What Does Mom Really Want for Mothers Day? Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Sleep, Sanity, feeling Sexy on NBC6 Miami in the Mix

Working hard … hardly working?

Quando estoy en Miami, trabajar es un placer. (ya I speak a little Spanish.) If I made errors, sorry. No tengo una persona con quien hablar, tambien no estudio Espanol despues de diez y ocho anos.)

Back to our English program.

So, I was in Miami, last week, taping  my version of the perfect Mother’s Day Gift Guide. The segment, which airs today at 11:30am on NBC6 Miami in the Mix, spotlights my three Mother’s Day desires – Sleep, Sanity and Sex. Now, before you get your Brazilian thongs in a tizzy, I didn’t actually go on a day-time show watched by moms and their toddlers, and say “sex”. My mother is a Children’s Manners and Social Skills Coach, after all – shameless plug for Ask Malvina! The phrase I used was “feeling sexy”, something many women don’t think about, at least not enough, once they enter mommy land.

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Here’s a run down of what was featured.

Feeling SEXY – This is about feeling good, taking care of yourself, and having that sizzling twinkle in your eye. (Alas, nipple tassels were not allowed in my PG13 segment)

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  • Ambrielle intimates exclusively at JCPenney ($10-$38) – Sexy, yet sensual, and a great price point, this is the prrr-fect gift idea for the man in your life to show that he still views you as his sexy kitten.
  • NEOVA DNA Damage Control SILC SHEER SPF 40($45) – My mom always said I should take care of my skin. Now I can give her a gift that will boost up our sun-safe and skin-care-loving game. This product is triple beauty threat, providing broad-spectrum sun protection, a photo finish sheer tint that evens out the skin (hello Mother’s Day  photos) and it repairs damage caused by previous sun exposure. That last bit is thanks to DNA repair enzymes which support and accelerate the body’s natural repair system, slowing formation of fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and discolorations. Make a beauty basket (I find great baskets at the dollar store) and get mom NEOVA Refining Eye Lift ($56) and DNA Total Repair ($99).

SLEEP – It’s such a simple task, and, yet, so hard for a mom to properly complete. Show mom love and giver her the time and the tools to recharge, so she can continue to hold down the fort! #MeaningfulMeMoments

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  • Remedy Heat Sensitive Memory Foam Sleep Mask w/ Music Input ($16.10 Overstock.com) – Even if the kids are being load, the hubby can hardly manage the situation and its daylight outside, this sleep mask has you covered it total darkness. Plus it has built-in headphones, so you can zen out to Buddhist nirvana sounds or Kurt Cobain Nirvana sounds.
  • Art Naturals Essential Oil Diffuser ($29.99, Overstock.com) – Mom can calm her nerves and set the mood for a good night’s sleep, with this beautiful ultrasonic oil diffuser. I love that it’s super quiet. Duuhh, I’m trying to sleep!
  • Alder Creek Lavender French Flower Bucket ($26.99, Overstock.com) – In the mood for a quick fix, nothing like a lavender scented basket. Useful. Peaceful. Done.

SANITY – Mom, by nature, is not sane. How can she be? Have you seen her to-do lists (yes, multiple lists, in multiple places in the office, kitchen, car, beg ….) Help her try to keep it together with organizational and inspirational essentials.

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  • Burlington Stores (Jewelry Box and Journal $4-$38) Motherhood can be maddening, and sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out there, journaling is great outlet. I found so many beautiful options at my favorite off-price retailer Burlington Stores. Keep walking those aisles and you’ll likely find other goodies like a jewelry box. Pop in a bracelet as a gift within a gift. Moms love surprises – at least this one does. Hint, hint, family.
  • Erin Condren Organization & Home Décor Items ($6-$75) – All hail the queen of organizational chicness. I have so many items from this brand, but the personalized schedule pad (which lives in my kitchen) if my life safer. Everyone knows what’s goes on, who needs to eat what, who’s traveling, who’s picking up kids, etc. I’m also in love with the Picture This! Acrylic Tray ($75) which is great to use a tray to hold my book and coffee if I’m going to read in bed. Not sure when that fantasy will happen … but I love to dream big.
  • Cooks 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker ($120) – So I’m not a coffee drinker (tea is my poison), but for those who bean it up, this machine is ideal for the mom who’s always getting pulled away from her warm cup. Thanks to a thermal carafe, mom’s cup stays hot for hours. Plus, she can program the coffee maker up to 24 hours in advance, so her cup is waiting for her at 7am, 6am, 5am (5am can not be managed without caffeine.)

