November 2019

Attention Kmart Shoppers and Non-Kmart Shoppers:
Sofia Vergara Launches Her New Clothing Line at Kmart

Sofia Vergara, star of the wildly popular show Modern Family, just launched a fabulously “modern” line of clothing for Kmart. I attended the launch event where Sofia presented the sexy budget-conscious clothing and told us why she created this line: “I always wanted to do something like this with a store like Kmart for normal women with normal budgets or small budgets. I wanted to create a line that was going to be good for anyone, any size, any ethnicity, any color, and very affordable…every woman wants to feel cute.”

Sofia says she was inspired by designers like Dolce and Gabbana and Donna Karan; think ruched tops in bright colors, leopard prints, cool pumps with a Brian Atwood-esque square toe box, slouchy bags…everything is very wearable and within budget! I was impressed by the quality and the details for the price point. Everything is between $16.99 – $59.99. If you’ve never bought clothing from Kmart, now would be the time to try it. Below are pics of some of my favorites…

 

Buy Now, Sofia Vergara For Kmart “Sofia” Bat Wing Blouse, $29.99

Buy Now, Sofia Vergara For Kmart “Sofia” Ruched Lace-Print Leggings, $16.99

Buy Now, Sofia Vergara For Kmart “Sofia” Double Zip Faux Leather Jacket, $59.99

Watch Melissa Meyers’ interview with Sofia…

Sofia by Sofia Vergara is available exclusively at Kmart.

Fashion Week Essentials

1. A Change of Shoes: CitySlips

If there’s a time to wear flats, Fashion Week is not it.  Trendy sky-high heels wreak havoc on your feet whether you’re a model, celebrity, editor or blogger running from show to show.  Give your toes a break between engagements with comfy flats that fit in your bag.

2. Long-wearing Color: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color and 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil

A statement-making loud lip or eye look is a must-have for Fashion Week.  For a chic, classic red lip or edgy smokey eye that lasts, we love Urban Decay.  The shadow pencil is easy to apply even in the back of a cab and stays on like no other product we’ve tried.  The lip pencil is highly pigmented and does not budge even after your second or third after-party cocktail.

3. A long-lasting blowout: John Freida 3-Day Straight + Volume Refresher

We think there’s a reason why fashion world people are always photographed with a high top-knot bun: they haven’t had time for a blowout.  If you can make time for a pro-blowdry, make it last by using John Freida 3-day straight product. And if your hair is falling flat or feeling greasy, their Volume Refresher does the trick and smells amazing, too!

4. An anywhere charger:

We asked Olivia Palermo what her number one Fashion Week essential is: “My Blackberry charger!” It’s true – between snapping photos, tweeting, pulling up a confirmation email and Googling to find out the name of that blonde starlet in the front row, your tech can fail you.  Luckily lots of lounges including Maybelline in Lincoln Center have charging stations. But if you don’t have time to stop, keep one of Powermat’s wireless chargers with you to charge up.

5. A quick-fix kit: You never know what little thing you might need be it gum, floss, tissues, q-tips or blister pads.  You have to be prepared!  Fortunately Kmart came to our rescue with Zico Coconut Water to rehydrate, safety pins for potential wardrobe malfunctions, a Tide Pen (affiliate), lip balm, hand sanitizer, mints and a chic shade of nail polish for touch-ups! …which are items every girl should keep in her bag!

Buy Now, CitySlips, $30
Buy Now, Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $20
Buy Now, 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil, $19
Buy Now, John Freida 3-Day Straight, $9
Buy Now, John Freida Volume Refresher, $4.98
Buy Now, Zico Coconut Water Pack of 12, $18.40
Buy Now, Tide Pen, $4.65

10 Healthier Candies

It’s summer and everyone’s talking about beach bodies and bathing suits (yep, guilty as charged!). But every now and then you have to treat yourself to some sweet, sticky, melt-in-your-mouth candy. So, in celebration of National Candy Month (happening now!) and our 10th birthday (also happening now with great deals and more), we’re bringing you 10 delicious and healthier substitutes to your favorite candies!

After all, it’s kind of…mean that National Candy Month is in the middle of prime bikini season.

-Elana Lott

 

Try: Florida’s Natural Organic Pocket Fruit Sticks ($4.89/pack of 12)
If You Love: Fruit Roll-ups, Gushers
A great on-the-go snack for the whole family, Florida’s Natural Organic Pocket Fruit Sticks are just 40 calories with 0 grams of fat.

If you really like fruit roll-ups or are prone to indulging in your kids’ sweets, these organic fruit rolls are perfect to toss into everyone’s lunch bags—they provide the sweetness of dried fruit, plus they’re gluten free! Choose from Orange, Blueberry or Strawberry.

