Happy 12 days before Christmas! This is such an exciting time of the year as we prepare to celebrate the holiday season and spend time with all of the people we love! I am so happy to share my first Holiday Gift Guide! We put a great deal of thought into what we believe the most important people in your life would enjoy as a gift this season. It’s a comprehensive list of goodies even the most challenging of people to buy for will enjoy! I hope you enjoy looking around each of the curated picks! Let us know what you think! Shopping for yourself? Feel free to visit some of my favorite things here.
Who is on your list?
Click below to visit each uniquely curated list! Happy Shopping!
Be on the lookout over the next few days as we prepare to celebrate these 12 days leading up to Christmas, with our version of 12 Days of Christmas and a series of giveaways! Our first giveaway is in collaboration with Maggy London! Our winner has been announced in our previous post! Happy Holidays from our family to yours!
Happy first week of December! There is something about the holidays that either jolt me into an abundance of activity or make me retreat under my covers and just wish it would fly by. It’s this duality of emotion that has me moving slower than usual this season. Holidays can be stressful for some people, and when I think about how much there is to do, it can be overwhelming. However, I know that if I take the time to plan and prioritize what needs to get done, I’ll be far better off in the long run and less stressed.
One detail of your December planning that can be both fun and challenging is your holiday style for all the parties and events that takeover your weeknights and weekends into the new year. And while velvet is all the rage these days (I love it too!), I actually love a classic and colorful style in lace. I have collected quite a few lace dresses this past year, and it’s one of those textures in fashion that never goes out of style. And if you love lace as much as I do, then be sure to check out the details of a great giveaway below to kick off our holiday joy this season!
And when I wear multiple colors in my outfits in row winter, I like to keep the coats and accessories pretty neutral. A camel coat is the perfect staple that every women should have in her closet!
Do you love lace as much as I do? You can win this lace Maggy London dress in your size just in time for the holiday party season! Simply follow the instructions below and have this holiday dress in time for your next holiday event! Good luck and thank you for stopping by!
CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER SANTANA! I will be emailing you soon!
That’s it! Come back soon as we reveal our holiday gift countdown for our 12 days of Christmas and a gift guide soon! Thank you to Maggy London for partnering on this post.
The giveaway will run from December 8th at 8:00am EST until December 12th at 11:59pm EST and the winner will be announced by December 13th. The winner will have 1 week to claim their prize. No exchanges or returns. Please US entrants only. This post is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age, that you release Instagram of any/all responsibility and that you agree to Instagram’s term of use. No purchase necessary. Disclaimer-void where prohibited by law, no purchase necessary. If the above dress is unavailable in your size, winner will select from most our available styles in our most recent collection.
Happy Sunday! This week is filled with so much emotion, and honestly I am happy to have a little break mid-week to just collect my thoughts about many things. You can get more on that through my Instagram and Snapchat. But right now I want to talk about hair! Since I was little, I often heard “you have such beautiful hair” or “you have so much thick hair”. However, for me it always seemed more of a stress to style and it always took so long to get it done at the hair salon! Since I have long curly hair but like the ease of having it blown out (especially in the winter), it’s important for me to keep it as healthy as possible.
Every winter my hair reacts to the change to cold weather from scalp to root and it can take a toll on its texture. I almost never color my hair – highlights mainly – more than once a year, and yet it’s so important for me to do everything I can to care for my winter hair more than in the summer. Of course staying hydrated is paramount (and wearing a hat!), but here are a few goodies that I’ve started to use that I really enjoy and have been keeping my hair full of life!
Before getting a blow out, using Kerastase’s L’incroyable Blowdry makes my hair significantly smoother and softer. I love the light scene it gives my hair and on occasion I even use a little bit a day or two after to refresh my hair.
I’ve never been one to use dry shampoo until I came across this product. Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo not only smells great, but it instantly bring my roots to life after second day hair. And while it’s important to brush out the product after applying to the roots only, I love that it doesn’t leave any powered residue on my hair. I also love their travel gift set with flatiron, products and decorative pouch – a perfect for a holiday gift for a friend!
Now I have used several hair conditioning masks through the years, and some have been better than others. Briogeo’s is definitely one I like better! It has a great scent, it doesn’t get sticky when you apply it and dries, and most importantly, it leaves my hair silky smooth. I like to apply it on my hair after washing with shampoo, then wrapping my hair in plastic wrap with a towel on top. On occasion, I add heat for a few minutes with my blow-dryer for added moisturizing. Using this once a week is perfect for the winter and in the summer after a day at the pool. I might also start to try their curly hair products.
I have tried many of Aveda’s products and these are some standouts for sure! Because I blow-dry my hair quite a bit and the cold winter can be brutal to my ends, I’ve been using the Split End Repair before I retouch my hair with a flat iron or blowdryer. It softens the ends and also protects them from splitting. And one of my favorites is their Aircontrol light hair spray. I use it to add volume to my hair without feeling like I’ve added a ton of product. This allows me to have an extra day or two before I wash out my hair without product buildup!
