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Get 20% Off Glitterrings Fashion Jewelry!

Want a new piece of fashion jewelry to wrap around your finger? Glitterrings has the fun, funky rings you need. This leading manufacturer of fine fashion jewelry specializing in rings is sold in major department stores.  But now the glamorous faux-real designs can be purchased directly on the company's new website.  As an introduction, Glitterrings is offering Everything She Wants' readers 20% off any ring. Just apply the discount code ESW20 at checkout . The offer starts today and ends July 11. Here's a glimpse of some of the quality costume rings in Glitterrings' core collection made with high-quality Cubic Zirconia stones and Swarovski crystals. Dana's Canary , $48 Lexa , $65 Sasha , $65 Esmeralda , $175 Image credit: Glitterings

Eco-Friendly Bag Crush: Evolve45

Everything She Wants will be on the road a lot this summer, so I need a good travel handbag.  And I have a new fashion crush on the eco-friendly bag line, Evolve45 . Made by sustainable designer Sara Marston, the theme behind Evolve45 is if everyone could evolve their consumption slightly -- about forty-five degrees -- the result would be a cleaner, safer environment. Marston's luxury handbags are made with natural materials including the finest, Italian vegetable-tanned leather.  Evolve45 also offers non-leather bags made with "green" fabrics and 100% organic cotton linings.  Styles (see below) include satchels, hobos, and cross-body bags.  Prices start at $198.

Beauty Makeover with Christopher Drummond Beauty Products

During a weekend getaway to the peaceful Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos, Everything She Wants  got a beauty makeover by celeb makeup artist Christopher Drummond.   The former model and actor has his own line of products --   Christopher Drummond Beauty  -- made with a combination of all natural, organic-based, paraben-free and vegan-approved ingredients .  The line's signature products are infused with an exclusive blend of Brazilian A├žai, botanical extracts, and trace minerals, and titanium dioxide-free products are also available for those with sensitive skin. Check out this cool video ( if I do say so myself ) to see my red carpet-worthy makeover.

Chico's Summer Fashion Accessories are Statement Jewelry

My mother has great style and she loves Chico's .  But I always thought of the chain as a "mature" brand and didn't think I'd want to shop there until I was much older. Well, what a difference a little dress up exercise can make.  At a Chico's accessories styling event, Everything She Wants got to flex her personal style with some surprisingly trendy pieces.  I was given a basic white Chico's blouse and dolled it up with some handpicked statement jewelry . I love the chunky silver and wooden necklace and the wooden hoops and bracelet I'm wearing in the photo to the left.  The accessories are on trend with the ethnic/tribal vibe popular for spring and summer. Watch my video below to find out why I'm so Chico's . Me at the Chico's accessories styling event.

3 Summer Fashion Trends Not to Wear on Father's Day...or Ever

Everything She Wants  and your Dad would love to see these summer fashions take a vacation far, far away from the urban landscape... Maxi dresses : These ankle-sweeping dresses can look sweet, but shouldn't be worn unless you're on holiday in a tropical climate or going to a cookout.  Hey, I'm guilty of this fashion offense too.  I recently wore my cute tie-dye maxi dress to a press event, but in hindsight I think the look was too beach-y and informal. Moccasins :   Please don't wear suede shoes lined with faux fur in summer. It just doesn't make sense.  And aren't your feet hot? Crop tops : I like the idea of crop tops, but unless you're a professional dancer (or welder-by-day and stripper-by-night a la Flashdance )  are they ever really flattering?

Cool Summer Skin with Paprika Hot Stimulating Peel!

