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Trend Alert: Tousled Hair

We are loving the tousled hair trend for fall that transitions perfectly from workweek to weekend with an effortless yet fashionable look. To get these tresses, here is what you’ll need:

1. Curl cream. We like cream because it conditions as it shapes your curls.

2. A Hair Dryer with anti-frizz technology and a diffuser attachment.

3. A curling iron to give shape to your natural wave.

4. Lastly, apply some styling paste to control flyways and finish the look. 

Little by Little: Gear for the Early Years

The first three years of your baby’s life are full of changes. Baby gets bigger every day, and sometimes its hard to keep up with what gear Baby needs. So, we’ve put together a list of our favorite gear essentials for years one, two, and three to help make things a little easier. You can find all these essentials on zulily today. 

YEAR 1

Summer Infant Dark Stain Bentwood Bassinet 

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This beautiful bassinet boasts multi-speed swaying motion and can play calming melodies and sounds. Its adjustable canopy will protect your little one from the light so they can drift off to dream land. 

Wifi Baby 3 Monitor & Nanny Cam by WIFIBABY 

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You can use the WiFi Baby 3 to check in on your little one from anywhere. The monitor features a free app for iPhones or iPads with true-color real time video and a unique MyWiFiBaby url that can be accessed from anywhere. The camera offers infrared night vision and 32 GB of memory. 

gDiapers Glacier Blue gPants

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gPants are a reusable diaper cover designed to pair with a disposable insert. Soft, colorful cotton combines with gentle stretch for an always comfortable, breathable and trim fit. 

Badger Basket Cherry Evolve Convertible High Chair 

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This convertible high chair easily and conveniently grows alongside little ones as they transition from high chair to booster chair. It requires no tools to adjust the seat and footrest positions, features a removable feeding tray, and has a five-point safety harness to help keep your little one secure. 

YEAR 2 

Summer Infant tan Custom Fit Gate 

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As your little ones start to crawl and walk, you’ll want to make sure they stay safe. This tan custom fit gate makes for the perfect protector from unsafe areas of the house.  

Clek Heart Shades Foonf Convertible Car Seat 

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Designed for three-across seating and to safely grow with kids, this convertible car seat starts rear-facing for littler ones and then flips to face forward. Its REACT safety system offers a deep headrest, an anti-rebound bar to help improve stability, and foam layers to absorb energy. An added bonus…its absolutely adorable! 

Bumpkins Hot Pink Circles Sleeved Bib 

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Featuring a fun print and a unique sleeved design for extra coverage, this bright basic protects Baby’s outfit from stray showers of strained peas or any other mealtime mess. With stretchy elastic cuffs, convenient ties in back and a soft, and waterproof build, it’s an attractive and durable way to stay stain-free.

Chewy Tubes Knobby Q Teething Ring 

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Fun to chew and easy on the gums, this easily gripped teething ring stimulates and soothes inflammation using safe, FDA-approved materials. Knobby Qs encourage early mouthing experiences that support the development of the muscles critical for mature speech production. 

YEAR 3

Onaroo Teach me Time Talking Alarm Clock and Night Light

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Teach tiny tots how to tell time with this all-in-one talking alarm clock and night light. Featuring an interactive teaching game and three LCD display modes, this clever clock glows green to let little ones know when to wake and includes interchangeable color bezels to match any room!

Evenflo Red Hayden Amp Booster Seat

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This booster seat boasts an adorable design, side cup holders, and arm rests. It ensures that every family road trip be completed in style…it’s a travel essential! 

Prince Lionheart City & Farm Reversible Playmat

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This two sided play mat’s soft foamy feel is gentle on your toddler’s elbows and knees, and its vivid scenery is perfect for hours of imaginative play. This is a great addition to any play room. 

Potty MD Potty Monkey

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Potty training will be anything but intimidating when this funny monkey’s hanging around. The Potty Monkey set comes with a timer, adults training books, a children’s storybook with encouraging narratives, and a plush monkey with his very own potty. 

Trend Alert: Graphics

Graphics are a great addition to any wardrobe and home.  Whether it’s a yellow and pink chevron scarf that adds a splash of color to a classic white blouse, a blue stained-glass maxi that stands on its own, or a patchwork vintage chair to add a pop to your living room, graphics let you show off your unique style. We’ve got some ideas to start incorporating this versatile trend in to your life.

