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Extreme Makeover: Mom Edition

Laura Ciavolino, 42, Polished Edge
"I was in desperate need of a makeover! I was always in a sweatshirt and jeans and didn't even know what size I was. Now I can't believe I feel and look so good in a dress!"

About Laura: Somewhere between raising 8-year-old triplets and working as a nurse practitioner, Laura stopped thinking about her appearance. Still, she's tired of her lackluster basics and wants a new style that reflects her sassy personality.

Style Solution: Laura has killer legs and wanted an edgier look, so we begged her to try on a dress, something she never wears. A wrap style did the trick: It's quick to throw on and is super stylish. The geometric pattern conceals trouble spots while the cinched waist creates an hourglass silhouette.

Clothing: Dress, Ann Taylor, $128. Heels, Franco Sarto, $89. Necklace, Emma Mckinstry, $47.50. Clutch, Olivia + Joy, $78. Bracelet, Coldwater Creek, $40.

Her Beauty Boost: Laura has a hectic schedule and needed an easy-to-maintain hairstyle. Warren warmed her brunette mane and wove chestnut streaks throughout. The color and modern, layered haircut don't require major upkeep or frequent salon visits. Franson also opted to keep the makeup simple. He used a color correction cream to even out her skin tone and conceal dark spots, and a neutral palette of eyeshadows.

Originally published in the May 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.

This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.