File this under bright ideas.  On a 90-plus degree afternoon in New York City Everything She Wants visited Cecilia Wong Skincare (215 Park Avenue) for a 30-minute Paprika Hot Stimulating Peel ($100), made with paprika, red pepper and cayenne pepper. Cecilia Wong The peel tingled a bit and my face did feel hot initially. But the pepper mixture helps to stimulate the skin and improve circulation.  It also plumps and hydrates, so I knew it would be worth a little discomfort.  After she applied the peel, Cecilia gave me a LED Light Therapy treatment.  She used a blue light, which kills bacteria, unclogs pores and to help fades acne scars. Although it sounds like it would have the opposite effect, the peel actually made my face cooler the rest of the day. After every treatment with Cecilia, I can instantly see and feel the results.  Her passion for skin care began at an early age because of her own problem skin.  And she discovered that consuming and using organic ingredients on t

Sunbow Sunscreen Protects Kids, Meets New FDA Regulations

This summer there's a lot of buzz about sunscreen.   Under new FDA regulations, sunscreen products must protect against both UVA and UVB rays equally to be able to carry the “broad spectrum” label.  According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sunburn is primarily caused by UVB rays, while UVA rays cause skin cancer and premature aging. What's really news to Everything She Wants is that the FDA also introduced a proposed rule that would limit the maximum SPF value on sunscreen labels to 50+.  Turns out, sunscreen above SPF 50 has not been proven to be any more effective in preventing sunburn, premature aging or skin cancer. So parents can feel confident in using Sunbow sunscreen products ($7.99 - $12.99) on their kids (and themselves).  Sunbow's cleverly packaged products have  Nickelodeon characters Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob Square Pants on the cover, and are made with all-natural, hypoallergenic, paba free ingredients that offer SPF 30 or higher sun protection.   The

Amy Bubes Sterling Silver Jewelry is Everything She Wants

Some women are addicted to designer shoes and handbags. But Everything She Wants ' fashion obsession and biggest splurge is on jewelry; especially sterling silver. So I was thrilled to discover  Amy Bubes Jewelry  at a Southern designer showcase.  Amy's earrings, bracelets and necklaces are simply chic and can be easily worn with jeans and a basic tee or your fave summer party dress. Designer Amy Bubes I caught up with the Maryland native who lives in Atlanta via email to discuss her line, which is sold in select stores and online at Fragments . Everything She Wants: How long have you been designing jewelry and what is your design philosophy? Amy Bubes: I have always been a very creative person, and for the past 20 years channeled my creativity through raising my three daughters. Like most women, I love jewelry and have always been fascinated as to how it was created. I began metalsmithing and designing jewelry four years ago and launched Amy Bubes Jewelry exactly two

Forever 21 Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

Since many schools haven't even let out for the summer, I know it's too early to think about back-to-school shopping. But at least Forever 21 gives us something to look forward to.  The affordable retailer has all the trends we need for the fall season.   Everything She Wants got a sneak peek. Urban Chic : Mix-and-match soft and edgy fabrics like sheer lace paired with a cropped sweater and lace-up booties; or the Material Girl-reminiscent faux leather vest and lace leggings look. Hippie Chick: Flowing floral dresses, fringe and faux fur vests, floppy hats, and feather earrings are some of the key pieces for this bohemian trend. Romantic Times:  Be a trendsetter by pairing a lace top and cropped jacket and rhinestone accessories with funky animal print harem pants. Or achieve a vintage look in a lace top, skirt, and tights worn with a sequin jacket and flowery accessories.  Molly Ringwald circa Pretty in Pink would be proud.

Bajalia Jewelry, Change the World While Shopping the World

Want to spice up your summer wardrobe with fashionable, hand-crafted jewelry and assist disadvantaged women around the world? Bajalia founder Debbie Farah. Then look no further than the unique jewelry brand Bajalia . In March, the artisan jewelry and accessory collection joined forces with HSN.  Prices start at $19.95. Bajalia founder and CEO Debbie Farah utilizes her design skills to empower female artisans around the world. The name of the company was inspired by Farah's grandfather, Elias Bajalia, a Palestinian emigrant and women's advocate. "To launch my collection, I wanted to select a partner that would allow me to bring to life the inspirational stories of the women behind the Bajalia brand -- and HSN is an ideal fit," Farah says. "I appreciate the opportunity to educate consumers about global women's issues and invite them to change the world while shopping the world." Bajalia's collection for HSN includes beautifully crafted p

