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5 Must-Have Items for Cold Weather Style

PLUS Holiday Gift Guide

Have you ever had one of those days? You know, the kind of day where you wish you could just crawl back into bed and pull the covers over your head? Back in the days B.C. when I would feel one of those days coming on I used to be able to indulge, occasionally, and do just that — crawl back into my nice warm bed and snuggle in for another hour or three of sleep, then spend the rest of the day lazing about in my cozy pj's, flipping through glossy mags, buying totally gorgeous boots online, watching daytime television, and eating soup right out of the saucepan. Then I got married. Then I had a baby…and then another one. And now I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will never again be able to snuggle down in my warm cozy bed without two little munchkins clambering all over me with shouts of, "Mommy! Mommy! I need you to make waffles! Now!" while poking me in the ribs with their pointy little feet and trying to pry my eyelids open with chubby sticky hands. Honestly, who besides a grade-schooler and a pre-schooler can actually eat waffles drenched in maple syrup before the sun has even begun to peek over the horizon? And why, exactly, do small children feel it is their honor bound duty to be bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5:45 am???

So now you know how my day started. And it went rapidly downhill from there. Even though we were awake and whipping up waffles before 6:00 am we were still scrambling to gather books, papers and homework packets, cram them into backpacks along with snacks, lunches and sweaters and bundle everyone into car seats in the hopes of making it to school early enough to miss the four-block-long snail trail of minivans and SUV's dropping the kiddies off at school. No such luck. We ended up right smack in the middle of the bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, and by the time we made it to the front of the school, my little guy had unpacked his entire backpack looking for a "special note" that he had forgotten to give me. So now we had to circle around to the back of the school and park in the visitor lot (and why is the visitor lot way in the back behind the dumpster???) while my little man unzipped all 47 mini pockets on his backpack before he found the note… which was a reminder that I was Snack Mom today! What? I don't remember signing up for this! By the time we got everything safely stowed back into all the zippered compartments the bell was ringing, which meant I now had to physically walk my son into the school office and sign him in as tardy. (At least I looked cute in my new leggings and slouchy sweater!)

After dropping my daughter off at preschool I realized that I would have to skip my Zumba class in order to prepare and deliver a healthy snack for 20 first graders. One look at the list of food allergies and "do not serve" items on the snack chart and I knew a trip to the local organic market was in order. I found mini boxes of raisins on the shelf with the leftover Halloween Candy, some packets of lactose-free string cheese and a big bag of sweet, juicy clementines (which I peeled, quartered and dropped into a ziploc bag while sitting in the grocery store parking lot. I drove quickly (but within the speed limit of course) back to the school to deliver the snacks, and when I got there I found that I had slammed my handbag strap in the car door where it had been merrily flapping for the past 3 miles. Oh, and did I mention that it was also raining?!

So, here I am. Dripping wet and holding my handbag by its shredded strap. Waffle mess is still on the kitchen counter. Missed Zumba. Haven't showered yet. And I have to pick my daughter up from preschool in an hour, and my son right after that. But right here, right now, I have an hour of peace and quiet, all to myself! I know exactly what I'm going to do: grab the latest issue of InStyle and a cup of hot cocoa and crawl back into my nice warm bed for a little R & R! After all, I think I've earned it!

5 Must-Have Items for Cold Weather Style

Tailored Blazer: One of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe! A tailored blazer can dress up a pair of jeans or give an professional edge to a silky dress.

Knee Length Skirt: I am absolutely loving this style for the holiday season. As much as I adore a shorter skirt with leggings, I really love the femininity of the knee length skirt. Looks great with a cropped jacket, or pair it with a fine cashmere or lightweight sweater. A pair of chic ankle boots completes the look!

Chunky Sweater: This is one of my favorite styles for fall and winter. I just adore a warm toasty sweater! Looks great with a pencil skirt, tights and oxford shoes for the office. Wear it with skinny cords, moto boots and a beret for the weekend!

Rugged Boots: I love boots — they are a great footwear option for a busy mom on the go. Since I am usually toting a tot as well as handbag, shopping bags and other paraphernalia I like to go with a sturdier boot with a sole that grips the ground for less chance of slipping. You'll be amazed at the selection of great style options!

