Cosmetics, Gadgets, Kid-Friendly Rugs and Clothes for Moms
Keeps Your Bags Germ Free
Most women think nothing of setting their purse or diaper bag on the floor at restaurants or in public restrooms. But do you really want to take all those bacteria and germs home with you? When you use the FUMI PurseHook, your bags stay elevated and germ free.
The FUMI PurseHook is an amazing new multitasking product that starts out as a chic bracelet, then easily pops off to securely hold your bag under the table or on a restroom door. Available in 10 different styles, each FUMI is adorned with leather, animal print or other chic materials, and comes in light gold, silver and pewter finishes. The FUMI PurseHook is available for $24.95 at www.thefumi.com.
For more than 40 years, Yves Rocher has been a leader in the botanical beauty industry. Now the company added Culture Bio, a new, ecologically designed, carbon-offset line of natural skin care.
This new line includes seven products created to respect the cycles of your skin from morning until night. Packaged in recycled glass bottles printed with vegetable-based ink and cardboard made from sawdust waste, all products from the Yves Rocher Culture Bio line have a neutral carbon footprint.
With products ranging from cleansing cream to revitalizing serum, Culture Bio is a whole lot more than just good for the planet. Each moisture-rich formula nourishes your skin with botanical beauty and treats it to at least 98 percent organic ingredients. Prices range from $14 to $38 at www.YvesRocherUSA.com.
In the Trenches
Each season, there’s one item in your wardrobe that goes with everything and brings polish to what you already own. This spring it’s a trench coat. Trench coats are often thought of as outerwear to be worn only when the sky is cloudy. But this year, it’s perfectly fine to wear one even when the sun is shining.
What better way to kick up your jeans and a T-shirt, or even sweatpants, on those days that you’re just not feeling chic?
This season go for bold, bright colors when it comes to choosing your trench. Sure, you could go the khaki or black route, but wouldn’t a pop of blue, pink or yellow bring you out of the winter doldrums a lot sooner? You can find trench coats in all lengths, colors and price ranges this season.
Tighten Your Belt
Finding the perfect-fitting pair of pants can be a lifelong quest. If they fit in the hips and thighs, often they’re a little big in the waist. A tailor can help solve that problem, but if you want to save a bundle on alterations, try an Invisibelt.
Nicknamed the “No Buckle Belt” by its fans, the invisibelt adjusts to fit sizes 0 to 14, with a plus-size option that fits women up to size 4X. What’s great about the Invisibelt is that it tightens your trousers without adding bulk or bulges under your fitted tops. Your pants stay in place as you bend over to pick up baby or play with your preschooler, and you’ll look put together with this virtually undetectable belt to support you.
Available in naked (clear) and noir (black), the Invisibelt is $20 at www.invisibelt.com.
Beneath Your Feet
With kids in the house, it’s guaranteed that your rugs will take a beating. That’s why these stylish rugs from Shiraleah are perfect for busy families.
Crafted from recycled plastic, they are durable as well as easy-to-care-for, and they will brighten up your rooms. When something messy gets spilled (and you know it will), simply wash or hose it off, and it’s as good as new. Eco-friendly dyes give these fun rugs their beautiful hue.
Perfect for indoor and outdoor use, they are available in several sizes and colors with prices ranging from $24 to $38 at www.celerystreet.com.
Brighten Your Luggage
It may officially still be winter, but it’s not too soon to give your luggage a lift with flowers. Bonjour Fleurette makes some of the prettiest luggage tags around, including rose, orchid and daisy motifs that are sure to brighten your bags — and your outlook! Luggage tags from Bonjour Fleurette are $12 each. Find them at www.flowerslippers.com.
Mary Michele Little is a mother of two, image consultant and blogger who lives in Raleigh. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.