It’s The Balm…

Initially, I ordered this Clary Collection “all purpose” balm because of the luxurious gold and black packaging. I know how vain that sounds, but I’m a sucker for that stuff. I found the cute little tin in a Town & Country beauty roundup article, and as I was on a freezing, moisture-depleting airplane at the time, I was like… I NEED THAT NOW!

Back on the ground, I looked up the website, www.clarycollection.com and found that the organic skin balm is part of a little company started by two cute moms on a search for clean, organic skin care:

“Focusing on the traditional craft of oil infusion, where flowers and herbs are slowly steeped in warm oil, we began to learn how to gently transfer the healing qualities of plants to the nourishing oils of avocado, olive, and jojoba…We found that by adding wildflower beeswax as an emulsifier, these oils could be transformed into a protective balm.”

All I know is….I ordered the $17 balm and it arrived like two days later…and the company is in Nashville! So efficient! The scent is very light herbal, but it’s not perfumey at all, so you need to like that if you are going to try it. Anyhoo, my cuticles and skin really like it!

It’s not available through any Arizona retailers yet, soooooo you’re welcome for the heads up!

Tucson Shopping Isn’t Always Bad

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I was telling a new friend, recently, that I write a blog about shopping and fashion in Tucson, to which she replied, “There’s shopping in Tucson?” LOL, right?

I know we all say that and it’s seriously frustrating to find anything cool here. BUT, there are many exceptions and honestly, you have to have an open mind. I think you all know I work at Posh, which is my first favorite place for unique finds and the best resale designer bags. Seriously, you would be AMAZED what is brought in each week!

Whimsy and W boutiques also have beautiful, chic offerings.

And I write a lot about Stein Mart, which is what I’m shouting out today. Right now, it is chock full of beautiful holiday dresses, jumpsuits (two I’ve bought here now and get tons of compliments on..), and many shiny, blingy items with SLEEVES! Which, thank you, me and my rosacea arms appreciate! Plus, a healthy selection of obnoxious Christmas apparel and accessories for your next ugly sweater party! Tons of drapey sweaters and sequin leggings, even. Sure, my teens call it the old lady store, but I just really don’t think you can make a blanket statement like that…They’re just much more judgmental under the age of 18.

Allure of the Maltese Cross

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I’m always on the hunt for jewelry with the Maltese Cross. Introduced by the Knights of Malta in the 1500s, this symbol has not only endured for centuries but has found a place on bracelets and necklaces by Chanel, Versace, Kenneth Jay Lane, Yves Saint Laurent and firefighters everywhere. The original cross’ eight points represent virtues such as love, sincerity and justice and faith–all ideals the knights hoped to achieve. You can find stunning versions on Etsy and a treasure trove when the Gem Show comes to town, this winter!

Saguaro is a Style Star

 

 

The Saguaro cactus has exploded onto the home decor scene, especially at Hobby Lobby. Wall prints, stationery, laundry bags and more–all imprinted with happy little cactus depictions—seem perfect for a teen room remodel! They are also a nice little diversion from the entire region of Christmas accessories that are quietly plotting their takeover of the store.

The Power Suits Us

Every few years and mostly in the fall, the “menswear” look emerges as a fashion trend for women. But this year, I think it couldn’t be more important. Here are a few of my favorite pieces from Stein Mart, which highlight tweed, houndstooth and even varsity striping on jackets, pants, boots and even jumpsuits as a modern twist on the menswear trend. To avoid looking like Melanie Griffith’s pre-makeover character in Working Girl, I think subtlety works best when adding these into your wardrobe.

I’d argue that, right now, the power suit has no greater meaning.