Stretchy Corduroy Trousers: As much as I love a great pair of jeans, there is just something about corduroy that feels right for fall and winter. Maybe it's because my grandmother used to make me a pair of flannel-lined corduroy trousers every fall and I would wear them every day if I could get away with it! And my grandmother was an excellent seamstress, so not only were they warm, they were very stylish! I like corduroy skinnies or straight leg styles because they look amazing tucked into a pair of great boots!

Well, it looks like my hour of peace and quiet was well spent! Happy winter shopping darlings!

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Our Favorite Things!


Stuff Your Stocking with Senteurs d’Orient

You can’t let the holiday’s go by without Senteurs d’Orient, they’ve handcrafted the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list! Senteurs d’Orient believes that soap should be beautiful and whimsical. With designs inspired by traditional Lebanese pastries of the same name, our Ma'amoul Soap is the perfect hand soap. Each pure vegetal soap is sculpted to take your senses on a luxurious voyage to the world of scents and textures.

Senteurs d’Orient Box of 3 Ma’amoul Soaps


Veganize Your Beauty Routine with Pacifica, Davines, and Desert Essence

Pacifica

Founded by Brook Harvey-Taylor, Pacifica encompasses the natural beauty revolution with its 100% vegan and certified cruelty-free aesthetic. Offering a plethora of products your skin will absolutely adore, indulge in makeup, skin and body care formulated with the absence of animal testing, animal ingredients, parabens, sulfates and other harmful chemicals - with decorative, biodegradable packaging to match!

Choose from:

Davines

The concept of beauty and sustainability comes to life with Italian haircare brand Davines. Most notably, the Essential Collection targets every hair type, with each product family containing one specific active ingredient from a Slow Food Presidia Farm, all part of a non-profit foundation that aims to protect and safeguard the Earth’s bio-diversity. All the products are packaged in Zero Impact packaging, which are produced from repurposed food grade materials.

Choose from:

  • Davines NOUNOU Family – With tomato extract from Serranova di Carovigno, Italy to invigorate and nourish the hair, $25-$32 Davines.com
  • Davines MOMO Family – Contains extract of yellow Cartucciaru di Paceco melon to provide long lasting hydration, $25-$29 at Davines.com
  • Davines DEDE Family- Infused with rich mineral salts and celery extract to gently cleanse the scalp, $25 - $29 at Davines.com

Desert Essence

An all-natural beauty brand, Desert Essence features a variety of certified organic products from hair care to skin care. The Desert Essence Oil Blends Collection launched in Fall 2015 with three different oils with multi-purpose uses for the face, hair, and body.

Choose from:


Sweet Stocking Stuffers from Le Couvent des Minimes

Looking for a great little stocking stuffer? Check out the new holiday kits from Le Couvent des Minimes! These luxe, moisturizing hydrators are the perfect gift for friends and family, and make the ultimate stocking stuffer!

Sparkling Hand Cream Duo

  • One Aimable Hand Cream: Laced with fresh, sweet-smelling Orange Blossom, this light, non-sticky hydrator helps soften and moisturize dry hands, while Shea Butter helps protect and nourish
  • One Matines Hand Cream: A botanical blend that drenches hands in moisture, leaving them feeling hydrated and comforted but not sticky or slick and features notes of fresh Orange and Basil

Dazzling Hand & Foot Duo

  • One Gardener’s Hand Healer: An antidote for dry, damaged hands, this celebrated original blend combines 20 percent nourishing Shea Butter with seven botanicals (from moisturizing Mimosa to soothing Chamomile and skin-softening Lemon Balm) in an intensely rich, emollient cream. The concentrated formula smells fresh and herbal, and acts like an invisible glove to protect against chapped and dry skin
  • One Hiker’s Foot Healer: This highly nourishing and refreshing hydrator softens skin and soothe the sensation of hot, tired feet. Packed with nourishing botanicals as well as Wintergreen, Tapioca Powder and Peppermint, the non-greasy formula sinks in instantly to help fight dryness and offers relief to feet

iS Clinical Holiday Gift Set!