Special thank you to Johanna Gomez, who beautifully filling in as host of Miami 6 in the Mix, while my friend Roxy Vargas is on maternity leave. FYI Johanna is a sassy mama of 3, who’a originally from New York. Check her out on Instagam.

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Pamela + Vanessa #momsandwhine Ep.2 Mother’s Day pet peeves, gifts we really want, & shoe giveaway

Good evening mamas!

I hope you enjoyed watching Episode 2 of Pamela + Vanessa #momsandwhine. We’re having so much fun with these videos, in case it’s not obvious enough.

As always, each episode ends with a little show & tell. This week, I shared my love for Shh-oes, the quiet shoes I recently featured on PIX11 Morning News. They are super comfy, very quiet and moderately priced given that it’s leather.

Meanwhile, gadget guru Vanessa, my fabulous co-host, showed the new Nook Sleep feeding pillow that I might need to get for myself . I’ve been falling asleep in odd position on the living room floor. #MomBurnOut !!

Before we get to this week’s giveaway rules, the winner of last week’s giveaway is …. Aubrey Rochelle.

Good luck with this week’s giveaway, ladies.

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Giveaway Rules
2. Leave a comment on Episode 2 (keep it classy and sassy)
3. Follow @PamelaPekerman and @TheNessaLee on Instagram
Contest ends May 8, 2016 11pm EST, and is open to all continental US residence over the age of 18.
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Friday Five Finds: Pineapple Fashion and Fun for Mom, Kids and Home

Brrr!! What’s going on outside? Is it really just two days until May?

In an effort to will summer (let’s just forget about Spring) weather our way, today’s Friday Five Finds are inspired by the palm trees and pineapples I enjoyed on my recent vacation at Malliouhana Hotel & Spa‎ in Auberge. Pineapple fashion, pineapple fun, pineapple Friday Finds for all!

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1. Overstock.com Pineapple Applique Burlap 20-inch Pillow $41.99 – Can someone please pore this mom a Pina Colada while she lounges? Reality check – mom, aka me, is likely poring someone a drink. But, my day will come!

2. MILLYicon Pineapple Print Rimini Short Jumpsuit $225 – Rompers are my new go-to staple because they can go from day to night with a change of shoes and some extra bold accessories. I’d totally rock this in Costco at 11am and a club (not that I’ve seen a club since 2010 … waaa waaaa) at 11pm.

3. MeMe London Lucky Pineapple Bracelet $51 – This is my new go-to brand for fun, stretchy braclets. Have you caught my arm candy love on Instagram?

4. Mini Melissaicon Baby’s & Toddler’s Pineapple Perforated Jelly Mary Jane Flats $58 – Because these are so much juicier than your average jellies.

5. ZARA Ice-cream and Pineapple T-Shirt $5.90 – Two fabulous summer essentials, plus one fabulous price, equals a win for mom and munchkin.

 

And now some views of the hotel, to warm up my soul before I head down to finish up tonight’s final Passover meal.

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momBOSS interview: Ramy Sharp designer Ramy Brook fashion

Several years ago, while filming a makeover segment for CBS’s The Couch (RIP – I loved that show and crew), I met designer Ramy Sharp of Ramy Brook. Assertive, vivacious, impeccably coiffed, yet effortlessly casual, Ramy embodied her sexy, sophisticated brand. Several lunches and conversations later, I was hooked on the woman, her fashion brand (PS the Robi sleeveless top is a style staple) and the motherly wisdom she could share with me – I was a new mom with one baby, she already had three kids. I’m so happy Ramy was eager to be interviewed for this feature. She everything I think about when I envision a momBOSS*.Ramy Sharp of Ramy Brook

Pamela Pekerman: In your 20s you were a big shot advertising gal. When and why did you decide to take a break from work?

