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Great Last Minute Gifts!
PLUS Elaine Turner $500 Shopping Spree Giveaway!

When it comes to the holidays it seems that most people fall into one of two categories: those who adore everything about the holiday season (including shopping for the perfect gift!) and those who can't wait for the whole affair to be over. Being the ever cheerful, optimistic glass-is-half-full girl that I am, you can probably figure out to which category I belong, no? I mean, my personal tag line is "Happy girls are the prettiest girls"; ergo I do everything in my power to be happy! Which I why I embrace all things holiday related: Christmas music playing on the radio. Brightly lit shop windows filled with holiday decorations. Really amazing holiday sales on the hottest designer items! Picking out a Christmas tree (then dragging it ten blocks and up three flights of stairs!). Decorating what is left of said Christmas tree with adorable little ornaments that I have been collecting since I was seven. Holiday parties (and party dresses!) — even the dreaded holiday office party. Sugar cookies with frosting and sprinkles. Curling up on the sofa with a mug of hot cocoa on a blustery day…in a comfy cashmere sweater and chic designer jeans…and an adorable pair of casual/chic flats. But I digress…

Anyhoo, back to the holidays and the wonder of it all. Or, more specifically, wondering exactly how to pull off a fabulous holiday in these less-than-fabulous economic times. Everyone is feeling the pinch this season, and most people I've talked to are scaling back on holiday spending this year. While this may sound like bad news to some, it's actually good news. Not only are people taking a step back to evaluate their personal financial positions, but they are also taking the opportunity to look at what's really important — friends, family and the true spirit of the holidays. And the really good news is that retailers are responding by offering amazing deals, deep discounts on to-die-for designer goods and other incentives like free shipping. Which translates into even more savings for you!

So exactly how does one have a chic and stylish holiday on a somewhat restricted budget? Well, this year I am going for quality over quantity. I'm going to buy the best quality item I can for the budget that I set. And I am going to stick to that budget! I may not be able to afford a cashmere overcoat for my dad this year, but I can certainly get him a pair of great cashmere-lined leather gloves! And with that in mind, here are a few of the great budget-friendly items to be on the prowl for this holiday season:

For Her: Great gifts for mom, sisters, girlfriends, sisters-in-law, etc.

  • A gorgeous sterling silver bracelet. It may be simple, but it is solid sterling. Remember, when it comes to gifts buy the best quality that your budget can afford!
  • Oh-so-comfy slippers. An elegant pampering item that she would probably never buy for herself, but will absolutely adore as a gift.
  • Scrumptious scarf. Again, look for something elegant in silk or cashmere. Great sales out there make it possible to afford this little luxury.
  • Designer wallet. Just one glimpse of that designer logo will bring tears to her eyes!
  • Exquisite perfume. Remember, quality over quantity. A tiny bottle of the best perfume is far superior toan economy sized bottle of run-of-the-mill cologne. One of the wonderful little bonuses of the holiday season is that you can usually get a great deal on a fragrance gift set, many of which also come with a little free gift for you!
  • Cashmere gloves. Another of life's little luxuries that one never seems to buy for oneself!
  • Unique photo frame. My personal choice is this gorgeous kate spade etched frame — so unique and elegant!
  • Luscious home fragrance set. I actually received this as a Secret Santa gift from someone at my book club group and I adore it! In fact, I have snapped up several to give as gifts to co-workers.

For Him: For dads, brothers, best friends or boyfriends!

  • Guys are gadget freaks. You'll never go wrong with the latest piece of handheld technology.
  • A unique and masculine photo frame (with a photo of you in it, natch!) Or perhaps a digital photo frame to satisfy his techno-fetish?
  • Desktop valet and charging station. Is he always losing his keys? Can't find his cell phone? Misplaced his iPod charger? Now he has no excuse! This sleek wood charging station keeps all of his electronic gadgets and their various charging accessories in one place, as well as keeps his personal items in order.
  • For the music lover, a great pair of high-quality headphones is perfect!
  • Sterling silver money clip. Keeps those bills nice and handy and safely organized. Added bonus: no more walletbulging from his rear pocket like a hideous growth.
  • His favorite movie on Blu-ray (you know he already bought the Blu-ray player for himself right?)

Fun Family Pick: Despicable Me 2. Your kids will watch this one over and over again (while you curl up on the sofa in your new fleecy comfies!

