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Simplifying your back to school style

When it comes to school day fashion and beauty, it’s either simple or simply not happening. Here are a few of my favorite ways to keep looking great as effortless as possible.

Parents deserve to add a little spice to their wardrobe with back to school shopping, too.

Basics gone wild

Give your denim shirt some extra credit this year.Remember, simple doesn’t have to mean boring. This fall it’s allabout bold prints both big and small, and creating lovely,unexpected playdates between them. Here are two complete looks fromTarget that start with a simple denim shirt and end with abang.

Mossimo Supply Co. core button-down shirt in chambray,$19.99


Facing the Day

If you’ve given up on makeup due to the morning rush, there’s anew kit in town that might just change all that. I recentlydiscovered and fell in love with MAKE UP FOR EVER, a fabulousmakeup line by beauty superstore, Sephora. This starter kitcontains all you need to create a flawless complexion-in threesteps. Includes a primer to prep your skin, a stunning foundation,and the most amazing finishing power I’ve ever tried. At the veryleast, you’ll look like you have perfect “just woke up” skin.

HD Complexion Starter Kit $79, Sephora

Here is one more of my favorites from the MAKE UP FOR EVERline. It makes applying eye shadow a snap, comes in 12 beautifulcolors and stays on all dang day.

Aqua shadow, $20, Sephora


Cake style

The new school year means loads of parental functions fromcurriculum night and meet-your-class mixers to annual schoolbenefits. And it’s always a question of what to wear.

Enter CakeStyle.com. This at-home personal shopper sitemakes putting outfits together and looking sharp a snap. Yourpersonal stylist creates several “looks” based on your needs, shipsthem to you in a pretty box and you get to keep what you like.There’s also a how-to video with each look, and shipping both waysis free. Now looking chic truly is as easy as cake.

The average price for a dress is $250-$400, jeans$150-$200 and blouses $75-$300. cakestyle.com


Bed head

There is many a school morning when you just can’t manageto shower and wash your hair. Let me introduce you to your mane’snew BFF, Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo.Simply spray it on your roots in sections, work it in a bit withyour fingers, and you’re ready to style. I love the whole NYM lineand it’s sold exclusively at CVS, so it’s easy on the debitcard.

$5.99, CVS

Watch your tone

Another one of my favorite drugstore beauty secrets isSalma Hayak’s Nuance line. I particularly love the DetoxifyingCleansing and Toning Towelettes-they quickly clean and tone yourskin and ready it for the day ahead. They’re also great to keep inthe car for a midday freshen-up, and it’s perfect fortravel.

$7.99, CVS


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