Ramy Sharp: When I graduated college I was determined to move to NYC. Once I decided not to go to law school, like both of my roommates, advertising seemed like a good field for me. It was corporate and social at the same time. After 10 years in the business, I had my first son. I went back to work on a freelance basis to keep my head in the game. However, it was tough for me to balance both work and being a new mom. So, I stopped working in advertising and took my skills into the philanthropic world where I could create my own hours, interact with adults, do good and be a mom.

Pamela: Since the launch of Ramy Brook in 2010, you’ve had tremendous success in a short period of time. Many moms have dreams, they never chase. What gave you the courage to follow your passion?

Ramy: When I launched Ramy Brook I was fulfilling a need for my own wardrobe. Every day, I would look in my closet and couldn’t find anything to wear. All I wanted was a sexy top to wear with jeans. I had no clue what I was doing, so I asked everyone I knew in the business for help. Jennifer Miller(jeweler) helped me secure the name, Stefani Greenfield (owner of Scoop) sat with me all day and taught me retail math among other things of how to build a brand. My friend hooked me up with her high school friend, Anika, a renowned pattern maker for a brand called Tuleh. Timing seemed to be on my side, as Tuleh closed its doors, so Anika and I worked day and night to create the first 7 pieces of the Ramy Brook collection. As I look back, I realize I didn’t have time to worry or question myself. I found a way to overcome my fears and stumbling blocks, because at the end of the day, I believed women needed these clothes as much as I did.

Pamela: With Ramy Brook, at what point did you realize, “Wow, I’m onto something big!”?

Ramy: I brought my collection to the famous personal shopper Betty Halbreich at Bergdorf Goodman. She had me hang my 7-piece collection in her dressing room. Betty had an appointment with Chelsea Handler’s stylist and when she walked in and saw the collection she wanted to take every top, I knew I was on to something. Chelsea ended up wearing the VR2 (very Ramy 2) in sky blue to her opening night at the Beacon.

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Pamela: Who are some of the fabulous momBOSSes wearing Ramy Brook?

Ramy: Cindy Crawford is one of my all time favorite “momBOSSes” and wears Ramy Brook. Julianna Margulies, Alyssa Milano and Lisa Edelstein are some of my favorite celebrities wearing the brand as well.

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Pamela: Who do you have in mind when you design the collections?

Ramy: Our girl is the multi-tasking woman who wants to feel confident in her clothing. She is busy, she is smart, she is happy and the clothes reflect that image to the world.

Pamela: What’s next for Ramy Brook?

Ramy: We have a few shops in the works, one in Southampton and one on the Upper East side. We are focusing on our website, in addition to scouting locations for a new brick and mortar store. Ramy Brook is a lifestyle brand and over the next few years the brand will grow in many other categories– accessories being one of them.

Pamela: How do you find time for YOU in your busy world? What do you love to do during Meaningful Me Moments?

Ramy: My free time is spent with my family– first and foremost. If my kids have a game, show, or school event I try to make it. Family dinners have become even more important, it’s a great way to connect even if it’s a few times a week. Because my days and nights are sometimes hectic I can appreciate the downtime more than ever before. I’m more focused when I have more to juggle.

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Pamela: Quick, you only have 2 minutes to prep and pamper your face. What are you top makeup/skin products?

Ramy: Neutrogena face wash and perfect tinted toner is my savior. I like a lot of Neutrogena products– the eye makeup remover is my favorite. As for makeup, I’m a big Laura Mercier fan, especially the lip gloss. I usually carry two at a time.

Pamela: Balance is a loaded, unrealistic goal, I prefer “Happy Formula”. So, what’s your Happy Formula for managing marriage, three kids, a growing fashion/lifestyle empire, and finding time for yourself?

Ramy: I’m not sure I’ve found the answer, but I genuinely enjoy the way I live my life. My husband is my rock and a big supporter both at home and at work. My kids bring me joy every day, which isn’t to say they don’t drive me nuts, but they will always be my reason to smile! Work enables me to have a passion outside my home. I believe in what we are building at Ramy Brook and I’m excited to share it with the world.D86699E3-C70F-4709-93FA-A6235EEBCBD2

Currently reading my sister’s book, of course, Your Best Age is Now by Dr. Robi Ludwig.

Currently drinking Diet Coke by day and chardonnay by night.

I hope my kids think mom is smart and  cool.