Try: Almond M&M’s (M&Ms.com, $2.95)
If You Love: Plain M &Ms, Chocolate-Covered Nuts
Sometimes you just have to have the real thing (and there’s no true way to replace an M&M). So, you’re allowed to indulge with Almond M&M’s. Almonds are well-known for their healthy benefits: lowering cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and diabetes. And although this snack has a pretty high calorie count (220/serving), sometimes the good fats (and the good tastes) are worth it.

Really a peanut girl? Dark Chocolate Peanut M&M’s have the same calorie count per serving, and dark chocolate does have antioxidants!

Try: Yummy Earth Organic Lollipops ($3.99/.5lb on NaturalCandyStore.com)
If You Love: Lollipops, Sucking candies
There is nothing like a lollipop. Lucky for you, Yummy Earth’s Organic Lollipops are a healthier alternative to the traditional high-fructose, bubble-gum infused lollipops of yore.

Yep, just 70 calories for three lollipops and 0 grams of fat, these gluten-free, vegan treats are simply delick-ious! And in flavors like pomegranate, blood orange, watermelon or (a more sophisticated) chili lime, you’re sure to please everyone’s palettes. Purchase individual flavors or a variety pack (see above).

Try: Detour Whey Protein Bar in Caramel Peanut ($3.29)
If You Love: Snickers, Twix, anything with nougat
Candy bars, a.k.a. a staple of our youth, are nearly impossible to pass up—Halloween has been a downfall of many a diet (mmm, how many fun-size Snickers equal a full-size again?!). If you are craving a classic candy bar, try Detour’s Whey Protein Bar in Caramel Peanut.

Aside from great taste, get the benefits of whey protein (it’s an appetite suppressant, stabilizes glucose levels, and contains very little fat or carbs)—it’ll also save you from the sugar crashes and cravings that normal candy bars cause. Available in a variety of flavors, these are great for active ladies who are looking to build muscle/reduce fat but don’t eat meat or have time to make a protein shake after a workout.

Try: Hershey’s Sugar Free Jolly Ranchers (Kmart, $1.90)
If You Love: Jolly Ranchers, Hard Candy
Sometimes sugar-free candy is an absolute necessity, especially with juvenile diabetes on the rise. And aside from being sans sugar, Hershey’s sugar-free products also boast about 20% less calories and come in great bite-sized packages.

So go ahead and enjoy a few Jolly Ranchers—four pieces come in at a mere 35 calories! Hershey’s also offers sugar-free varieties in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, York Peppermint Patties, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Hershey’s Caramel-Filled Chocolates!

Try: Bissinger’s Lemon Ginger Yuzu Gummy Pandas ($5)
If You Love: Gummy Bears
Bissinger’s Lemon Ginger Yuzu Gummy Pandas with natural sweeteners are a healthier alternative to traditional gummy bears. With 0 grams of fat and 130 Calories per 16 pieces, these chewy treats make for an awesome, flavorful snack.

The lemon ginger option offers a grown-up tang along with a good ol’ dose of Vitamin C. There are several different flavors to choose from, including Blueberry Acai and Apricot Green Tea!

Try: Figamajigs ($23.85/ Box of 15)
If You Love: Chocolate-Covered Cherries/Fruit
For ladies who are looking to eat healthier, Figamajigs are the perfect snack. Not only are they 100% fat free, but they contain a fruity, good-for-ya fig covered in luscious dark chocolate.

Providing all the antioxidant power of figs, including regulating the digestive system, dark Figmajigs are more than a reduced calorie treat.

Try: Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans ($1.79 on LuckyVitamin.com)
If You Love: Jelly Beans
The mere thought of the JellyBelly Factory is mouth-watering. …But eating a pound of jelly beans isn’t the healthiest decision. Opt for an organic jelly bean instead, made with fruit juice and organic sweeteners.

Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans also provide 100% of your daily recommended Vitamin C. With flavors like cherry, grapefruit, grape, lemon, strawberry and orange at 130 calories per serving, how can you go wrong?

Try: Gayle’s Miracles Chocolate Truffle Snack Pack ($9.99)
If You Love: Truffles, Milk Chocolate
Craving the sweet, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate goodness that is a truffle? Coming in at only 30 calories per truffle, Gayle’s Miracles Chocolate Truffle Snack Pack means you can definitely afford to treat your sweet tooth with a little dessert.

Try: Labrada Nutrition Rockin’ Roll Nut Roll, Nutty Peanut 12 ea ($23.49 on drugstore.com)
If You Love: Pay Days
Nuts about chocolate? No worries, Labrada’s Rockin’ Roll Nut Roll is a great way to enjoy the classic candy bar without the classic guilt that usually accompanies it. This better-for-you bar features tons of protein, good fats and only 2 grams of sugar in one chewy, chocolaty disguise.

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