Cheers to 2018!

Cheers to 2018!

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best as you start another year blessed with those you love. It’s also a moment to acknowledge that if you are living a different life than you were last year – someone no longer here, a new job, on a different path – it doesn’t mean that the next steps for 2018 will be as difficult. You will rise. When I think about how I wanted to spend 2017, I know that I wanted to dedicate more time to family and friends and travel. I did my best to do that. I also wanted to indulge in some of the best of what makes my home better. From nicer and cozier bedding to enjoying my husband’s flair for cooking, I was excited to ring in  2018 in style at home! 

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

cheers to 2018

We hosted many holidays this season at our home, from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve and kept New Year’s Eve simple with some friends. When I found these gold tabletop accessories from the Martha Stewart home & holiday collection for our hosting duties, I fell in love. Simple design with a touch of elegance and I was able to elevate the tabletop for our dinner parties.

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martha stewart

And there’s not special way to say cheers to 2018 if you don’t have great wine! In 2017, I was thrilled to connect with Martha Stewart this year when she launched her Martha Stewart Wine Co. subscription. The wine tasting along was incredible, so when I received my first box to my home I was impressed with the selection. My husband is big on how to pair food and wine, so we both took advantage of making a few of Martha’s recipes from her Slow Cooker book to pair with her wine selections and her year of entertaining book to have dinner party decor ideas – and they did not disappoint.

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martha stewart

Thank you for always being such wonderful supportive readers. I wish you nothing but love and joy this year and raise my glass to you – Cheers to your best year yet!

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Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

Year in Review // 2017’s Best in Skincare and Beauty

2017 was definitely the year I started using more beauty products and trying out different brands to find the best in skincare and beauty for my skin. Earlier this year, I was invited to experience a “facial skin reading” at Esthetica MD in Englewood, NJ and I was surprised to learn so much about my skin that I had not previously known.

2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As someone who always thought a breakout here and there meant I had oily skin, I was shocked to learn I actually had combo to dry skin, my skin damage was not severe but only topical (meaning it was reversible), and that the texture of my skin was at 95% out of 100% which I was happy to hear!

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The “face chart” created from the machine was able to show all the areas that needed attention the most. It was painless procedure (I just had to rest my chin on the machine), and I learned so much that lead me to find the best of beauty for the best of this year! 

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Some of my skincare staples has been the Calendula Toner from Kiehls  having used it for over 15 years now. But newer brands that I’ve fallen in love with for my combo/dry skin have been Too Cool for School, Tatcha, SKII, Boscia, Pixi and Caudalie! I’ve become a big believer in using face masks so I switch between Dr. Jart’s brightening mask and Too Cool For School’s egg mask (which is perfect for winter!). 

2017 best skincare

I keep my makeup relatively simple, although my routine seems intense to some mostly because I really work on prepping my skin before I put on some concealer, setting powder, blush, eyebrow gel, mascara, lipgloss, setting mist (my favorites are from Pixi and NYX), and I’m out the door! But when I find a really good eyeshadow brand, I invest in it! Tarte and Natasha Denona have been two of my favorites to use this year because of their pigmented colors and easy blending, which makes this novice happy to use them! 

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2017 best skincare

2017 best skincare

As you think about entering the colder days of the early 2018 winter, consider how your routine is different from the summer months. With less moisture in the air, finding a balance of products that work for your skin during the various seasons will make a world of difference to how your skin cares for itself. You’ll be happy you did! 

What are some of your favorites skincare products? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to try out some new brands and products. Thank you so much for reading! I plan on sharing more about my skincare and beauty routines on Youtube! If that is something you’d love to see, subscribe here!

Featured // Top Row (L to R): Pink & Blue Co. Necklace | Natasha Denona Palatte | Farsali Face Oil | Dose of Colors Highlighter | Sugar Fix by BaubleBar Necklace & Earrings (all under $30) | Bottom Row (L to R): Caudalie Eye Cream | Tatcha Gold Lipbalm  | Ouai Rose Body Oil | Lano Lip ointment | Boscia Facial Tonic 

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GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

GRWM // Ready to Sparkle for NYE

I’m back with another giveaway as we begin to wrap up 2017! Who doesn’t love a little sparkle for NYE in their wardrobe? If you haven’t noticed already in reading past posts, I adore the Maggy London brand! They have dresses in all sizes and genuinely make beautiful pieces from great prints to stunning solids with great shapes to compliment any woman. Stay with me until the end to learn how you can win this gorgeous dress!

