Friday, May 31, 2013

Kensie Jewelry Spring/Summer 2013

The horn pendant is my favorite piece from Kensie Jewelry for Spring/Summer. Some other jewelry trends I spotted during Kensie's preview include wooden detailing, skulls, bold stone and cluster necklaces and studs. The black fringe collar necklace also makes a great statement piece. 

Kensie also makes apparel, lingerie, eyewear, handbags and shoes, available at Macy's, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. 

- Kim Weling

Thursday, May 30, 2013

New Favorites from DHC Skincare

DHC Skincare launched several new products for 2013. Here's a look at some of my favorites:

1. Kakonjuka Set, $79.00 - Features an age-defying serum-like toner, milky booster and hydrating cream with six Asian botanicals.

2. Designing Pencil Eyebrow, $9.50 - Gently fills in eyebrows for a fuller look and conditions with olive oil, vitamin E and hydrating squalane. 

3. BB Cream, $45.00 - All-in-one beauty balm hydrates, primes, covers and protects with SPF 20. Available in two shades. 

4. Pore Cleansing Oil, $31.00 - Makeup remover features nine emollient and antioxidant botanical oils, with a natural grapefruit scent. Velvety-rich serum-like oil loosens pore-clogging dirt, cosmetics and excess sebum, and deep cleans pores. 

5. Designing Pencil Eyeliner, $9.50 - Eyeliner pencils in two natural shades and two vivid colors. Conditions with olive oil, vitamin E and hydrating squalane. 

- Kim Weling

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

INTIMACY Lingerie Sample Sale

Monday, May 27, 2013

Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet 2013 #FitBlogNYC

FITNESS Magazine hosted their second annual blogger Meet and Tweet #FitBlogNYC, on May 16th at The Mercedes Club at 550 West 54th Street, with seminars on Health, Beauty, Wellness and Diet and Nutrition. Bloggers also met with sponsors and previewed the latest products from Athleta, CamelBak, Crystal Light Liquid, Ford and the Fiesta Movement, Marmot, Reebok, Saucony, Smart Balance, Tonalin and Vichy. At the end of the day, bloggers participated in one of three work-out sessions - Athleta's mad cool cardio lead by Jennifer Turner, Saucony's power run or Reebok's yoga with Tara Stiles. I took the mad cool cardio class, with a great mix of pop, funk and R&B.

Meet and Tweet Seminars:
Celebrity makeup artist and Executive Director of Global Artistry, Stila Cosmetics, Sarah Lucero, took us through hottest beauty trends and pro makeup tricks to get us through the summer, like bringing an element of color to your face with a vibrant eye or neon lip, or brushing your brows up with clear brow gel to life your whole face up. 

Jennifer Ashton, M.D., ABC News Senior Medical Contributor, ob-gyn, triathlete and author of Your Body Beautiful: Clockstopping Secrets to Staying Healthy, Strong and Sexy in Your 30s, 40s and Beyond gave advice on a holistic approach to heath. One major takeaway was to Google 'drug interaction' to make sure medication you are taking isn't conflicting with what you're eating. 

Influential bloggers Deb Perelman - Smitten Kitchen, Dana Weiss - Possessionista, Jill Hanner - Ford Fiesta Agent and Erin Whitehead - Fit Bottomed Girls shared their success stories and how they turned their passions into profit. Some advice given was to focus on original content and not worry about SEO, and don't say yes to everything. Manage your opportunities and make sure it is profitable or good for your brand. Also, don't worry about what everyone else is doing - find your own angle. 

Celebrity trainer Brett Hoebel, founder of Hoebel Fitness, featured trainer on The Biggest Loser season 11 and creator of RevAbs discussed how 20-minute workouts get the job done and that people work harder and more often on shorter workouts. 

Rocco DiSpirito, author of Now Eat This! Italian and star of Now Eat This! Italy web series reveals secret  ingredients for speedy, healthy meals and cooking tricks. Healthy ingredients include non-fat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, parmigiano reggiano, aged balsamic vinegar and dijon mustard. Dining advice included saying no to bread and ordering appetizers split-to-go. 

Here's a look at the Meet and Tweet #FitBlogNYC sponsors: 

Performance apparel from Athleta

Bloggers met with Saucony to get fitted in a pair of Kinvara 4 running shoes. The Kinvara 4 is lightweight and comfortable. I love the pops of color in their designs, especially the citron/black/pink color combination. 

Marmot is a brand of high-performance technical clothing, apparel and equipment. We got to learn more about Lead Now, a global tour inspiring people through rock climbing. 

Combined with a healthy diet and workout routine, Tonalin CLA helps reduce body fat up to 10% while increasing lean muscle mass.

