Thanks to Nui Organics for sponsoring this post. The folks at Nui Organics know that parents appreciate style and quality as well as durability, functionality and environmental responsibility which is why the have handcrafted the finest wool and cotton clothing for babies and kids. Founded and run by an Austin mom, Nui Organics has recently opened a storefront located in the heart of downtown Austin at 1411 West 6th Street. Style is not just for the grown ups.
Ahh spring! What a lovely season here in Central Texas. A time of renewal; a time to stop and literally smell the roses. But as I have been spending my tiny bit of free time getting my fingernails dirty beautifying the backyard garden, I’m realizing I could also benefit from a tad bit of beautifying myself, too. It’s time to break out of the old yoga pants and into some cute skirts. And it’s past time to get my tootsies in shape for sandals.
Moms, I know we have no time! Yes, we are so busy and tired, and the kids don’t care if we look polished and put together so it’s hard to make it a priority. But ask anyone and they will tell you that when you pull yourself together and make an effort to look cute on the outside, you’ll feel all the better on the inside, too. (And believe me, I know it’s easier said than done. Full disclosure: as I type this, I am sitting in an over-sized t-shirt and leggings that I’d be embarrassed for even the mailman to see me in.)
But I recently attended two style events on behalf of LiveMom that gave me some inspiration for giving myself a beauty boost this spring. And I am happy to share the notes I gathered with you busy mamas in case any of you are looking for a little style motivation, too.
What’s the easiest way to give your face a fresh look? I asked this question to two different experts in the past two weeks, and I got the SAME suggestion both times. So naturally, I am guessing there must really be something to this advice. The lovely experts from Spa Social in Round Rock and from Central Austin’s Kiss n’ Makeup both said to start with grooming those eyebrows. They noted that hand-shaped brows will help frame your face. So even if you choose to go without makeup, you’re starting with the best of your basics.
Last week I had a great time picking up tips at a style event at the downtown Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair. And the very knowledgeable staff had some terrific advice to pass along to all of our LiveMom readers:
- To stay looking fresh this spring, add some face framing highlights. It will bring extra light to your eyes and skin, and also have a graceful grow out.
- In Austin, we love to walk the lake. Add a braid to give your workout look some style — next time you’re at the salon, ask your stylist to show you how. This is also a low effort touch of style for when you meet girlfriends for lunch after a workout.
- Bright lips are the way to go this spring for busy moms! Orange is one of the best colors — it goes with many skin colors. Bright lips are the main attraction and require very little other make-up. Keep it simple and save time.
- For the weekend, give yourself an update with metallic nail polish — even with spring in the air, metallic is so much fun! Personal favorites: dark green and purple, but if it feels too dark for you, go with fun soft pastels.
- The best tip for on-the-go Moms: Don’t shampoo every day. Try just rinsing the hair/scalp similar to when you would be shampooing, and then add conditioner mid shaft to ends & rinse. A strong shape in your cut will make this easier. Dry shampoo isn’t very good for the scalp, but rinsing is wonderful. This helps the hair have a better texture & keeps the scalp free of oil & perspiration, which elevates weight/oil on the root.
So let me fess up about my clothes… A lot of my current wardrobe comes from Target (because, naturally that is where I do most of my shopping in general). But if it’s not from Target, it’s likely from H&M because it’s so inexpensive. And I just cannot justify spending money on my own wardrobe when there are so many important expenses tied to the house and kids, etc. that take financial priority.
But I recently got the chance to attend a fun event in the Elaine Turner store at the Round Rock Premium Outlets, where I got great tips on how to do some bargain shopping for the latest styles from a variety of great brands. And I got the inside scoop that if you sign up for their FREE VIP club, you get coupons for even more discounts. Win, win!
Also, in the news of local fashion, did you know that Austin Fashion Week kicks off this Thursday, April 24th and runs through May 3rd? There are many various events happening throughout these 10 days.
Austin Fashion Week starts BIG on the 24th with The University of Texas Fashion Show “Spectrum” — a show to feature over 120 original student designs featuring a multitude of textures and techniques. Tickets are FREE for this event. To learn more, visit the University Fashion Group website.
Austin Fashion Week also includes the Designer All Stars event on May 2nd that includes full collections from famous names in fashion as well as six designers in attendance that have all appeared on Lifetime’s hit TV show Project Runway. And on Saturday the 3rd, Fashion Week concludes with a big red carpet event, The Austin Fashion Awards, where local artists might take home a coveted golden boot award.
For full details, schedule, and ticket info for all events, visit the Austin Fashion Week website. And stay tuned to the LiveMom Facebook page for a chance to win a pair of tickets to a Fashion Week event.
No matter what you put on your face, how you style your hair, or how you dress, taking care of your health is certainly the biggest priority. Here is a roundup of local health and fitness events to help you feel great.
Austin MD Magazine’s 1st Annual Health & Wellness Fair
sponsored by Rose Dental Group and Henry Schein!
