Friday, December 19, 2008
Oh that dazzling smile
Your smile says a lot about you. Help brighten those pearly whites with enbrightenment, a pen that merges cosmetic company, tarte, with the dental whitening company, BriteSmile. While one end of enbrightenment contains tarte’s lip gloss in pearly pink and radiant red, the other holds the BriteSmile minty tasting teeth whitener.
Both lip glosses have a blue undertone, which helps your teeth appear even brighter. The lip gloss also contains skinvigorating ingredients, a blend of five superfruits that contain helpful vitamins and antioxidants.
enbrightenment is free of preservatives, parabans, phthalates and other potentially harmful products and is available at www.tartecosmetics.com for $26. Portions of each purchase support Sambazon’s Sustainable Acai Project, which helps preserve the rainforest. As with anything that involves your pearly whites, always contact your dentist before use.
Wear your reinforcement
Making a change in your life takes a lot of dedication and commitment. Remind yourself, and others, of your goals this year by wearing them. Tees for Change, www.teesforchange.com, offers 100 percent organic cotton and 70 percent bamboo/30 percent organic cotton blend T-shirts with positive phrases including "Laugh often," "Practice peace," "Today matters" and "Chase dreams."
The company, with the motto "Sustainable tees on a mission," plants a tree for every Tees For Change item sold at retail value and works exclusively with sweatshop-free manufacturers. Tees For Change come in 18 earth-friendly colors and 18 positive mantras. Women’s tees come in four styles, short, long and raglan sleeve and tank tops. Tees retail for $32, $46, $32 and $28 respectively. Phrases also come in shirts in unisex sizes as well as onesies.
Organize your resolution
very year you make resolutions—lose weight, be kinder, keep your car cleaner—but how many years have you actually kept your resolution? This year, resolve to be more organized. You never know, it might actually make things a little easier.
To help you get started, here are a few great products for your new year:
If you’ve resolved to exercise more this year, the Fitness.doc, $4, from the organizational company, Buttoned Up, www.getbuttonedup.com, is just for you. The organizer encourages setting realistic goals, taking "baby steps" and features tracking sections for food and weight as well as exercise. This handy little book uses clever "daily non-exercise tracking" to help you get back of the exercising track.
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of organizing is list making. Keep your family’s chores organized with a Chore.pad, $5, from Buttoned Up. The pad includes chores to be completed as well as incentives for completing them. Have a hot date night with your honey? Let the sitter know all the pertinent information with Babysitter Notepads, $10, from www.HauteMammas.com. Have a bunch of outings coming up that require a note from home? Check out the Permission Slips, $10, also from HauteMammas.com.
With all of that organizing, you’ll want to solidify your full-time "Mom" title with a calling card also from HauteMammas.com, $65/100 cards, to help all of the other mommies remember who the organized mom was. Cards are printed on glossy 14 point premium stock card and are available in 30 styles and colors.
New year, new bag
ith major trends and fashionable "it" bags so popular these days, it has become somewhat daunting for women to find a bag that truly defines who they are, let alone one that matches their wardrobe. For moms, it’s even harder. It’s really OK to walk away from being "Charlie’s Mom" for a spell to design something just for you, with the help of Oney Designs, www.oneybags.com.
The Chicago-based mom- and daughter-run company started with a custom gift to each of Mary Ellen Middleton’s five sisters. After interest in the unique bags grew, Middleton teamed up with her daughter, Erin, an interior designer.
Today, the company offers consumers 23 designs—all named after well known Chicago streets—and around 90 fabrics for women to design "their one and Oney," as Middleton says. The designs range from cosmetic bags and clutches to diaper-size and messenger bags with names like deming, cornelia, oakley and webster. The company’s moniker came from the owner’s childhood nickname, Oney.
"People see the fabrics differently. Some women like to create a bag that is just a work of art and attract attention," says Middleton. "It’s about personality and fashion sense. That’s what makes the business interesting and so much fun."
From addison to wilton, Oney Designs has Chicago covered with bags that range from $16-$134. You and your pals can even schedule a design appointment to create your perfect bags. If you’re designing online, Oney Designs will send swatches to make it a little easier. The Oney Bags Studio is located at 5403 Patton Drive, #216, Lisle, (630) 355-5620.