Fabulous Hostess Gift: Since I can barely boil water (and it seems many of my friends are in the same culinary boat!) I have found that this little gem of a cookbook — Lucy Jane's Holiday Best — is filled with tons of "no-fail" holiday recipes that make me look like a superstar chef! I am giving festively wrapped copies of this culinary masterpiece, along with a cellophane bag filled with Easy Microwave Caramel Popcorn (recipe in the cookbook!) as hostess gifts this season!

For Yourself! Of course you deserve a reward for all the hard work and effort you've given to make this holiday bright. And if you're like me, you have indulged in a few too many cups of cocoa and platters of baked goods. So play it safe and limit your rewards to size-independent purchases:

  • New skyscrapers to kick off the New Year in style.
  • A gorgeous cashmere scarf to brighten your winter coat.
  • A fabulous new slouchy handbag to replace the one I slammed in the car door and dragged through the mall parking lot.
  • And just for fun, a little something from Tiffany's…!?!

Well my dears, the clock is ticking and I'm off to finish up my holiday shopping!

xoxo,

Pretty Mama

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$500 Shopping Spree From Elaine Turner!

Winter is here and the New Year is just around the corner! What better way to celebrate than with a little retail therapy? Elaine Turner has teamed up with She She Me to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a fabulous $500 shopping spree!

Enter now for your chance to win a $500 shopping spree from Elaine Turner. Simply email us with Elaine Turner Shopping Spree in the subject line and you will be entered for your chance to win!

Don't miss out on this fabulous opportunity! Email us your entry now! Get your friends and family in on the action!

Contest entry time runs through midnight December 23, 2013. Winner will be notified by email. Offer expires January 23, 2014. Cannot combine with any other offers. Specific sizes and styles are not guaranteed, however, Elaine Turner will work with the winner to assist in getting the items they want.


A Few of our Faves!


Pick The Perfect Gift With LUSH

Still searching for that perfect gift? Whether you are looking for something big, small or totally over-the-top, LUSH makes it easy to check some names off your holiday shopping list. There’s everything from a sweet treat for your office mate to an all-out indulgence for that someone special—and loads of goodies for everyone in between! All of our gifts are pre-wrapped, so you can ditch the wrapping paper and head home with a gift ready for giving. Talk about a stress-free holiday!

For your work buddy:

I Want Candy, $14.95
She always stocks the office candy dish, so treat her to some sweets without the guilt! Candy Mountain bubble bar creates mounds of fluffy, fragrant sugar-sweet bubbles, and when in a rush, Rock Star soap provides the same sweet smell (and suds!) for the shower.

For the kids (and kids at heart):

FUN Tin, $29.95
Add a little FUN this holiday with a 4-in-1 multipurpose soap, moldable toy, bubble bath and shampoo! We’ve included six colors of FUN and cookie cutters in one collectible tin for hours of endless enjoyment. It’s great for kids of all ages! **2.5 percent of sales from this gift will be donated to our FUNd, which supports charities in Fukushima, Japan that create safe places for children to play.

For the bookworm:

Danger! Cosmetics To Go coffee table book, $29.95
This lovely new book tells of the rise and fall of Cosmetics To Go, the cheeky bath and body company that preceded LUSH. With beautiful artwork and imagery, Danger! is an essential read for any beauty fiend!

For the ladies:

Winter Garden gift set, $37.95
This bauble-shaped gift is an elegant addition to anyone’s Christmas tree, but is an especially decadent option for your favorite female. Along with softening Snowcake soap and solid hand serum, this gift also contains our most luxurious rose-scented shower gel and body conditioner.  

For that special someone:

Fab Christmas, $139.95
A fabulous hatbox filled with pampering products to condition, polish and moisturize your special someone into a state of perfection. Sexy jasmine and rose scents abound in this gift and the sparkly pink and gold wrap is simply diva-licious!


Garcia Artwear

Looking for a truly unique and beautiful holiday gift item? Consider one of these gorgeous scarves from Garcia Artwear. This beautiful collection of scarves is inspired by the artwork of legendary guitarist and visual artist Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Tapping into the trend of stylish and functional scarves, the rocker-chic designs are wearable and collectible at an affordable price point of $39.50. Check out a few of our favorites for the holidays:

 


Burt's Bees Holiday

Looking for a last minute holiday gift? Check out some of our favorites gift sets from Burt's Bees! Great gifts for every member of the family, and great stocking stuffers as well!

