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One Chic Mama

Classy, Colorful and Clean

February 01, 2010
Revive your Hair

The harsh winter months can leave hair looking dull and flat with all the wind, bitter cold air and indoor heat it's exposed to. Give your hair a boost and help them shine with Wonderlust™ Hair Color Illuminating Tonic from internationally known colorist, Kelly Van Gogh. This rich hair tonic works to provide maximum shine to color-treated hair. Not only that, Wonderlust™ Hair Color Illuminating Tonic also works as a detangler, a leave-in conditioner and protects against UV rays to keep hair looking its very best. Available for $30 from www.KellyVanGogh.com.

Dress It Up

Quick, the kids have to be at school, you're late for work and you don't know what to wear. Instead of spending precious time trying to coordinate an outfit, just reach for a dress. This season dresses are everywhere and have never looked better! Pull on an easy knit dress for a chic and wrinkle-free look, or go for colorful print in a floaty chiffon. Dresses have the allure of looking instantly put-together without being too fussy, and can help streamline your time spent getting dressed. Plus, the beauty of a simple day dress lies in its versatility. Here are a few tips for getting more mileage from a great dress:

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1. While the weather is still chilly add tights and boot, a simple cardigan or jacket, a belt and your favorite accessories.

2. When the temperatures begin to rise, swap your tights/boots combo for bare legs and a pretty pair of sandals. (Make sure your feet are polished and presentable!)

3. Have fun with layers. Try layering a long sleeve tee under a short-sleeved dress, or a lace-trimmed tank under a wrap dress. Add a vest or a sweater wrap. Keep the look balanced and go with bulkier items if you're wearing tights, or keep the look light if you'll be sporting sandals.

4. Length matters! The best length dress for any woman is somewhere between the top and bottom of her kneecap. If you're young and have fabulous legs, you can go a little shorter. If you want to go longer, avoid having the hemline stop at the widest point of your calf.

Double Duty Dynamo

While hairstyling products made just for baby might be something you haven't yet embraced, how about a hair gel that can work for both baby and mom? Le Baby hair gel is a gentle formula made to help tame your child's fly-aways and smooth frizzies. Created with no sulfates, parabens or harsh chemicals, Le Baby hair gel is hypoallergenic and perfect for baby's sensitive skin. Plus, you can use it to freshen up your own look and leave hair looking healthy and shiny. Find it at LeBabyInc.com for $8.

A Soothing Hue

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise just by adding a little Turquoise into your wardrobe. "In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color," explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. "It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky." Turquoise also happens to be flattering on all skintones, and a wonderful way to add color to your wardrobe. Try it in the form of a necklace, a ring or gorgeous earrings. Clothing in this hue is a lovely way to freshen your wardrobe and welcome in spring. Ring from SabidoBasteris.com.

Put the Lean in cLean

With as much cleaning as busy moms have to take care of around the house your workouts may just get squeezed out of your schedule, but now the two don't have to be mutually exclusive. With a wonderful multitasking program from cLeanMomma you can get a great workout while you get your house clean. For $14.95 you'll receive a DVD along with an e-book that will help you create your own cLeaning bootcamp, a healthy meal plan created by a registered dietician, a food diary and other helpful information to assist you in being healthy and having a clean home! Get yours at www.cLeanmomma.com.

Mary Michele Little is a Style Expert, Image Consultant and mother of 2 who lives in Raleigh. She is also the author of Mama's Little Helpers: bite-sized beauty and style tips for busy moms. Read more from her at www.onechicmama.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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