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    Top 25 Moms With Style

    Many of you asked if I made the list of the Top 25 Moms with Style over at Circle of Mom's and I am happy to say I did make the list and my blog is now featured on The Roundup, a great resource where you can find great reads and useful round-ups of the best advice, perspective, and discussions among Circle of Mom's six million members!  Click here to read my interview including my top 3 fashion tips for busy moms.

    Thank you to all of you who supported and voted for me everyday during the voting period. It is because of your votes that I made the Top 25 list!

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    Zara blouse, RD style pleated front shorts, and Nine West sandals

    This weekend we are in Raleigh, North Carolina visiting my family.  It is always so nice to be back home in the house I grew up in because my mom takes care of everyone and for a change I feel like I am a kid again with no responsibilities.  On Saturday we all just all hung out and had the chance to talk and catch up and in the evening we went out for dinner.  I was excited to finally be able to throw on a pair of shorts and I paired them with this butterfly silk blouse I recently got at Zara.  And my sister in law Hetal was also visiting for the weekend with my nephew Niam and coincidentally she also wore an adorable pair of pleated cuffed shorts in dark camel.


    Ariyana-Ralph Lauren dress and Mom-Calypso for Target tunic


    Maximum Style 

    Maxi dresses have made a comeback for spring/summer 2011 and they are such an easy go to outfit for women of all ages and heights.  They come in a variety of prices points, are super comfortable, and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I prefer muted solid colors but there are so many other options including bright colors, stripes, floral, bohemian, and Ikat prints. They look great with strappy wedges, sandals, or even flats. Add some layered jewelry and a hobo or slouchy bag to complete the look. It was hard to select just 8 dresses but here are a few of my favorites.

    1. J.Crew amie maxi dress $98

    2. Cynthia Steffe cotton/silk maxi $395

    3. Splendid rugby stripe maxi dress $108

    4. Asos kookie silk ditsy tiered maxi 212.35

    5. J.Crew amie striped maxi dress $98

    6. Leith sheer overlay maxi dress $248

    7. Juicy Couture halter maxi dress $198

    8. One by Line & Dot $118


    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!