The Beeswax Bounty Gift Set ($9.99) contains four of the extremely popular Burt’s Bees lips balms and a Bonus Woven Paper Change Purse.  The change purse will hold all of your essentials – credit card, ID, and of course, a Burt’s Bees lip balm.  The set comes in 2 variations: Classic, with four Beeswax Lip Balms or an Assorted Mix, with Beeswax Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint, Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry, Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil and Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter.
The Tint ‘n Shine ($9.99) gift set contains coordinating shades of Tinted Lip Balm and the new Lip Shine!  The set comes in two variations: Pink, with Tinted Lip Balm in Hibiscus and Lip Shine in Blush and Red, with Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia and Lip Shine in Smooch.
Your hands are always applying cleansers and creams to other parts of your body; isn’t it time they got a little love? Our Hand Repair Kit ($13.00) with Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to nourish, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme and Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream to moisturize, this kit has everything you need for naturally beautiful hands
With all the shopping and errands, hands and feet get more wear and tear in winter. Extra-special pampering is in order. Try our Tips and Toes Kit ($13.00) for a mani-pedi with a natural twist.

Radical Skincare Peptide
Infused Antioxidant Serum

The weather this season has been so cold and blustery, and has left me with tight dry skin. Lucky for me my great friends at Radical Skincare sent me a fabulous product that has totally saved me this season! Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum is the perfect addition to my morning and night-time routine – I put this on before my moisturizer and it leaves my skin so soft and radiant. This serum protects, repairs and firms the skin and is a great shield against free radicals responsible for skin aging.

Radical Skincare Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum makes a fabulous holiday gift! Check it out today!


My Favorite Holiday Cookbook:
Lucy Jane's Best Holiday Favorites!

Honestly, I used to be afraid of cooking holiday meals, until I stumbled upon this little gem of a cookbook.  Their "Never Fail Roasted Turkey" recipe works flawlessly every time.  The "Never Fail Pie Crust" recipe always results in the perfect flakey delicious crust!  And their Best Ever roll recipe is so easy, and so yummy!  Your homemade rolls will be in demand for years to come.

Lucy Jane's Best Holiday Favorites Cookbook has everything you'll need to make your holiday meals and parties a smashing success.  From simple to gourmet, this cute little book has it all.  You'll find tried and true recipes for every course of your holiday gatherings, including an entire section devoted just to cookies, because who doesn't love cookies, right?

Not only will this become your favorite cookbook ever, but it makes a fabulous holiday gifr for your friends and family, co-workers and even your kids' teachers! It also makes a wonderful hostess gift! Regularly $15.99, Lucy Jane is offering this fabulous cookbook to She She Me girls, Lucy for just $9.99 (plus shipping & handling.)

Order Now to get your copies in time for the holidays!!


Keep Calm and Curl On
with Ouidad’s Holiday Kits

This holiday season, don’t let travel plans get in the way of your beauty routine.  Relax and reach for one of Ouidad’s 2013 Holiday Kits.  Nourish locks with a joyous duo, quench thirsty curls with a moisture trio and tame frizzy fly aways in an instant.  Each kit elevates hair to its best potential, leaving it healthy, shiny and hydrated.  Expertly blended ingredients within each kit deliver maximum results, making it easy to be away from home for the holidays.

Joy to the Curl Kit ($30)
A joyous duo for nourished, defined curls and waves 

  • Moisture Lock Define & Shine Curl Styling Gel Cream
  • Moisture LockLeave In Conditioner

Eat, Drink & Be Curly ($40)
Quench thirsty curls with this trio, including a moisture rich shampoo, vitamin packed conditioner and curl defining gel

  • Curl Quencher Moisturizing Shampoo
  • Curl Quencher Moisturizing Conditioner
  • Curl Quencher Moisturizing Styling Gel

Winter Wonderful Curls ($46)
The ultimate trio for frizz free curls to tame frizz and flyaway’s, protect from heat styling and define, beautiful curls

  • Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
  • Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner
  • Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel

Curls are Coming to Town! ($27)
Curl taming and reviving formulas that add moisture and boosts glorious curls  

  • Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo
  • Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner
  • Climate Control Heat & Humidity Gel
  • Botanical Boost Moisture Infusing and Refreshing Spray

