Get Your Skin Summer Ready!

Get Your Skin Summer Ready!

It’s officially shorts season, woo hoo! Which means summer’s scorching heat is just around the corner too. Bummer. Sometimes the summer months can be just as challenging as winter when it comes to keeping skin moisturized. Between hot days, dips in the pool and soaking up some rays, my summer skin can get pretty parched. Applying moisturizer twice daily seems to be the only thing that helps. But if you’re like me, the sticky, greasy feel of some heavy lotions is totally unappealing on a hot summer’s day! This summer I’m adding St. Ives® Fresh Hydration Lotion Spray into my beauty routine. It effectively moisturizes my skin without the heavy lotion feel. After I step out of the shower, I just spray it on with the 360° even spray nozzle that sprays at every angle, rub it in, get dressed and go. It absorbs quickly and moisturizes as well as heavy lotions. Plus it leaves a fresh scent on my skin that lasts all day. St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion comes in three different formulations, each with its own unique scent and purpose.

Energizing Citrus & Vitamin C Fresh Hydration Lotion leaves skin feeling energized and refreshed. It’s the perfect lotion for a hot day with grapefruit extract and vitamin C. It’s fresh fragrance includes notes of grapefruit, orange and lime, as well as soft musk patchouli. Naturally Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Fresh Hydration Lotion soothes dry skin with 100% natural moisturizes glycerin and Shea butter. It smells wonderful with fragrance notes of white floral, gourmand, honey, almond and coconut. The shea butter formulation contains moisturizing vitamins A, E and F, as well as fatty acids which are known to place moisture back into thirsty skin.

My favorite, Naturally Indulgent Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract Fresh Hydration Lotion transports me to a tranquil beach day. It has coconut milk and orchid extract which leave the skin silky and smooth. The fragrance is the best part with Hawaiian jasmine, guava, mandarin zest, pineapple, Lily of the Valley and pink orchid, coconut milk, creamy musk, vanilla and blonde woods. Check out this video to see how I’m incorporating St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion into my summer routine.

It’s Your Turn: How could you see yourself using St. Ives Fresh Hydration Lotion this summer? Tell me in the comments and you could win a $100 Target gift card!

For more information on these products you can visit the St. Ives website or Facebook page!


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I Feel Pretty | Bijoux

I Feel Pretty | Bijoux

I love introducing you to brands that make life easier while at the same time making it prettier and today I get to do just that.   My Bijoux Box was founded on this principle, to provide a place of inspiration and adorn your daily life with a little sparkle and style.

My Bijoux Box reflects so many of the same values that Get Your Pretty On is all about.  They’re more than just an online jewelry retailer, they provide an easy way for women to look and feel better every day.  Andrea Bernholtz, a new mom and the founding partner and president of Rock & Republic jeans, co-founded the company with Chad Kladstrup to create a collection that can easily be worn in everyday life.  You can read more about their story of friendship and success here.

Andrea sums up the My Bijoux Box philosophy beautifully.

I want women to look as good as they feel in an instant. Fashion should not be contrived, it should be fun and accessible. No matter what your lifestyle, you are and need to be the best reflection of you. If throwing on a great necklace over a t-shirt and freshening up your lipstick is all that you have time for, then you better make sure you have these things at your fingertips.”  – Andrea Bernholtz, Founder, My Bijoux Box

Their curated collection has the ability to transform any outfit into something special – from everyday stud earrings and pendants to statement necklaces and bangles, each piece is designed with easy style in mind.

One of my favorite pieces from their collection is the Friendship Knot necklace.  It effortlessly adds a little interest to every outfit.





my-bijoux-box-maxi-dress[Dress:  c/o Cavender’s/Necklace:  c/o My Bijoux Box/Bracelets:  c/o Alex and Ani]


My Bijoux Box is offering a discount exclusively for GYPO readers.  Enter discount code GYPO30 to receive 30% off your entire purchase.  Shop my everyday dozen to see my top twelve picks to elevate your everyday style.  Hurry – this code expires on May 28th.


One lucky girl will be winning this Beautiful Day necklace from My Bijoux Box!  Simply choose any of the easy ways to enter below.

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It’s the day of the week at GYPO where we celebrate what makes us feel pretty. Whether it’s a new outfit, hairstyle, or makeup, the I Feel Pretty link up is about anything and everything that makes your life prettier. Even if you’re not a blogger, you can still play along. Just tell us what made you feel pretty this week in the comments!

I Feel Pretty
There are just a few simple rules:

1. Follow GYPO. (Bloglovin‘, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest)

2. Link up your pretty post.

3. Link back to my blog (using the button above or your own link).

4. Visit other pretty peeps. That’s it!

Getting my pretty on with Fashion Friday and The Pleated Poppy.

Get Pretty, Kick Butt in 2014!

Get Pretty, Kick Butt in 2014!

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be taking a break from my regular blogging format for a series on preparing for 2014.  There won’t be any new outfit posts but there will be loads of inspiration for being your best YOU in the new year – including an amazing virtual personal training package giveaway (read on for details!).


I’ll also be taking an end of the year break from answering comments and visiting other blogs.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon, I just need to recharge my batteries and spend some much needed QT with my family so I can start out 2014 refreshed and ready to go!

In lieu of style posts, I’ll be posting excerpts from my book “Get Pretty, Kick Butt!”.  It’s a super quick read and a great way to kick off the new year right.  The best part is, everything is implementable in 30 days or less.  My guide is designed to help busy women:

  • Get into a daily “kick butt” routine.
  • Make self-care a priority.
  • Manage your home more effectively and efficiently.
  • Build your wardrobe on a budget.
  • Shop your closet and create new outfits.
  • Discover your style.
  • Have perfect makeup in 5 minutes flat.
  • Get fit at home and feel your best.
  • Make time to pursue  your interests and hobbies.


As my gift to you, “Get Pretty, Kick Butt!” is ON SALE today through December 31st.  Click HERE to download it on Kindle now!


Personal Training Giveaway GraphicI’m so excited to partner with one of my favorite bloggers today for an exciting giveaway.  Morgan of Morganize with Me is a personal trainer and organizing maven with a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sister!) approach to your health and home.  She offers exactly what busy moms like me need – easy, implementable strategies to simplify, prioritize and measure progress one day at a time.

Here’s more from Morgan!

Morganize with Me[Morgan of Morganize with Me]

Let’s face it, our daily choices affect the way our bodies look, feel, and respond to stress.  Our choices can often be the biggest roadblock to success.   Finding what works for you, based on your time, energy, goals, and commitment all factor into your journey.  What you may need is some guidance, encouragement, and much-needed empathy throughout the process.  It is not about “looking” a certain way, but rather about protecting your health, and being the best version of you, inside and out.

As your Personal Trainer, with 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, I know I can help you to set fitness and diet goals, along with a practical plan to help meet the goals we set.  Sometimes all you need is someone to help point you in the right direction and then follow up and hold you accountable.  If that is what you need, I’m your girl!

My 30 Day package includes the following:

  • A specific written plan tailored to help you to meet your goals.
  • Continued communication via email throughout your consultation package.
  • Ongoing support, encouragement, motivation, and accountability.
  • Commitment to walk with you every step of the way.

As an added bonus, the winner of the personal training package will also get a free copy of “Get Pretty, Kick Butt!” to kick start your new year.  Just choose any or all of the easy ways to enter below.  You can also earn 10 additional entries for sharing a link to this post on Facebook!
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Be sure to come back on Friday for my first book excerpt about how I got out of my mom rut and into my groove!
Buy the book on Kindle NOW!