When: Saturday, Apr 26 11:00am to 4:30p
Where: The Long Center Austin, TX
What: Everyone is welcome, please come out on Saturday April 26th from 11:30-4pm to the Long Center. Enjoy the live music, food trailers, free on site exams and screenings, demonstrations of yoga and tai chi with direct interaction with Austin’s finest medical professionals.
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 9am – noon
Where: Crossfit Central Austin
What: REDEFINE is a one-morning all-women’s event for women in Austin of ALL ages and backgrounds to come together in an effort to REDEFINE the way we think. Dream. Live. Grow. Attendees will learn how to see their true beauty, uncover their purpose, realize their dreams, develop a healthy relationship with food and exercise, and participate in a fun group workout at the end, all the while getting to know other amazing women in the Austin area! 100% of proceeds will benefit GENAustin (Girls Empowerment Network), a local non-profit aimed at empowering the self-esteem of young women, elementary-high school.
Silicon Labs Sunshine Run
When: April 27, 7am
Where: Palmer Events Center
What: Coordinated by members of the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, this new event will bring the community together to have fun, promote an active lifestyle, and raise money for their worthy benefactor – the Austin Sunshine Camps. With both 5K and 10K timed/untimed options, the Silicon Labs Sunshine Run is the perfect race for both casual runners and serious racers! These are certified courses with cash prizes.
Common Sense Nutrition: What’s Right, What’s Wrong, and What to do About It
When: Saturday, May 3 9:00a to 2:00p
Where: AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Austin, TX
What: Nutrition advice is so confusing — should we go vegan? Paleo? Atkins? The Zone? Why do research studies contradict each other? Americans die younger and have more health problems than any other rich nation, despite spending twice as much on health care. What has caused American health to go into such a decline? Learn what you can do to undo the damage and how to regain your health to avoid the degenerative diseases that plague so many people.
Stand Up for Children
When: Sunday, May 4, 8:00a to 1:00p
Where: Rowing Dock Austin, TX
What: Stand Up for Children on a paddle board, or in a kayak, canoe, paddleboat or water bike. All rentals benefit the Texas Regional Office of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and our work to prevent the abduction, sexual exploitation, and sex trafficking of children. Fun for the whole family — child safety information, child I.D. kits, special guests, a fun photo booth, tacos, coffee and more
Community Fit Blast!
When: Saturday, May 3, 10:00a to 12:00p
Where: Givens Recreation Center Austin, TX
What: The Alliance for African American Health in Central Texas (AAAHCT) and Born Again Bodies® invite you to come out for a great workout while supporting healthy living initiatives.
This event will feature Jabari Warfield and Born Again Bodies mind-body fitness coaches/dancers.Grab your fitness and join us at the Community Fit Blast for health and wellness!
Latinitas Healthy Chica Workshop
When: Saturday, May 10, 12:00p to 4:00p
Where: Mexican American Cultural Center Austin, TX
What: Latinitas invites all mothers and daughters ages 9-15 to join us for our Healthy Chica workshop. We will be creating digital media projects following discussions about body issues, health and making good choices. Come make fun memories with Latinitas and strengthen family communication on Saturday, May 10, 12pm-4pm at the Mexican American Cultural Center, Raul Salinas Room. To sign up, call Latinitas at (512) 861-0592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TreeHouse & Trail Roots Community Trail Run
When: Saturday, May 10 8:00a
Where: TreeHouse Austin, TX
What: Please join Erik Stanley of Trail Roots and Jason Ballard of TreeHouse for a guided community trail run starting from TreeHouse. The run is Saturday May 10th at 8am. Coffee and Tacos will be provided after the run. The trail run will be marked and will accommodate a wide range of paces. Runners will have the ability to choose distances ranging from three to six miles. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Color Run
When: Saturday May 24, 8am
Where: Travis County Expo
What: As you make your way around the course, you’ll be doused in paint spanning just about every color of the rainbow. And 2014 brings even more attractions with fresh music and crazy course features like never before. Even if you’re not a top-sprinter, have no fear: All participants are welcome, no matter your age or level of fitness.
Autism Speaks 8k Run and 1k Kids Fun Run
When: Sunday, May 25, 7:30am
Where: Camp Mabry Austin, TX
What: Named the “Best New Running Race in 2013″ by the Austin-American Statesman, the Autism Speaks 8k Run and 1k Kids Fun Run presented by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf features a challenging 8k (~5 mi) race through the iconic grounds of Camp Mabry, a 2-person relay, and the First Leap Kids 1k Fun Run.
When: Saturday, May 31st, 8:00a to 12:00p
Where: Camp Mabry Austin, TX
What: The AFM FITTEST presented by Trigger Point Performance is a community-wide event focused on shining a light on health and fitness for the masses while determining the ten fittest individuals in Austin. The event consists of a series of professionally designed fitness tests that measure strength, endurance, balance, speed, precision, agility, and power.
Thanks again to Nui Organics for sponsoring this post! If you missed the opportunity to stop in to say hello the other night at their New Storefront Celebration, you can still take advantage of the 20% discount they were offering when you shop online. Use the code nuistore20. The offer is valid until Sunday, April 27, 2014. Be sure to follow Nui Organics on Facebook for updates and sale information.