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Summer 2011 Sandals and Wedges from Via Spiga

Everything She Wants attended an exclusive footwear fashion show for Via Spiga at the brand's flagship store in New York City. Creative director, Paola Venturi's designs are inspired by flea market and vintage finds and quality Italian materials. For Spring 2011, Via Spiga has plenty of sleek, architecturally-inspired  trends  -- platform wedge sandals that capture a cool '70s  vibe; espadrille wedges and Rafia-wrapped heels that nicely fit with the season's nautical theme; and bold, peep-toe ankle-strap heels and square-toe pumps. Everything She Wants tip: If you see a pair of sandals you like, Memorial Day is the last day to get free shipping on all online orders! Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins

Find Jeans that Fit with DESI Jeans Fit Guide

Considering I had my first bra fitting not too long ago, next on Everything She Wants' agenda is to get her true jean size measurements . I love this Sterling trouser from DESI jeans. Depending on the cut of the jeans (skinny, wide-legged, boyfriend, boot-cut, etc), I know I'm in the 30-32 size range.  But I have no idea what my inseam measurements are.   You either ?  Well, here are some tips and a tutorial video from DESI/Dish jeans  that will help us out. DESI - Fit Clinic from Desi Jeans on Vimeo .

Cheap Hair and Beauty Products with Shea Butter that Work

While browsing the aisles of Target, Everything She Wants came across products by Shea Moisture , a line of bath, body and hair products made with certified organic ingredients.   I picked up the Organic Raw Shea Butter Reconstructive Elixir  ($9.99) and the Organic Raw Shea Butter Body Wash  ($9.99).  Made by Sundial Creations, the company's founders Richelieu Dennis and Nyema Tubman started their business selling scented oils on a sidewalk in Harlem.  Now they're sold in Target and Walgreens. Although I get a lot of free hair and beauty swag to blog about, it still feels good to discover quality products that work on my own.  The elixir spray has given my twists a shiny, healthy glow and the silky smooth body wash makes my skin feel clean and moisturized at the same time. According the Shea Moisture's website, the key benefits of Shea Butter are: 1) Shea Butter is known for its skin softening effects. 2) Evens the skin tone and returns the luster back to our sk

Sunscreen Summer Sun Protection Tips for Memorial Day

After a week of constant rain, Everything She Wants is thrilled to soak up the sun.  But whether your skin is fair or dark, we should all apply sunscreen daily and take other sun protective measures before we hit the pavement in our flirty sun dresses, crop tops, and shorts. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 15+ sunscreen ; lip balm with SPF 15+ sunscreen ; and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect your eyes .  If a trip to the beach is on your Memorial Day weekend agenda, don't forget to wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and neck and a beach sarong to cover your legs .  The Skin Care Foundation also advises using a beach umbrella to shield you from direct sunlight. I'm eager to try the following brands of sunscreen I picked up at press previews: Clarins Paris Sunscreen Care Milk-Lotion Spray SPF 50+ : When it comes to sunscreen, my motto is the more protection the better.  This lightweight spray is perspiration and water resistant,

Memorial Day Summer Swimsuits in the Swim Shop!

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner.   Do you have your new summer swimsuit yet?  If not, Everything She Wants recommends checking out's  Amazon Swim Shop . Me at the Amazon Swim Shop preview. The online shop is stocked year-round with trendy and timeless swimsuit styles, cover ups and swim accessories from your favorite brands. While I'm usually partial to the figure-flattering tankini, at a press preview for the Amazon Swim Shop, I noticed that the often unforgiving one-piece suit has made a compelling comeback. Thanks to a generous gift card from Amazon I took a chance and ordered a Calvin Klein one-piece in a pretty nude/coral "Sand" color, along with several bohemian tunics. Now here's your turn.    One lucky reader will receive a promo code for $100 to spend at the Amazon Swim Shop (qualifying items must be sold and shipped directly by Amazon and not a third-party seller). Here's how you can win ( you must comp