Motherhood is a blessing.

The best advice my mom ever gave me was “Be true to who you are.”

 

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*momBOSS – She’s nurturing, compassionate and focused. She’s always directing, managing and scheduling. She IS home. She is the link that brings everyone together. She is her own woman. She is not perfect. She is juggling and trying to find her happy formula for a meaningful life. Her motto is Always Be Your Best You, which could mean a messy kitchen takes a back seat to applying mascara. 

Are you a momBOSS or know one that we should know about? Leave a comment below and you/she could be featured next. Check back every Wednesday for an interview with an incredible mom that, I hope, will inspire you to find your happy formula, whatever that may mean for you.

PS In case you missed it, I’m hosting a new mom lifestyle show Pamela+Vanessa #momsandwhine.

Check out  Pamela+Vanessa #momsandwhine every Monday 9:30pm EST. We’ll be laughing, whining, and wining. And we have amazing weekly giveaways!

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Rainy Day Outfit Ideas, Brighten Up Your Slushy Style

Hello April. Hello spring.

Well, almost spring! Brrrrr. It was 30°C, yesterday, here in New York City. Today, it’s low 40s°C. But, tomorrow, we are expecting typical April showers, which is going to linger for several days.

If rainy days give you the blues, not to mention some fashion anxiety, here are bright, rainy-day outfit ideas that will uplift your mood and elevate your style forecast.

Rainy Day Outfit Ideas

1. Burberry Londonicon Lightweight Taffeta Trenchcoat $1495
Because if you’re going to invest in one trench, it should come from the best Brits in the game.

2. Umbrella Wet Dry Magic Color Changing Butterfly Print $29.99
Why not have some fun when you’re out and about? My kids get a kick out of seeing the butterflies go from white to pink/yellow/blue, when the rain hits the umbrella.

3. H&M Lace Yellow Dress $29.99
Oh Mr. Sun please shine down on me. Maybe this dress will help bring out Mr. Sun. (My daughter was singing this song on her birthday, this past Monday, because it was raining. The Mr. Sun song was quickly followed by Rain Rain Go Away. #AdorableToddlerMoments)

4. Handbag Raincoat City Slicker $25-$30
Protect your beloved handbags from the elements with this clever bag raincoat. Just make sure to get the right size (mini, midi, maxi) to cover the whole handbag. Store it conveniently in your purse, with the included pouch.

5. Keds Raindrop Boots $78.00
Don’t these wellies make you want to jump puddles and sing in the rain? Check my Instagram account tomorrow. I’m sure that’s what you’ll see me doing. (Life Rule #1 – NEVER act your age.)

6. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Pomegranate Oil Anti Aging Lipstick: Magnolia $29
Nothing perks me up quite like bold lipstick. This lipstick is my newest obsession and the first step in my journey to a greener, cleaner beauty routine. There are no synthetic chemicals, synthetic dyes, chemical preservatives or any other toxins.

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Innovative Products Created by Women for Women, Pamela Pekerman on PIX11 Morning News

After a hectic two weeks in The Land of Motherhood (hello temper tantrums, is this what you look like??), I was thrilled to wake up at 4:30am and head out of the house!!! for another PIX11 Morning News segment with the lovely anchor Sukanya Krishnan.

This week’s topic was “Ahhhh-Ha Ideas Created by Women for Women.” I loved spotlighting innovative creations by fierce female entrepreneurs, that are hustling to make their businesses better and our lives easier. There were SO many wonderful, innovative products created by women, that came across my desk, below are the six that made the final cut. Hopefully, I’ll be able to spotlight more of them in upcoming segments. Ladies, you inspire  me to keep the hustle dance alive!

Fashion Fix: Tucktails ($19.95) Just in time for tank top season, this camisole is longer in the back, so you can move with confidence and comfort knowing you’re not overexposing your main asset. You can thank two savvy Southern sister for helping us all finally say no to crack.


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Leg Up on Legwear: Bootights ($25) Love your legs and worship your feet- no more sacrificing comfort for style!  These knee highs not only have pretty lace cuff detail, but also has a performance sock at the bottom!  Provides that extra warmth during early spring season,  adds a sturdier base preventing those rips, prevents feet from slipping in boots, adds arch support with sculpted cushioning for comfort and the moisture-wicking material provides ventilation so feet stay cool and dry!

