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September 2022

Top 10 Lifestyle Picks for 2010

From fashion and beauty to technology and fitness, here are our top lifestyle picks to start the new year in style.


Stacey Mayesh Consultation

What do you, Cameron Diaz and Claire Danes have in common? A killer look from top fashion stylist Stacey Mayesh. For her clients’ personal and professional looks, Mayesh will shop with you or for you, streamline your closet, style your vacation wardrobe and more. Bonus: for a limited time, Mayesh is charging 30% less than her standard rate to help you get your year off to a stylish start. After working with Mayesh, you will definitely want to strut your stuff!

Price: $250/hour

For an appointment: stacey@staceymayesh.com


Karma Organic Nail Polish and Remover

We’re trying so hard to go organic. But we won’t sacrifice that perfect mani/pedi to get there. Enter Karma Organic’s chemical-free nail polish in juicy colors like Cranberry, Sun Kiss Coral, Sandalwood and Sparkling Sherry. To switch them up, use their soy- and corn-based polish remover in unscented or in soothing lavender or tea tree scents.

Price: polish, $9.99; remover, $12.00

Purchase Karma Organic Nail Polish and Remover

Special: Receive a 15% discount with promo code askmelissa. Valid through 3/30/10.


Becky’s Personal Training Traxx

If your iPod is your favorite exercise companion, download one of Becky’s Personal Training Traxx MP3 sets. Becky’s peppy style kept us going through 12–30 minute workouts with lunges, squats and even weight training. Purchase single tracks (from beginner to advanced)—such as Cardio Kickboxing and Becky’s Boot Camp—or an all-inclusive bundle. All come with her ebook.

Price: $7.99–$99.00

Purchase Becky’s Personal Training Traxx

Special: Free download of Tabata Blast MP3 with promo code FREE.


HP Mini 210

We love anything mini—it’s just so cute. So we love the HP Mini 210 netbook with built-in Wi-Fi and access to the Internet virtually anywhere—no need to track down a Starbucks just to check our email. And at less than 3 lbs., we can toss it in our purse. Much less yappy than a Chihuahua!

Price: $343.09 for recommended configuration

Purchase HP Mini 210


1001 Before You Die

The ultimate to-do list, the 1001 series covers 1001 things not to miss, from golf holes and gardens to books and buildings. Each of the 13 books is compiled by experts in the field and has pictures, essays and other tasty tidbits. We can’t resist a list!

Price: $23.07–$24.39

Purchase 1001 Before You Die


Stockholm Office Storage Boxes

To keep your memories long after you make them, store them in these colorful boxes from the Container Store. We love to give our kids a box a year to fill with finger paintings, A+ report cards and more. Stacked or stored under a bed, these containers feature metal label holders that make it easy to identify whose memories are whose.

Price: $9.99–$12.99

Purchase Stockholm Office Storage Boxes


CharityChoice Gift Cards

Change the world in 2010, one gift card at a time. These gift cards are actually charitable donations that allow the recipient to designate the amount on the card to 1 of over 100 charitable causes, including Feed The Children, Girls Incorporated and March of Dimes. That’s a gift that keeps on giving!

Price: $5 and up

Purchase CharityChoice Gift Cards


WASARA Sample Kit

Quick and easy cleanup combined with high style? The single-use WASARA set, with 100% biodegradable cups, plates and bowls, is the answer to a party girl’s cleanup dreams. Designed in Japan, this contemporary kit is made from tree-free, all-natural materials that are as earth-friendly as they are fashion-forward.

Price: $18.00

Purchase WASARA Sample Kit


Healthy Me Bagels

Atkins ruined our bagel-eating pleasure forever—we’ll never look at a loaf the same way again! So, three cheers for Healthy Me Bagels. Six scrumptious flavors—plain, cinnamon raisin, blueberry, whole wheat, 7-grain and pumpernickel—come in high fiber or flaxseed. Plus, they’re hand-made with all natural ingredients from unbleached seeds and flours.

Price: $6.99/pack

Purchase Healthy Me Bagels

Special: Buy one package, get the second package half price with promo code ASKMLSSA.


Altec Lansing iM-237 Orbit Speaker

We bring the party wherever we go, but we couldn’t do it without this ultraportable speaker from Altec Lansing. With crisp, powerful sound on the go, or at home, we plug it into our MP3 player or laptop to work on our dance moves. Our music sounds great; our “Macarena,” on the other hand, could use a little work…

Price: $28.29

Purchase Altec Lansing Orbit Speaker

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