korss2008115574_prod_medium_v1_m56577569831216604_sx201_.thumbnailYou just never know what will end up on the sale rack at one of your favorite stores. Take, for instance, these Marc by Marc Jacobs two-tone heels for $140.99, originally $470.00. This navy blue belted shirt dress by Milly, now $259.70. And jeans for $50-$70! You can find these deals at Pink Mascara. You will also find great sales at Shopbop and CoutureCandy.

Deals such as save $10 at CoutureCandy; save 30% on designer fashions at Shopbop; and save 30%-70% off women's designer summer fashions at Pink Mascara - use code: COUPONWINNER for another $15 off your purchase of $150 or more at Pink Mascara. Enjoy!

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Pink Mascara Take $15 of a $150 purchaseOne of my favorite websites, Pink Mascara, is now a part of the msf community. Shop clothing, handbags, shoes, accessories and candles in one great place. And receive $15 off your purchase of $150 or more through October 31, 2008. Visit here for the coupon code, as well as many other special offers. Enjoy!
Wearing nothing but aprons reading “ASK ME WHY I’M NAKED,” employees of LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics will lead a cheeky protest urging shoppers to go ‘naked’ by purchasing products free of packaging. The brave shop workers will educate passers-by on the devastating environmental impact of packaged goods sold in cosmetic shops, supermarkets and other retailers. In addition to NYC, the activity will take place in Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Atlanta, Washington DC, Orlando, Portland, Aspen, Boulder, Carmel, Pasadena, Scottsdale, Maui, Annapolis, Bethesda, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Kansas City and Providence.

Why are LUSH employees shedding their clothes to talk about packaging? The environment is one of the biggest global issues we face today. In order to combat climate change and to protect the Earth’s scarce natural resources, shoppers need to take action by avoiding packaged goods. LUSH leads the cosmetics industry in efforts to eliminate packaging by selling solid ‘naked’ products that do not require plastic bottles. By removing the water from the product, LUSH’s innovative solid shampoo bars, conditioners, hennas, massage bars, body butters, bubble bars, and soaps are sold to the customer deli-style, without any packaging.

As a result, last year alone approximately 3 million plastic bottles were not manufactured, transported and disposed of because customers chose to buy LUSH’s solid shampoo bars instead of a bottled product. I have been told that LUSH has recently switched all plastic bottles in the store to 100% post-consumer waste bottles. All of LUSH’s paper bags, cardboard boxes and reusable tins are made from recycled materials. Support LUSH's efforts here today by clicking on the LUSH link!
A couple of weeks ago, I took the kids to Arkansas and Dallas with me for business and pleasure (mostly pleasure). We had an incredible time. We never felt the anxiety of being away from home, which was a sign of a fantastic trip! And my children behaved like perfect angels (well, almost) on the plane. They earned their wings for the next couple of trips to D.C. and Minneapolis/St. Paul scheduled in August. As to not get behind in product testing, I decided to take a plethora of skin care products along with me for review. Unfortunately, that's not always the best idea, as climate and water type play a significant role in how your skin behaves. And my skin was not happy. It was a mess!

Since I brought all of my testing products, I left behind my go-to products. Seriously, of all people, I should know better. However, once I arrived in Dallas, I took over my mom’s lot of Theraderm and my skin thanked me for it. And speaking of Theraderm, sadly I did not get the opportunity to meet with Dr. Beckman in Arkansas. Though, he was certainly on my mind the entire trip. Remember: venturing outside of your geographic footprint for more than a couple of days means you need to be prepared for anything. Word to the wise ... pack your go-to skin care products, as well as a blemish control product, such as Origin's Spot Remover.

jennbI had the pleasure of working with my beautiful sister, Jennifer, as her Personal Stylist during my travels. We started with a closet purge and got rid of what wasn’t working for her body type. I coordinated at least a dozen or so outfits and made a shopping list of the items that were needed to complete her wardrobe. The following days were spent shopping. And I am proud to say we got everything on the list (including a trench for Fall). Two exceptions, though — a geranium colored top and green shoes. (Now that’s not to say I didn’t find the green shoes for her, she just wasn’t ready for them.) Shoes are such a big part of accessorizing, so Jennifer ended up with four pairs: black patent peep-toed heels, black flats, cranberry patent stilettos, and grey patent pumps. As for my other beautiful sister, Kelly, she has me scheduled in August in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Whiletb-booties.thumbnail personal shopping for Jennifer, I stumbled upon these Tory Burch boots. Really, was there any doubt I would make them mine? I was thinking I would find an outfit for my upcoming High School reunion. Instead, I am making the boots my outfit (yes, I plan to put clothes with it ... just from my existing wardrobe). It was a delight to meet Angela in the Tory Burch boutique located in Highland Park. She made the shopping experience so great that I cannot wait to do it again! I also met with a skin care specialist who is getting ready to launch her new line, and spoke with a jewelry designer and a couture fashion designer. Very excited about what they all have to offer!

If you are going to Dallas, you must go to the Mesquite Rodeo. What a blast! We were entertained the entire time. And we couldn’t leave without T-shirts and paraphernalia to attest to our attendance. And if you have a daughter, you must also visit the American Girl store. I consider myself lucky for getting off relatively easy (financially speaking), as my daughter was more interested in outfits for her Bitty Baby versus getting another doll. We enjoyed lunch upstairs, and I have to say, the food was surprisingly good. The portions were huge (almost too big). My mom treated my sisters and I to spa services at the Crescent Spa. I opted for the oxygen facial. It was wonderful. I was impressed to see that the spa used my favorite Clarisonic brush for facial cleansing. We were also treated to manis and pedis. We all sported OPI’s Vancouver Ice on our toes! Perfectly suited to go with absolutely anything in your wardrobe. As a belated birthday celebration, my sisters and I took my mom out to lunch at the Chocolate Angel (total yum!) and then to the Hermès store for the scarf of her choice.

hermes1She picked out this gorgeous scarf in one of her best colors, periwinkle. Hermès makes the best scarves, hands down. Truly an investment purchase — and in my opinion, an item every woman should have in her wardrobe. I love that you can wear the full size scarves in so many different ways, like seen here as a capelet!

While I was definitely busy on the road, I enjoyed every minute of it. And I can't wait to do it all over again in two weeks! Stay tuned.
This is the time of year to capitalize on Summer sales and Fall presales. You will notice major markdowns on Spring/Summer merchandise this month as retailers prepare for Fall merchandise to hit their stores. Look for interesting mixes in fabric colors and textures, intricate detailing, bell cap sleeves, flowing dresses in sheer layered fabrics, and jackets that can take you in and out of seasons. New designers featured here are: Amberlynn Designs, Lia Kes, Antoniya Ivanova, Velvet Leaf Clothing, and Samoy Lenko.

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Keep an eye out for these sales: * GAP, Banana Republic, Piperlime, Shopbop.com, Old Navy, Endless.com, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys CO-OP, Barneys, and more - all at 40-70% off ** Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale begins July 18th which means you get a discount on select Fall merchandise. This is an excellent time for men to stock up on shirts and suiting. For women, get a jump start on filling in the gaps of your wardrobe with essential Fall pieces. As always, fill in your gaps first. Go for quality and longevity with sale items. There's no sense in purchasing a trendy piece that will only get you a month's wear. Stick to your own style and find accent pieces to enhance your look. Come August, Fall will be in full swing and offer the best styles of the season. I can't wait!