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Holiday Style Source

A really wonderful thing happened yesterday. I received a package in the mail. Now, that in and of itself is not unusual (I am a dedicated online shopper after all and on first name basis with both the FedEx and UPS drivers), but this was a box from my mom, and the message attached said, "A Royal Wedding Tradition Continues". Inside the box was this gorgeous ring. (Actually, one very similar.) Yes! A replica of the ring that Prince Charles gave Princess Diana on their engagement, and the same one Prince William gave Kate Middleton earlier this week upon the announcement of their engagement!

I had forgotten all about this ring — 30 years ago when the entire world was caught up in the frenzy that surrounded the engagement and Royal Wedding Hoopla of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, my mother found the ring in an antique store in the Berkshires. She and my dad were on a well deserved weekend getaway when they wandered into this quaint little shop and my mother saw the ring in a display case. She immediately fell in love with it and my dad, the ever hopeful romantic, bought it for her as a memento of their first trip alone together since their honeymoon eight years earlier. When they returned home bearing gifts for me and my little sister I had no interest whatsoever in my hand carved wooden box — I only had eyes for that gorgeous ring. And then, when my mom showed me that it was just like the future Princess's engagement ring, that was that. I was officially a Royal Wedding Groupie. That spring and summer my mom and I followed the preparations for the Royal Wedding with something bordering on obsession. We devoured anything and everything Windsor. We bonded over Barbara Walters' interview with the Prince and future Princess. We bought up copies of People and Time magazine and I would cut out photos of Diana and tape them to the mirror on my bedroom door. I even asked my mom if I could get my hair cut like Diana's (mom convinced me that my long blond curls were more age appropriate for a five year old.) I spent hours designing the perfect wedding gown for a princess, and my mom let my wear her ring, with the promise that some day it would be mine.

Well, my very thoughtful and considerate mother felt that with a new Royal Wedding on the horizon, it was the perfect time to pass the baton/ring to me and my little girl. Such great memories with my mom, and such wonderful memories to create with my little girl…So we are in full Wedding Watch mode at our house! My little girl is already playing Wedding Party with her Polly Pockets, and I was even lucky enough to snap up this gorgeous little number, somewhat reminiscent of Kate Middleton's engagement dress (what a gorgeous shade of blue!) Obsess much? Never!

Speaking of obsessions, check out just a few of our obsessions for the holidays:


She She Me's & Pretty Mama's Holiday Obsessions

Soma Intimates Introduces
Personality PJ's

Are you looking for something stylish, luxurious and unique as a gift for your bff, sister, mom (or perhaps just for yourself)? Well, Soma Intimates has the perfect thing! This holiday season they are offering “Personality PJs” – a selection of ultrasoft pajamas in six different prints to suit any personality, including glam, chic, classic, fun, wild, and romantic.

Go to the Soma Intimates website and take the PJ Personality test to determine your perfect style. (Mine just happens to be…WILD!) These pj's are so incredibly soft and comfortable - you might just find that you have a dual personality and, therefore, will want more than one style! Which is great, because right now all Personality PJ's are Buy One Get One Half Off!! It's the perfect time to snap up a few!

Chic
Classic
Fun
Romance
Wild
Glam

Eva Franco

 


ANAMA Collection

I am thrilled to share with you the ANAMA Collection, a Miami-based label, highly coveted by rock stars and LA locals alike, ANAMA’s soft and luxurious pieces reflect old Hollywood elegance with a touch of attitude. I recently received this uber-stylish and fabulously versatile ruffle wrap dress and I love it! It looks great when worn with tights and boots, but equally as gorgeous when paired with skinny jeans and knee boots! I also have the of the shoulder dolman top which is perfect to toss on over a silky blouse for an edgy funky look.

A favorite among Penelope Cruz, Halle Berry and bands from 30 Seconds to Mars to Eminem, ANAMA’s unique, comfortable, wear-and-go pieces are truly a wardrobe staple.




Kiss My Face

Tired of slathering on that same old lotion to keep dry, winter skin at bay?  Wake up to Kiss My Face’s variety of fun, natural products to beat chapped skin during the cold weather season and say “so long monotonous lotion rubbing” and “hello easy moisture!”  Kiss My Face products can be found in your local Whole Foods Market or on www.KissMyFace.com this winter.

Silky Soft Shower Gel
Olive My Body Balm
Moisture Shave

Hot showers are ultra drying, but also nearly impossible to resist when it’s chilly outside. With Lavender to soothe and refresh, Aloe Vera to heal and Olive Oil for superb moisture, Silky Soft Shower & Bath Gel offers a super rich lather to cleanse while leaving skin super soft and moisturized long after the steam has cleared.

