Monday, April 14, 2014

P2 Family: Gifts for Your Wife from Bachelor Party

Gifts for your wife, from a bachelor party?
Bringing home presents for your wife from a bachelor party? I love my husband!

The shoes – Valentino Rockstud Patent Leather & Leather Ballet Flats, a flawless, classic!
These will never go out of style. I'm obsessed!
Realizing that this pregnancy is much harder on my back, I desperately need more fabulous flats. Always Be Your Best You, even in flats. I love my heals, but I need ground-level options. So, I hinted to the hubby that I wouldn’t mind these. He selected the color.

BONUS, The scarves – Hermes Faune LettreeSilk Twill Scarf from the Summer 2014 Collection and Hermes Faune Lettree SilkTwill Pocket Square
Matching mommy and me scarves? Yes, excessive. I think I'll keep both!
Two days ago, while resting my poor feet and back, I perused the new Hermes scarf catalog that just arrived. The cover showcased an ABC scarf, aka Faune Lettree, and I instagramed an image. The accompanying text, written as a joke, read Best way to teach #baby ABCs ! Thanks +Hermès for new scarf catalog in the mail on sunny Saturday. The only person that my husband follows on Instagram and Twitter is me. He found this statement to be funny, and an inspiration for two more gifts. The big scarf is for me – baby blue, because we are expecting a boy. The little scarf is for Ilana – she’ll appreciate it someday. For now, I’ll likely frame and hang it in her room.
Careful what you Instagram
My husband is amazing, not because he purchased these lavish gifts, but because he wanted to surprise me knowing that, like a little child, I live for surprises. He gets a kick from my happiness, a mutual feeling in our marriage. Gifting was following by dinner, a little TV time and chatting, other stuff ;), and a massage for Mr. Wonderful from Mrs. Madly in Love. 

Dear husbands of the world,
Your woman does a lot for you and your family and she deserves to be pampered. There are millions of ways to show your gratitude - cooking a meal, giving her a massage, gifting flowers, planning a romantic day in the park without the kids ... 

Ladies, 
Your men deserve you to Always Be Your Best You. Take care of your style & beauty routine and not only will you feel more confident (even if you're in bed due to sciatic nerve pain!) but your man will appreciate the effort. Don't let yourselves go. Never Surrender your sexy side! 

I'm wishing you a wonderful, sexy and sane week. BIG hugs. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

P2 Giveaway: Win Amazing Accessories featured during Accessories Council Mother's Day Gift Guide Event

I'm giving away amazing accessories featured during the Accessories Council Mother's Day Gift Guide event, which I co-hosting, this week. Two lucky readers (US only) will enjoy bags, jewelry, and small leather goods. The contest has been extended through Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Good luck! 

RULES for Giveaway
  1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Tweet a link to your favorite item from the event. All links are on my “AccessoriesCouncil Mother’s Day Gift Guide” Pinterest board. Include #ACTOPPICKS #P2Giveaway and @PamelaPekerman.
  3. Instagram an image of your favorite item from the event. All images are on my “AccessoriesCouncil Mother’s Day Gift Guide” Pinterest board. Include #ACTOPPICKS #P2Giveaway and @PamelaPekerman
  4. One winner will be selected via Instagram and one via Twitter. Limit to three tweets and three Instagram posts per day. Contest ends Friday, April 15, 2014 at 11pm EST. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

P2 Fashion: Hosting Accessories Council's Mother's Day Gift Guide, plus Giveaways

Image courtesy of GlitterBuzzStyle.com
Hosting a soirée, be it my daughter’s 1st Birthday Party or last night’s Accessories Council Mother’s Day Gift Guide, is invigorating. I love engaging an audience, making them laugh and sharing my stories. When I see people smiling and reacting to my words, it reinforces my belief that I’m following my calling and living with passion.
I went with the Matthew Williamson dress from +Rent the Runway.
Image courtesy of 
GlitterBuzzStyle.com
Guests, including +PEOPLE, +secondcitystyle,  and LookOnline.com gathered at +BLT Fish to learn about the latest accessory must-haves for mom.
Scarves, jewelry, bags and so much more were featured, from great brands like +Hayden Harnett, Adrienne Landau and +ISHARYA Jewelry. Guests left with plenty of stylish tips and swag galore. Below are some of my favorite items of the night. More images are posted on my Pinterest page.
The hint of blue, makes this classic black/white tote more interesting.
Since mom is a walking pharmacy, she'll appreciate all the compartments.
Isaac Mizahi, $298 
Hearts are such a boring, typical choice for Mother's Day.
But, this laser cut style is cool, fresh and on trend.
Pico Designs, $65

A good vs a great scarf is all in the details, like hand rolled hem, finest
Italian silk twill & meticulously designed print. These scarves have it all.
Vasi, $360
Since I hate to be a tease, I’ve secured a special giveaway for two lucky readers.

