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Feminine in Fall

October 01, 2009
>The Essence of Femininity

As we move through our day it's nice to catch a whiff of something that gives us pleasure and reminds us who we are at heart. Tendre Jasmin, the latest fragrance from Yves Rocher (part of their Secrets D'essences Collection) does just that. A fresh and luminous floral scent that seeks to define your feminine essence, Tendre Jasmin is subtle yet captivating. Try it as a body lotion, a shower gel or as an eau de parfum and bring a little sensuality to your day. After all, you're not just a mother, you're a woman! Priced from $20 - $58, you can find Tendre Jasmin at www.YvesRocherUSA.com.

Naturally Fresh and Odor Free

Looking for a natural deodorant that really works? Try Take A Whiff! from Pristine Beauty. With a scent reminiscent of creamsicles this all-natural deodorant is free of aluminum, parabens and phthalates. Blair Kessler, breast cancer survivor and CEO of Pristine Beauty, offers up a tip to help make this deodorant almost as effective as its chemical counterpart: when natural deodorants are applied it must be on completely dry underarms. After the deodorant is applied, take a big powder brush and baking soda and lightly dust under the arms. This trick works to help keep you dry for hours, au natural. A portion of proceeds from Pristine Beauty will benefit young breast cancer survivors and cancer prevention research. Find it at www.shoppristinebeauty.com for $22.

Extend Your Spend

Updating your wardrobe each season can be an exciting proposition, but your pocketbook may not be thrilled with the price tags on some of the season's hottest trends. That is, unless you're shopping at an off-price retailer like TJ Maxx or Marshall's. Guaranteed to carry current merchandise from some of the hottest designers at a fraction of the retail price, TJ Maxx and Marshalls carry first-quality goods that will keep you looking stylish without breaking the bank. So go ahead – treat yourself to an infinity scarf or a pair of knee-high boots from Michael Kors. At a savings of up to 60% you'll find staying under budget has never looked so good! Find a location near you at www.tjmaxx.com. (Boot, Michael Kors)

A Moment to Indulge

It's nice when you can share a snack with your kids but sometimes a mom just needs a quiet moment to herself to relax and indulge her senses. Why not try a bag of Charlie's Truffled Popcorn for just those moments? Created in Vass, NC by Susan Rice, this is truly a one-of-a kind treat. Flavored with Black Périgord and Summer Truffles, this air-popped delicacy pairs well with a glass of red wine, or enjoy it with your beverage of choice. It will elevate a night of watching movies to something far more special. Find it for $4 for a 1 oz. bag at Whole Foods, A Southern Season and at www.susanricetruffles.com.

Gray: The New Black

This season black takes a backseat to its first cousin once removed –gray. More than just a watered down version of a perennial stand-by, gray comes in varying shades and has a personality all its own. Try it as a foil for a warm, earthy claret and it blends beautifully, highlighting the claret and pushing it to the forefront. Try it with a shade such as warm olive or crème brulee and this subtle shade doesn't overpower but lets them shine. While black can be intense and draining, gray is much less harsh and can provide a more uplifting backdrop to a color, whether neutral or bright. Try a dark gray overcoat for an updated version that goes with everything, or light gray denim for a wardrobe update. Gray has even made its way into beauty palettes everywhere – why not treat yourself to a charcoal nail polish with a hint of metallic? It's an updated color that goes with everything and will make your wardrobe so very au courant.

Belli Up to the Bath

Bath time can be a great experience for moms and babies to share, and treating your baby to safe and gentle skincare is a wonderful way to care for her delicate skin. Belli Skincare is created without dyes or fragrances and made just for your sensitive little one. Belli's Calm Me Hair and Body Wash ($18) and Nourish Me Enriched Body Lotion ($24) are enriched with essential oils, pH balanced and tear-free and make the perfect addition to your baby's bath time routine. Find them at Pottery Barn Kids and at www.belliskincare.com.

Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, wife, entrepreneur and blogger who lives in Raleigh, NC. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.
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