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Love List: 5 Must-Haves For July

The dog days of summer are here! So we've come up with a list of things we're loving to soothe skin, beat the heat and make our lives easier!

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Hung over?

Here's the cure (p.s. it's vegan too). We're loving this Betches Hangover Iced Latte.  

Far superior to any unicorn latte, this yet-to-be-cliche vegan latte bar in Chinatown is selling an uber special limited edition Betches latte - made to cure your hangover and make you feel healthy, like right now.

Visit The Good Sort, 5 Doyers St, New York, NY and try the latte for yourself.

Rainy day got you down?

Try the Reverse Smart Umbrella by Patrizia Luca.

It's cell phone friendly! Just simply slips your arm through the handle to text your friends or get your uber with ease!

It's even designed to close in reverse! So when you close the umbrella, you'll notice the water pouring AWAY from you!

 

Too much sun?

If you’ve made the mistake of forgetting to re-apply your sunscreen and find yourself with an unfortunate sunburn you'll want Pevonia’s After-Sun Soothing GelThe light-weight formula cools, soothes and reduces redness associated with sunburn. This calming, hydrating gel uses White Water Lily, Green Tea Extract, and Chamomile Flower Oil to calm red, irritated skin.

 

Need to brighten up? 

Try the next big thing from K-Beauty! Move over sheet masks, the finger pad is soon to be your new bff!!! 

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I'M Pro Ampoule Pad C, helps even out and brighten skin with Vitamin C in a 10% concentration. It contains plant ferment extract that creates beneficial enzymes such as amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants to improve fine lines and skin discoloration. 

 

Purple is not pretty...on your teeth!

Currently celebrating their 10th anniversary, Wine Wipes, are the only single-use, flavor-neutral, all-natural wipes on the market that instantly and easily remove embarrassing red wine stains, without affecting the taste of the wine!

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6 Things We Need To Stop Saying To Bereaved Parents

Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. It’s a feeling that mothers have experienced recently and throughout the last few years after tragic attacks in Orlando, Manchester, London, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., just to name a few.

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With every new tragedy, vigil, story on the news or anniversary recognizing these events, plenty of mothers like Markwell – who lost her adult child to cancer – feel the sting of the wound that accompanies their loss.

While that wound may have healed, there is still a scar left as a reminder of the pain that still lives on for many grieving family members, including mothers who are surviving with that pain in many different ways.

“When a mother loses a child, the grief dictates her life,” says Markwell, author of the book Softening the Grief. “You don’t see an end to the pain. As the body reacts to the stress you feel, physical pain follows. Sleep is out of the question.”

It’s a grief that only they understand, however, and one that others usually don’t know how to deal with. 

“The first time we meet a friend since the death of our child occurred can be frightening,” says Markwell, “It’s not that we don’t want to see them; we just can’t face anyone without tearing up.”

To avoid those awkward situations, Markwell offers up some phrases you should avoid saying to grieving parents and instead offers alternatives:

• “You Are So Strong.” In reality we are exhausted from trying to look strong. Try this instead: “I know it’s hard to be strong right now. I’m here for you to lean on anytime. I have an open heart and time to listen.”

• “Be Glad You Have Other Children.” We may have other children, but they cannot replace the child we’ve lost. Try this instead: “No child is replaceable, but I hope having your surviving children around you helps in easing the pain of your loss.”

• “You’re not the first mother who has lot a child.” Yes, but this is the first time I’ve lost my child. Try this instead: “I know mothers who have lost children and how much they grieved. That has made me aware of what a fight this is for you. You will continue to be in my thoughts.”

• “My child almost died, I know how you feel.” If you said this, you only had a clue about how it might feel to lose a child. Try this instead: “My child had a close brush with death, which was terrifying enough. There can be no comparison to actually losing a child.” 

• “Time heals all wounds.” In time the mind covers wounds with scar tissue and pain lessens. But it’s never gone. Try this instead: “I hope in time your pain and grief will soften. Knowing it will take time, I stand beside you for the long haul.”

• “Everything Happens for a Reason.” There is never a good enough reason as to why our children were taken. Try this instead: “It goes beyond reason for any child to be taken from a mother. There was certainly no good reason to lose yours.”

“These awkward but common questions and statements can trigger a world of grief for bereaved mothers,” says Markwell. “When talking to a grieving parent about their lost child, it’s best to take a step back and choose your words carefully.” 

Summer Favorite: Korean Beauty Edition (+ Amazon Prime Deal)

I'm excited to share my favorite K-Beauty products available on Amazon. Yes, even a special Amazon Prime Day Deal!

First up, K-beauty essential: The Sheet Mask

Common Labs Ggultamin Maska are one of may favorites!

During the Prime Day Event (July 10th, at 9PM EST / 6PM PST - July 11th).

Use Promotion Code: LE11AURA to receive a free mild peeling finger pad with your purchase of Ggultamin B/C Mask during Amazon Prime Day! 

Summer Style: Fit for Me Fashion Event

Recently I was invited by Fruit of the Loom Fit for Me to attend a special preview taking place during Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFW).

FFFW’s mission is to empower plus size women through fashion, and this year was no different! The celebration of curves through a special event presented by Fit for Me.

We got to learn about the latest style trends from fashion expert and celebrity stylist, Denise Caldwell. And I got an exclusive first-look at the newest Fit for Me products in intimate apparel and casual wear during an informal fashion show.

I got the chance to shoot with famed, celebrity-photographer, Matt Sayles. 

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Weekend Review: Bacardi Brings the Sound of Rum To New York at the Governors Ball Music

BACARDÍ Presents CASA BACARDÍ at Day 1 of the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York

This year I was so excited to head to the Governors Ball Music Festival! I got the VIP experience thanks to CASA BACARDÍ! This year, BACARDÍ brought the Sound of Rum to the Gov Ball!

I was so happy to see Majid Jordan, Lorde and Chance the Rapper perform. I spent most of my day at CASA BACARDÍ, located next to the Bacardi Stage. In the custom event space there were many surprise performances, cocktails, comfortable seating, and stage views from the roof. The newest flavor release from the brand, BACARDÍ Banana, was also in the mixalong with other specialty cocktails.

Next door, on the Bacardi Stage, performers like Danny Brown and Majid Jordan had the

tent filled with festival-goers all day and night. Headliner Chance The Rapper also made a

surprise drop in at the Bacardi Stage when he popped up for friend Francis and the Lights’

set in the afternoon. He later brought them out on the main stage, where they performed

their collaboration ‘May I Have This Dance’ during his show.

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Top Reasons You Need the LG Front Load Laundry

This is a sponsored post and has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

It's time to check-in on your laundry. If you're looking to to upgrade, now might be the time to come clean. 

You can really give your clothes a powerful wash with this LG front-load washer. Its sanitary cycle cleans the dirtiest of clothes and lets you add the steam option to effectively kill germs. Use the FreshCare option of this LG front-load washer to periodically tumble clothes for up to eight hours to prevent wrinkles if you’re unable to unload after a cycle ends.

 

When it comes to front load washers, cleaning and convenience are at the top of the list. 

  • Cleaning performance within front load is better than top load; front loaders will typically use less water and also consume less electricity, the washer also spins faster to help keep clothes drier to reduce overall drying time.
  • Best cleaning performance
  • Gentleness on clothes so they last longer
  • Most energy efficient to save on utility bills
  • Highest spin speaks to dry clothes faster
  • SideKick compatible – providing additional capacity to wash 2 loads at once

Right now, when you purchase an LG Front Load Washer and SideKick you save an additional $150. Shop here: http://bby.me/xdu2