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October 2014

Chic Baby
Our Follower’s and Their Chic Baby Costumes!
October 30, 2014 at 3:16 am 0
It is almost Halloween and throughout the month of October we asked that our followers send us their favorite Halloween costumes for their little ones! How cute are all of these Chic Babies!!! Thank you to everyone that participated! We just love these photos! photo-14 remy   unnamed   IMG_8743   photo   IMG_3845   IMG_3843
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Have The Best Pumpkins On The Block!
October 30, 2014 at 2:55 am 0
This year for Halloween, metallic pumpkins are all the rage! So naturally we had to try it!! I think we did a pretty good job! These pumpkins will look amazing on your front porch or even inside your house to decorate a mantle or table. Gather Your Supplies: Variety of Metallic Spray Paint (any color you choose) Drill Pumpkin Carving Tools (To cut the top and hollow out) photo3 1. Clean pumpkins with a wet rag to remove any dirt, and let dry. Lay newspaper or an old blanket down to cover the floor or ground where you will be painting your pumpkins. Ensure before painting that you pick an area that is very well ventilated. 2. Hold the pumpking by the stem and spray evenly to cover the entire surface of the pumpkin. Let the pumpkin dry and add more coats to darken the color. Make sure to let the pumpkins dry for a day (if you are carving them) photo4 3. We left some pumpkins just painted, then we used a drill to poke holes and create different designs on our pumpkins. photo 2-2 photo 14. Drop a tea light candle in them and enjoy! photo-13  
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Casual Mondays
October 27, 2014 at 4:50 pm 1
This past week I have been in Texas on my parent's farm. We have horses, donkeys and rescue dogs galore. I didn't grow up on the ranch, but with the 6 years of my parents being there, it holds a special place in my heart. Now being able to experience the beautiful land with Gunner makes it that much better. From sun up to sun down we just explore together. Since he is such a boy, it's all bonfires, fishing and playing in the dirt. I can't begin to count the miles my Dad and little man put on the tractor! There is something to be said about country living. Our trip was perfect besides the fact I did not pack right at all! Just like California, Texas is just as confused with its weather. We did take a trip into town to Target and I picked up a pair of overalls. They are super comfortable and kind of make me feel like I am in elementary school again! I also stopped by an antique shop where I scored this layered chained necklace for a whopping $5!! I felt like adding a red lip pulled everything together for this perfect Casual Monday look. What easy tips do you have for pulling together an easy, causal look?? photo 4   photo 2-2   photo 1   photo 3-2   Overalls: Target www.target.com Shoes: Converse www.converse.com Necklace: Caysi's own (Antique Store Find) Lipstick: NARS www.narscosmetics.com
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Our new denim crush…Schoen by Yu
October 24, 2014 at 5:49 am 0
You all know we are big supporters of all kinds of Chic Mamas over here. We recently stumbled upon these two ladies, Lindsey Schoen and Michelle Yu who created the popular denim line, Schoen by Yu. After eight years of working together in the Los Angeles denim industry, Lindsey Schoen (fit model) and Michelle Yu (denim designer), felt it was the right time to come out with an independent denim label. The goal was to create a truly premium product that was both versatile, luxurious yet always chic. Their collection was made to appeal to the fast paced, worldly, and modern women who appreciates and demands quality in all aspects of her life. These chicks really know what a girl is looking for in a pair of jeans. They are comfortable, chic and hug you in all the right places. We are digging "The Muse" dark, gently used denim below (and how cute is our guest model, little Olivia). Caysistroller1 edit   Caysistroller   caysiskinnydark1   caysiskinny2 edit   On Caysi: Jeans: c/o Schoen by Yu "The Muse" jean "Dark Gently Used" www.schoenbyyu.com Top:BCBGeneration www.bcbgeneration.com Shoes: c/o Carrano www.facebook.com/carranousa
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At Home with Actress Brittany Ishibashi
October 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm 0
Brittany Ishibashi is a Chic Mama that is balancing new motherhood with life as a working actress. She recently appeared as Anne Ogami in the Golden Globe and Emmy nominated POLITICAL ANIMALS on the USA network. She also starred as Dr. Kelly Hamata on the CW network's Emily Owens, M.D. She'll next appear in the Netflix series Grace and Frankie.  Brittany currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and is proud mama to Kai, a happy 4 month old. See her must have products for mom and baby below! brittbaby  brittbaby2     I've always been a "healthy-minded" individual. I love vegetables. I eat organic. I do yoga. But when I found out that I was pregnant, a whole new dynamic of "healthy-mindedness" kicked in. Suddenly, I was hyper aware of everything that I was putting into and on to my body and the immediate effect it may have on my baby. I held a microscope up to every ingredient (ahem, figuratively, I'm not that neurotic), and started researching the companies behind the products. I found that even the more "natural" products that I was using still had worrisome ingredients, so I dumped the baddies and scoured the shelves for the good stuff. The problem I ran into was that a lot of these healthier choices were just not… effective: Face wash that left mascara rings under my eyes (and on my towels). Deodorant that, um, didn't de-odorize. The other issue I was having was that a lot of these more natural products just didn't feel luxurious. I mean, I want the beauty goods to work, but as a Chic Mama, I also want to feel glamorous while using them.   