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Inspirations, obsessions, and all things Mint

We’re excited to share a special collection from our ShoeMint co-founders, Rachel Bilson & Nicole Chavez. Their designs for June have us obsessed and wanting more! Lucky for us, they’ll release new collections every month featuring their signature style and design aesthetic, plus tons of style tips and insight into their exclusive designs.
Check out their June collection here.
P.S. There’s a pair shown above that’s coming very, very soon. Can you guess which style? Stay tuned!
We’re excited to share a special collection from our ShoeMint co-founders, Rachel Bilson & Nicole Chavez. Their designs for June have us obsessed and wanting more! Lucky for us, they’ll release new collections every month featuring their signature style and design aesthetic, plus tons of style tips and insight into their exclusive designs.
Check out their June collection here.
P.S. There’s a pair shown above that’s coming very, very soon. Can you guess which style? Stay tuned!
With designs like these, it’s no surprise we’re congratulating our Mint advisors Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for winning Accessories Designers of the Year at the CFDA Awards last night.
Photo Credit: Getty Images

With designs like these, it’s no surprise we’re congratulating our Mint advisors Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen for winning Accessories Designers of the Year at the CFDA Awards last night.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

The ultimate underpinning: La Jolla Collection
Cut from sheer, ultra fine mesh and trimmed with leopard lace, this collection is the perfect way to play up your inner-wear this season.


The ultimate underpinning: La Jolla Collection

Cut from sheer, ultra fine mesh and trimmed with leopard lace, this collection is the perfect way to play up your inner-wear this season.

Ready, Set, Summer: Chic Summer Hairstyles

SUMMER’S MANE EVENT

PONY UP: Give the standby style an effortless twist. Simply part hair at the base of the elastic and pull through.

BEACH BRAID: Transform plaits into slinky waves post-beach with a leave-in conditioner.

UPDATED UPDO: Add instant polish to your go-to bun with a silk scarf.

Ready, Set, Summer: Chic Summer Hairstyles

SUMMER’S MANE EVENT

PONY UP: Give the standby style an effortless twist. Simply part hair at the base of the elastic and pull through.

BEACH BRAID: Transform plaits into slinky waves post-beach with a leave-in conditioner.

UPDATED UPDO: Add instant polish to your go-to bun with a silk scarf.

You loved it, we brought it back! Browse through some of our classic pieces and favorite styles from years past.

You loved it, we brought it back! Browse through some of our classic pieces and favorite styles from years past.



Ready, Set, Summer: Get Perfect Skin
 

Skin malaise is never fun, especially in that Spring–Summer transition when everyone’s skin seems to go haywire. 
Peep our tips ’n tricks to get Summer ready skin:



Redness/Rosacea: Whether it’s allergies, stress, or your skin just getting used to the stronger sun rays, we swear by Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer. The feverfew is key in soothing irritated skin AND it has SPF so it’s perfect for every day use. 



Dry Skin: Coconut oil is a great age-old dry skin fix. If you’re acne prone, stick to under the eyes/cheekbones where you are less likely to break out. Also – much of the moisture in our skin is sucked out overnight. Keep a humidifier in your room and leave it on throughout the night!



Dull Skin: Slough off dead winter skin with a handful of brown sugar and coconut oil. Add a couple drops of vanilla for a spa-like experience. Mix the ingredients in the shower and tackle the usual suspects – elbows, knees, feet. Don’t forget your lips, but go easy as that area is sensitive! 


Photo credit: http://www.thenovicechefblog.com
Ready, Set, Summer: Get Perfect Skin
 
Skin malaise is never fun, especially in that Spring–Summer transition when everyone’s skin seems to go haywire. 

Peep our tips ’n tricks to get Summer ready skin:
Redness/Rosacea: Whether it’s allergies, stress, or your skin just getting used to the stronger sun rays, we swear by Aveeno Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer. The feverfew is key in soothing irritated skin AND it has SPF so it’s perfect for every day use. 
Dry Skin: Coconut oil is a great age-old dry skin fix. If you’re acne prone, stick to under the eyes/cheekbones where you are less likely to break out. Also – much of the moisture in our skin is sucked out overnight. Keep a humidifier in your room and leave it on throughout the night!
Dull Skin: Slough off dead winter skin with a handful of brown sugar and coconut oil. Add a couple drops of vanilla for a spa-like experience. Mix the ingredients in the shower and tackle the usual suspects – elbows, knees, feet. Don’t forget your lips, but go easy as that area is sensitive! 

