc Jacobs for Pan Am Expolrer Bag (PVC) $64

Small Quilted Tote (PVC) $48

Croc Print Long Wallet (Leather) $64

Savannah Shopping Bag (Cotton Canvas Tote ) $12

an accessible alternative to Anya Hindmarch's "I'm Not a Plastic Bag" tote.


Quick Tint

Thank goodness for this product. We scheduled a last-minute vacay for next week and I'll have to miss my color appointment. So, instead of my usual 5 week interval, I'll have to go 7 weeks...not good.

Quick tint to the rescue! It's a genius instant hair root touch up pen that lasts through 2 or 3 shampoos (or until you remove it with baby oil). Dab color (there are 10 shades...even blonde) on a small comb and distribute through roots.

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May 25, 2007

Stylish Shorts

This season, there are so many stylish options for shorts. Here are a few favorites...

Not super-short; not bermudas... Sanctuary Loose Fit Sash Shorts

Rag & Bone Low Rise Bermudas in blue & white seersucker
don't forget to use the code savefuel for 30% off at standardstyle!

Banana Republic Ryan Pleat-Front Cuffed Short...if you can pull this off, go for it!

J. Crew Washed Linen Cuffed Short...cute!

images from jcrew.com, bananarepublic.com, standardstyle.com, and shopintuition.com



To a Tee

Look cute and be comfortable this summer! Here are some great tees to pair with shorts or jeans...

Theory Silas Bubble Top

Michael Stars Shine Sleeveless Empire Seam

Three Dots Cap Sleeve Henley

images from bellegray.com, saks.com, michaelstars.com and shoplastyle.com

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May 24, 2007

Save the Date!

You are invited to Hautemommastuff Ladies Night Out
"Bo & Glo" Party!
Indulge in Botox & the latest gloSpa and gloTherapeutics products from gloMinerals!
An evening of free rejuvenating treatments, generous door drawings & discounts, cocktails, and a free Hautemommastuff goodie bag full of treats and deals!
Join us at reNew Medispa / Louisville Plastic Surgery Consultants
6440 Dutchman's Parkway in Louisville...502.899.9998
Tuesday, June 12th from 6-8:30 pm

15% off Botox, 20% off laser services, 10% off skin care products & injectible fillers
RSVP to hautemommas@hautemommastuff.com

Come and check out the beautiful facilities, meet their friendly staff, and learn about the latest advances in treatments, products & procedures. Coming soon...an interview with Dr. Kevin Majzoub...

Beautiful Things

Have you seen the Anya Hindmarch catalog? It is chock-full of beautiful & luxurious bags, shoes, and apparel.

Visit anyahindmarch.com.


May 22, 2007

Haute Savings

Save Big at some of our favorite sites...

Save 30% on everything (including Sale items) until 5/28/07 at Standard Style. Use code "save fuel" at checkout! Check out the denim bar!

Friends & Family Day at Beauty.com is Wednesday, 5/23. Save 20% site-wide, 1- day only!

It's also time for the Victoria's Secret semi-annual sale!

May 21, 2007

One of Everything, Please...

I could easily close my eyes, flip thru the pages of the Anthropologie Spring/Summer catalog, stop on any item on any page and love what I landed on!

Here are a few must-haves....

Squash Blossom Tank...So pretty and summery!

Bird Watch Tank...flattering & versatile!

Woven Fan Bag...perfect to take along on vacay for day-trips...can handle all of my (& my 3 little ones') gear (sunscreen, snacks, purell, crayons, camera, etc) and still look cute!

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May 20, 2007

Mind your Manners

Introducing...The Etiquette School of Lexington.

Diane Abadi, a veteran educator in the Lexington area, and former education director of the Lexington Children’s museum, is the area’s first Certified Etiquette Consultant. She is offering a series of classes for school age children and teens.

Visit their website to view the list of classes and camps offered this summer.
photo from etiquetteschooloflex.com

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May 17, 2007

More of Hollywood's Favorite Bronzers!

Here are some more of the latest and greatest bronzers to hit the shelves!