Previewing the latest running shoes from Reebok, including the ZigCarbon and DMX Sky

Vichy showcased their Cellu Destock, which visibly reduces the appearance of cellulite in 4 weeks

Vichy Capital Soleil Lightweight Foaming Lotion Sunscreen, SPF 50

Zero-calorie Crystal Light Liquid. Flavor your water with Strawberry Lemonade, Blueberry Raspberry or Pomtini

Smart Balance provided protein-packed peanut butter balls to snack on, made with Smart Balance peanut butter. Smart Balance is also known for their butter, milk and popcorn. 

- Kim Weling

Kmart "Money Can't Buy Style" Remix Challenge Hosted by George Kotsiopoulos

Photo credit: Chris Heads

On April 30th, I took part in Kmart's Money Can't Buy Style Remix Challenge at Tribeca Skyline Studios. Fashion expert and Fashion Police co-host, George Kotsiopoulos, launched the Remix Series by hosting the first challenge, in which participating bloggers styled their own outfit featuring the Jaclyn Smith Utility Shirt ($24.99). I chose to go with a colorblocking theme, mixing pink and red for a vibrant, business casual-chic look that is suitable for the office and going out afterwards. 

Shirt: Jaclyn Smith 
Cami: Attention
Blazer: Sofia by Sofia Vergara
Shorts: Attention
Scarf: Dream Out Loud by Selena Gomez
Necklace: Jaclyn Smith

Click here to learn more about the Kmart "Money Can't Buy Style" Remix Challenge and how you can also participate, for chances to win a $500 Kmart gift card and a shot at a one-time trip to NYC for exclusive access to the next photo shoot and Kmart Design Studio. Be sure to check out the Remix exclusive videos on the Kmart Fashion Facebook page

Photo credit: Chris Heads

Styling my look with George Kotsiopoulos

- Kim Weling

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Lands' End / Lands' End Canvas Spring 2013

There are some great sales going on for both Lands' End and Lands' End Canvas Spring 2013 collections. This season, Lands' End launched their swim tees in bold prints and colors. The tees are available in petite sizing, and have UPF 50 built into the fabric. Stretchy and lightweight, it's designed to wear over your bathing suit, and perfect for those upcoming obstacle courses.

My favorite accessories always include the monogrammed totes, for storing beach towels (available in dot, tile, palm leaf and floral prints), flip flops, or magazines. I also love the tan leather satchel, needlepoint iPad cases and Pendleton windowpane plaid wool blankets. 


Leather Satchel

Here are my favorites from Lands' End Canvas, including the utility parka, intarsia anchor sweater, pique jacket, caspian blue striped cotton linen cardigan, celestial blue dot super skinny patterned pants, and French terry colorblock dress.


- Kim Weling

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Getting Gorgeous with CVS Beauty 2013

Last month, on April 27th, I attended Getting Gorgeous with CVS Beauty, with hairstyling by Conair and manicures featuring Sally Hansen and Nicole by OPI. I was excited to get a closer look at some of the beauty and hair care products available at CVS. I've been on the lookout for BB creams and volumizing hair care, so some of my favorites include Nuance Renewed Radiance Brightening BB Cream, Nexxus Hydra Light Weightless Moisture Root Lift Mist and John Frieda Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray. Other products that caught my eye include Nuance Salma Hayek Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, Organix Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil and Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Elixir. 

Blogger attendees also had a chance to meet with participating brands, including New Balance, Foster Grant, Tide, Downy and Dial.

CVS has always been my go-to drugstore, so naturally I'm a Beauty Club member, earning $5 ExtraBucks Rewards for every $50 spent on qualifying beauty products. It's free to sign up so if you aren't already a member, I definitely recommend joining! 

After trying out a few BB Creams, Nuance Renewed Radiance Brightening BB Cream in Medium/Deep 285 was the best match 

As for styling tools, Two-Toned Infiniti Pro by Conair Dryer and Conair AdjustaCurl Root Volumizer are at the top of my list.

 After visiting Conair for a quick hair touchup and curls, I got a fabulous manicure from Nicole by OPI. As for gel manicures at home, I've been wanting to try the Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Starter Kit.

The Bacardi Bar introduced fun cocktails, including sugar-rimmed mojitos

Trying out Foster Grant sunglasses

Since cobalt blue is my favorite color, I was naturally drawn to New Balance's Superlight Superfresh sneakers 

Heidi Klum for New Balance

- Kim Weling

Friday, May 24, 2013

Nina + Nina Originals Spring 2013 Shoe Collections

Here's a look at the Nina and Nina Originals Spring 2013 collections, with some images showcasing the company's 60s vintage designs next to the updated Nina Originals. Nina's Originals styles include peep toe pumps, chunky platforms, ankle strap sandals, oxfords and clogs, priced from $125-$195. Nina has a great selection of evening footwear, from strappy platform sandals to peep toe platform pumps ranging from $79-$99. Both collections carry shoes starting in size 5. 




- Kim Weling