Fa la la abulous Curls ($54)
This duo comes in an organza bag and restores and promotes healthy hair and scalp

  • Salon Series Mediterranean Bay Leaf Exfoliating Hair and Scalp Treatment
  • Salon Series Mongongo Oil Multi Use Hair Treatment

 


Sumo

Meet my new best friend — The Sumo Solace!! The absolute perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day at work. Or a long study session. Or even a bit of elective surgery. To wit: I have spent the past week resting and relaxing in my new fiery red Solace (per doctor's orders) and I can honestly say that this über-cozy lounge chair has made my recuperation very comfortable indeed! Shaped like a chaise longue with a high back and extended seat it is perfect for lounging. It molds and conforms to provide just the right amount of support to your back and neck, making it the ideal place to do a little online shopping!

Designed for aesthetics as much as comfort the Solace looks fabulous with existing furniture. Mine looks right at home tucked into the bay window next to my bookshelves, which makes it the perfect little reading nook.

The Sumo Solace makes a great gift for the holidays and shipping is FREE!
Check it out now at Sumo Lounge!


Give the Gift of Youth for the Holidays!

Give the gift of youth through this complete collection of NUDE’s bestsellers. The Nude Skincare Essential Skin Radiance Kit is packed with omega 3 and 6, Perfect Cleansing Oil Face & Eyes deeply cleans, eliminates all impurities and even the toughest waterproof makeup, without stripping the skin. It leaves the skin feeling comfortably clean, soft, and supple. ProGenius™ Treatment Oil contains 100 percent pure, active plant oils, and is rich in omega 3, 6, 7, and 9. It delivers deep and long-lasting skin cell nourishment for instant radiance. The advanced antiaging Cellular Renewal Moisturizer helps repair cellular damage and supports natural cellular renewal while deeply nourishing the skin.

Holiday Caboodles!

Caboodles has been the leader of the beauty organizer category for the past 26 years. The fun and sophisticated beauty brand is a must-have for any woman this holiday season. Caboodles recently debuted a new line of chic styles at NY Fashion Week this past September and they were a HUGE hit. There's truly a Caboodle to fit all personalities and ages. Caboodles are available at all major mass retailers and range in price from $10-$50, making it the perfect gift choice for all the women on your holiday shopping list!

CABOODLES Purple Lace Cosmetic Travel Case

 

For a truly unique gift idea, fill a Caboodle with a selection of travel-sized beauty items, fun jewelry and accessories! Guaranteed to make you the favorite gifter of all time!


Jurlique 's Holiday Rescue

The holidays can be a stressful time and can wreak havoc on your skin. Let Jurlique help your skin survive the stress this holiday season with these two fabulous products:

  Jurlique’s NEW Herbal Recovery Serum combines 15 potent botanicals with three breakthrough natural ingredients, for a serum rich in antioxidants that helps protect, rejuvenate and enhance skin’s recovery cycle. This powerhouse recovery trio of ingredients includes: Persian Silk Tree to strengthen skin cell capacity, shielding against environmental stress, Whu-Zhu-Yu to boost microcirculation and smooth skin, and Peach Leaf to recover skin vitality and promote cellular regeneration. ($54 at Jurlique.com)
  Jurlique also offers their NEW Calendula Redness Rescue Range, consisting of a Soothing Moisturizing Cream, ($45/$85) a Treatment Serum, ($54) and a Calming Mist, ($34): Jurlique super-strength Calendula comes together with other efficacious plant extracts to create a soothing trio that provides exceptional results to help calm, protect and restore sensitive skin. The first ever range from Jurlique completely dedicated to sensitive skin!!

Seasonal Skin Regimen

Cold dry winter air can be particularly harsh to your skin. It’s important to switch your skincare routine to compensate for the drying weather. Check out these winter-friendly skin soothers to keep you moisturized from head to toe:

Face
Osmotics – Age Prevention Sheer Facial Tint SPF 45
This lightweight, sheer tinted moisturizer is perfect even for the most sensitive skin. The formula protects against free radicals and UVA/UVB rays – an important step many of us forget in the winter.
$39.00
Body
Orico – Rush Hour Vibrant Dry Body Oil
This ultra-rich body oil will restore your skin to its silken, radiant and glowing best. Apply in the morning after the shower and awaken your senses with this aromatic, organic formula.
Feet
Curel – Foot Therapy
Filled with moisture-rich shea butter, coconut milk and vitamin E, this foot cream significantly improves the look and feel of even the driest feet. Keep those heels baby-soft in the dries and coldest months of the year.

