Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fair Trade Month Picks from PACT

Most of us know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know its Fair Trade Month, too?  The goal is to raise awareness about why purchasing and using socially and commercially responsible fair trade products in place of commodities which may harm the environment, the economy and disadvantaged communities.


So get in the spirit with some new fair trade, organic cotton under garments for men and women from PACT, made with non genetically modified cotton plants grown and harvested in farmer-run coops. The yarns and fabrics are then dyed using non-toxic water-based dyes and then rinsed using water conserving recycling systems.

The resulting products are super soft undies, leggings, tees, baby onesies, long johns and socks. PACT is sold at select Whole Foods Market stores and on their website.  We were introduced to the sustainable brand at a blogger's breakfast at an uber-cool Whole Foods in Brooklyn. To get a few PACT goodies for yourself, Everything She Wants has a Friends and Family discount code to share with our readers.  Just enter the code PACTFAM at checkout, and enjoy 30 percent off any purchase Oct. 20 through Oct. 23.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Think Pink, Breast Cancer Awareness Style

Show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month with statement jewelry, footwear and accessories from Sterling Forever, Flopz flip flops and White House/Black Market. Up to 25% of all sales during the month of October will go to leading breast cancer charities.






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1-3. Twenty-five percent of sales from Sterling Forever's "Think Pink" BCA Collection of stunning, cheap chic statement jewelry will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

4. The new upscale flip flop brand flopZ will donate 25% of sales from their sporty Siam pink flip flops with pink straps to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

5. White House | Black Market's girly Give Hope Collection includes a Butterfly Embellished Black Tee, Butterfly Cashmere Sweater, Scarf and Butterfly Watch. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each item will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The collection is available in-stores and online. 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

5 Fall Beauty and Skin Care Essentials

It's officially fall, so it's time to switch up your beauty regimen and look for products with more moisturizing and exfoliating benefits. To assist you with your picks, here are five products that Everything She Wants recently gave a test drive.

Nyakio Kenyan Coffee Body Scrub smells good enough to eat and feels like a luxe spa product.  The unique fusion of Kenyan coffee beans, sugar, shea butter and mongongo nut oil, jojoba and avocado oils will invigorate and soften your skin.

After receiving a review sample a while back, I searched high and low for another bottle of Nubian Heritage African Black Soap Body Wash, formulated with oats, aloe vera and vitamin E. Duane Reade and Walgreens didn't have it and a local store that sells natural beauty products was sold out, but I finally found the miraculous wash that fights acne, detoxifies and sloughs away dead at Whole Foods.

The lightweight Bare Minerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer effectively provides balanced hydration for combination skin while improving its tautness and giving it a healthy, age-defying J-Lo glow.

While browsing the aisles at a super spacious and well-stocked Target in Chicago, I purchased Clear Ultra Shea Nourishing Scalp & Hair Oil, and the non-greasy shea butter-based oil has done wonders for my dry scalp.  The oil works for both natural and relaxed hair, and after using it for a few weeks, I have less big flakes and my hair has more suppleness and sheen.

During Fashion Week a friend asked how I keep my skin looking so good?  Well, I was tempted to quote Bey and say, "I woke up like this….I woke up like this." The truth is, for several months I've been using the Phillips PureRadiance Facial Cleansing System I was gifted.  The portable, wand-like tool has really stepped up my skincare regimen. Just add your favorite scrub or cleanser and get ready for flawless, younger looking skin.



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Scandal Inspires a Fall Collection for The Limited

"We are feminine and fierce. We are sexy and strong. And if playing up our power suits is a scandal, then it's one we can gladly handle." Words to live by from the mailer we received from The Limited's new Scandal inspired collection.

Scandal star Kerry Washington./CBSNews

Designed by actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and Elliot Staples, the exclusive collection's dramatic white suiting, long leather gloves, oversized tote bag, taupe dolman wrap coat and standout plaid cape would make powerful and pouty political "fixer" Olivia Pope, proud.


"Women often feel they have to choose between smart or sexy," says Washington. "This collection says you can be both of those things. You can be fabulous and fearless."

