My Favorite Things: Spanx Shapewear

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I found the perfect faux-wrap dress 4 years ago and I didn’t buy it. It was the perfect length, a great pattern and the price was right. But, I felt way too self conscious about it showing(rather highlighting) the fact that I had recently gained some weight in the belly area.

My friend said I was crazy for not buying it- just wear it with Spanx she said. But the problem was I didn’t own a pair of Spanx. I had tried shapewear once (unsuccessfully) for an evening work event. The legs of the not-Spanx shapewear kept rolling up, I was super uncomfortable and my frustration got the best of me so I took them off and threw them away.

spanxBut I decided to try again(I really wanted that dress). Rather than spend a lot of money at a department store(in case I had a a second failed experience), I tried a different line, Assets by Sara Blakely, the Spanx line they sell at Target. SUCCESS!  My first purchase, which I still have today, was a black pair of “shorts” to flatten the belly area and now I am confident in all my dresses. Recently I purchased two more pairs in nude for summer- one to flatten the belly and smooth the hips and the other to smooth, flatten AND lift the tush.  I wear them to work, bring them with me when I travel and they are a must for certain evening events.   I wish I had tried these ages ago- what a confidence builder!!!

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My Favorite Things: Bliss Body Butter

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Bliss-Body-ButterThe winter is almost over(thank goodness) and I cannot wait for the warmer weather(3 snow days in Dallas – really??).  I still have to travel north for my job so keeping my skin moisturized is super important.  I posted how much I love the Bliss soap’n scrub.  Well, during the holidays, the Today Show ran a special on Bliss body butter and I figured, what the heck?  So I bought it, gave a couple away as presents and kept the rest for myself.  My Favorite?  The Vanilla and Bergamot Body butter.  It keeps your skin so soft and hydrated plus it comes in numerous scents so everyone can find the one they love!  I would even bet you that you could find it at your local Nordstrom Rack at a great price!!

 

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My Favorite Things- Ann Taylor Denim

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A great pair of jeans can be hard to find. I have a few “my tush looks great and my legs look slim” jeans that are great for date night.  I have my “super comfortable, baggy but not sexy” jeans that I can wear to a kiddo soccer game or to the food store.  And I have a pair that are perfect for knee-high boots or my favorite flats.  And most of them cost over $150/pair. Why can’t I just find a super comfortable, stretchy but not baggy jean that will work with all my shoes and for both work and life?  Well, I found them and didn’t have to spend a fortune.

anntaylorjeanAnn Taylor has some great denim and I bought two pairs, one skinny and one boot cut, both the modern cut.  No altering needed, they have the right amount of stretch AND they are a darker jean so they work with everything.  My skinnies fit perfect with flats or my knee-high or mid-calf boots and the boot cut fit great with my lower boots and other shoes(even sneakers).  They go with me on vacation, on business trips and if I do need another pair, I would be happy to spend the money(under $100 and on sale all the time).  Three other women in my office have already bought them – I think we have a winner!

 

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My Favorite Things – Clarisonic

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I mentioned during a previous post that I was finally focusing on skincare thanks to a random viewing of QVC.  I made “friends” with a beauty consultant at Nordstrom and started receiving advice on products to use with my skin type, bringing home many samples to see if I truly liked them before spending the sometimes outrageous amount of money to make these purchases.  After almost a year of working with her, I asked about the Clarisonic.  Yes, I saw it on QVC but I had seen it in the stores and started to get curious.

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The beauty consultant could not stop raving about this product.  She said she uses it daily, in the shower, and could not live without it.  She described it as feeling like you had a facial every day.  Really?  For $150 I could get my skin super clean and treat myself to a daily facial.  Hmmm……I guess I should ask some friends what they knew about this sensational product.

I asked a friend at work and she said it was absolutely wonderful.  I asked a mom friend and she had one too.  Did it really work?  They both said yes.  So, back to Nordstrom I went during their anniversary sale and bought the Mia 2 with a couple Kate Somerville products that I was wanting to try out.

Five months later – I am a huge FAN!  I use it every night unless I am doing a special skin “treatment” (ExfoliKate) and I bring this with me on business trips since it came with a special travel case.  If you don’t have one, put it on your wishlist for the holiday season!

 

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