Friday, July 24, 2015

Mosquito Repellent from OFF! for Summer Outdoor Fun

Don't let pesky mosquitos ruin your next barbecue or picnic. Instead, protect your outdoor fun with OFF!, America's favorite insect repellent brand. The OFF! brand has provided trusted products and effective protection to families and party people from mosquitoes for more than 50 years and they continue to change with the times.

#GetBackOutThere with OFF!/Credit: Everything She Wants

At an exclusive picnic-themed party for media and tastemakers, OFF! introduced:
  • OFF! Clip-On provides mosquito protection without applying anything else to the skin. Clip it to your purse, belt, beach bag or lawn chair, and relax. No spray, no mess.
  • OFF! Mosquito Lamp works for up to six hours and protects an area up to 10 x 10.

Keep the mosquitoes away from your next backyard barbecue.

OFF! also offered a few tips on how to stay bug-free this summer:
  • Peak mosquito hours are from dusk to dawn!
  • Sweat attracts mosquitoes, and believe it or not, so does breathing. So make sure to stay protected when participating in sports or other outdoor activities.
  • To avoid bug bites, avoid fruity and floral fragrances.  That means, skip scented soaps, lotions, perfumes and hair products if heading outside.
  • Spray yourself as well as your clothing to help keep mosquitoes at bay.

To help you #GetBackOutThere, OFF! has an Instagram contest through August 18, 2015. Just share a photo for a chance to win $10,000 towards an epic backyard makeover.
  • Step 1: Take a picture of your favorite outdoor activity.
  • Step 2: Follow @OffOutdoors on Instagram and tag: #GetBackOutThere #OFFSweeps
  • Winners will be randomly selected after the close of the contest on August 18.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Amazon Prime Day Deals Better Than Black Friday

Today is Amazon Prime Day, and Prime members have exclusive access to more deals than Black Friday. For just one day, the superstore e-tailer is offering deep discounts on electronics and computers, toys, music, movies, jewelry, home goods, clothing and more.


An Amazon Prime membership is $99 per year and it offers free two-day shipping and exclusive access to movies, music and Kindle books. If you're not already a Prime member, you can start a 30-day free trial today.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

4 Summer Vacation Fashion and Beach Essentials

Whether you have summer vacation plans in Miami or Maine, deciding what to pack can be a daunting task. And it's easy to forget what you really need. For inspiration, here are a few of Everything She Wants' summer fashion and beach essentials your next getaway.

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Made with flexible, four-way stretch, sweat wicking material, these Digital-Camo Leggings from RBX Active ($39.99) are ideal for yoga, jogging or Zumba. Available in military green/gray, orange, purple and pink. Get 25% off through 7/31/15 using the code Active25, and get free shipping on orders over $50 after the coupon deduction. 


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Get more bang for your buck with this tropical beach scarf wrap from David & Young ($24.00). Watch this YouTube video for a tutorial on all the clever styling options.


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Carry your valuables and sundries in style in this imported straw tote from Old Navy ($26.99).


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You gotta pack a couple pair of flip-flops for the pool and the beach (not the street), and these colorful Havaianas Slim Tie Dye ($28.00) thong sandals are our faves.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

3 Must-Have Summer Beauty and Sun Care Products

With temps on the rise even before the official start of summer, we need foolproof ways to stay cool, fresh and protected. To beat the heat, try these three must-have beauty, skincare and sun care products.


1. Natural deodorant that works.

Nubian Heritage 24-Hour All Natural deodorants ($7.99, available at Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe stores) come in several naturally fresh scents: Coconut & Papaya (coconut oil softens skin while papaya helps keep skin clear and healthy); Honey & Black Seed (honey acts as a moisturizing humectant with anti-bacterial properties, while the fatty acids in black seed oil help improve circulation and calm skin irritation); African Black Soap (an ancient remedy used to soothe symptoms associated with eczema, acne and oily skin); and Indian Hemp & Haitian Vetiver (a fresh, herbal unisex scent rich in antioxidants).



2. Sunscreen that soothes and protects.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., and more than 90% of the signs of aging are caused by sun damage. After her friend was diagnosed with melanoma at a young age, Holly E. Thaggard founded Supergoop!, a line of lightweight, super broad spectrum sunscreens that help protect the skin from UVA/UVB rays. Sample Supergoop! with the travel-ready At Play Value Set ($45). The products are never goopy, thus the name. And clinical trials show the products improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and hyper pigmentation by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating collagen production.



3. A refreshing spritz to keep you cool.

With a hint of natural fragrance, Farmaesthetics Classic Waters Rose Water & Glycerin ($26) acts as a purifying antiseptic mist with a combination of witch hazel and essential oils to keep your skin balanced, hydrated and clean. Spritz after applying your makeup for a healthy glow. Carry in your purse to freshen up after a workout or while waiting on a hot subway platform.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5 Common Foot Problems and Home Remedy Tips

It’s sandal season.  So you want pretty, polished toes that are corn-and-callus-free. To get happy feet, Dr.Suzanne Levine, a celebrated NYC podiatrist, has a few home remedy tips for five common foot problems—along with advice on when to see a specialist.