It’s officially the holiday season! Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (how was yours?), we are full steam ahead with our shopping in stores and online. This weekend there are so many great opportunities to save on your favorite items for you and for your gift giving! I definitely had a bit of a tough time getting out of the house after the amount of food I ate, but I managed to get out and grab some great deals. I also am slowly recovering from being sick, which had made it a bit tough to write this past week. But I’m getting back to it, and happy to share what ended up in my bag after my Black Friday shopping today plus some other great sales happening this weekend for the start to the 2016 holiday season!
It’s Sunday night and I’ve had a hell of a week! I haven’t slept much, and stress has gotten to me a bit more than usual. My skin is the one area that is the first to show signs of stress and sleepless nights, and if it weren’t for a few favorite finds for my face, I wouldn’t look as refreshed as I have been. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying several products for my combination skin. And if there is one thing I have learned about taking care of your skin well it is that just like the season’s change and your wardrobe reflects that change, so should your skin care routine. Aside from drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and eating a well-balanced diet, having four or five favorite products for your face are the perfect way to stay above the fray of wrinkles, dark or patchy skin and the occasional breakout.
As we start to experience cooler days this fall and head into winter (it’s coming!), here are my favorite five finds for my face that I simply cannot do without!
I had no idea about micellar water until I did a little more digging into skin care routines and found that this is probably one of the best ways to really get your face clean for both your day and nighttime cleansing. I use it right after washing my face with an oil-based cleanser or using a Neutrogena cleansing cloth. Using a cotton round, I wipe any excess make-up all over my face and eyes-which is great because it doesn’t irritate my contacts. You’d be surprised how much one cleansing really isn’t enough, which is why I love using this after I wash my face. I happen to love the entire line of Caudalie, so this is a definite favorite find for me!
Kiehl’s has been a favorite brand of mine for as long as I can remember! This alcohol-free toner has probably been my favorite for the last 15 years! Before I began to use this toner, I did some research on the calendula flower learning that it had healing properties which is exactly what I needed at a time when my skin’s texture began to change. It isn’t a product where you will experience immediate results overnight, but it will benefit you long term and I’ve never look back since using it. It is refreshing on the skin (sometimes I refrigerate it and use to it on an impending breakout), and does not leave you with any sticky residue after use.
I have never used a serum before, then I discovered Aromatica and it changed my skin care life! This is one bottle I have almost emptied! I am already purchasing another soon! I use it nightly without fail and it has not only smoothed my finer lines and my skin overall, but also brightened those subtle dark spots that have begun to show up as the season changes. I put this serum on after I use the micellar water and toner as my third step to a fresh face at night. I use my hands and lightly pat it throughout my face avoiding my eye area. Rose is one of those products that you can find in many skincare lines, and it works well in this serum! A definite new found favorite this fall season!
So I’m going to be totally honest here and say that when I first heard of Josie Maran cosmetics, all I could think about was David Blaine. Partly because I invited him to come and perform for my students once and he was brilliant, but also because he used to date Josie Maran (long ago!). Yet, that has nothing to do with the brilliance of this cosmetic line – luxury with a conscience! I am absolutely in love with the argan oil. I used to think an oil and your face did not mix. And boy, Was I wrong! My hairstylist convinced me to try it and after days of research I decided to give it a try. Now I cannot live without it. This bottle has lasted me 2 months and it is worth every penny. I pat 2-3 drops of the oil throughout my face after the Aromatica serum, and suddenly my face feels like it’s taken drink of water (ironic, I know!) after a day out in the sun.
Glossier is one of those brands that seemed trendy, and so I thought it really wouldn’t live up to my expectations in skincare because it hasn’t been around long enough to prove it’s worth. Yet, I’m here to tell you that many of their products not only deliver their promise, but are affordable and luxurious at the same time! One of the many products I’m currently obsessed with is their soothing facial mist; and when they say soothing, they mean it. This is my third bottle in 3 months, and it’s because I take it with me everywhere. I use it in the morning to set my make-up, in the middle of the day to freshen my face, and in the evening after using the argan oil before heading to bed. It has a light rose scene, but nothing overbearing or drying in the least. And if you have seen other facial mists out there, this by far is an affordable bottle for the size you receive. Definite favorite find for my face this fall!
Some of these products can be found online, but if you are a Sephora VIB member (it took me two purchases to become one!), your entire purchase is now 20% off until tomorrow, so be sure to prepare to stock up on your fresh face finds before the holidays and winter weather!
If you get a chance to try or already have tried any of these products, I’d love to know! Leave a comment below sharing your experience. Love this post? Share it and let me know if you’d like to see more in skincare and beauty from me! Thank you for reading and stopping by!