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    Style Trend: The Maxi Skirt 

    Naina-Banana Republic tank top and espadrilles, KarmaSuthra necklace, Old Navy cropped crochet sweater, Ann Taylor silk maxi skirt, Calypso St. Barth for Target sequins tote, Michael Kors belt  Ariyana-Calypso St. Barth's for Target dress, Old Navy jellies

    We spent the long weekend in Puerto Rico and it was great having some down time to relax, enjoy the sunshine, and spend quality time as a family.  Ariyana even made friends at the pool so I was able to catch up on some leisure reading and after such a long time I finally had time to read (and finish) a book.  The book I read was called Two Kisses for Maddy-A Memoir of Loss and Love and it came highly recommended by my sister.  Even though the story is sad and bittersweet and I cried numerous times, it was such an uplifting and moving story of love and hope.

    This vacation was also the perfect opportunity to wear my new white maxi skirt and now that the warm weather is finally here in Boston I cannot wait to style some more summer looks with this skirt.


    Sunscreen: The Burning Facts

    I am signing off for a few days to enjoy the long weekend and spend some time in the sun. But before I do I would like to welcome you to the new look of STYLE'N and leave you with a guest post from Mary.

    Mary is not only one of my dearest friends but she was my fellow Pharmacy School classmate and my sorority sister at UNC Chapel Hill.  Mary is a fabulous wife and mom to three beautiful kids, a registered Pharmacist, and has her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

    If you have walked into your local pharmacy or grocery store recently, I am sure you have noticed that the “sunscreen section” is back for the summer. With terms like “sweat-proof”, “water-proof”, “broad-spectrum coverage” , “UVA/UVB”, and that fact that you really are not sure what SPF means, choosing a sunscreen can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help you out to prevent that dreaded burn.

    You can tell how effective a sunscreen is by its SPF (sun protection factor).  The higher the number, the more UVB wavelength that is being blocked. There is no factor to measure UVA, so it is not included in the SPF.  If there are ingredients in the sunscreen that block UVA, then it is considered “broad-spectrum”.  I know you are wondering if SPF 30 that much better than 15.  A sunscreen with SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB and a value of 30 blocks 96.7%.   SPF of 30 is not twice as strong as 15.

    How do you chose a product? It has to be specific to each person. You should think about adverse effects (if you are allergic to anything), cosmetic concerns (would an oil or alcohol product be a problem for you), SPF, UVA coverage, and water resistance. Most sunscreens have a lot of ingredients so make sure to read the full label. Products with dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, and sulsobenzone all have UVA/UVB coverage.

    When applying, lather it on!It is reported that some users only use 50% of the recommended amount which decreases the SPF. It should be applied 30 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply every two hours even on those cloudy days!

    There are two big myths about sunscreen. First is that it is only good for a year. If stored at room temperature, it is stable for 3 years after the date of manufacture (if you are lathering….it will not stay on your shelf this long!). Secondly, sunscreens  do not cause cancer.  Some believe that sunscreens may decrease the body’s ability to make vitamin D (which may be protective against some cancers). If you are concerned about your vitamin D level, you can take supplements or increase foods heavy in vitamin D in your diet.

    Mary and her adorable daughter Elizabeth

    Thank you Mary for guest posting today!


    One Year of Style

    {Photo Credit- Kelly at Style Attic}

    Today marks the one year anniversary of STYLE'N! Thank you for following along and for your comments and support this past year. I can honestly say that I have grown more in the past year than I have in the past few years and it's all because this blog has allowed me to express my creativity and with this has come some amazing opportunities as well as some wonderful new friendships and partnerships.

    So here is my very first post from May 25th, 2010. I don't think anyone read it but to me it is the single most important post because it captured the reasons I started blogging and it marked the beginning of this wonderful journey.

    Welcome to style'n-May 25th 2010 Since the New Year, I decided I want to start being more creative so I figured why not start a blog? A virtual journal is an amazing way to capture all the things going on in my everyday life but also a great way to connect to others. I love all things associated with style and I am hoping this blog will be an outlet for me to share my personal style and all the things I love most. so here goes.....



    Spring Fling

    On Saturday Aneesh and I attended the annual Spring Fling cocktail party with his colleagues at the Boston Fairmont Copley Hotel.  I ended up wearing the same dress I wore a couple of weeks ago to another cocktail party, but I created a new look by adding different jewelry and a bright colored clutch.  And for a change I also experimented with my eye make up and went for a more dramatic look with Revlon's ColorStay eye shadow in sultry smoke.

    Karen Millen dress, Stuart Weitzman heels, BCBG clutch, margaretruthbeads bracelet and earrings, Swarovski bangles


    Where Did Our SUNday Go?

    On Sunday we took Ariyana to a birthday party and the rain stayed away just long enough for the kids to run around the yard for about an hour.  The rest of the day was gloomy and rainy and unfortunately it has been like this in Boston all week long. I really hope the sun comes back this Sunday.

    Ariyana-Crew Cuts top, Janie and Jack skirt, and Kenneth Cole shoes. Naina-Madewell blouse, MIH jeans, Tory Burch heels, bracelet-gift, Burberry wallet, and Oscar de la Renta belt