Notable neutrals from Céline are sophisticated for fall!

The Céline Fall RTW show highlighted a series of neutral, menswear-inspired pieces with a decidedly feminine edge. An entire show of neutrals could easily have become bland, but skillful silhouettes, interesting details, and imaginative accessories made this a show of must-haves instead!

A few of my favorite looks from the show are pictured below. Will you rock neutrals this fall?

Céline, blue miltary coatCéline, camel coat

Céline, brown tiered dress

Céline, short gray and blue

Céline, white two piece, reverse to black

 

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

 

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Now, wearing high heels in grass is no problem with new Solemates High Heelers!

Solemates High Heeler, great for weddingsAn outdoor wedding can be absolutely beautiful, but dressing for one can be tricky. Is a bare sundress proper, because it is July and 90 degrees in the shade?  Are hats appropriate, since the sun will be at its zenith? And of course, what on earth do I do about my high heels in the grass?!

Now, at least one question can be answered definitively. New Solemates High Heelers offer the ultimate solution to wearing high heels in the grass, without sinking into the earth and ruining your favorite pair of shoes!

Solemates High Heelers protect heels, are discreet, and easy to use. Simply slip on most stiletto or kitten heels. The patented design fits on most shoes and won’t cause damage attaching or removing. The flexible material grips securely and gives you increased support at the base of the heel for wobble-free walking on most surfaces. But most importantly, Solemates High Heelers won’t compromise the look of those gorgeous shoes.

Solemates High Heeler, product shot in blackThis is such a simple, but clever solution, you’ll wonder why no one thought of it sooner!

In addition to coping with grass, Solemates High Heelers will also help you avoid getting stuck in pavement cracks, decking, or sidewalk grates.

“The Classic” size fits most high heels, but there are also narrow and wide sizes available, depending on your specific heel. (Narrow would fit only the thinnest stilettos.)

Solemates High Heelers are also available in four colors including clear, silver, black and gold. Retail $9.95 per pair. 

Solemates High Heelers are sold everywhere! To find a retail location near you, visit the Solemates Retail Store Locator or shop online at Solemates.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

DISCLAIMER: I received a pair of Solemates High Heelers iorder to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products and services I believe to be good for my readers.

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Rest easy! Your expensive bedding is safe with a Comfort Shield Anti-Allergen Pillow Protector from Fiberlinks Textiles

Comfort Shield Anti Allergen Pillow Protector from Fiberlinks TextilesToday, I spent the day shopping for bedding. The afternoon flew by in a flurry of style decisions. Stripes or plaid? Down or alternative? Reversible solids?

You see, my son is off to college next month and needs the full complement of dorm room essentials, from a sturdy comforter-as-couch, to matching sheets, to cozy blankets and throws.

Of course, a new memory foam pillow was also a must-have. And, to protect that $50 investment, I also got a Comfort Shield Anti Allergen Pillow Protector from Fiberlinks Textiles.

At only $9.99 per pillow, this is the smartest decision I made all day!

The pillow protector is made of super soft, absorbent terry cloth and has a waterproof (but breathable) backing. Perfect for the college dorm, camping, or for daily use at home.

The Fibrelinks pillow protector is also hypoallergenic and provides protection against pesky dust mites. Since I can’t imagine my son will be cleaning his dorm room very often, this is a huge bonus.

The easy zip pillow protector is also washer and dryer friendly (for when he brings his mountain of laundry home to mom… and I know he will!). Amazon Retail $9.99

The Comfort Shield Anti Allergen Pillow Protector is just one of the many great home interiors products available from Fiberlinks Textiles, a leading manufacturer textiles throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Australia.

Other Fibrelinks products include Priva™ and Americare™ brand bedding and mattress protectors, anti-allergen mattress encasings, infant items, and even a new certified organic line of crib and bassinette protection. To see the entire line of products for the home, visit Fiberlinks Textiles.

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

DISCLAIMER: I received a Comfort Shield Anti Allergen Pillow Protector from Fiberlinks Textiles in order to fully evaluate the product. Regardless, I only recommend products and services I believe to be good for my readers.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Fibrelinks Textiles.

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Get photo-ready in just two weeks with Aveeno Postively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector

AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT® TARGETED TONE CORRECTORAfter 40, skin care requires extra effort. As we lose collagen, skin begins to sag. Dryness often becomes an issue. And, dark spots frequently appear… somehow overnight!

Dark spots on the skin, also called hyperpigmentation, can be caused by many things, from a variety of medications, to UV light exposure, to pregnancy. To look your best, reversing these oh-so-telling “age spots” is a must!

Recently, I tried a new product from Aveeno that promises to do just that. In fact, you may have seen the lovely Jennifer Aniston promoting Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector on television.  Jennifer turned 45 this year and if my skin could look like hers, I would try anything!

So, I’ve been using my Aveeno Targeted Tone Corrector for a full two weeks. I’ve had excellent results layering my skin care products (with drying time in between). First, serum. Next, tone corrector or brightener. Follow with under eye circle product. Finish with heavy-duty moisturizer with at least SPF 30.

Luckily, I didn’t have many dark spots to start, but the few I did have are noticeably lighter. My overall skin tone is also more evenly toned, brighter, and healthier looking. When I add mineral makeup, my skin looks almost as photo-ready as Jennifer’s!

Aveeno is different from many other products I’ve tried because it contains only high-quality natural ingredients, including clinically proven ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, one of nature’s most effective tone correctors. There is also Vitamin A to promote fast results. Plus, this tone corrector is oil free, noncomedogenic, and nonirritating. It also smells absolutely heavenly!

The formula is something between a cream and a gel. And, a little goes a long way, even if you use it on your entire face.