Here are my Top 5 products for Mom and Baby that I found were effective and luxurious.   MAMA:   1) Mama Mio Tummy Rub Oil - I started rubbed this oil on my torso morning and night as soon as I found out that I was pregnant. This company has a “no nasties” policy - “free from parabens, petrolatum, synthetic fragrance and colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs, glycols and phthlates.” It’s full of organic oils and rich in omegas. My skin soaked it in immediately and it never left an oily residue that transferred to my clothes.  I credit this, along with yoga, as the reason I got through the 40 weeks with nary a stretch mark! Plus, it smells good! MamaMio  2) Lavanila “The Healthy Deodorant” - So, until I get around to making my own deodorant, I am loving this one by Lavanila. The underarm is a delicate area where nasties are easily absorbed, and this one has no aluminum, no parabens, no sulfates, no phthalates...and it works. ‘Nuff said. Lavanila   3)  One Love Organics Brand New Day - A satisfying scrub that is also super gentle! You just add a little water to this yummy blend of sweet pea flour and pineapple enzymes and voila! Brand new face! I love that it also foams a little and smells delicious (yay, pineapple!). I love all of the products from One Love Organics, but this exfoliant is really a stand out. You can also add yogurt or honey to it and it becomes a mask! OneLoveOrganics     4) Josie Maran Argan Moisturizer and SPF - SPF is always a must for me, but I became even more obsessed with it after learning about the sensitivity of pregnant mama skin and the possibility of my skin cells getting crazy with my hormones and manifesting as a dark brown and splotchy “mask of pregnancy” -- what?? I also knew that I should stay away from chemical sunscreens (which can enter the bloodstream and mess with estrogen levels), and look for physical or mineral sunblocks (which are much safer). This SPF is zinc oxide and titanium dioxide based, and while it does go on a little thick with a white cast (typical of mineral sunscreens), it absorbs quickly. I like the texture and the fact that in addition to argan oil, it’s loaded with other goodies like aloe and green tea. unnamed-3   5) NUDE Advanced Renewal Moisturizer - I looked long and hard for an “anti-aging” product that didn’t have any retinols in it, and I am so happy that I was finally introduced to this line. It’s such a treat to use this every night. This super delicious moisturizer is loaded with omegas (6 and 9!), antioxidants, and probiotics, and free of all the uglies (NO parabens, sulphates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, proylene glycol, phthalates, petrochemicals, synthetic fragrance and color, mineral oil and silicone). My skin is smoother and more radiant after using this super luxe cream -- try it and you will be glowing with a hydrated and happy face. unnamed-5   BABY: Since Kai is still a little guy, I haven’t used many products on him. Here are my faves so far...   1) Angel Baby Bottom Balm - This is a miracle product. I’ve been using this from the beginning with my little one, and he has never had a diaper rash or any irritation. It’s antibacterial and antifungal, so I also use it on any scrapes he gets from his little fingernails. It cleared his cradle cap too! If you are going to get one product for your baby, this is it! AngelBabyBottomBalm   2) Angel Baby Oil - I adore the Earth Mama Angel Baby company. The Chic Mama behind this line is a nurse and herbalist as well, and she is rigorous with the research and testing of her products. All products are natural, organic and “worry free”. I love this oil for Kai’s bedtime massage. (He loves it too!) It’s simply high quality grapeseed and jojoba oils with calendula. A yummy blend with very little fragrance that feels amazing. AngelBabyOil   3) Honest Company Shampoo and Body Wash - I must say, I’m a big fan of The Honest Company. We use a lot of their products for ourselves as well as for Kai, but I especially love this body wash for his bathtime. Like all Honest Company products, this wash is free of “SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA & most common allergens.” (Isn’t it scary that those ingredients can live in so many of the products on the market...?) What this wash is full of, however, are great things like coconut oil, jojoba, quinoa and aloe. It’s gentle for baby and smells divine. unnamed-6   4)  Baby D’s Vitamin D Drops - It’s recommended that breastfed babies have a vitamin d supplement, since they are probably not getting enough from breastmilk. I like that this brand has only two ingredients: Vitamin D3 and Olive Oil. Kai doesn’t notice or mind the olive oil taste at all! You can put a drop on your nipple while breastfeeding or put it on your finger. Super easy! When researching the baby vitamin d drops on the market, a lot of people cautioned about the ease of “overdosing” due to inefficient droppers or leaky tops. Baby D’s dispenses slowly so you’re sure to only be getting the recommended 400 IU of Vitamin D3 per drop. unnamed-2   5) Elizabeth Essentials ImmuShield - Okay, this is a crossover product for Mama and Baby (and the rest of the family). After the whole fam stayed vibrantly healthy after multiple plane trips, changes in weather, and being around a host of sick people-- this oil has earned a permanent place on my shelf! Elizabeth makes incredible essential oil blends. This one is a mix of tea tree, oregano, rosemary, frankincense, clove bud, ravensara, cinnamon bark, thyme and apricot kernel oils. For Kai’s first plane trip, I rubbed one drop between my fingers before applying to each of his feet. For adult use, you can apply 1-3 drops to the soles of your feet and/or under your arms. I think it smells especially yummy for fall (ahem, cold and flu season). elizabeth  How about you? What are some of your healthy “must haves” for you and your baby?    
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