Photo credit: http://www.thenovicechefblog.com

Fall in love with time-tested style, pure glamour… and all that jazz.

Fall in love with time-tested style, pure glamour… and all that jazz.

Ready, Set, Summer: Get Bikini-ready  

With the hottest of days on the horizon, we know that means bathing suit-baring days aren’t far too. We’ve collected some of our best (and easy) workouts and health tips to get you feeling refreshed and ready.


1. The “I don’t have time to workout” workout.

2. A cheat sheet to being hydrated all day and not drown while doing so.

3. I’m finally going to wear that bikini I bought.

4. The “I can’t survive a cleanse, but I love a good smoothie”. 

5. I’m brave enough to do a cleanse (Gwenyth Paltrow style). 

Ready, Set, Summer: Get Bikini-ready  

With the hottest of days on the horizon, we know that means bathing suit-baring days aren’t far too. We’ve collected some of our best (and easy) workouts and health tips to get you feeling refreshed and ready.

1. The “I don’t have time to workout” workout.

2. A cheat sheet to being hydrated all day and not drown while doing so.

3. I’m finally going to wear that bikini I bought.

4. The “I can’t survive a cleanse, but I love a good smoothie”. 

5. I’m brave enough to do a cleanse (Gwenyth Paltrow style). 

MEMORIES WITH MOM
Still looking for the perfect way to celebrate mom? This Mother’s Day (or any day for that matter), give her the best gift of all—more memories with you. Here are our favorite ways to spend time with our favorite person.
1.     Take a cooking class
Make it extra special and try a dish that’s new for you and mom. Tip: We’re fans of Sur La Table and their Mother’s Day Macarons class for a sweet treat. 

2.     Volunteer
Do you support the same charity? Great! Don’t have one? Check out Volunteermatch and discover a cause close to both your hearts.

3.     Exercise
Warmer days are the perfect backdrop for a hike, bike ride and great conversation.

4.     Wine tasting
Enjoy toasting to mom, and for relaxing scenery try Malibu Wines' outdoor tasting room. Tip: Take note of her favorite and surprise her with a bottle afterwards.

5.     Cross something off her bucket list
Our favorite. Help mom reach one of her life goals, and get inspired to grow (or start) your own list. 
Photo credit: Almost Makes Perfect

MEMORIES WITH MOM

Still looking for the perfect way to celebrate mom? This Mother’s Day (or any day for that matter), give her the best gift of all—more memories with you. Here are our favorite ways to spend time with our favorite person.

1.     Take a cooking class

Make it extra special and try a dish that’s new for you and mom. Tip: We’re fans of Sur La Table and their Mother’s Day Macarons class for a sweet treat. 

2.     Volunteer

Do you support the same charity? Great! Don’t have one? Check out Volunteermatch and discover a cause close to both your hearts.

3.     Exercise

Warmer days are the perfect backdrop for a hike, bike ride and great conversation.

4.     Wine tasting

Enjoy toasting to mom, and for relaxing scenery try Malibu Wines' outdoor tasting room. Tip: Take note of her favorite and surprise her with a bottle afterwards.

5.     Cross something off her bucket list

Our favorite. Help mom reach one of her life goals, and get inspired to grow (or start) your own list. 

Photo credit: Almost Makes Perfect

CINCO DE MAYO COCKTAILS
Instead of your typical margarita, why not celebrate with something a bit more authentic? For inspiration check out our Cinco de Mayo cocktail list: 

VAMPIRO 
Ingredients:
1 shot of tequila
1 shot of Viuda de Sánchez
Ice

Recipe:
1.     Place ice cubes in a glass. Add tequila and Viuda de Sánchez.

What is Viuda de Sánchez? An authentic sangrita from Mexico, this refreshing ingredient enhances the taste of tequila. Its signature red coloring comes from chili de arbol, a small yet potent chili pepper.