RULES for Giveaway
  1. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.
  2. Tweet a link to your favorite item from the event. All links are on my “AccessoriesCouncil Mother’s Day Gift Guide” Pinterest board. Include #ACTOPPICKS #P2Giveaway and @PamelaPekerman.
  3. Instagram an image of your favorite item from the event. All images are on my “AccessoriesCouncil Mother’s Day Gift Guide” Pinterest board. Include #ACTOPPICKS #P2Giveaway and @PamelaPekerman
  4. One winner will be selected via Instagram and one via Twitter. Limit to three tweets and three Instagram posts per day. Contest ends Friday, April 11, 2014 at 10pm EST. Winners will be announced shortly after.
More than a wallet, this can double as mom's grab-and-go clutch
while running errands or enjoying a date night with dad.
olivia + joy, $58
Modern and lightweight, this isn't your grandmother's bead company.
For the young, minimalist mom, this is the jewelry brand to buy.
X by Trollbeads, $234
It's no surprise jewelry is the top gift item for Mother's Day.Surprise
mom with these lightweight earring to bring out her inner goddess.
Isharya, $118
Thank you to my long-time friend, mentor and president of the Accessories Council, Karen Giberson for asking me to be her co-host. I’ve known this amazing woman for nearly a decade and it’s a privilege to count her in my inner circle of diva, power women. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

P2 Fashion: Rent the Runway Helps Busy Moms Stay Stylish, Plus What Should I Wear?

Owning is better than borrowing. However, when your closet is overflowing, your job demands constant style freshness and your family obligations have drastically cut into your shopping schedule, it’s time to call the specialists - Rent the Runway.

+Rent the Runway always has an amazing selection of dresses to suite all my personal and professional needs, plus their “bump friendly” assortment is much appreciated. It's a handy resource that, once again, proves there are no obstacles that can't be solved and help you maintain your style routine and Always Be Your Best You.

Tonight, I’m co-hosting the Accessories Council’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide event with council president Karen Giberson. Here are three looks I’m debating between for tonight. Thoughts? 
Matthew Williamson dress via Rent The Runway
Option 1 Matthew Williamson, Knit It In Neon -- I love the color combinations and the strategically placed color blocking that instantly slims my figure.
Pink Tartan dress via Rent the Runway
Option 2 Pink Tartan, Lucy - Once again, it's all about the voodoo color blocking. Plus, this dress has a hint of color, but the central panel is black allowing my accessories to shine. 
Tracy Reese dress via Rent the Runway
Option 3 Tracy Reese, Rouge Trumpet - The vibrant redish coral is eye catching, which is what you want when you're hosting an event. I'm also mad for the trumpet bottom. 

Monday, March 31, 2014

P2 Family: Making a Birthday Hat and other Crafty Mom Musings

DIY cone hat for my daughter's 1st Birthday Party
In theory, I love to DIY. In reality, I don’t have the patience for reading long how-tos. Consequently, I wing-it, often times making the crafting process much harder. Now, I’m very artist – a gift I acquired from my late father. He could draw anything. (Side note: Let’s just say my elementary school projects were legendary.) But, I digress.
When my daughter was born, I had all these lofty ideas of what to make for her room, what to make for memories sake, what to make for the grandparents, etc. Many suggestions were shot down by my non-DIY loving husband. Many ideas never materialized because I didn’t allocate the time needed to properly create something, anything. This was going to change with Ilana Rose’s birthday approaching April 4th. I was determined to make a 1st Birthday Party Hat.
I spend about $300 on supplies because I couldn't make up mind mind, and 
I needed basic crafting supplies. Don't worry, $250 of it is going back. 