Cargo Big Bronzer - Head-to-Toe Bronze
A giant version of a classic; this jumbo sized bronzer is designed to be swept liberally anywhere and everywhere. The universally flattering shade contains light reflecting particles for an added subtle shimmer and the sheer formula allows for buildable color. Celeb fan of this one is Molly Simms!
Price: $32

DuWop BronzeRush - A Glow with a Hint of Flush
Bronzerush is a palette that has everything you need to add color and life to your complexion. The gorgeous gold kit includes a velvety smooth powder bronzer with a gel-based translucent blush, for a pop of fresh cheek color. BronzeRush comes in 2 colors; June for lighter skin tones and August for darker skin tones. Celeb fan of this is Sarah Chalke! Price: $35

Laura Mercier Bronzing Gel - For a Dewy Glow
Laura envisioned a bronzer that would smooth on evenly and blend perfectly. This light gel formula does just that plus leaves the skin refreshed and hydrated. The lightweight texture makes it easy for every skin type to radiate a healthy glow. Celeb fans are Sarah Jessica Parker and Sienna Miller! Price: $30

theBalm Hot Mama - To Give Your Glow a New Dimension
Once you have your tawny tan, pop your glow with strategically applied highlighter. Hot Mama is a true all-in-one essential: sexy shadow, striking blush, subtle highlighter, and light-reflecting lip finisher tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. Celeb fans are Jewel and Nicollette Sheridan. Price: $18

Pictures from beauty.com

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May 15, 2007

Haute Handbags!

Haute Handbags

Chic & ladylike yet functional...these are some of our favorite bags!

See more of my Haute Handbags list at ThisNext.

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Congrats! Bronzer Goodie Bag Winners!

The Hautemommastuff Bronzer Goodie Bags go to Melody Edwards of Nicholasville, KY, and Heidi Johnson of Louisville, KY.

Melody & Heidi won the following Haute Bronzer products to stay bronzed & beautiful all summer long!...the safe way!

Enjoy your goodies!!!

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May 14, 2007

Haute Spot Interview: Darla Shine - The Happy Housewife

Darla Shine - Happy Housewife, Author, Mother, Visionary and much more!

I read Darla's book, Happy Housewives, last year and have since given it or recommended it to countless friends. Encouraging women who choose it to be proud of their jobs as full-time wives and mothers, she offers advice in a 10-step format that is fun to read and easy to follow. While her book's target audience is the stay-at-home-mom, her suggestions are easily applied to the haute working mom as well...

Darla Shine's Happy Housewives Club website is a fun place to hang out online and chat with other at-home moms about everything from what to cook for dinner to potty-training to budgeting, fashion, and more!

Darla is a really sweet person and a blessing to many (see below).
Read on to learn how she stays haute!


Favorite getaway?
My favorite getaway is anyplace that isn't 'home.' I think it is so important to get out of the house with your husband and your children. Leave the bills, the chores, the stress behind and hit the road. Even if you go to the hotel with the indoor pool twenty minutes away, it's great by me. With our busy lives, I love to have the time to connect and have fun together. I do love the Mohonk in upstate New York. A great weekend getaway.

Favorite restaurant?
Any four star or over restaurant is in my favorite list. I love to eat, it is my favorite hobby. I won't eat at a fast food place or anyplace because I am hungry. I carry the latest copy of the Zagat guide in my car and I am always looking for the best restaurant in whatever neighborhood I am in. I am very particular because I am a big cook so I want only the finest ingredients and the most interesting dishes. I love to travel and I have favorite restaurants in every city. My favorite in NYC is Mesa Grill owned by my favorite chef Bobby Flay.

Favorite gift to give?
I go through gift spurts when I find something new and trendy that I love, that year everyone gets it. This year my big gift for all the women in my life was the mom charms. Many websites have these now but I love the ones at that I have on my website that are made from a stay at home mom in Canada, Alli, who started her own jewelry business, allisoriginals, from her kitchen.

What's in your beauty bag?
My beauty bag is pretty simple. Moisturizer, foundation, blush, eyeliner, mascara and lipstick. I have about 30 lipsticks, all over the house, in the cars, and in my coat pockets. I cannot be without lipstick and I encourage every haute momma to make sure that even if she has no other make up on, she wear a lip gloss or lipstick.

Favorite hotel?
This is a hard question to answer. I have been lucky enough to go to so many beautiful hotels. I have to say if I had to choose one it would be the Phoenician in Arizona.

Cocktail of choice?
Margarita on the rocks, with salt.

Style advice?
Stay current. I see moms wearing jeans from 1984. You can stay in style on any budget. I suggest Ann Taylor, Newport News, J Crew, Old Navy.

What is style?
I think style is wearing something that fits your personality. There are so many different trends out there right now. You could be preppy, hippie, flirty, or sexy. I know what I look good in and it is 'my style.' My style right now is the summer, flirty sun dress. Macy's is full of these cute dresses at affordable prices.