MICHELADA
Ingredients:
12 oz. Mexican beer
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge
1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
Chile with salt and lime seasoning (like Chilimon)
1-2 dashes of hot sauce (Tabasco, Tapatio, Cholula)
1 dash of Maggi seasoning sauce
Ice

Recipe:
1.     Rim a chilled 20 oz. glass with lime juice using the wedge, then dip it in a salt bowl.
2.     Fill glass halfway with ice and add lime juice, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire, and Maggi sauce to glass
3.     Fill remainder of glass with beer
4.     Sprinkle chili seasoning and serve


BANDERITAS
Ingredients:
1 shot of lime juice
1 shot of tequila
1 shot of tomato juice

Recipe:
1.     Inspired by the colors of the Mexican flag, this drink is served in 3 separate shot glasses: lime juice (green), tequila (white), and tomato juice (red)

2.     Drink the trio in alternating sips

¡SALUD! 

CINCO DE MAYO COCKTAILS

Instead of your typical margarita, why not celebrate with something a bit more authentic? For inspiration check out our Cinco de Mayo cocktail list: 

VAMPIRO 

Ingredients:

1 shot of tequila

1 shot of Viuda de Sánchez

Ice

Recipe:

1.     Place ice cubes in a glass. Add tequila and Viuda de Sánchez.

What is Viuda de Sánchez? An authentic sangrita from Mexico, this refreshing ingredient enhances the taste of tequila. Its signature red coloring comes from chili de arbol, a small yet potent chili pepper.

MICHELADA

Ingredients:

12 oz. Mexican beer

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 lime wedge

1 dash of Worcestershire sauce

Chile with salt and lime seasoning (like Chilimon)

1-2 dashes of hot sauce (Tabasco, Tapatio, Cholula)

1 dash of Maggi seasoning sauce

Ice

Recipe:

1.     Rim a chilled 20 oz. glass with lime juice using the wedge, then dip it in a salt bowl.

2.     Fill glass halfway with ice and add lime juice, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire, and Maggi sauce to glass

3.     Fill remainder of glass with beer

4.     Sprinkle chili seasoning and serve

BANDERITAS

Ingredients:

1 shot of lime juice

1 shot of tequila

1 shot of tomato juice

Recipe:

1.     Inspired by the colors of the Mexican flag, this drink is served in 3 separate shot glasses: lime juice (green), tequila (white), and tomato juice (red)

2.     Drink the trio in alternating sips

¡SALUD! 

Ready, Set, Summer: Instant Glow

Eeek! It’s time to bare your legs and we know how easy it is to ignore winter skin until the very last minute. Here are our MintStaffers’ best secrets to getting an instant sun-kissed look when there’s no time to wait for a self-tanner.

Frank Body Scrub 
This blend of coffee and natural ingredients slough off dead winter skin to reveal glowing, exfoliated limbs.

Tip: Known to smooth cellulite and stretch marks, we swear the coffee darkens your skin ever so slightly.
 
Nars Body Glow 
Great for daytime, put this on for hydration (there’s coconut oil in it) and a bronzed sun-kissed look.

Tip: Apply to front of legs, shoulders and décolletage for added oomph.
 
Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs 
Some of us were a bit freaked out by the idea of body makeup but our experienced MintStaffers swear it stays put and won’t make you orange.

Tip: Mix it with lotion for a more natural look
 
Maui Babe Browning Lotion 
Rather than its intended use as a tan accelerator, this rich cream subs in for a spray tan in a pinch, TRUST.
Tip: We use this at night to accentuate limbs that have yet to see the light of day, but when they do don’t forget the SPF! 
 
 
 
 

 

Ready, Set, Summer: Instant Glow

Eeek! It’s time to bare your legs and we know how easy it is to ignore winter skin until the very last minute. Here are our MintStaffers’ best secrets to getting an instant sun-kissed look when there’s no time to wait for a self-tanner.

Frank Body Scrub

This blend of coffee and natural ingredients slough off dead winter skin to reveal glowing, exfoliated limbs.

Tip: Known to smooth cellulite and stretch marks, we swear the coffee darkens your skin ever so slightly.

 

Nars Body Glow

Great for daytime, put this on for hydration (there’s coconut oil in it) and a bronzed sun-kissed look.

Tip: Apply to front of legs, shoulders and décolletage for added oomph.

 

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

Some of us were a bit freaked out by the idea of body makeup but our experienced MintStaffers swear it stays put and won’t make you orange.

Tip: Mix it with lotion for a more natural look

 

Maui Babe Browning Lotion

Rather than its intended use as a tan accelerator, this rich cream subs in for a spray tan in a pinch, TRUST.

Tip: We use this at night to accentuate limbs that have yet to see the light of day, but when they do don’t forget the SPF!