You can shop for graphic fashion prints and home décor on zulily today. 

The Graphic Dress 

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We’ve all had those mornings where we hit the snooze button a few too many times. And on those days our outfits are a little…well, let’s just say they are a little “interesting.” The solution? A great graphic dress. These dresses make any outfit look glam, and when paired with a neutral flat, boot, or heel, you can be out the door in minutes. 

The Graphic Shoe

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For the girl who loves her basics, a bold graphic shoe will add a fun twist to any simple outfit. These heels would look great with your favorite skinny jeans and white tee.

The Graphic Scarf

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While it would be wonderful if summer could last forever, fall is sneaking up on us. But, a new season means a new reason to shop! A scarf with a bold pattern can completely transform your outfit. So, if you love wearing the same boots and coat every day, pick out a new scarf to change things up! 

The Graphic Home Décor 

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Whether you are redecorating your entire home or just looking for a few specific pieces, graphic prints give any room a pop and fresh new look. These pieces are just asking for compliments! 

From the Buyers: Fitness Gear Tips

It seems today that there are as many types of fitness gear out there as there are activities. So do you really need specific gear for your sport? What do you need when spinning v. doing yoga? Carrie B., active wear buyer for zulily has some answers. And you can get all your gear during Fitness Week this week on zulily.

For Spin Class:

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Time to get super sweaty! Dress in layers so you are able to warm up with a long sleeve top. Throw on a racer back tank under your top, and wear capri leggings so they can’t get stuck on the bike.

Shop Spin Now.

For Running:

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Running is all about the shoes and the right support! Grab some great running shoes that support your feet and don’t squeeze. Next make sure you wear a high impact sports bra. Bright-colored tees or tank are a make it easy to been seen and pair with either shorts with a layer of compression, capris or long leggings you muscles warm.

Shop Triathlon Training on August 6 and Running on August 8.

For Yoga or Pilates:

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Breathe deep and OM…Namaste. For yoga class you can definitely step out with a little fashion. Wear pants, capris or shorts, whatever you are most comfortable in downward dog with. Wear a supportive sports bra and a body hugging tank or tee so you aren’t adjusting when you should be focusing on your breathing. Bring a long sleeve top or jacket for warm up and cool down. Gripper socks are super helpful as well. Wear some fun colors and look for some really fun details, like open back tanks!

Shop Yoga and Maternity Yoga on August 8.

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OK let’s be honest, sometimes to get fit you need to start by hiding what you don’t want to show! Pick your bottoms based on what you are most comfortable in whether it be a skirt, leggings, or capris. Shaping active wear provides tummy control to help you look trimmer. Always wear a supportive sports bra and pick a tee or tank with ruching and shaping panels that might actually help you pull your core in and could in return help build your core.

Shop Shapewear Now.

For Paddle Boarding:

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It’s all the rage these days. Hit the beach for some sun and fitness! Grab a bikini top that stays in place and supports your bust and bottoms that don’t ride up. Throw on some board shorts for extra coverage and a rash guard to protect from the sun. Make sure your rash guard fits snuggly so you don’t get unnecessary rubbing and chafing. Don’t forget the SPF!

Shop Paddle boarding on August 8.

For Cross Training Class:

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Get sweating and moving! Grab a super supportive sports bra and some compression shorts, capris or leggings so you can stay supported. Wear a tank so you can see those growing muscles and a long sleeve top for warm ups.

Shop Cross-Training on August 10.

For everything you do, always remember to hydrate. Choose something that will multitask-holds our phone, credit cards and keys.

Shop hydration now!

Adorable First Day Back Snacks

We know you just can’t get enough lunch tips heading in to the back to school season, so we’re serving up another round. Check out these super cute ideas for first day back snacks.

String cheese pencils from Money Wise Moms:http://zuli.ly/1o821aw

Rice krispie treat apples with a tootsie roll stem from Gourmet Mom on the Go: http://zuli.ly/1p5J1K5

Pencil cupcakes from Confessions of a Cook Book Queen: http://zuli.ly/1ou5Ruk

Applesauce apple cupcakes from Parenting:http://zuli.ly/1nlRx2p

Back to school cookies from Glorious Treats:http://zuli.ly/1ltHcSr

Our Favorite DIYs of the Week

Need some DIY inspiration for this weekend? Check out some of our favorite DIY projects from Pinterest. 