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Shoe-In: Shh-oes ($139) Ssh-oes founder, Mary Arnett, moved to NYC  from the suburbs. Wobbling to her apt in her uncomfortable heels from the subway, she was always very self- conscious about all the noise her heels made. Then it dawned upon her, why don’t you make quiet AND comfortable heels? Hello Ssh-oes! They were amazing on set, this week. And, the comfort factor helped me get through a whole day 5am-6pm without any foot pain at all. Don’t be ssh about it … tell your girlfriends.oliviablack1_large Face Pilates: NuFACE Limited Edition Petal mini facial toning device ($199) In just 5 minutes this handy, easy-to-use device gives your face a Pilates-worthy work out, resulting in visible face lifting fabulousness. Carol Cole, the creator of NuFACE, began her career an aestheticism specializing in high-end microcurrent facials. Understanding her client’s desires for a non-invasive, at-home, easy-to-use, anti-aging solution, she developed a handheld device that utilizes microcurrent technology for women who wanted to take anti-aging into their own hands. PS I’m going to announce a NuFACE giveaway … stay tuned!!

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Kissably Ready: Kissamint ($19.50) Moist lips, red pout, fresh mint drops – who’s ready for a spring fling, with there husband of course!! Founder & CEO Joey Lauren is on a mission to create innovative products that deliver the highest quality ingredients to keep your breath fresh, lips hydrated and your smile fierce!Kissamint_WebOnly_65-300x300_large

Mom’s Helper: Kids Passport ($39/month for 2 classes and $99/month for 6 classes at TheKidsPassport.com) Have you ever tried to find a good kid’s class near you, on YOUR schedule? Kids Passport was created by a clever group of female techies that wanted to help parents expand their kids’ social circles and continually introduce new & fun activities. Now, as fast as you can hail an Uber, you can scout their discovery calendar for fun, age-appropriate classes near you, reserve your spot (up to 2 weeks in advance or with only one hour notice- flexibility is so key when it comes to kids) …  and get all details conveniently texted right to you.  Mom’s you need to check this out ASAP! all_books2

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Fashion Fix: The Perfect Multiple-Wear Blouse, Ramy Brook Robi Sleeveless Top

In my 30’s I’ve come much closer to understanding who I am, and who I am not – I am good with people, I am not good with organization. I am family first, I am not business first.

What I like, and what I don’t like — cotton candy is king, let’s pass on chocolate. I like peonies over roses.

What my personal style is, and what it will never be — classic, glamorous and easy, because trendy is too 20-something and too much hassle. So, you’ll never catch me in a crop top, bellybutton exposed. Gaucho pants and culottes need not apply to be in my closet.

This brings me to my latest fashion obsession, Ramy Brook’s Robi Sleeveless Top. It’s a Fashion Fix that I turn to time-and-time again, when I need to easily get out the door feeling sharp, classy, and fuss-free.

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What’s so special about this blouse and why should you buy it?

First it drapes beautifully, but, also has a cinched waist band that contains the fabric. You can move the band to your hips or slightly higher, if you want to just show the billowing fabric. With all that lush silk charmeuse, you can easily wear this while pregnant, which I demonstrated in this week’s PIX11 Morning News segment, Grab & Go Wardrobe.

Second, a v-neckline elongates your neck and draws the eye to your face. I like that I can easily minimize the v with a pin or double-sided tape, during the day, and then do a bit more show-and-tell at night. Um, I don’t have as much to show-and-tell these days, but I’m thrilled to bits if you do!

Lastly, I’m all in for sleeveless blouses. Aside from the fact that I don’t want to think about sweat marks (rggg, I’m just not one of the lucky ones that can wear long sleeve silk. Know what I mean?), sleeveless also gives me the option to layer. Love your layers, ladies.