A sensuously soothing multipurpose balm that’s perfect for dry skin, Olive My Body is made with Extra Virgin Olive Butter and Olive Oil, powerful emollients with strong antioxidant properties.  Olive My Body can be used on nails, knees, neck, lips, cuticles or anywhere else in urgent need of attention. 
When the mercury drops, shaving can leave legs scaly, itchy and in desperate need of lotion. But who wants to waste their winter applying layer after layer just to keep skin hydrated?  Moisture Shave keeps legs smooth, soothed and hair-free – and each Shave contains emollients including Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera and Goldenseal for maximum moisture.

Fragrances for Him and Her

Celine Dion Pure Brilliance
Tim McGraw Silver
Pure Brilliance is a floral scent with notes of pear, apple, green leaves, freesia and honeysuckle - absolutely exquisite!  
McGraw Silver is woody, green, slightly floral and musky - the perfect men's fragrance for fall.
 

tarte grab bag
exclusively at Sephora

Just in time for the holidays, tarte is offering a limited-edition, seven-piece value set of some of our favorites exclusively at Sephora.com. For only $42 (value: $173), the grab bag includes:

  •  sunburst face beaded bronzing facial moisturizer
  •  eyeshadow in luuucy I'm home (shimmering deep blue-grey)
  •  hEYE Impact in slate (shimmering slate shadow/ navy liner)
  •  double-duty eyelining brush
  •  slide tin lip balm in mouth off (vanilla-mint flavored sheer raspberry)
  •  double dose in pomegranate punch (sheer sparkling red) and acerola rush (sheer sparkling golden peach)
  •  reusable "natural beauty" makeup bag

 


Emma Stine Jewelry

Emma Stine, an online jewelry retailer that offers original designs with affordability in mind. These exquisite pieces are made in limited edition quantities, with new styles being introduced on a weekly basis.

Emma Stine offers two collections: Fashion Jewelry and Gemstone Jewelry.  The Fashion Jewelry collection is comprised of contemporary affordable jewelry, using a variety of metals, beads and crystals. The Gemstone Jewelry features beautiful classic styles created with luxurious materials such as 14k gold vermeil, sterling silver and semi-precious gemstones.

Teardrop Edwardian Earrings
Gold Hammered Earrings
Flora Charm Necklace Set
Gold Hammered Necklace Set
Silver Hammered Cuff Bracelet


Get Waisted Body Shaper

Are you dreading the battle of the bulge this Thanksgiving? Keep holiday intake in check with Get Waisted Body Shaper, the ultimate antidote to turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. With nine ingredients proven to combat fat deposits, this holy grail of slimming potions tightens your tummy and reduces post-holiday puffiness for a slimmer silhouette. Best of all, a dollar from the sale of each Get Waisted benefits the cancer support charity Look Good…Feel Better®, making it an indulgence to give thanks for.

Formulated with clinically tested waist-whittling actives, Get Waisted is rich in amino acids and algae extracts proven to stimulate the body’s production of beta-endorphins, increasing lypolysis (the breakdown of fat) to help flush out fat, eliminate puffiness and give a more defined, tighter appearance. Double-action Pepha-Tight™ creates an instant tightening effect with collagen-boosting benefits to maintain a drum-tight tum. Adipoless™ and Adiposlim™ work together to boost fat burning and inhibit future fat storage, improving the appearance of that dimply fat.

This Thanksgiving, tuck into turkey as you tuck in your waistline with help from Mama Mio.



World's Most Fantastic Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper

You have got to check out The Sassy Pepper Blog! Created by the amazing team of Pepper and Sassy, two very stylish young mommies with amazing abilities in regard to all things DIY, the Sassy Pepper Blog is filled with wonderful ideas for creating, decorating and repurposing to make your life easier, your little darlings more adorable and your home more stylish. From making sweet sundresses out of men's shirts to creating an orchid terrarium or making personalized thank you notes, your sure to be as amazed and thrilled by the ideas in this blog as me! Check it out today — you'll thank me tomorrow!

 

Check put this great tutorial on creating a mod podge wall photo collage on canvas. This would make a great holiday gift for the grandparents!

 

 


Check Out the Ask She She Blog

The Ask She She Blog, where She She Girls go to find the latest styles and the hottest trends; where your fashion, beauty and lifestyle questions are answered, and the thoughts, ideas and comments of all She She Girls are encouraged and welcomed!