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I wanted to share a little GRWM (get ready with me!) as I prepared for a glam night out! This dress is undoubtedly perfect for any upcoming holiday party, especially New Year’s Eve! Getting ready for a night out is always fun especially when I get to put on the sparkle, some glow, and red lipstick! How do you plan are you spending your NYE this year?

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Winter can be brutal to exposed skin but I’m not a fan of wearing stockings, so I wear long coats and drench my legs in Ouai Rose Body Oil that hydrates and keeps my skin so soft.

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And if you are going to go glam, you might as well go all in and sparkle from head to toe. I literally have been wearing the Dose of Colors highlighter collaboration with Desi and Katy in Fuego almost everyday as well as Maybelline’s Super Stay Matte Ink lip colors.  I decided to add extra shine with these earrings (only $13) from the Bauble Bar collaboration with Target called SugarFix.

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

This year has been filled with so many great moments and I look forward to sharing a wrap-up! One is that I’ve been able to do discover the direction of what I want my content to look like and you’ll see those changes soon. Another is adding a new family member – a furry one – to our home, for our son! It was important for him to have a companion.

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We also have spent time traveling to some great places including this beautiful home in the Pocono’s that will be featured in an upcoming post! It’s the perfect home for a family gathering and close to so many wonderful activities for the winter season!

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

sparkle NYE

And to start 2018 right, I’ve partnered with Maggy London to give away one of these pretty dresses to one lucky reader! Enter below via Rafflecopter for many chances to win or visit me on Instagram for one chance to enter!

How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 28th at 3:30pm and end by December 29th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive this dress directly from Maggy London upon replying to an email requesting information for delivery. 

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by Maggy London who will be delivering the dress to our winner. 

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Thank you so much for reading and to Maggy London for a wonderful year & partnering on this post!

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! // Giveaway – Day 1

It’s here! Last year, our weeklong giveaway of gifts was a big hit, so we decided to do it again! I couldn’t be happier to share these giveaways with you as I intentionally planned which brands I wanted to work with and some products that I am thrilled to give away on my own! Are you ready? Some of the giveaways will last 24 hours and some will last 48 hours! If you want a friendly and fashionable reminder sign up for This Season’ Gold newsletter, and you’ll be the first to know what giveaway is coming up next plus some extra special insights in the months to come!

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For Day 1, I have partnered with CStudio Home, a subsidiary of The Company Store, to giveaway a $300 gift card to use on their site for one winner!  I have had the honor of enjoying their luxurious bedding this past year, and I undoubtedly wanted them to be the first big giveaway to kick off the most wonderful time of the year!

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giveaway

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They have the softest bedding around! I am the first to say that if I could just lay in bed all day and do my work from there, I would. However, I always fall asleep under these cozy covers! I can’t wait to hear how much you love their bedding too! Good luck! 

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How to Enter and Rules

1) You’ll enter via the Rafflecopter image box below. Found it? Good! You’ll have to login using your email address or Facebook account.

2) This giveaway will run from December 18th at 12:30pm and end by December 19th 11:59pm. Yes, more time means more chances!

3) The one winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours about their win and their name will appear in the Rafflecopter below! 

4) The one winner will get receive a gift card worth $300 to use online at cstudiohome.com.

5) If for any reason the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 5 days, an alternate prize winner will be chosen at random.

6) The giveaway is open to US entrants only. No purchase of any kind is necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years or older to enter.

7) This Season’s Gold is hosting this giveaway sponsored by CStudio Home who will be delivering the gift card to our winner. 

8) Prize will be mailed to winner upon receipt of delivery name and address.

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This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

This Season’s Gold // 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Holidays everyone! I am excited to return with my second annual Holiday Gift Guide for this season! I have literally spent this entire year learning about so many new products and brands that  I could not wait to share with you, and I know they will make the perfect gift for that special someone in your life (even if it’s just for you!). I am big believer in gifting experiences to be honest, but there’s always something to find for that special someone who you know would appreciate a very special thing! So as I did last year, I’ve specialized my gift guide to get you direct access to the best of the season for those you love!

Enjoy shopping! 

Click below to visit each uniquely curated list! Happy Shopping!

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Thank you for reading! And starting this week, a special announcement plus the return of the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Giveaways! See here to learn more!

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