Below are some of my favorite ways to wear Ramy Brook’s Robi Sleeveless Top. I hope it inspires you to make the most of your closet, love layers and shop smarter. It’s not about how many items are packed into your closet, but the frequency with which you can wear the right items. Let your wardrobe work for you! And, then, work it … work it … work it 😉

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Ramy Brook Robi Sleeveless top, working it for work. L: Tees by Tina dress, Lulu Guinness bag, Prada shoes. R: Skinny Shirt top, Alice+Olivia skirt, Prada shoes

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From daycare to dancefloor with Ramy Brook Robi Sleeveless Top. L: jeans; Posse bag; Keds shoes ;         R: faux leather leggings, LaLucca clutch, Louboutin shoes

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Double the love, on this look, because I’m dreaming of summer. Yummie Tummie tank, Tamara Mellon shorts, Tory Burch sandals

 

Friday Five Finds: Brite Retail Therapy on Cold Winter Days, for Mom, Kids & Home

We made it!!

It might have taken some wine, but we did it!

Happy Friday.

I hope you enjoy this week’s installment of Friday Five Finds. It’s retail therapy that will brighten up your wardrobe, your office and get those kids smiling for spring.

Oh, did you notice I made the title switch from “baby” to “kids”? Eeek. It’s official. I don’t have babies. I have toddlers.

Time flies. Enjoy your munchkins at every step and turn of the road.

Friday Five Finds

1. Sugarfina “Pucker Up” Peach Bellini $7 – Yummy, all-natural gummies filled with a peachy flavour, then dusted in sweet & sour sugar, equals a spring-time party in my mouth.

2. Deepa Gurnanci Tegan Bracelet $185 – Colors, tassels, medallions oh my. I love the playfulness of this cuff and the easy snap on closure I can manage even if both my kids are jumping on me while I get dressed in the morning. #BusyMomStyleSalvation

FYI Tune in to PIX11 Morning News this coming Monday at approximately 8:45am, to see me wearing this cuff. I’ll be talking about my 5 Grab-and-Wear Fashion Essentials for busy commuters and moms. You won’t want to miss it!

3. H&M Lace Circle Skirt $69.99 – Spring-time here I come. Until the winds calm down, I’ll be pairing this burnt-orange skirt with my favorite new Skinny Shirt (omg it doesn’t ride up the back!!) and Joie booties.

4. Sazparillas Hair Clip ETSY find alert!! $5.89 – Fun prints for my princess’s curly, lovable hair.

5. Mapleton Drive Small Acrylic Vessel w/ Pink Agate and Acrylic Notepad Tray w/ Pink Agate $42 and $60 – I love the look of acrylic in home and office design. My pencils and paper are able to get a stylish makeover.

 

Friday Five Finds: All You Need is Love for Mom, Baby & Home

Coming to you live from my bed – hot tea, toast and honey at hand.

Oh, ya, I’m sick.

The voice is gone, but the spirit of love is pumping inside of me. In honor of Sunday’s big day – Okay, I don’t really care about Valentine’s day, but I do love love – here are five heartfelt All You Need is Love Friday Five Finds for Mom, Baby & Home.

Friday Five Finds with Heart

1. GAP Baby Sweater Tunics $15.99-$24.99 each – After Tuesday’s PIX11 segment on Bright Eyes, I went to GAP to pick up some V-day attire for the kids. We’re having a V-day party, on Sunday. By “we” I mean me, my husband, Ilana and David. What else would I want to do?!? GAP’s kids clothing can not be beat – fun designs, amazing quality and ideal prices. #ImAGapKidForLife 

2. Target Threshold Small Metal Marquee Light Framed Heart $14.24 – Last year, my mom got us a cheesy heart shaped light. The kids love it. I love it. And, while mine isn’t exactly “chic”, this mimi marquee option from Target is definitively something you can weave into your bedroom, office, even kitchen decor.

3. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Butter in Peach $15 – Love your lives and keep them moist, even if you’re having a Vday party at home with the kids. I’m absolutely smitten with this beauty brand, which has no artificial dyes, fragrance, additives, preservatives and lead. Your pucker deserves perfection not poison. 

4. Burlington Allover Lace Bodysuit $12.99 – Not that you should ONLY, were lingerie on Valentines Day, but do use it as an excuse to get a new set of naughties. This option, from one of my favorite off-price retailer (translation: amazing prices all the time) has maximum coverage, curved middle panels to create a slimmer look, and plenty of sultry appeal. Enjoy daily – AM or PM … or both.

