Although it hasn’t been a particularly harsh Winter, it’s been an extremely drying one. No matter how much water I drank to keep myself hydrated or how much lotion I applied, my hands were ridiculously dry. I mean we’re talking looking like an old lady’s hands dry. But, a few weeks ago when I was in Bloomington, Indiana for my niece Jada’s 5th birthday party (I’m telling you time flies! I was there for the birth and now 5 years later she’s a force unto her own) my sister hipped me to Vaseline’s Deep Moisture-creamy formula hand lotion. It’s made all the difference in the world! If you’re having trouble with dry hands and feet this Winter, this will make a good addition to your arsenal. It’s a little pricey, almost $10 bucks, but no one said beauty was cheap. Find this Life•Saver here.
Every gal should have pals, n’est pas? And who could be a better friend than one who helps you get rid of unsightly deodorant stains? Made of a special non-abrasive foam, Gal Pal is a quick solution to annoying and embarrassing deodorant marks left on your clothes. Not only can the Gal Pal save you in social environments, but she will also save you time and money in dry cleaning costs. You shouldn’t have to buy your friends, but Gal Pal is the exception to the rule! Find this Life•Saver here.
A shoe liner that will wick away moisture AND not mess up the inside of your shoe? Sounds too good to be true right? Think again. Silver Linings really do work. How? Well, there’s some sort of grippy stuff that’s not sticky but grippy that insures the silver lining will stay in place in the toe box of your shoe (which means they’re re-usable!). So, yes it does stay in place. Now the million dollar question, does it wick away moisture? Damn skippy it does! I road-tested a pair in 5-inch heels at an all day ladies who lunch luncheon affair which included cocktails, walking the runway, dancing and socializing. At the end of the day my feet were tired, but they were not sweaty. Siliving Linings may give Insolia a run for it’s money as my favorite foot Life•Saver! Find this Life•Saver here and go sockless this Spring!
Who says that washing dishes has to be ho-hum? Why not be stylish while doing your not so favorite chore? I wash lots of dishes on the weekends — my husband cooks and I have KP duty. I learned a long time ago (thanks to my friend Kristin) that doing chores is a lot more fun when you have on a fabulous piece fo jewelry or some fun dish washing gloves that make you smile every time you catch of glimpse of them. The folks of Gloveables subscribe to the same school of thought! These water proof gloves protect your hands and are ideal for cleaning, dish washing, gardening and anything else that could spoil your maincure. Find this Life•Saver here.
A few months ago while waiting to board a flight at JFK, I stumbled upon these great little bags when I wandered into the Muji store. They’re kind of like a purse inside of a purse. If you’re like me and you switch bags/purses regularly, transporting your essentials from one bag to the other can be a real pain in the a$#! This little gem from Muji, the B6 Nylon Bag, eliminates the need for that – there are all kinds of pockets on the interior and exterior. My B6 Bag houses my business cards, makeup essentials, hand sanitzer, loose change, gum, ponytail holders, bobby pins, a pen, a hankie, lotion and anything else I deem necessary at a given moment. Now, rather than moving items between purses, I just move my little Muji bag. Mine’s plaid so I never have trouble finding it in the dark recesses of whatever bag I happen to be carrying. Find this Life•Saver here.
This week’s Life•Saver: Insolia. I LOVE Insolia. I should own stock in Insolia. I don’t own a pair of heels that does not have insolia inserts in them. My 5-inch heel addiction? Insolia is my enabler. You know that your dogs are going to start barking after wearing heels for an extended period of time, right? It feels like the ball of your foot is on fire! . . . Well, the genius behind Insolia is that somehow they push the weight from the ball of your foot onto your heel. I have no idea how the mechanics work, they’re gel-like pieces of plastic created by an engineer who was trying to help alleviate his wife’s high-heels woes. I would be lost without them! I danced all night long in 5-inch heels at my wedding and that of 4 other couples (concrete floor be damned!) courtsey of Insolia. Don’t walk, run out to buy these – you’ll thank your lucky stars! Find this Life•Saver here and save 15% from now through March 31, 2011 when you enter the promo code kalyn. Thanks Insolia!