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Easy DIY knot headbands from Girl Inspired:http://zuli.ly/1kbyWLs

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Use old leggings to liven up a boring lampshade from Vintage Revivals: http://zuli.ly/1oWL0QY

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An easy DIY to update an old pair of sandals from My So Called Crafty Life: http://zuli.ly/1qzw1dN
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DIY mason jar sewing kit from Polka Dot Chair:http://zuli.ly/1kbyMUh

What to Wear (And Toss) for Summer Fridays

by Amy E. Goodman, Lifestyle Editor zulily

With summer in full swing—a time when al fresco happy hours and casual Fridays become a weekly highlight—it’s hard to know exactly where the boundaries of work-appropriate attire begins and ends. True, this is the ONE day of the week you get some say regarding what you wear, and understandably you want to flex a little fashion muscle. But the key is to do so without getting overly causal…such that the water cooler conversation is all about your outfit.

Here are my “wears” and “tosses” a.k.a. dos and don’ts to make sure your summer Friday style stays on track:

WEAR: COLORED JEANS

If you still haven’t gotten on board with this fun, fresh style, colored jeans have gained popularity over the last three years and are now an acceptable wardrobe choice for the creative office place. One way to make sure you keep the look in check is by combining your brightly hued denim with a silk blouse to dial up the dressy factor or top it with a blazer when the office air conditioning gets frosty. I draw the line at ripped or torn denim: save these for after hours.

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Cream Catherine Sleeveless Top, Darling: shop here

Papaya Distressed Straight-Leg Jeans, Request Jeans: shop here

TOSS: FLIP FLOPS

I once had an old-school, Hollywood director’s wife, who hailed from the golden age of cinema, tell me to leave my click-clack mules at home: “Any footwear that makes distracting sounds at work is offensive to your co-workers,” she’d say. Imagine how she’d feel about flip flops! That slap-happy sound drives people batty, especially when it comes down a long hallway. Plus, I’m hard pressed to think of a time when your office mates want to stare at your toes. So keep those flops in your beach bag and opt for this season’s embellished flats, strappy sandals and sweet wedges, for numerous work options with panache (a thong sandal is even preferable). 

Black Molly Burnished Leather Sandal, Calvin Klein Jeans: shop here

WEAR: TASTEFUL SUNDRESSES

A sundress can keep within an office dress code as long as it covers enough skin (so no barely-there straps, plunging necklines or sky-high hems) and isn’t see-through. A monochromatic white look is ultra crisp this summer or if a splash of hue is more your take, opt for refreshing citrus tones. Don’t forget the floral prints, which designers adored this season in all size of bloom: from dainty to watercolor to graphic.

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Black & White Appliqué Scoop Neck Hi-Low Dress, LARA Fashion: shop here

Lime & Blue Color Block Gracie Sleeveless Dress, Darling: shop here

Pink & Blue Jin Ju Ruffle Cap-Sleeve Dress, Mata Traders: shop here

TOSS: MINI SKIRTS & MICRO SHORTS

A general rule: if your knees will be knocking together due to cold air conditioning at work, your hemline is likely too high. Mini skirts are fly when worn at the right time (for example, they’re great with opaque tights in the fall), but for the office place, exposing bare legs is simply too much. As for short shorts (and you know what I’m talking about with an inseam of 3-5 inches) screams “summer picnic” instead of “power lunch.” That said, if you love shorts as much as I do, and your workplace embraces the concept of work suit shorts, opt for a longer style closer to the knee in a polished fabric or try a Capri pant.

WEAR: THE MAXI

Surprised? What we love about the maxi – the breezy flow, the to-the-floor hem, the forgiving style, which means we don’t need to suck in our lunch burrito – is also what makes it great for the office. Inherently the maxi doesn’t over-expose in the skin department and is one of the more covered-up articles of clothing that exists in our wardrobe repertoires. So wear it. Top with a fitted jacket or cardigan to offer more structure on the clock, and consider a statement necklace to complete the look.

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Coral & Fuchsia Floral Sullivan Maxi Dress, emploi New York: shop here

Red & Gold Braided Coil Necklace, Mata Traders: shop here