Perfect Holiday Fragrance!
 
Elle L’aime from Lolita Lempicka is an exciting NEW scent, for the powerful alluring, sensuous, master of her own world woman. This radiant floral captures the most precious essences from nature. Rare, natural ingredients make up more than 50% of this luxurious Eau de Parfum. A mélange of bewitching contrasts come together as a sophisticated, feminine modern classic, unfolding to a lavish floral that perfectly melds scintillating top notes of Bergamot, Neroli and Lime with a sparkling, sensuous heart of Coco Essence, Jasmine and Ylang-Ylang, leading to a warm, sumptuous base of Vanilla, Myrrh and Sandalwood to round out this enchanting scent. The golden totem bottle masterfully wrought with letters spelling Lolita Lempicka make this perfume a must have for any vanity top.

Andre Walker - the Gold Standard of Hair Care!

Oprah Winfrey’s longtime personal stylist, Andre Walker, provides amazing styling tips that specialize in how to tame coarse, unruly hair, all while leaving hair with a natural look and feel! The eight-time award winning stylist, now with two hair care lines under his belt, has all the inside scoop for how to smooth out tough, kinky curls, leaving hair looking flawless without any damage.

His newest hair care line, The Gold System, contains a series of products specially designed for women who strive to wear their hair naturally but struggle with frizz and uncontrollable locks. These products work together to tame stubborn curls without the hassle of going to the salon!

TKO Ultimate Moisture Conditioner


Sweet Sounds for the Holidays from SOL Republic

JAX in-ear headphones

An amazing stocking stuffer, these amazing little headphones pack great sound for the size, are super lightweight and comfortable. They're great for people who are always on the move, on the phone or listening to music while in transit. These are a favorite of most of our Saviors of Sound, as well as everyone at SOL REPUBLIC HQ.

TRACKS on-ear headphones

These headphones are still a steal at $99 and pack amazing sound with more color combinations available now through our Remix program that allows consumers to purchase the headbands, sound engines and cables separately to build headphones that best coordinate with an outfit, event, etc. They have been called the best sounding headphones under $99 by a bevy of sound experts and we're excited to continue to be able to provide them at a steal of a price.

Also, don't forget to check out our daily Holiday Specials — a new offer every day!


Fabulous Holiday Styles from Princess Vera Wang


Introducing Swapdom

You are going to love Swapdom — a San Francisco based website that just launched allowing people to swap out clothes they never wear anymore for fun new fashion funds!

Swapdom is a new way to find one-of-a-kind stylish secondhand items easily and efficiently, and for even less than most thrift shops or consignment stores! Users simply request items they love, tell Swapdom what item they can offer in exchange, and then sit back and let Swapdom organize a multi-person swap for them.


Second Chance Toys

Introducing Second Chance Toys, a very special charitable organization that rescues, cleans and redistributes gently used plastic toys to children in need. We want to spread the word and ultimately put toys in the hands of more than 100,000 under-served children this holiday season who have humbly asked for a toy through various oorganizations and homeless shelters.

Second Chance Toys was started by then high school student, Sasha Lipton, who was tired of seeing beautiful plastic toys on the curb on garbage day. It upset her to think that these perfectly good toys were being thrown away when at the same time there were so many kids in the same and other neighborhoods who couldn’t afford to have toys. She began collecting them one at a time with her mom. Soon she filled her basement with them! She cleaned them off and donated them to local churches, food pantries, and children’s organizations.

Now a college graduate, Sasha has continued to grow Second Chance Toys, which now partners with the Kohl’s employee volunteer program as well as 1-800-Got-Junk, who transports toys for Second Chance Toys. To date, they’ve collected and donated more than 150,000 toys to children in need.

See what you can do to help! Visit http://www.secondchancetoys.org/


World's Most Fabulous Craft Blog: 
The Sassy Pepper
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Be sure 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 homemade oreo cookies and building a dream bed for your toddler, to tips on how to throw a Wizard of Oz birthday party or the perfect baby shower, you're 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 out the latest tutorial — and learn how to repurpose your furniture! Step by step instructions on how to turn your old furniture into gorgeous new works of art!!

 


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