You say “To Do” and now I say “TeuxDeux”! I’m a list maker. I have a “To Do” list that I update daily. Well actually, I have a few “To Do” lists that I update daily. As I’ve taken on more responsibilities, my “To Do” list has expanded. When I was practicing law, now matter how late I left the office, I always created a “To Do” list for the next day. Now, I have a “To Do” list for each of my businesses, one for personal things like doctor appointments and whatnot, one for my husband and one for household/family things. I’m a little anal, so I don’t have one big “To Do” list, I literally had a notepad with a seperate page for each of the categories mentioned above. My friend Meghan thought I was crazy when I showed her my notepad; she might be right, but to each her own when it comes to organizing the grey matter between her ears. I thought my notepad was genius until I needed to take my “To Do” lists with me and I was carrying a purse rather than a totebag.
Then TeuxDeux entered my life. It’s this nifty little app that I learned about from fellow bloggers, Erica Reitman of DesignBlahg and Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 at lavish! It allows you to create a daily TeuxDeux list online or on your iPhone/iTouch (it’s free online and $2.99 to upload to your device). As pictured above, you can cross items off of your list. You can move items that didn’t get done to the next day. You can list things that need to be done but not in the immediate future in the “Someday” section (you know those things that pop into your head and you want to write them down some place where you’ll be able to access them when you have time to focus on them). And, you can have as many accounts as you’d like. Oh and if you’re an apple convert, you can toggle between your various accounts from your device.
So, if you’re like me and one of your goals for 2011 is to be organized, you might want to add a new word to your vernacular and change “To Do” to TeuxDeux.
Happy New Year – Best wishes for 2011!!!
This week’s Life•Saver: mini*mergency survival kit. I saw these the other day as I was beginning my holiday shopping and I thought to myself what a great idea! They’ll make great stocking stuffers and they’re so much more attractive than my little ziploc snack baggie filled with the same items. Ok, well maybe my ziploc baggie doesn’t have everything that comes in this cup-cake sized pouch. The mini*mergency survival kit contains 16 must-haves: Hairspray, Clear Nail Polish, Nail Polish Remover, Emery Board, Lip Balm, Earring Backs, Clear Elastics, Sewing Kit, Double-Sided Tape, Stain Remover, Deodorant Towelette, Pain Reliever, Tampon, Breath Freshener, Dental Floss, and Adhesive Bandages. Pretty much everything one could need and then some, right? Oh, and they have refills so no need to worry about where to find replacement items. Find this Life•Saver here.
This week’s Life•Saver: Summer Soles. My friend Jacqueline hipped me to these. Sweaty feet? They were thinking of you when they made Summer Soles. They’re shoe liners that absorb sweat. If you suffer from sweaty feet, or experience “slippery discomfort” with leather or synthetic footwear, Summer Soles may be singing your tune. Or, if you’re like me and have eschwed socks and pantyhose, reserving tights for those really really cold Winter days, Summer Soles may be perfect for you. Jacqueline swears by them – I think she literally has them in every pair of shoes she owns. I did a day-long road test and fell in like. They’re easy to use, they peel off and don’t mess up the inside of your shoe when you remove them. Their tag line says it all, “So if you’re looking for a cure for sweaty feet woes – we’re ready for you! Dive in and try Summer Soles.” Find this Life•Saver here.
p.s. They make them for men too!
Life•Savers used to be the candies my mom or grandmother would discretely hand me during the preacher’s sermon at church. They helped to make a long morning go by so much more quickly! While I still enjoy the sugary-high from a Life•Saver, the word now connotates anything that helps to make my daily life easier. Hence, a new column on Possess Your STYLE: Life•Savers. If you’ve come across a something worthy of this title, please let me know and I’ll be sure to share it!
This week’s Life•Saver: Low Beams. The name says it all. Why didn’t I come up with these? They’re great! They’re easy to put on, latex-free and oh, did I mention “ouch-less” when you peel them off? Great to wear when going bra-less, underneath a bathing suit or even with a bra if your heart desires. Their tagline is hilarious, but oh so true: ”With low beams, you are back in the driver’s seat, free from the glaring side effects of blasts of cold air.” Find this Life•Saver here.