6 Budget Bride Summer Beauty Essentials

It's your wedding day.  The last thing you want to worry about is last-minute grooming.  So here are some *beauty product picks from Everything She Wants  that will help you save and get you to the church on time. Skip the expensive teeth whitening your dentist is trying to sell you.   Go Smile 12-Piece Pre-Whitening Dental Swabs come in single-dose tubes of clear, flavorless gel, and the built-in applicator speeds up the whitening process. Photo credit: Tracy E. Hopkins It can be costly to get get a professional wax, and with the Bliss Poetic Waxing At-Home Hair Removal Kit you can get similar head-to-toe results at home.  I'm a fan of Bliss products, but haven't tried the kit yet.  So I suggest using it at least a couple times before the wedding. CellCeuticals PhotoDefense SPF 55+ provides anti-aging protection against UVA and UVB sun exposure.  This light, hydrating sunscreen is pricier than drugstore brands, but the added benefits (paraben-and-fragrance free

Giveaway: Free Disney Store Fragrance, Lotion and Candle!

With the launch of Imagination , a new line of premium fragrances, lotions, and candles for the home, the Disney Store isn't just for kids anymore.  This captivating array of home scents and personal fragrances are inspired by some of Disney's most beloved characters and stories. Imagination is the earthy, signature scent used throughout the newly designed Disney Store. These unique gifts are available at Disney Stores nationwide and were created in conjunction with some of the world's leading fragrance houses, perfumers, and an award-winning design team. One lucky Everything She Wants ' reader will win the entire collection: Imagination Candle ($19.50 value) Imagination Room Spray ($16.50 value) Imagination Lotion ($12.50 value) Imagination Hand Wash ($12.50 value) Here's how to win (all three steps must be completed): Retweet this post. Follow  Everything She Wants  via Google Connect or Twitter @TracyEHopkins . Leave a comment on this post wit

Summer Shape Wear Secrets, Hello Skinny Britches!

Shape wear is great for slimming under tops and dresses.  Even in the summertime.  Here are a few pieces of shape wear that have saved me from discomfort and unsightly bulges.   Spanx Skinny Britches Spanx   Skinny Britches  are the perfect solution to that irritating (literally) thigh rubbage that often happens to me ( you too? ) when I wear skirts in the heat and humidity.  The light-weight, sheer britches are surprisingly cool and comfortable and come in a selection of neutral and fashion colors. Yummie Tummie Original Tank Yummie Tummie 's  Original Tank  is a summer wardrobe staple.  The brand's patented "Happy Technology" focuses on the midsection and smoothes, slims and lifts without pinching, rubbing or riding. And I barely break a sweat while wearing this cool tank. Body Wrap Shapewear's Lift & Hide Cami Body Wrap Shapewear's Sheer Iridesscent line brings a sexy, lingerie touch to every day shape wear. The  Lift & Hide Cami i

Summer Treat: Skip Ice Cream, Try Soft Serve Fruit

This time of year we all scream for ice cream (or at least Pinkberry ).  But how about trying a non-dairy, fat-free and gluten-free frozen treat? With one location on the Upper East Side (1371 Third Avenue @ 78th Street) and another on the way in Union Square, the Soft Serve Fruit Co serves all-natural soft serve fruit made from three simple ingredients: fresh fruit puree, filtered water and a touch of organic cane sugar. Co-owner Chloe Epstein wanted her business "to be a place you can trust for wholesome food."  She also wanted to provide a natural alternative for kids and adults with a sweet tooth.  Summer seasonal varieties include banana, mango, strawberry, and pear.  During autumn, cranberry and pumpkin are favorites. Everything She Wants  tried the yummy soft serve banana in a gourmet pretzel cone.  And with less than 90 calories in a 3.5 oz cup serving, I'll be back for more. Customers can select a variety of preservative-free toppings ranging from fresh