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Spring Fever Shopping

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by Andrea Lara

I have spring fever and it is pouring buckets outside today in Boston. The sky is black, I need an umbrella, a coat, my Hunter boots, and a knit winter hat. Just when I was ready to scream for help, call 911, and stick my head in the fireplace, I happened to receive some exciting fashion news that turned my depression-fest around. So whether you are experiencing gorgeous spring weather or the dreaded storm that I have on my hands, I hope that you will find something here to strike your fancy. Enjoy!

One of my dear friends and colleagues has a unique and steadfast accessories rule that I believe is the opposite of Miss Coco Channel’s. This said friend and colleague, Jeannie,  always says “Before you leave the house, take a look at your accessories and add one more!”

In the spirit of this fabulous statement accessories, and adding one more to my collection as well,- take a look that these babies! They are the “Byzantine Nights” earrings designed by elementsinspired. Made of citrine, topaz, and peridot, these gold hoops will set you back a mere $21, make you want to throw on a smoky eye (see the Real Life 101 video for further instruction ;)), eat fabulous food at a great roof top bar, and dance the night away.

I almost had a heart attack when I heard that Calypso St. Barth was designing a line for Target-literally, a heart attack. But when I received the exact date that it was going to be launching in the stores I was thankful that I was sitting down so I didn’t smack my head on the hardwood floor as I passed out. May 1st ladies and gents, May 1st. Do you recall the “open, open, open..” ads of years past? Well, that is going to be me at 7 a.m. on May 1st (did you get that May 1st is the date?). The line will include woman’s and children’s clothing, as well as home goods for $1.99 – $79.99. Amazing!  While I haven’t seen the entire lookbook, I am a long time Calypso lover (even the bridesmaids at my wedding wore belts designed by Calypso) and what I have seen is stellar, beachy, and classic Calypso.  My husband asked what I was crossing days off the calendar for and I told him that Christmas was coming early this year for our family – he looked at me, nodded, and walked away (it’s ok, he knew I was nuts before he married me). May 1st people!

I have been hearing for over a year now that I need to be cleansing my face using the Clarisonic . Those on the band wagon; Tim Quinn (Armani’s celebrity face designer, and Allure Magazine’s “Mr. Perfect”), Fresh, and our own founders of Real Life 101, just to name a few…none of these people/companies sell the Clarisonic incidentally). Reluctantly, I broke down and purchased one. Well folks, it was the best decision regarding my skin that I have made in quite some time. I have only been using it for a week and my skin is glowing, clear, and my foundation has never looked better. It is also quite convenient that it allows you to use whatever cleanser you want with it, that is a huge advantage and money saver. I know that it is an investment but from what I have seen and experienced, it is worth it. After all, we only get one complection, so we need to keep it looking as good as it can for as long as it can – oh and the Clarisonic is completely pain free (aside from the initial purchase).

Orange! The color of the sun, it stimulates creativity, vitality, and enthusiasm. Orange is Lady Luck’s color, as well as my mother’s and Tory Burch’s. I adore that orange is alive and well for Spring/Summer 2011. One of my favorite orange pieces of the season is the Michael Kors Orange Silicone Watch. While this is not the cheapest trend around priced at $160, it will be with you for years. I am the lucky owner of two Michael Kors time pieces, and I have nothing but great things to say about their durability (I’m not very nice to my watches; I’m forever banging them around). What I love about this trend is that it looks good with just about every outfit conceivable- whether you are in your swimsuit (the watch is water resistant to 5 ATM), lunching with the ladies, or out for the evening in your LBD, this watch is going to look rockin’. If orange isn’t your color, fear not, it comes in three other colors – the blue is my second favorite.

I am usually not a fan of the “celebrity fragrance”;  they can be trite, overly indulgent, and created for silly reasons. However, Jennifer Aniston’s new fragrance is everything that she promises it to be – beachy, sexy, and clean. It was such a pleasant surprise to pick up the bottle, take a whiff, and deem is worthy of a trial spritz. After a few hours I loved it just as much if not more than when I first sprayed it, therefore leading to my purchase – only $39. Can’t beat that price for a new fragrance, I’m used to the $60 minimum. In the spirit of Ms. Aniston’s work with St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, she is donating $1 for every “Like” that the fragrance receives on the Sephora: Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Aniston: Women’s Fragrance. Good for her!

I will try to remember that “April showers bring May flowers.” And as always, happy shopping!

Andrea