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Ready, Set, Shop

The turkey leftovers are finished, pumpkins have been tossed, fall leaf garland has been replaced by lit greenery, which can only mean one thing-it is time to shop til you drop! Today is affectionately referred to as Cyber Monday because everyone gets online to start their holiday shopping. Many online stores offer great deals and discounts as well as free shipping. Here are a few of my fave online stores and their sales today. Enjoy and try to get some work done in between shopping!

http://www.shopbop.com

Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime and Athleta

http://www.katespade.com

http://www.anntaylor.com

http://www.couturecandy.com

http://www.tobi.com

http://www.toryburch.com

http://www.revolveclothing.com

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To Give and Get-Holiday Gift Ideas

Alright all you professional shoppers the holiday shopping season is upon us! I am already cultivating my shopping list and cross referencing it with who I need to buy presents for this year so I can get out there and do what I do best, shop! As I find fun, unique items perfect for gift giving I will pass them on to you and please share any cool finds you have found by leaving a comment.

My first gift giving idea is perfect for the women on your list, from friends, to female co-workers, to mothers and mother-in-laws, grandmas, aunts, sisters and teachers. As you know scarves are very popular and can be worn with a coat to keep you warm or as an accessory worn all day for style. There are some beautiful scarves out there in a wide range of price points and you don’t have to worry about fit.

Here are a few of my faves:

These two are available at White House Black Market.

This ruffle scarf is soft and can be dressy or casual.

This deep cranberry scarf is super soft and cozy and embellished with crystals for a little sparkle. It is also available in white and black.

Leave it to Anthropologie to have a great selection of funky, bohemian scarves that will bring a smile to anyone who receives one.

This one reminds me of snow.

This vibrant silk scarf is available in blue and red.

 

 

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Lash Out

I have yet to find a mascara that I love and have spent a pretty penny trying quite a few brands from drugstore to department store. But, thanks to Sephora I can now try a whole bunch of mascaras for a fraction of the cost. Sephora has put together a lash sampler featuring sample sizes of 11 different mascaras for $39. A steal when I think of all the half used tubes laying in my makeup drawer, due to the sample size I can try it out and then toss it away and move on to the next in hopes I find the perfect mascara! Check out the Lashstash Mascara Deluxe Sampler at www.sephora.com. If mascara is not your thing check out all the other samplers they have put together from perfume to lipstick by clicking here. These sampler sets also make perfect gifts!

By the way, if you have been lucky to find the perfect mascara please leave me a comment telling me your fave!

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Rock On

As December speeds on, holiday parties and events seem to be coming closer in to view and each year I like to kick my makeup up a notch. This year my go to look comes courtesy of Bare Escentuals The Rocker Eye kit. The Rocker Eye kit is a marvel of makeup because not only does it supply you with the tools (awesome two sided brush and three metallic, edgy eye shadows) but it also gives you step by step instructions with pictures to show you how to create a bold, rebellious, sexy, dark lined look of iconic rock stars. This kit is a perfect treat for yourself and would also make a great gift for any make up lovers on your list. Available at www.sephora.com.

Rock Star eyes on Gwen Stefani and Rihanna:

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers!

Some Valentine’s Day Fun Facts:

This Valentine’s Day more than 150 million roses will be sent across the country.

About 8 billion candy hearts will be made this year, that’s enough candy to stretch from Rome, Italy to Valentine, Arizona, and back again 20 times.

On February 14th more than 36 million heart shaped boxes will be sold, and did you know that the melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature (98.6 degrees) which is why it literally melts in your mouth.

Here is a great article that shares the best chocolate companies, click here.

 

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Valentine’s Gifts for Guys

Alright all you gals out there, Valentine’s Day is almost here and now is the time to get shopping for the one you love! I love any excuse to shop and holidays are just such an excuse. Men can be a bit hard to shop for but I have put together a collection of some items that would be perfect for your sweetheart.

Lets get started:

Cologne is a perennial favorite, re-stock on of his faves or try something new like Banana Republic’s Cordovan Cologne, a seductive blend of ebony spices and vintage leather. He will smell delicious! available at www.bananarepublic.com.

These Burberry boxers are just too cute to pass up, available at www.nordstrom.com.

Most women hope and/or expect jewelry for Valentine’s Day but since most men don’t wear jewelry you can not return the favor, but a nice watch always makes a great gift. Nordstrom has a great selection in a variety of price ranges, I particularly like this Swiss Army watch with the orange face and rubber strap, it is hip and sporty, available at www.nordstrom.com.

More men are getting into grooming products and therefore more companies are focusing on men’s products giving consumers a wide range to choose from. Billy Jealousy is my husband’s new favorite brand, he particularly loves the Hydroplane Shave Cream and it was named by Esquire Magazine as it’s 2007 Best Shaving Cream. Not to mention if you buy him a bottle you can use it too, it is great to use when shaving your legs! available at www.billyjealousy.com.

If your sweetie is a coffee lover then I suggest getting him some Peet’s Coffee. They hand roast all of their coffee in small batches and deliver it fresh within 24 hours of roasting it. It is for the true coffee connoisseur and will warm his heart. available at www.peets.com.

If your honey happens to be a car guy get him one of these great books to rev up his engine (cheesy I know). Ultimate Garages and Ultimate Garages II showcase some drool worthy garages and car collections and The Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology is full of true tales of rare cars pulled out of haystacks and junkyards and then fully restored with great before and after photos. All books available at www.barnesandnoble.com.

 

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Sweets For The Sweet

Gorjana is running a special for Valentines! From now until Feb 14th enjoy 15% off at http://gorjana.com. Just enter “VALENTINE” at checkout to get your discount. Guys if you are reading this, Gorjana jewelry makes a perfect gift for your sweetheart and gals forward this on as a hint to your honey. Don’t forget to treat yourself!

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Protect Your Assets

If you travel a little or a lot, the following scenario is all too familiar: You get to your hotel and start unpacking your bag only to realize that your favorite pair of heels has smooshed your favorite padded bra and left it lumpy and bumpy and would in turn leave you looking bumpy thus turning your assets into deficits! What’s a girl to do to protect her bras while traveling?

Jane Webb asked herself that same question and came up with a ingenious idea to keep your bras safe and sound, she invented the Bra(g), a protective travel bag for padded bras. The Bra(g) can hold up to 6 bras and is shaped like a bra and comes in adorable colors and trims. Bra(g) allows you to travel in style and arrive in form! Available at www.bra-g.com.

 

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Let Them Wear Cake and Candy

I must admit that I am a girly-girl, I like pink, sparkles, glitter and glam and everything in between. I am also a sucker for creative packaging and when I saw a new crop of items pop up that combine clever packaging with girly-girl treats, I was smitten!

Juicy Couture and Victoria’s Secret have created luscious candy-like treats that are sugar free because they are actually cleverly packaged lingerie to look like lollipops, ice cream cones and cupcakes. These super sweet lingerie treats will satisfy any girly-girl’s sweet tooth without adding extra pounds. So treat yourself or someone else, they would make great stocking stuffers. The Juicy Couture items available at www.eluxury.com and www.saksfifthavenue.com and the Victoria’s Secret items available at www.victoriassecret.com.

Juicy Couture Cup Cake Boy Shorts

Juicy Couture Lollipop Boyshorts

Victoria’s Secret Cami & Panty Cone, Panty Pop and Panty Candy

 

 

 

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