Truth be told, I’ve unnecessarily been eyeing the lamp on the left and pretty much the entire web site of Lulu & Georgia for an embarrassingly long time. They have such good home decor….the rugs, art, accessories, totally worth it — all feel original and special. Be careful: the site has become a time warp there’s so much home eye candy. That said, do I neeeeed to spend $400 right now on a set of lamps for our master bedroom? I have a lot of other spaces I’d like to invest in.

Enter, this own-worthy version. While the shape is not identical, it’s the closest match with the gold/bronze base detail and overall feel that I’ve found in a long time. The navy set with this white shade is in my cart, and feeling confident it will add the perfect color punch with our light grey walls, white duvet and orange x-benches for less than half the price of the version I’ve been ogling.

gourd lamps -- ogle or own

 

shop this style: ogle // own 

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moto vest + shorts for date night
I’ve noticed more and more smart women rocking shorts for a night out. It’s just so hot and sticky in Florida — with restaurants still packed with outdoor seating — that denim or a maxi dress can make me go into gross sweat mode. Enter = shorts! Simple and genius.

Like I mentioned in Monday’s post, shorts have become a staple for me this season, great for every occasion. I found this pair recently at Target for a cool $19.99 — now on sale for $14,99 — and couldn’t resist. I grabbed this vest on the way to the fitting room, and bam, outfit! Don’t you love when the unexpected happens in the fitting room? This swingy moto vest, which I totally didn’t need, is my new favorite. I could easily layer it over a dress, wear with a tank and work-appropriate pants, and style it with denim for a night out (in the fall!). It’s just cool. Not to digress on the shorts, but did I mention they also come in solid hot pink and a solid bright blue, both with black piping? Very cool. They’re a lower rise so a drapy top that you can do a half tuck is ideal, and I’m also thinking these shorts could be perfect for any pregnant readers. The rise and elastic band in the back would be really comfy… and work post pregnancy.

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When it comes to being damaged, my hair sadly knows a thing or two. The ends of my hair are really prone to splitting and my blow drying, hair ironing and now curling/wave-inducing habits (sorry, heat-damaged hair!) certainly don’t help my frustrating damaged hair situation. I recognize that I need to pay closer attention, particularly because my hair in recent years is so much thinner than it used to be so the split ends look more apparent, with all my hair looking more dried and fried. Ironically, it’s why I’ve adored the wavier hair look — thus, creating a vicious cycle — since the ends are not as obvious when they’re curled compared to straight.

Neutrogena just debuted a new trio of products, dubbed Professional Triple Repair, so no time like the present to test and report back to you. The results show it can mend 97% of spilt ends in one use, and reduce breakage by 80%, so those are claims I’m happy to take on a hair test. I could use stronger, smoother and more moisture-rich looking hair ASAP.

Triple Repair Group Photo DETAILS: The system includes Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo, Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner, and the Neutrogena Professional Triple Repair Fortifying Leave-In Treatment. Use all three for maximum results, with ongoing treatment repairing the three leading signs of hair damage: mending split ends, strengthening brittle hair and protecting from breakage. Hair is also protected against heat styling over 400 degrees. <— key!

THE REAL DEAL: I’ve been using the trio for two weeks now, washing during the week about every three to four days, and daily on the weekends (after the gym). I honestly noticed a difference after the first use, primarily in softness and fullness of my hair — the ends didn’t look as noticeable as usual after the blow dry and hair straightening treatment. The shampoo and conditioner are ultra luxe and silky feeling. I find I need less than brands I’ve used recently, so I anticipate these bottles will last me a while.

After the shampoo and conditioner, I put a small drop of the Leave-In Treatment focused on my ends and then lightly everywhere, styling as usual. I haven’t felt the need to add extra product in before drying, and then, probably more from habit, add my usual oil before walking out the door. That’s it.

WORTH TRYING? Vote for a yes. Particularly if you’ve been battling dry or damaged looking hair, perhaps also from sun, chlorine or the weather, this could be a great solution. My hair feels noticeably softer, without getting greasy. I like going a few days between washes — which also helps reduce some heat damage — so glad to see the moisture isn’t translating to a greasy head!

WANT TO TEST? I’m giving one reader a system to test for themselves! Super simple: just leave a comment on this post here with which of these hair threats you battle the most. That’s it. Contest ends, Wednesday, July 23 at midnight EST.

 

PS: For more tips and hair scoop, be sure to “like” Neutrogena on Facebook, or check out the brand’s Triple Repair Hair Care Center, which features amazing hair tips from expert stylist, stylist Sam Leonardi.

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Disclosure: this post is sponsored by Single Edition Media, on behalf of Neutrogena. Opinions are 100 percent my own; I’m impressed with the results I’ve seen with this hair system. Thank you for supporting brands that support TAGG! 

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top 10 shorts for summer

July 14, 2014

Each weekend I can’t get into my shorts quickly enough in order to battle Florida’s super steamy summer conditions. I used to live in jeans and capris but this summer, it’s all about the shorts. They’re just so much comfier, and more breathable. I’ve upgraded my collection this season ranging from casual cut-offs to floral print and even a pair or two worthy of a night out. When selecting shorts, be mindful of the rise, the tush and the inseam. All of those details are personal so pay attention to what’s best for you. For example, I used to opt for a 5″ inseam but now realize that a 3 1/2 or 4″ is best for my legs. I often wear tops half tucked or more flowy to be sure I’m not showing too much skin. Have fun with shorts this summer; just remember to be age appropriate (tip: you can definitely score a deal or a cute style in a juniors department, just be sure the length is not too short, and the rise is not too high — hard for most to pull off!).

Here’s TAGG’s top 10 short finds for summer:

 

top 10 shorts for summer

anthropologie slouchy chino shorts // topshop embroidered shorts // joe fresh floral print

mossimo white cut-offs (on sale! comes in other washes) // gap boyfriend denim (& on sale in a darker wash)

zara printed shorts // gap black scalloped shorts // ralph lauren seersucker (plus size)

  loft textured stripe //  old navy linen blend striped shorts

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