1. The cause of calluses is often faulty bio-mechanics (the way your bones and muscles align your foot) that results in extra pressure on specific areas. For minor calluses, try adding gel orthopedic inserts to your shoes to reduce friction. 

Also, soak your feet in a basin with warm water, and half a cup of Epsom salt for 20 minutes. Use a pumice stone to work over any thick areas of skin. Finish with a moisturizer.

If your callus becomes painful and inflamed, you’ll need professional help. A trained podiatrist can remove a callus (do not trust this to a nail salon). Dr. Levine has also pioneered a procedure called “Pillows for Your Feet®” that uses a biodegradable, injectable filler to restore padding lost over time in the ball of the foot. This helps alleviate the cause of calluses and is a great fix for general foot pain.  

2. Blisters are similarly a result of bio-mechanics (or poor fitting shoes), and represent your bodies’ attempt to protect a sensitive area of the foot. Your best bet for minor blisters is to leave them alone, and cover the offended area with antibiotic cream and a Band Aid. Also switch up any shoes that may be the culprit (narrow heels often fall into this category). If the blister breaks on its own, wash with mild soap and water, and cover up as above.

Dr. Levine doesn’t recommend piercing your own blisters. In many cases this could lead to infection, inflammation and pain. If that happens, it’s time to see a doctor. As well, a doctor can provide custom orthotics to redistribute your weight more evenly or, if excessive perspiration is the problem (providing the friction that blisters love), Botox injections can do the trick.

3. Fungus isn’t pretty, but it’s a reality of life. Our shoes are confined all day, and fungus loves warm, dark places. Your toenails are the main targets. If it’s an especially minor/early case, you can try soaking your feet at home in a basin of warm water with 3 black or green tea bags in it, for 30 minutes. Tea contains tannin, which is a known home remedy for foot odor and fungus.

See a podiatrist if a fungal infection of the nail gets really bad (the whole nail is brittle and discolored). Dr. Levine recommends the Q-Clear Laser, a state of the art machine that is proven to kill fungal nail infections in as little as a few treatments. There are also anti-fungal medications that can be taken orally.

4. Bunions are, for better or worse, hereditary. And women are far more likely to develop them than men (90% of cases are women according to the Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library). There is no home remedy to “cure” a bunion, but there are ways to reduce pain. Applying ice on and off in 20 minute intervals will help reduce inflammation. Bunion pads can also be purchased at most drugstores, and will help cushion the sensitive area.

You should consider surgery if: the bunion is affecting your quality of life; you have pain while sitting or in the middle of the night; or if you experience shooting pains from your foot up your leg. Before visiting with a foot specialist, Dr. Levine suggests keeping a log of when you feel pain, and your level of activity, to help in the diagnosis.

5. Corns are yet another protuberance that can cause your feet pain (especially your toes). And like bunions, only a doctor can remove a corn. Dr. Levine warns against corn shaving kits because, again, you run the risk of infection. Keep pressure of your corns—sandals are helpful in warm weather. An Epsom salt soak is also a good way to ward off inflammation.

If the pain becomes too much, or the discoloration around the corn is too unsightly, a podiatrist can use a mix of anti-inflammatory injections, and laser treatment to alleviate pain and beautify the foot. Depending on the severity of the corn, surgical options are available.


For more info, visit Dr. Levine's website, www.institutebeaute.com.

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Last Minute Father's Day Gifts He Will Love

Men are notoriously hard to shop for. But that doesn't mean you have to buy them the requisite set of power tools, tie or pair of socks. So if you're looking for a different kind of Father's Day gift for your Dad or the special man in your life, and you're willing to splurge (c'mon, he's worth it), here are five last minute picks from Everything She Wants.


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Fashioned in handsome black leather with standout white stitching and sole, these rugged, Harley-Davidson Beau boots ($174) are good for work or play; available on Zappos.com.



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We love charitable shopping. And these luxe leather items -- Dobra backpack ($270); Cyband Bike Strap ($20); and Gymano Duffel Bag ($300) -- are from Oliberte, a stylish, sustainable lifestyle brand that supports workers' rights in sub-Saharan Africa.



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Thinning hair is no fun, for men or for women. So give Dad a gift that keeps on giving...hair regrowth, that is. Available in three models, HairMax LaserComb (starting at $295) is the first and only laser phototherapy medical device on the market that has been FDA Cleared for at-home-use to treat hair loss and stimulate hair growth in men and women suffering from certain types of hereditary hair loss. In clinical trials users regrew hair in using the laser for up to 15 minutes three times per week. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

5 White Fashion Looks and Trends for Summer 2015

If you haven't already, it's time to break out the white fashion pieces you've had packed away since last summer.  I never used to wear white because the color stains so easily, and boy have I seen some mishaps! But while I'm still a little skeptical about wearing white pants,  I've learned to appreciate the pop of brightness you get from wearing white accessories (bags, hats and scarves), crisp and flowy white tops and tunics, and white sneakers. And if you'd like to add a few more trendy white looks and styles to your seasonal wardrobe, here are Everything She Wants' picks for summer 2015.