Entries from March 30th, 2012

March 30, 2012

free stuff friday | bolbach bracelet cuff

NOTE: GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

“I believe that the body is a true form of art which can be enhanced by accessories, illuminating one’s inner self and personality.”

If you caught yesterday’s blog post, you’ll see that I alluded to today’s giveaway: a Bolbach bracelet cuff!

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Jess Bolbach, the creative behind these tough cuffs, has brought her own point of view to the classic French cuff.

Softened with lambskin but toughened up with beautiful hardware and sharp lines, these menswear-inspired cuffs are the perfect combination of feminine and masculine. They offer an unexpected shape to your wrists, giving them an edge that draws the eye down and out.

I’ll be pairing my silver and gold cuff, which Jess gifted to me, with a mix of silky, chunky and feathery textures (think dainty dress to play up the masculine cuff, chunky heels to add more dimension and feathery eyeliner for a touch of grace).

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Jess wants to gift a kimberlyloc.com reader with a Bolbach cuff too! Want to win a Bolbach bracelet cuff of your choice? Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Go to http://www.bolbach.com/collections/cuffs and pick out your favorite cuff (seriously, any one you want!)
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post describing your best spring accessorizing tip and telling me which cuff you’d love to win.
  3. For an additional entry, you can tweet out your tip using hashtag #realwomengetcuffed and mentioning @bolbach and @kimberlyloc. Please link to your tweet within the comments section to be counted!

If you’re the lucky winner of your favorite Bolbach bracelet cuff, I’d love for you to snap a photo of you wearing your cuff and email/Facebook/tweet it to me to be featured on kimberlyloc.com!

Giveaway begins Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. CDT, and closes on Friday, April 6, 2012, at 12:00 a.m. CDT.

Sweepstakes Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary. A purchase does not improve your chance of winning. Void where prohibited.

2. Entrant must be 18 years old as of sweepstakes start date and a legal resident of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia as of start date.

3. Sweepstakes begins Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:00 am CDT and ends Friday, April 6, 2012, at 12:00 am CDT.

4. Each entrant selected as a potential winner must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all such requirements. Winners will be selected by random drawing. If a potential winner cannot be contacted within fourteen (14) days after the first attempt to contact such potential winner, an alternate entrant will be selected in his or her place from all entries received.

5. Sponsor(s) is/are not responsible for lost or mutilated prizes and none will be replaced. Prize is nontransferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made, except by Sponsor(s) in the event that the prize cannot be awarded for any reason, in which case, Sponsor(s) will award a prize of equal or greater value. All taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of winner.

All photos courtesy Bolbach

March 29, 2012

wardrobe essentials | accessories to spice up your closet

When it comes to transitioning my wardrobe from season to season, I rely on accessories to stay fresh and within my budget. The right accessories can instantly change the mood of an outfit and create a look that feels new — even when your clothes aren’t.

Though I frequent fast fashion stops such as Charming Charlie’s and Forever 21 for inexpensive, trendy accessories, I also take time to research and consider great investment items that can sustain season after season. I’ve had my eye on these four pieces for a while and am ready to splurge on one of them for spring 2012.

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1. Bolbach Silver Python Cuff with Logo Cufflink | $125

2. 1928 Jewelry Brown Flower Bib Necklace | $41.25 (a *bit* expensive for costume jewelry, but not outrageous)

3. Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Blade’ Crystal Index Watch in Rose Gold | $275

4. Prada Retro Sunglasses in Opal Pink/Brown Gradient | $245

Do you have a favorite from these four items? Tell me which ones you’re drawn to — and get ready for another “Free Stuff Friday” tomorrow with a chance to WIN one of these spring accessory picks.

Any guesses? (Several hints on my Twitter and Instagram feeds!)

All images in this collage courtesy of sites linked above.

March 28, 2012

beauty scoop | one love organics essentials to go travel kit

It’s no secret that I’m a product junkie. I love trying tons of new beauty loot to stay on top of the latest developments in skin care and cosmetics. This obsession with all things beauty kiiiinda makes me and my apartment resemble an episode of Hoarders — or, as I like to think, your neighborhood natural Sephora store.

However, I’ve fallen in love with a product line that could help me change all of that. One Love Organics offers a simple, pared-down approach to natural skin care that will help you clear the clutter in your bathroom vanity to make space for products that are gentle, chic and, most importantly, work.

“I spent several years creating these formulas (we manufacture our products in-house), and we really pared it down to what is necessary: cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing,” says One Love Organics president Suzanne LeRoux.

Suzanne helped me get acquainted with her simple skin care line by letting me sample the Essentials to Go Travel Kit which definitely pares it down to what’s necessary for a long weekend away from your overly stocked beauty stash.

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{One Love Organics' Essentials to Go Travel Kit costs $48. You can add on the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum for an additional $19. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

The kit features smaller sizes of the Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Microderma Scrub and Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm and one My New Best Friend Skin Shammy. I also got the “extra goodies” option so I could test the Love Springs Eternal Youth Preservation Serum.

All of the products are clean, simple and gentle. Here’s my favorites that I’ll be buying in full sizes:

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{One Love Organics' Easy Does It cleanser costs $29 for 8.8 ounces. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

The Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, one of my favorites (and lots of other people’s from the look of this product offering), smells like fresh honey and apples thanks to apple peel extract, apple oil and honeysuckles.