With a vague idea of what I might need (see above about winging it), I heading to Michaels. The results are documented below. The memories are emblazoned in my heart. This wasn’t just about crafting, it really was about slowing down for two hours, Friday morning, and thinking about the past year as a new mom. I savored every minute of the cutting, folding, and gluing … and then Ilana woke up for her morning nap. Friday night, after dinner, I spent another thirty minutes wrapping up the project.
SUPPLIES
  • Foam paper
  • Craft paper
  • Ribbons, pompoms, stickers, anything else that catches your eye at the craft store that might work as décor accents (a good return policy is essential, if you like to play with options!!)
  • Faux flowers
  • Glue stick, scissors, staple gun
  • Downloadable cone shape

DIRECTIONS
  • Download a cone hat shape. Print and cut out the shape.
  • Decide on color scheme or theme. Mine was soft yellow, blush pink and Champaign (because I couldn’t find rose gold products). In keeping with our English garden, Tea Party theme, I wanted everything to feel romantic and elegant.
  • Trace the cone shape on the foam and cut out the shape. I used foam as my base for the hat.* You can use it as the main hat and skip additional layering and gluing. (* Next time I'll use thicker stock paper, as foam is a bit trick and way too thick when you glue one end of the cone to the other.)
  • Trace the cone shape onto the back of your craft paper, but don’t cut it out.
  • Make slip cuts along the curved edge of the cone shape, on your craft paper. This helps make the final look neater.
  • Glue the craft paper to the foam. Press and hold as you go, to get a permanent stick.
  • If you are planning to have pompoms, feathers or other items at the tip of the cone, cut out a small bit from the top of your (still flat) cone hat.
  • I used faux flowers as my ‘cherry on top’. Simply cut off the stem, leaving about an inch to wrap with strong tape and a rubber band.** (**I loved the look of the flowers, but next time I need something lighter. The weight was too much for my daughter's precious little head. I'll explain in an upcoming post about the dos/don'ts of baby photo shoots! You live and learn.) 
  • Because my hat was rather thick and the flower ‘cherry on top’ was a pinch heavy, it was easier to warp and glue the cone with the ‘cherry on top’ flowers already being held inside vs. sticking them in after the cone was all glued. (However, I may try that the next time. Much like motherhood, I’m learning as I go.)
  • I couldn’t find a pre-made number 1 that matched my color scheme, so I cut it out (using stencils – which isn’t winging-it, but I could heard my husband’s voice in my head and I knew stencils were the way to go).
  • Decorate away. I purchased beautiful stickers from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection, to make life easier.
  • To make her name stand out, I cut a strip of thick, yellow paper and made a band around the hat. The paper needs to be cut in the same degree as the cone, otherwise you will not get an even strip look. Math hasn’t been my strong suit in years, so eyeballing it/winging it meant this step took longer than necessary.
  • In order to hide the tiny gap created on the back of my really thick hat, I added a bird slip. J Birds = garden = tea party. It makes thematic sense.
  • Rather than use wire, which would have held the hat on my daughter’s head a heck of lot better during our photo shoot (more on that later), I opted for pretty yellow lace. Cut two equal pieces long enough to tie a bow around the neck. Attach one on each end with staples. Hide the staples with décor. I used flower stickers.
  • Marvel in your glory. 

Faux flowers = My version of the "cherry on top" pompom for a birthday hat.
I knew the bird clips would come in handy!! Also, note to other
wanna-be DIYers: any "error" can be craftly corrected.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

P2 Beauty: IT Cosmetics New Products Spring 2014 & Why this is the Best Beauty Brand On The Market

This is my everyday face which takes less than 2 minutes.
If you can't find 2 minutes for yourself, we need to talk!
1. Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer
2. Eyelift in a Tube
3. Airbrush blush stain, Sweet Cheeks
4. 
Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum
I've been refereed to as "the human potpourri". If a beauty item comes to the office, I'll try and likely use it until the product runs out. I've enjoyed some products more than others, but mostly I didn't have any loyalty in the cosmetics category (or facial care, for that matter). But, that all changed this past June when I was introduced to IT Cosmetics

IT (Innovative Technology) Cosmetics, rocks my world because it actually delivers everything that is promised on the packaging.  The proof was when, in typical "use whatever makeup you have" style, I grabbed the IT cosmetics items I received the previous day at a press preview, put on my face, and flew to London for a romantic weekend getaway. After not reapplying makeup for about 14+ hours, I woke up looking fresh, not flaky. For the next four days I marveled at the quality of the Buy Buy under eye concealer, the lip/cheek stain (which saves so much time) and the Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream in light.