Get the Right Bra Fit and Enhance Your Bust with Tweakerz

At one time or another, every woman has chanted the phrase, “I must increase my bust.”  Well, you can do just that and give your summer wardrobe a boost with Tweakerz, a must-have customizable and detachable bra strap accessory. Tweakerz allows you to “tweak your bra for the perfect lift” and is a handy tool to enhance the upcoming season’s tank tops, halter dresses, V-Neck tees, and racerback tops .  For more practical use, the hypoallergenic product also conceals pesky bra straps and can convert your standard bra to a racerback style. Since one size doesn't fit all when it comes to bras, Tweakerz comes with two flexible center straps that reach 3.6 inches across and fit bra sizes 34D to 38D. The new Mini Tweakerz is 2.5 inches across and accommodates smaller bra sizes 32AA to 34D.  It has all the benefits as the original Tweakerz – great lift, improved support, enhanced bust-line – and is perfect for teens, athletes, and women like me with smaller boobies. The FDA-approved

Summer 2011 Dress Trends from Dots Bargain Fashion Stores!

From the maxi to the mini, frilly frocks are what every girl wants to spruce up her summer wardrobe.  For the latest summer dress styles, Everything She Wants  checked out Dots , a trendy bargain fashion chain. Most of the dresses I spotted at the new Dots store at Mondawmin Mall in my hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, were super cute and a steal at only $22 or less.  With my Dots gift card in hand, I scooped up a long sun dress with an earth tone, tie-dye pattern that's perfect for my next Caribbean summer-getaway. The store also offers plenty of trendy accessories and I snagged a pair of Ray Ban-reminiscent Wayfarer sunglasses on sale for only $3.99! And if you're in the market for summer sandals, Dots has gladiator, thong and wedge styles galore, all nicely priced from $10 - $22. So the next time you need a little affordable retail therapy, look for a Dots near you .

Organic Avenue Detox Diet: Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out

Everything She Wants is delighted that her schedule is often packed with breakfast previews, press luncheons and cocktail receptions.  But too many sweets and flutes of champagne can sabotage a girl's figure and leave her feeling bloated, sluggish and as "Toxic" as Britney.   Image by Harper's Bazaar Here's where Organic Avenue  comes in.  Organic Avenue (the food of love) has five locations in New York City and offers several levels of cleansing -- from the beginner Love Easy to the juice-only Love Deep .  With its alkaline-balancing, detoxifying menu of live, raw and vegan food and freshly-pressed organic juices, Love Easy is ideal for first timers and folks like me who find liquid-only cleanses too limiting.  So when I was given the opportunity to go on a five-day Organic Avenue cleanse and blog about it, I chose Love Easy  ($350 plus a refundable $40 bottle deposit). I followed the instructions emailed to me each day, and began the cleanse with a

Fall 2011 Boots and Booties Trends from Harley-Davidson & More

Summer hasn't arrived yet, but thanks to all the fab Fall 2011 previews I've attended,  Everything She Wants is already dreaming of the crisp, turning leaves of autumn. Wedge booties from Piperlime. Wedge riding boots from Piperlime What's made the biggest impression thus far are all the sassy leather boots and booties.  The equestrian, riding-style boot is still en vogue, as are lace-up Granny booties with a slight heel.  Following summer's lead, wedge boots and booties will also be a splash for fall. Cool biker girl booties from Harley-Davidson. Wide-calf " Nikki " riding boots from Harley-Davidson. A surprising standout was Harley-Davidson .  Turns out you don't have to ride a hog or be a Hell's Angel to rock a pair of sturdy and stylish leather Harley boots.  The biker brand wants to attract fashionistas and will do just that with their feminine fall boots, all priced nicely under $200. Gap  classic riding boots with heel.

Mother's Day Giveaway: Be Eco Chic Ombre Tote Super Shopper!

What do you give the woman who has everything?  It's obvious. A cute, colorful shopping bag to carry all her goodies in. Everything She Wants recently discovered Be-Eco Chic, an eco-friendly brand of bags and stationary reasonably priced from $10 to $70. Ombre Tote Super Shopper, $25 In celebration of Mother's Day, B e-Eco Chic is offering one lucky Mom the chance to win one of its dip-dyed Ombre Tote "Super Shopper" bags ($25 value) made from recyclable, natural cotton canvas . The durable, machine washable tote is designed as a fashionable alternative to a grocery bag and can also be used to carry your yoga mat, packages or as a beach bag. The Everything She Wants / Be-Eco Chic giveaway winner will also receive a  Decorative Box made from recycled fabric ($20 value) and a Bamboo Notes "tree-free" paper journal ($11.50 value), for a grand giveaway total of $56.50! Here's how to win: Leave a comment with your first name, age, and em