#OTBloggerCrawl

 

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Anchyi Wei, Angelica Talan, Tammy Preston & Krystin Harlow 529 Kids Consign/OTBlogger Crawl Photography: Julien

Whitney Stringer, Angelica Talan & Megan 529 Kids Consign

Whitney Stringer, Angelica Talan & Owner Megan Podolsky at 529 Kids Consign Photography: Julien

Photography by Julien

Photography by Julien

Old Town Alexandria has always been one of my favorite places to shop. The allure of the cobblestone streets and gorgeously autumn colored leaves on the trees framing the Boutique District brings me back to Old Town more times than any other shopping area in Northern Virginia. The Old Town Boutique District offers everything including children’s apparel, home decor, specialty gifts, unique fashion designer clothing, lingerie, beauty, jewelry and shoes.

I was invited to be part of the first annual Old Town Blogger Crawl this year. This event was the first of it’s kind on so many levels. It was like “trick or treating” for fashionistas! Our exclusive group of bloggers went from boutique to boutique sipping sparkly beverages and nibbling on sugary treats while shopping, instagramming and tweeting about their purchases. Each participating blogger was linked with a boutique that related to their brand.  I was very honored to be a brand ambassador for my favorite kids consignment boutique in the entire DC area, 529 Kids Consign.

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© Clarendon Moms/Angelica Talan

As brand ambassador, I received these two awesome Sugar Booger Lunch Bags by ORE Originals for Ella and Logan in addition to a few other awesome items customized especially for the kids. Follow me on Instagram for more pics of the event (#OTBloggerCrawl).

529 Kids Consign is an upscale children’s and maternity consignment and gift boutique nestled in the heart of charming Old Town on bustling South Royal Street. This quaint store will surprise and delight you. They specialize in the latest designer trends for mom, baby, and children up to size 10. Quality and style are highly important to them, which is why they are particular about the brands we choose for consignment. This is the absolute best boutique to consign all of your children’s gently worn seasonal clothes! They not only offer consigned items but also the freshest and most trendy must-haves for hip moms and cool kids!

{Special Thanks to Carlis Sanchez of Spicy Candy DC & Jessica Hoy of NeuProfile & Ink Blot Army for inviting me to be part of this awesome event! In Store/OT Blogger Crawl Pics courtesy of Julien.}

Gillette Launches Blade Refill Subscription, Perfect for Back to School Season #Shaving Rebuilt

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©ClarendonMoms/©TellChronicles Model: Devin Felli #ShavingRebuilt

 

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©ClarendonMoms/©TellChronicles Model: Devin Felli #ShavingRebuilt

 

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©ClarendonMoms/©TellChronicles

Many of you have sons that will be leaving the nest soon to begin college. And I’ve got some exciting news to share to help to simplify your life and make it easy to cross off an item from your Back To School To-Do List. 

Gillette offers a blade refill subscription service that is a practical, hassle-free option that delivers Gillette’s blades directly to your son’s door. This service provides busy moms like us one less thing to think about, making it easy for college aged sons to look handsome and clean cut or their facial hair perfectly groomed.

Gillette’s blades are very affordable too—only about $1 a week for most guys.

College kids have enough to think about. With Gillette’s blade refill subscription they can spend more time “studying.”

Now if this is your son’s first year shaving, here are a few tips:

  • Select the proper razor: The Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology is the perfect razor for beginners as well as experienced shavers. It is the first razor of its kind, with a new handle that adjusts and pivots to respond to the contours of a man’s face for fewer missed hairs. Using existing Fusion ProGlide cartridges, the new handle lets the cartridge move in three dimensions for maximum contact. The result is #ShavingRebuilt for an entirely new shave experience.
  • Use a moisturizing shaving cream to protect your sensitive skin
  • Shave with the grain of the hair
  • Rinse your razor often while shaving
  • Use an aftershave suitable for your skin type to repair and protect your skin

Gillette’s blade refill subscription is the perfect back to school gift for your son, your brother, your husband, your father and every man in your life.

{Disclaimer:  Compensation was provided by Gillette via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Gillette or MomTrends}

{Photography courtesy of Tell Chronicles. Model: Devin Felli}

Smashbox Cosmetics Party

 

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Authored and photography by Ana of AnaInStyle
Last week, my friend Angelica of Clarendon Moms and I partnered with Smashbox for an exciting event at the Pentagon City Nordstrom, where our invited guests learned how to make the perfect cat-eye. We had such a fun time and we even got the chance to play along and test out all of the great Smashbox make-up. I have to say a super thank you to Rene, the head Smashbox make-up artist, who did an awesome job of explaining how to use all of the different products. It was a great night and the event was a super success!!
I want to say a big thanks to all of our readers and friends who came out to support us!! It really means a lot to us…and thank you to Smashbox and Nordstrom for giving us the opportunity to give our readers a chance to learn a little more about the Smashbox brand!! Thanks guys and have a wonderful weekend!!***   ***
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Baroque Embossed Sleeveless Dress c/o Chicwish, Cobalt Blue Pumps from Schutz, Color Blocking Clutch (similar here and here), Miu Miu Sunglasses via Sunglass Hut, Neckalce from TJ Maxx.
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Father’s Day Gift Spotlight: Seaplane Shirts for Men & Young Boys

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©ClarendonMoms/AngelicaTalan

It’s time to celebrate the dads in your life: your husband, your father, your brother…FATHER’S DAY.