The beauty of IT Cosmetics is that the owner, Jamie Kern Lima, works with plastic surgeons to create products that have anti-aging components, so you're looking beautiful today while thinking about tomorrow. Also, unlike most beauty brands, IT doesn't churn out dozens of new products. If it's not right, it's not coming out. 

Speaking of NEW products, they just launched two new products which are already part of my everyday routine: Feel the Moment serum and Eyelift in a Tube. 
1. Naturally Pretty Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette
2. 
Airbrush blush stain, Sweet Cheeks
3. Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush
4. Celebration Foundation Illumination, light
5. Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum
6. Maybelline Great Waterproof Mascara (affordable classic I can't give up yet)
7. Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
8. Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer
9. Eyelift in a Tube
10. No-Tug Waterproof Gel Eyeliner, brown
Feel The Moment is an anti-aging, hydrating serum that's like a spa in a box.  Using just a mini drop -  a VERY small amount - I put this on in a circular motion (which stimulates the skin) over my Naturapathica Calendula Essnetial Hydrating Cream every morning which locks in the moisturizer and creates o poreless, airbrushed skin effect. The smell of the jojoba is soothing and a great way for me to have a "meaningful me moment" before I go on to take care of everyone else in my world! A minute or two after application, I apply my at-home/casual face or my TV face (see above). $38 
IT Cosmetics, Feel The Moment anti-aging primer serum
Eyelife in a Tube is the updated version of my beloved Buy Buy Under Eye Concealer because it also has a Hello Light Liquid Brightener. Hello fabulous! This is also one of my everyday must-use items because it's a fast way to fix the face even if you just have a minute to yourself, in the morning. Yes, you should wear this around the house even if it's just you and the baby! I enjoy feeling pretty and knowing I'm doing something nourishing for the delicate skin under my eyes thanks to the hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, antioxidants and drops of light technology (the latter only found in IT Cosmetics). I use the Neutral/Medium. $29
IT Cosmetics, Eyelift in a Tube
Check out the companies co-founder, ultimate IT Girl and former TV anchor Jamie Kern Lima in her next QVC appearance, today, March 25, 2014 at  9PM EST. A full hour show follows on March 26th at 2AM. 
Tightline Full Lash Length Mascara Primer is now waterproof (doubles as
eyeliner when in a time crunch!) ;
Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream just a smidgen for the whole face
and you'll be transformed, transported and transfixed by your beauty

Thursday, March 20, 2014

P2 Lifestyle: Five Stylish and Zen Ways To Channel Spring, Happy Spring Solstice

Happy Spring! Wait, it's actually sunny today and above 40 degrees. I'll take it! Us East Coaster are ready for the new season and I'm jumping in full force with a little decorating and style changes, and playful R&R.

Here's how I'm celebrated spring solstice:

1. Holding my belly and dancing to Pharrell  "Happy" song. I'll have to have the hubby take a picture tonight.  

2. Swapping out my living room pillows for something a bit more yellow and joyful. I love these from the Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler collection for JCPenney. This man can do no wrong and these prices make me very, very, sunshine happy. 
Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler for JCPenney = happy living room
3. Making sure the hubby comes home today with fresh flowers. A few more calls to the office should do the trick!
Peonies are such a delicate flower, and a great way to welcome spring
4. Shopping for a pink coat - I've been seeing so many and it's such a mood lifter.

1.ASOS Vintage Cocoon Coat, $207
2.Boss 
Cesinala Wool-Cashmere Coat, $417
3.
CHAREX Wool Coat, $54
1. REISS Regale Mandarin Collar Coat, $500
2. 
ASOS Skater Coat with Zip Front, $141
5. Heading for a walk in the park with my daughter. It's 5pm and this mama needs to go play with her munchkin. 

Happy Spring. Enjoy and embrace the sunshine, ideally while wearing cute shoes ;-).