If you’re on a budget, Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Targeted Tone Corrector is a real bargain. A 1.1 fl. oz. tube retails for just $14.99.

The Targeted Tone Corrector is part of a new skin care collection from Aveeno including a Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 and an Intensive Night Cream, as well as Daily Cleansing Pads, among others. To see the full line, visit Aveeno.

Move over Jen… I’m ready for my close-up!

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

DISCLAIMER: I received AVEENO® POSITIVELY RADIANT®TARGETED TONE CORRECTOR in order to fully evaluate the product. regardless, I only recommend products and services I believe to be good for my readers.

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For highly sensitive skin, new Exfolimate provides safe, gentle, and effective exfoliation!

Exfolimate product shotSensitive skin is an ongoing challenge. When my oldest daughter was young, we had to cut the tags out of all of her clothes, could only purchase soft knits, and catastrophe ensued if there was a bit of lace on a collar or cuff!

As she got older, she was able to tolerate a bit more. But skincare products became a significant issue again when she hit adolescence. Combatting breakouts was almost impossible, since product sensitivity was such a concern. Plus, facial scrubs were completely out of the question.

Today, her skin is still incredibly sensitive, but luckily, we’ve found Exfolimate.

Unlike traditional exfoliating scrubs, this is a revolutionary exfoliation tool for the face and body. In one step you can clean, stimulate, and smooth the skin, without the risk of product sensitivity or irritation. Exfolimate is chemical free, safe, and hygienic, plus it’s easy to use on the face or the whole body. It helps clear the pores, smooth away dead skin cells, and eliminate rough, bumpy or dry patches of skin.

Unlike traditional scrubs, which can be too abrasive for highly sensitive skin, Exfolimate utilizes smooth edge micro groove technology to exfoliate gently, releasing dirt and oil embedded beneath the skin’s surface.

It’s simple to use in either the bath or shower.  After the skin is thoroughly moistened with warm water to open the pores, lightly glide Exfolimate at approximately 90 degrees over the skin’s surface. And, because you exfoliate with just with warm water, product sensitivity is never an issue. For a simple how-to video CLICK HERE.

You can see and feel the difference right away! Once the dead skin cells are safely exfoliated away, your skin will look healthier and glowing. Using Exfolimate stimulates the skin’s surface by not only removing dead skin cells and grime, but also by giving your skin a massage, encouraging blood flow.

Exfolimate is available at Walgreens, Drugstore.com, and other fine retailers. For a complete list of retailers visit Exfolimate.com.  Retail $29.99

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Belting, cinching, cutouts, and more… Valentino’s Fall 2014 RTW Show features a defined waist and serious attitude!

Fall is just around the corner and the Fall RTW shows were a mixed bag of styles, tones, and attitudes. One of my favorites is always the Valentino show — and this season was no exception!

The pieces that walked the runway were elegant, fluid, and sensuous, but ultimately very wearable. And, one of my favorite trends from Valentino was the defined waist. From cinching, to belting, to cut outs, to a wonderful ballet toe shoe-inspired lace-up effect, a defined (and tiny!) natural waist was one the predominant features highlighted throughout the show.

Below are some of my favorite pieces.  Now, I’m headed downstairs to the gym for a serious round of crunches and ab work…

Valentino, Fall RTW black and white wrap

 

Valentino, Fall RTW red wrap gown

 

Valentino, Fall RTW LBD with cut outs

 

Valentino, Fall RTW, white goddess cocktail dress

 

Valentino, Fall RTW beige 1-shoulder gown

 

Valentino, Fall RTW 2 piece wrap

 

Valentino, Fall RTW white short 2 piece

 

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

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It’s not really magic… it’s Marika®! My favorite activewear plus a 30% off coupon for you!

Marika Magic Slimming CaprisThe words flattering and activewear are not often found in the same sentence. After all, activewear is meant to be worn in the pursuit of fitness, not fashion.

But, Marika® changes all of that with their line of slimming workout wear that is versatile, functional, and attractive!

I particularly love the new Marika® Magic Slimming Capri Leggings for this time of year. More practical than either bike shorts or full length leggings, the capris are a cotton and spandex blend, providing support and control of bumps and bulges, without ever sacrificing comfort.

These capris are so incredibly comfortable, it’s hard to believe that they contain a power mesh lining along the thigh area, resulting in a more slender look and a sleeker silhouette! The clever designers at Marika have also created a flattering contour with seaming and a sculpting, plus a comfy 4 inch flat waistband, and a Coolmax gusset. Every tiny detail is in place to create the perfect fit and a slimmer look.

In the past, I would never have considered wearing activewear outside of the house. But these capris are so flattering, I don’t mind stopping at Starbucks or the post office before I go for a walk.  They truly can carry you through a full day’s worth of activities… with style!

The Marika Magic Slimming Capri Leggings are available in perennially popular black, in sizes S-M-L-XL. Retail $55.00

Of course, before we know it, it will be fall and time to put capris away. So, as the weather begins to cool, you may want to try other items from the Marika® Magic collection, including longer pants in either a straight leg or boot leg.

Plus, Marika carries a full line of fabulous workout gear for every season and every fitness routine including tops, bottoms, sports bras, tanks, camis, and jackets – even dresses, skirts and cover ups.

Marika products are sold at fine department stores and sporting goods stores, as well as specialty retailers. Or, shop on-line at Marika.com.  And, right now, savvy shoppers can save an incredible 30% off their entire purchase at Marika.com using the coupon code: MM30. This coupon is valid through August 31, 2014.

So maybe I was wrong… Marika really is magic!

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE!   Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador, and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said… WHAT?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game! the corporate website of the award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free from the manufacturer. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

PHOTO: Used with permission by Marika® Magic.

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