Buying a gift is easy! Why not purchase a soft, fun, fashionable, comfortable shirt for the fathers in your life and maybe even the sons in your life?

Seaplane Shirts are the perfect gift for the men in your life, especially for Father’s Day.

  • Made in the USA
  • 100% Cotton
  • Short & Long Sleeve Collared Shirts perfect for Dressy and Casual Occasions
  • Pre-shrunk and pre-laundered
  • Machine washable

{Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Seaplane Shirts, but the love of this shirt is all our own!}

{Photography courtesy of Kathryn Wirtz}

Lululemon Launches “&Go” Line of Gym to Happy Hour Apparel

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Introducing “&GO” by Lululemon.com

 

 

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Introducing “&Go” at Lululemon.com

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Lululemon “& Go”.

Lululemon has launched a brand new line of casual clothes for outside the yoga studio that includes sundresses, pants and tank tops. The line, called “&Go,” targets women who are “out the door at daybreak and moving until midnight,” Lululemon says. The ad resonates with women, “You don’t have time for a wardrobe that keeps forcing you to change. You’re busy living. We get it.”  &Go, which is being sold online and in stores, launched last week. Six of the 12 products that were part of the debut sold out in a matter of hours, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Camilo Lyon.

The line’s shorts retail at $54, tops for $58, dresses for $198 and pants cost between $108 and $118. Lyon says the new line is proof that Lululemon “is still very much relevant and not fading,” despite a recent glitch in a recalled line of yoga pants.

“In our opinion, it is the most progressive, fashion-forward line the company has brought to market in quite some time,” Lyon said in a note to clients  last week. And the line looks pretty hip to a busy mom like me! What do you think about the multiple purpose line of clothes?

Gwen Stefani Launches Affordable Line of Handbags & Shoes with ShoeDazzle.com

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Introducing gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

 

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gx by Gwen Stefani Handbag Collection. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

Congratulations to Gwen Stefani on her new handbag and shoe collection with ShoeDazzle.com as well as giving birth to her new son over the weekend, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale! Gwen Stefani has designed a budget line of shoes that promises to deliver on comfort as well as style.  On her design:‘I am trying to make the perfect shoe that you can wear all day long.’

The 44 year-old mother certainly knows a thing or two about stomping around in sky high heels.

Priced at a budget between $69.95 and $110.95.The gx by Gwen Stefani collection consists of seven handbags and 24 pairs of shoes and is currently available on ShoeDazzle.com.

 

Sarah Jessica Parker Launches “SJP” Shoe Line at Nordstrom, Friday February 28th

 

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Have you ever imagined being the character Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” or at least day dreamed about what it would be like to have her shoe collection in your closet? Well, now you can.  Parker worked with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus, on the new collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker has designed a collection of shoes, handbags and a trench coat for Nordstrom that launches Friday, February 28th. The SJP Collection aims to make shoe-aholics swoon with pumps and flirty, strappy stilettos in a variety of colors such as mint, purple and mauve. They’re made in Italy and named after Ms. Parker’s fashion influences, including a pair dubbed “Carrie” and another called “Maud” for renowned fashion designer Maud Frizon.

“I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl to the flower accents from the ‘Sex and the City’ wardrobe to references to classic styles from the late ’70s and early ’80s,” Ms. Parker said in a statement.

Handbags were named after some of Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite spots in New York City. One of my favorites, the “Waverly” cross-body bag and the “Beekman” clutch are just two examples. The “Manhattan” trench comes in navy or natural colors and is designed to flatter with an A-line fit and skirted silhouette.

“I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come,” she said.

Priced affordably, shoes will range from $195 to $500, and handbags will be from $245-$375. The trench will retail for $495. The line launches on Friday, February 28th in select Nordstrom stores including a public reception and launch at the Nordstrom in Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia from 6 PM to 9 PM. SJP shoes will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.

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Kardashian Kids Collection Launches March 15th at Babies “R” Us!

 

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The new Kardashian Kids Collection will be debuting exclusively at Babies ‘R’ Us on March 15, the collection for girls will include 30 pieces for newborns to ages 24 months. The line ranges from newborn onesies, snuggly caps and cozy blankets to two-piece sets, jackets and dresses.  It features trendy details such as peplums, lace, leatherette, gold trim and animal print.  Prices range from $14.99 to $29.99.

“Since becoming a mom, I’ve been so inspired to create Kardashian Kids with perfect prints, heavenly fabrics for a baby’s skin and to bring fashion to the baby world that is affordable,” said Kourtney, mother of Mason and Penelope.

“We started this idea when Kourtney was pregnant with Penelope,” said Kim, mother of North. ”It was mainly Kourtney who was the inspiration, but as I got pregnant, I started to chime in. Until you have your own child, you don’t realize how important it is for fabrics to be extra soft and accessible.”

Khloe added, “We hope the charming patterns and the uniquely stylish items are gifts new parents will be delighted to open.”

Kardashian Kids items will retail from $15 to $30 and will be available at all Babies”R”Us stores and online by clicking here. Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest Kardashian Kids news by following on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter.

I’m certainly impressed. Tell me what you think in the comments below! Will you be buying?