Top of style wish list?
My wish list? For me right now, it's espadrilles for the summer. I can't get enough of them. Here is the latest pair on my have to go get them wish list - The Jessica Simpson 'Jasp' Ankle Wrap Pump.

Best thing that's happened to you as a result of writing the book?
By far the best thing that has happened to me after writing Happy Housewives is all the new women I have met. I have had more than 20 thousand women write to me. I have answered every email. I have travelled all over the US and I have met many of them. Now they come to my website and we chat every day and share our lives together. I have made so many friends. It has really been the most wonderful experience.

You have changed so many lives with your book. Did you realize you would have this great of an impact when writing Happy Housewives?
I wrote my book because I knew there were a lot of women like me who were upset by the negative image portrayed of the housewife. That we were all a bunch of hags. I wanted to change that stereotype. I didn't realize however just how many women out there would be so happy that someone was finally defending their choice to stay home to raise their families. I received thousands of emails from women thanking me for saying it was okay to choose full time motherhood and homemaking. They say I made them feel validated. Many wrote that they were deeply depressed about being home because society made them feel badly about it and my book was the first book they read that gave them the strength to feel pride in their choice. And I still receive emails daily from women who write me to say Happy Housewives saved their lives. How amazing is that? These letters, next to my children and husband, are truly the best gifts of my life.

Any other words of wisdom for our readers?
I would remind all women that having babies doesn't mean you have to start living like a strung out tired mother. You owe it to yourself to spend some time on yourself mentally and physically. If momma ain't happy no one's going to be happy. So spend some time doing what you love. Don't give up your favorite hobby or dream, incorporate it into your new mommy routine. My happy housewives run the household budget. We own over 50% of the home businesses. We look great. We are educated. We have great sex lives. And these are the best years of our lives. So enjoy them.

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Another fun, hautemomma favorite site is Sleepyheads!

Cute & fun pajamas (please stop sleeping in that old Sigma Chi Derby teeshirt and shorts), slippers and flip-flops, candles, bath accessories and more!

Check it out!
images from sleepyheads.com

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May 13, 2007

Find a Haute New Fragrance for Spring

Looking for a new fragrance for Spring? Don't want to smell like every other gal who shops at the mall? Here are 2 great sites with amazing boutique fragrances from around the world. Both offer sampling programs, so you can try the scents that sound appealing, without springing for a whole bottle of something you may not end up liking.

LuckyScent has a store in California and a vast selection of unique and hard-to-find fragrances. Try the prepackaged Spring sampler or browse their selection by your favorite notes (floral, vanilla, wood, etc).

Aedes de Venustas has an elegant boutique in New York City, is a celeb-favored shopping destination and has been featured in numerous magazine articles on fragrance. The owners are wonderful and happy to provide top-drawer customer service both in-person and to their on-line and telephone customers. Their lovely gift-packaging is a treat on its own. Ambra di Venezia is a springtime favorite of mine.

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Hautemommas' Night Out

You are invited to Hautemommastuff Ladies Night Out

"Bo & Glo" Party!
Indulge in Botox & the latest gloSpa and gloTherapeutics products from gloMinerals!

An evening of free rejuvenating treatments, generous door prizes & discounts, cocktails, and a free Hautemommastuff goodie bag full of treats and deals!

Join us at reNew Medispa / Louisville Plastic Surgery Consultants
6440 Dutchman's Parkway in Louisville...502.899.9998
Tuesday, June 12th from 6-8:30 pm

15% off Botox, 20% off laser services, 10% off skin care products & injectible fillers
Come and check out the beautiful facilities, meet their friendly staff, and learn about the latest advances in treatments, products & procedures. Coming soon...an interview with Dr. Kevin Majzoub...

May 11, 2007

Banana Boat EveryDay Glow

Who would have thought this one would be my favorite, so far???

I have tested many of the lotion-type self-tanners; Jergens, Coppertone, Neutrogena (reviews to come) and my favorite is Banana Boat!

At first I thought it would not be the best simply because I don't, or haven't, seen it advertised as heavily as the others....wrong! Isn't that always the way, the cheapest is the best. We spend all this money on expensive high-end products that we often end up disliking, then we spend under $10 for something and it ends up being the best in quality and results!

Anyway, the Banana Boat EveryDay Glow in Medium, which I was hesitant to get because I am so pale, but the Medium is just fine, gives the best coverage, quickest results, smells fine and doesn't 'stain' everything you touch. Like all of them you have to wash your hands fairly quickly after applying, but it did not leave a trace on my hands. After only two days of applying just once a day, I noticed (as did my husband...shock) a difference.

I highly recommend this one!

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