5. Give Baking a Difference Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies $39.95 / dozen – Since my cold and lots of work prevented me from baking a heart shaped sweet challah, that was going to be served with natella, my hubbies favorite condiment, I took necessary precautions and placed an order for these yummy, home-made cookies. Aside from being delicious and arriving in a lovely box, each purchase supports a worthy charity. Follow the founder Saira Gallo on Instagram to see how this momtrepreneur is doing her hustle.

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Ilana Rose is ready for her first Valentine’s Day dance

 

Ilana Rose is all smiles in GAP

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My princess is all smiles before heading off to daycare

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Get Red Carpet Ready at Home, Pam’s Picks BELLA New York Magazine

Happy 2016!

I hope you had an amazing holiday season and are revved-up for 2016. I am!!

If you’ve been following my Instargarm posts you’ll note my push to get greener and cleaner, but in a manageable I-live-in-the-real-world-can’t-avoid-all-the-bad-stuff way. You know what I mean.

So, it only makes sense the the January/February installment of Pam’s Picks in BELLA New York Magazine focuses on smart products and tips that will help you get ed carpet ready at home in a healthy, time-saving manner. I even enlisted one of my favorite Green Gurus to share DIY beauty recipes, you won’t want to miss.

Lance Bass BELLA NY January 2016

Run out to your local Barnes & Noble and grab a copy of the latest issue, featuring our wonderful cover model Lance Bass. Then, once the kids or pets are tucked in, make a massive cup of tea (current obsession: TEAVANA’s Maharaja Chai Oolong Tea – perfect cure for the blistering weather).

Too cold to go out, today? HELLO 15 degrees!!

I’ve naturally posted all the scoop below. But, do get your issue so you can see how #teamBELLA is shaking things up in 2016 and helping you stay fierce, fabulous and focused on always being your best. Beauty Defined By You, that’s the BELLA babe way. Pam's Picks Red Carpet Ready

Pam’s Picks: Get Red Carpet Ready at Home

There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing a big soiree is on your calendar, and not having the time or resources to properly prepare. Fear not fabulous ladies and gents! I’ve found the ideal, time-saving ways to glam-up from head to toe, so you can always be your best you. Chin-chin.

Get Fit Forget about lifting weights and crunching away. Recently I’ve been won over by the fluid (pardon the pun) moves and easy-to-follow videos that come with the Fluidity Barre. Ballerinas like Misty Copeland and the late Maya Plisetskaya achieved healthy, toned bodies, and now you can get that same look without leaving the house. This fitness tool is a game changer for anyone with back issues that’s still looking for a way to achieve a flawless body. The focus is on using your own body weight in multiple directions to sculpt gracefully. And, since we don’t all have a separate exercise room, I love that the unit folds down to five inches and stores under my bed. $494

Get Glowing The best accessory for a stellar night out is glowing skin. Green beauty guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Gorgeously Green, and my new BFF Sophie Uliano shares her top DIY recipes for red-carpet-worthy skin. For more recipes, check out Uliano’s latest book Gorgeous For Good, or visit SophieUliano.com.

Gorgeous Glow Mask “This mask will gently remove impurities and allow your natural glow to shine,” says Uliano.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Bentonite or French Green Clay
  • 1 tbsp green tea (brew tea bag in hot water for 10 minutes)
  • 1tsp activated Charcoal (find capsules at health food store)
  • 2 tsp coconut oil (heat until liquid form is reached)
  • 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel
  • 5 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients into a thick paste. Apply to your face with a brush (a cosmetic fan brush is best). Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Moisturize as usual.

Get Styled No time to shop for your big night out? Check out TrunkClub.com. This is not a stylist-in-a-box service like so many on the market. Here, they actually gave me a real stylist–hi, Megan! We emailed, chatted on the phone, and even bonded over our love of rosé wine. Most importantly, Megan was able to nail down my needs for a major celebrity event BELLA is hosting in Los Angeles. Oh, and she got the hubby styled up as well! Yes, ladies, Trunk Club not only caters to women, men were actually the original customers. Tip: Look into their custom suits for guys. Overall, expect great service, no monthly fees, no commitments, and no shipping costs. Make an appointment at their NY Clubhouse, 457 Madison Avenue, 646-780-5310.

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