This cleanser isn’t just reserved for your face; you can use it in your hair and on your body (talk about paring down products!). Its scent isn’t overly feminine, so it’s just fine for everyone in your home to use — though I haven’t shared this information with the teacher man. This gentle wash has earned permanent sink space in my bathroom.

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{One Love Organics' Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm costs $68 for 3.5 ounces. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

My other favorite from the line is the Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm. This multipurpose product is packed with so many amazing ingredients — organic virgin coconut oil, organic sweet soy seed oil, organic beeswax, mango seed butter, chia seed extract. I use it as a cleanser and moisturizer, and I add a touch of it to my cheeks on blah days when I feel like my skin is a bit dull. It gives a nice, dewy glow and feeds my skin with an extra boost of moisture.

A little of this balm goes a long way. Because it’s loaded with so many uber-moisturizing ingredients, it has a very thick consistency; you don’t need a lot of it to see an effect! I use a bit more when I’m cleansing my skin with it (think of the balm as a thicker, more nutrient-dense approach to the oil cleansing method) and help remove excess product with the My New Best Friend Skin Shammy, another must-have if you’re going to spring for the balm.

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{A set of two One Love Organics skin shammies costs $24. Photo Courtesy One Love Organics}

I’ve never been a fan of wash cloths. I always use my hands to cleanse and rinse my face, but when I use the Skin Savior Waterless Beauty Balm, the shammy is a must. This microfiber cloth accumulates all the dirt and oil that the balm helps lift out of your pores instead of pushing it around on your face the way a wash cloth does. Plus, the shammy is extremely soft and gentle, so your skin won’t be irritated the way it could be from a harsher cloth. I only use the shammy with the balm — it’s a fun ritual, and that way, I get more uses out of it (it’s good for about 200 washes).

What do you think of multipurpose products? Do you have any favorite “one does it all” products similar to One Love Organics? Have you tried this simple and chic skin care line? Tell me what you know in the products section.

March 27, 2012

beauty scoop | tata harper deluxe beauty set

One of the reasons I choose natural, organic skin care products instead of conventional is because I would rather pay for precious ingredients that actually work and are good for my skin.

And boy have I found a truly luxurious line of natural products that source only the best, most-precious ingredients.

Tata Harper’s skin care philosophy is rooted in the belief that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice their health to look and feel beautiful. She grows many of the ingredients used in her line on her 1,200-acre Vermont farm; the rest are ethically sourced from around the world.

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{Natural beauty Tata Harper created her skin care line to give women more luxurious, healthy options when it comes to choosing natural and organic skin care products. Photo Courtesy Tata Harper}

When I started using Tata Harper’s Deluxe Beauty Set (I received a free sample), I noticed that each product was packed full of anywhere from six to 29 active ingredients — all of which I recognized and could pronounce — and smelled absolutely amazing. Imagine fresh-cut, exotic flowers in every little bottle of goodness, from creams and serums to oils and cleansers.

The Deluxe Beauty Set is a great way to get acquainted with Tata Harper. At $65, it’s a reasonable pricepoint for a generous sampling of seven luxurious products. I’ve been using my sample kit for a few months now (a little goes a long way!).

Of the seven products in the set, these are my favorites that I’ll be saving up to stock in my bathroom vanity:

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

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{Tata Harper's Hydrating Floral Essence costs $85 for 4.22 ounces. Photo Courtesy Tata Harper}

When I first used this floral toner, I remember saying out loud, “Oh my gosh.” It smells so fresh and sweet thanks to Damascus rose flower water and lavender flower water. It hydrates the skin with aloe leaf juice, and nearly 87 percent of the ingredients are certified organic. For nine active ingredients and that “oh my gosh” feeling every morning, I think this pricey mist is absolutely worth it.

Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex

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{Tata Harper Replenishing Nutrient Complex costs $45 for 0.34 ounces. Photo Courtesy Tata Harper}

Most people know I’m quite the facial oil addict. I wash with oils, moisturize with oils and freshen up with oils. When I tried the Replenishing Nutrient Complex in the Deluxe Beauty Set, I was hooked on this little vial of pure goodness.

A light concentrate designed to nourish and strengthen the skin, the Replenishing Nutrient Complex is loaded with 18 active ingredients (and 10 oh-so-incredible organic oils and flower) and is a perfect bedtime restorative treatment. Here’s just a sampling of what I’m feeding my skin when I use this treatment:

Organic rosehip mosquetta oil
Organic jojoba seed oil
Organic olive oil
Organic apricot kernal oil
Organic borage flower
Organic alfalfa flower
Organic calendula flower
Organic arnica flower
Organic linden) leaf & flower
Organic carrot seed oil

What skin care lines do you use that, despite the price, are must-haves for your beauty vanity? Tell me in the comments section!

March 26, 2012

march madness final four nail polish colors | kansas jayhawks crimson and blue

Though my Twitter feed sticks mainly to the topics of beauty, media, food and fashion, during a few weeks of the spring — aka March Madness — my feed blows up with a bit of smack talking and the #kubball hashtag.

This week, in honor of the University of Kansas Jayhawks (my alma mater) making it to the Final Four, I’ll be painting my nails with a combination of crimson and blue. Here’s to hoping they don’t chip before Saturday’s game!

For all you Jayhawk readers (and nail color enthusiasts!) out there: What are your favorite shades of red and blue nail polish? Here’s my picks:

Essie Really Red + Essie Mesmerize

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butter LONDON Pillar Box Red + butter LONDON Blagger

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SpaRitual Stiletto + SpaRitual Undercurrent

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Rock Chalk Jayhawk!



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