A California girl transplanted to the wilds of suburban New Jersey, I’m a shoe-loving, book-obsessed writer and mama. I can also be found at BettyConfidential.com and my own blog, “My First Word Was Shoe.” My work has appeared on sites like SELF.com and The Huffington Post; other interests include running (badly), cooking (not so badly), and over-packing. Sometimes I get to do fun things like cover Fashion Week or “road test” beauty products, but most of the time I’m chained to my laptop or schlepping to pick-up in my PJs -- it’s good to have balance!
Well hold on to your socks, kids, because the color of the year for 2014 has been announced, and it is gorgeous. I know, I know -- who really cares about this "color of the year" thing? I've never been into it before, and I was really not into the "emerald green" that was 2013's. However! I love this "radiant orchid"! Bring it on! Paint everything -- including my nails -- radiant orchid!
Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, says that radiant orchid is an "enchanting harmony of colors" and "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health." Um, YES PLEASE! 2013 was a really difficult year for me, to put it mildly. I love the idea of embracing a gorgeous pinkish fuchsia color to start off 2014! And here are 6 ways to start right away (why wait for New Year's?!) ...
My skin gets SO dry in the winter, I practically start growing scales if I don't stay super hydrated and moisturized. But lotions aren't enough to keep me from turning into a giant alligator bag; I need a good body wash too. Here are seven of my moisturizing favorites ...
I haven't gone to the hairdresser ALL YEAR. I know. It's crazy. This is a long time, even for me (it's been a rough year), but it's not that crazy. Even though I write about beauty and fashion, and love getting dressed up and playing with makeup, and do crazy stuff like take beauty products on camping trips, I totally dread going to get my hair done.
I can kind of get away with it because my hair is basically dark blonde, so when my highlights grow out, it still looks fairly natural, but really, I should get to the salon as least twice a year to maintain the color I like and keep my split ends to a minimum. AT LEAST twice a year. Why don't I?
I just went and showed my husband my freshly painted nails (pictured here). I already knew he wouldn't really like them, but I was curious to see what he'd say. "Go ahead, you can be honest," I laughed. "How do you like this color?"
I was just at the drugstore, picking up blue hairspray, pumpkin-spice Hershey's Kisses, and some other Halloween essentials, when my beady little eye got sidetracked by the cosmetic aisles. Hmm, I thought. Here I am getting all these goodies for my daughter and the random trick-or-treaters who will come to my door ... how about a little somethin' for dear old mommy?! How about it, indeed?
Here are a few of the affordable little beauty treats that caught my eye. After all, 'tis the season to treat yourself!