Totokaelo offers stylish fashion choices for the thoroughly modern man!

APC Dark Navy Dominique Crewneck $250

APC Dark Navy Dominique Crewneck $250

If “clothes make the man,” as Mark Twain famously quipped, men everywhere can rejoice. Totokaelo has online shopping!

The landmark, Seattle-based boutique offers beautifully designed and thoughtfully curated clothing, shoes and accessories for the stylish, modern man. What you won’t find, however, is the fashion “flavor of the month.”

According to Totokaelo founder Jill Wenger in a recent Seattle Times article, “We don’t love the word ‘trend’ at Totokaelo. That’s a four-letter word here. I like fashion as a tool of self-expression. I think at Totokaelo, fashion is an intellectual pursuit … ‘What do you want to say to the world?’ and ‘How are you using clothing to do that?’”

 Jil Sander White Button Up $320

Jil Sander White Button Up $320

Using clothing as a means of self-expression is easy as you scroll through the many, many gorgeous choices on the company website. Shorts, pants, shirts, sweaters and jackets are just the beginning! From casual-chic sleeveless tees to a contemporary variation on a classic business suit, the options are amazing.

Totokaelo carries some of the finest designer duds available, all of whom offer and independent point of view reflected in their unique pieces. Just a few of the designers available include Acne, Electric Feathers, Jil Sander, Phillip Lim, Thierry Lasry, Won Hundred and so many more.

Here are a few of my personal top picks. To see the entire collection, visit Totokaelo.

 APC Indigo Ryan Button Up $190

APC Indigo Ryan Button Up $190

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY:

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait

PHOTOS: Used with permission by Totokaelo.

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This spring, everything’s coming up… floral!

This spring, everything's coming up... floral!

 

 

If you missed the Lilly Pulitzer extravaganza (disaster?) at Target this weekend, don’t despair! There’s still plenty of splashy, Palm Beach inspired floral out there for all of us.

Here are a few of my personal top picks. But, you can find fabulous floral (and at every price point) at your favorite store!

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY:

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait

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Shielo Leave-in Protectant is a must for hair damaged by the environment, over-styling or chemical treatment

Shielo Leave-in ProtectantSandals. Straw bags. Lilly Pulitzer prints! Although I love many of the signs of spring, one that I loathe is frizzy hair! Since I was just a teen, I have struggled against my naturally thick hair and its tendency to frizz as soon as the temperature reaches 60 degrees.

Now that I am older and regularly heat style and color my hair, the issue has gotten even worse. So, I deep condition, use hair masks, and finishing oils – all of which can eventually weigh my hair down, leaving it looking limp over time.

I am left with an impossible choice: Volume with frizz, or shiny but lifeless? Until now…

Recently, I was given the opportunity to try a new Leave-in Protectant from Shielo.  I’ve been a fan of Shielo haircare products for several years because they are so targeted. (For example, I love Sheilo Volumizing Shampoo which completely removes product build-up.)

The new Leave-in Protectant from Shielo is designed for daily use to combat those elements that conspire to rob hair of its moisture and wreak havoc on your “do.” From the sun’s powerful rays, to pollutants in the air, to heat styling tools, to (my personal nemesis) humidity — this protectant battles them all! It seals moisture in and keeps those harmful elements out.

Antioxidant-rich, the protectant contains Shea Butter and is designed to fortify every strand of hair with a protective moisture barrier, creating texture (and volume!). The unique complex contains pro-vitamins, proteins, White Tea and amino acids, infusing hair with vitamins while also providing UV protection, so important in spring as we spend more time outdoors.

As important as what it contains, equally important is what you won’t find.

The Shielo Leave-in Protectant is made with organic extracts and no parabens or harmful ingredients. Plus, it’s 100% cruelty free.

It is recommended for use as a styling aid while hair is damp (prior to using any heat styling tools). Using it this way gave me amazing, amazing, AMAZING volume, but my hair still looked soft and shiny.

It can also be used as a finisher throughout the day. I often find I need a touch up several times a day and the small spray bottle was perfect for toting about. The finished look (on dry hair) was never greasy. And, it didn’t gave that immobile, 1950’s debutante look you sometimes get with hairspray.

The Sheilo Leave-in Protectant retails for 18.99 and is available at Shielo.  And, don’t forget to check out some of the other specialty hair care products offered. A few of my faves include Shine Restoration Oil, Volume Bounce Styling Crème, and Color Protect Strengthening Shampoo.

While you’re here, don’t forget to enter our CURRENT GIVEAWAY:

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, Cover Girl Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait

DISCLAIMER: I received a sample of the Shielo Leave-in Protectant in order to fully test the product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTOS: Used with permission by Shielo.

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