So gladiators get your red wine glasses and your wardrobes ready. The new melodrama-packed season of Scandal premieres tonight on ABC, and the Scandal-inspired collection at The Limited is available in stores and online now. Prices range from $39.95 to $248.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Natural Hair Care Tips for African-American Women for Fall

We love fall and the crisper, cooler temps. But the change in the season also means a change in your hair care routine--particularly if you are a woman of color who wears her hair naturally (that means no relaxer). To help us navigate the do's and don'ts of natural hair maintenance, veteran stylist Cyd Charisse of Atti2des 2 Hair & Nail Salon in Temple Hills, Maryland offered Everything She Wants some sage advice.

The stylist is a professional artistic beauty consultant and she exclusively uses the Design Essentials professional product line. Here are Cyd's tips for fab fall tresses:

Stylist Cyd Charisse crafts signature hair looks using Design Essentials® hair care products at Ubiquitous Hair & Health Trade Show.   Photo Credit: Dwayne Roberts


  • A healthy lifestyle, nutritious diet, exercise and drinking water are excellent ways of producing healthy hair and a balanced lifestyle year-round.
  • Healthy gorgeous hair, whether it's relaxed or natural are a result of using healthy products and styling techniques. "My exclusive product line is Design Essentials," she says. "Design Essentials products provides moisturizing shampoos, deep conditioners, oils and treatments that guarantees your hair to shine, strengthen and give bounce and elasticity to your hair."
  • Use silk or satin pillowcases and scarves to keep your hair from drying and breaking off while you sleep.
  • Steaming increases blood flow into the scalp, which can lead to increased hair growth. "If your hair is dry and dull, one of the many custom blends I use from the Design Essentials Professional line is the Stimulations Super Moisturizing ConditionerHydrience Argan Moisturizing Creme and Hydrience Argan Moisture Replenishing Mist. This custom blend combination adds moisture, stimulates the scalp and adds shine to the hair.
  • The right cut makes transitioning from summer to fall hair painless. "Shaping, trims and dusting ends in my opinion are as needed. When cutting wet, I protect the hair with a light mist of the Design Essentials HCO Leave-In Conditioner. It protects the hair and avoid the ends of the hair from splitting. It is also an awesome thermal protective when air forming the hair."



Friday, September 12, 2014

Fashion Week Celebrity Sightings at HSN and Panasonic Lounges

As much as we enjoy the runway shows and presentations during Fashion Week, Everything She Wants equally enjoys the lounges (that is, when we are treated shade-free and not quizzed in the lobby about how many Instagram followers we have).  Apparently, celebs love lounges and the abundance of swag, too.

We saw the adorable Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame trying out the products at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK and E! correspondent Giuliana Rancic showcasing her new clothing line at HSN's Annual Fall Fashion Suite. Wish you were there?  Well, to keep you in the mix, here are some celeb snapshots from these two popular Fashion Week events.

Jenny McCarthy looked flawless in blue as she got a blowout at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC.

Fashion Queens' Bevy Smith (left)  and Miss Lawrence (right) pose with stylist and HSN designer June Ambrose (center) at HSN's Annual Fall Fashion Suite./Photo Credit GettyImages.com

Carmen Electra getting her luscious locks touched up at Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NY.

Michelle Williams looks fierce in red as she attends the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC before picking up a Panasonic Lumix Camera.


Catherine Giudici Lowe (she married The Bachelor's Sean Lowe) looked playful as she got her nails wrapped by Jamberry Nails at the Panasonic Beauty Bar at Salon SCK in NYC.

Panasonic photo credit:
 Alexandra Wyman from AP / Invision


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fashion Trend: Costume Jewelry Box from Cate & Chloe

Monthly subscription box services packed with everything from beauty products (Birchbox) to yummy natural snacks (NatureBox) are uber trendy right now and they make great gifts…to give or keep for yourself. And Everything She Wants recently discovered Cate & Chloe, a VIP subscription box that delivers stylish and affordable jewelry once a month.

Each box includes two quality costume jewelry items valued at more than $200 for only $39.99. But even if you don't commit to a membership, the website's jewelry can also be purchased separately with free shipping on orders over $49.99.

You can choose by collection, and fashionable choices include The CZ (cubic zirconia) Collection, The Rose Gold Collection, The Silver Collection and The Glam Chic Collection.

We love all of the chic CZ and silver studs.