Benefits of Coconut Oil

I love all things coconut from the chia pudding I’m eating right now made with coconut milk, to the oil I use as a body hydrator fresh out of the shower. I’ve also used our rice cooker to steam Harper’s apples and pears in coconut oil with a dash of cinnamon for several months now for her breakfast. It’s her favorite and a great way to feed her the healthy fats her growing brain needs. Check out the benefits of coconut oil via MindBodyGreen.com in a cute little infographic below.

Infographic by MindBodyGreen.com

Infographic by MindBodyGreen.com

Jewelry from Unique Vintage

I just found out about Unique-Vintage.com and their adorable jewelry collection that sells on average for around $30, here are just a few things I liked but click HERE to see all of their offerings.

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Color Me Collared Necklace $20

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With Love Heart Hands Necklace $32

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Skull Wreath Ring $32

The iPhone App That Could Save Your Life

Melanoma is no joke. It’s a very serious, deadly form of cancer responsible for about 75% of all skin cancer related deaths. We’re told to get regular checks from a dermatologist especially if we have a spot that looks suspicious, but what if you don’t have insurance? Most people probably won’t spend a few hundred dollars when it might turn out to be nothing.

The SpotCheck app for iPhone eliminates the often high cost involved to discover if you have a mole that’s normal, or one that requires a doctor to take a second look. It’s easy, first you answer two questions about the spot, snap a photo of it, then pay $5 to send it in for one of their dermatologists to personally take a look at it. Within a day, they’ll notify you if it’s fine or atypical while also highlighting dermatologists in your area.

You can learn more about the app HERE. It’s a good solution if you’re wondering about a suspicious looking spot – it’s also free to download, you’re only charged per inquiry.

Missoni for Target Lookbook

I’m so excited about the launch of Missoni for Target on September 15th where you’ll find over 400 items expertly designed by Missoni using their signature style and iconic zig zag pattern at Target prices. Although the women’s clothing is as fantastic as you’d expect there’s so much more to the collection; luggage, throw pillows, rain boots, kid’s clothing, and even a cruiser bicycle that I’m really digging are all Missoni-fied. Here’s a peek at some of the women’s offerings.


via stylelist.com

You can check out a lookbook here at stylelist.com.

See you September 15th Missoni- that bike is mine.

If I had to choose one thing I splurge on it’s good, timeless shoes that will last a lifetime. Mike just surprised me with a pair I’ve been wanting for years now and didn’t have the heart to buy for myself. Since I typically feel guilty whenever he gives me a gift (I tend to return them), he thought this would be a good way to ensure I actually hang on to something from him. I still haven’t decided if I’ll keep them or hand them back over to Neimans.

In the meantime, I’ve just been admiring these Christian Louboutin N°Prives he picked out for me all on his own.

I’ve walked on the carpet wearing them 3 times. It’s cushy surfaces only until I decide if I can offer them a good home. They’re pretty magical.

It reminded me of the beautiful shoes I already have and how much I really love them. They’re all in bags inside of their boxes in a special corner of my closet, they feel well-earned and special to me whenever I wear them. Here are a few of my favorites.

These Jimmy Choo 072 Dream D’orsays were my first pair of good shoes. I found them on sale at a Nordstrom event about 4 years ago, they were marked down about $130. They are by far my most comfortable heels, I’ve even ran in them a few times. I consider them to be my ‘gateway drug’ for shoes.

These were my very first pair of Manolo Blahniks, a Christmas gift from Mike years back who was concerned that I didn’t have any pink shoes. A valid concern. The openness on top makes them comfy and the heel isn’t too high (not that I mind a high heel.) I wear a lot of black, so these get to come out and play a lot.

In 2008 I was working in Nieman Marcus as a freelance artist for Laura Mercier the same day they were having a shoe sale. Thankfully it was slow because my focus was completely gone. I couldn’t resist these Manolo Blahnik Riggo Mordore Opalina marked down to $380 from $845. I get a ton of compliments on them but I have to wear them on a night where I’m not on my feet for a long time (more than 4 hours-ish). They’ll cause blisters from where the leather hits the outsides of my big toes. I just need those new rub guards for shoes and I’ll be off to the races.

My C Mengano Manolos are my most comfortable Manolos second only to the sandals below. The pattern is so unique, a shoe with a black and white combo will always be in style. It’s a much lower heel than the rest which is why their wear time is unlimited. I have no idea why I only have one insert – God only knows where the right one could be.

Last year I got these Manolo Albas with an almost kitten heel and pewter shade that was just right for both flowy spring dresses and skinny jeans. They have an easy wearability to them that I like, plus there’s a bit of arch support too.

If I had to pick my least favorite of them all, it would be these Prada Damoscios. They’re so heinously uncomfortable that I’ve had to basically hold them in the car then slip them on at the last minute before walking in somewhere. Really irritating because they’re so unique and fun.

I picked up these Jimmy Choo 24/7 India sandals last fall at Nordstrom and I’ve worn them several times already. They’re every bit as comfortable as my other Choos and look great with everything. They’re also the only ones on here (other than the Louboutins) that you can still buy.

If I do keep the Louboutins, my designer shoe collection will be at capacity until 2012. I’m off to do one more lap around the carpet to see how I feel.

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Target Re-Releases Best-Selling Designer Dresses March 13th

Can you think of the last time you bought some new summery dresses? You know the kind just perfect for weddings, events, and even the office? It’s usually not something we think to update until we’re frantically rummaging through boring office wear just before an event wishing there was a more stylish option. Think ahead this time and hit Target’s re-release of its 34 most popular designer dresses all adorable and all offered for under $45.

Thakoon dresses image courtesy of HuffingtonPost.com

Click HERE to view the entire collection.