Don’t guess when it comes to gifting this year – iS Clinical’s Radiance Ritual Gift Set is great for all skin typesand all ages and all sexes. Featuring the best-sellers from the line and the NEW luxurious Youth Intensive Crème (a full size goes for $195!) you’ll be sure to please the beauty lover in your life, without breaking the bank.

The gift set include the following iS Clinical products: Value $180

  • Cleansing Compex - Resurfacing, Deep- Cleansing 180 ml 6 fl. oz
  • Active Serum - Anti-aging, Brightening 15 ml 0.5 fl. oz
  • Hydra Cool Serum - Hydrating, Soothing 15 ml 0.5 fl. oz
  • Youth Intensive Creme - Anti-aging, Hydrating and firming 0.1 oz

Deborah Lippmann NEW
Holiday 2015 Collections

Deborah Lippmann's NEW collections for Holiday 2015. From a special set of nudes to treatments and even a mini lacquer duet, deborah lippmann has everything you need to put the finishing touch on your holiday look. They also make the perfect stocking stuffer!

deborah lippmann Undressed – Shades of Nude: a 6-piece fashion size nail lacquer set full of creamy nudes that flatter any skin tone for a graceful, polished look

deborah lippmann Dressed to the Nines: a set of 9 fashion-size lacquers in a variety of classic, versatile shades to make you feel fabulous for any occasion. Contains 8 lacquers in a mix of crème, shimmer and glitter finishes with one base/top coat duo. 

deborah lippmann Roses In the Snow: a 2-piece fashion-size nail lacquer set featuring the classic mauve Modern Love and magical glitter Some Enchanted Evening, elegantly fashioned to give the illusion of a snow globe within its packaging. 

deborah lippmann Treat Me Right: a 3-piece must-have nail treatment set featuring an essential power trio: Addicted to Speed Top Coat, All About That Base CC Base Coat and award-winning Cuticle Oil. 

Available (SRP $24) online at www.deborahlippmann.com, and at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Sephora locations nationwide.


Dry Weather Woes - Skincare Fixes

Moderate skin conditions like eczema, keratosis pilaris and cracked feet can become gravely agitated when exposed to dry weather. Be prepared to protect your skin with these top skin soothers when the temperatures drop!

Treat KERATOSIS PILARIS with a cult-classic lotion

  DERMAdoctor’s KP Duty Body Lotion

The cult-classic formula contains a patented formula to help exfoliate, calm, and hydrate skin. While it’s formulated specifically for Keratosis Pilaris, this active moisturizer is ideal for all dry skin concerns, regardless of your skin type.

“I saw that the market was lacking an effective formula to treat Keratosis Pilaris,” says Dr. Audrey Kunin, board-certified dermatologist and founder of DERMAdoctor skincare. “1 out of 2 people worldwide struggle with this condition, and I wanted to develop something to treat these bumps which can often be embarrassing! I’m proud to say that we were able to patent our glycolic acid, green tea extract and urea formula – helping to soothe KP bumps for good.”



Calm ECZEMA with a soothing body wash

  Cetaphil® Restoraderm® Eczema Calming Body Wash
Avoid using irritating soap in the shower – Cetaphil® Restoraderm® Eczema Calming Body Wash offers a unique filaggrin technology™ clinically proven to help soothe the symptoms of Eczema, and is backed by the National Eczema Association. It’s suitable for the whole family (3 months and older)


Smooth CRACKED FEET with nourishing oils

  Bare Foot Repair! for Cracked Heels
Intensive Bare Foot Repair! for Cracked Heels foot balm penetrates deeply to replenish skin’s moisture and deliver instant relief to severely dry cracked heels. Karnaja, Neem and Pepperment and Rosemary Leaf oil nourish and protect skin while urea helps accelerate the process of skin cell regeneration

Archetypes Supports America's Heroes with NEW Advocate Fragrance

If you're an agent of positive change, a lover of all-natural everything, and a fighter for causes you believe in then you need an astonishingly beautiful fragrance to match! And now, the proceeds from Archetypes’ hero fragrance, Advocate, will be going to Stand Up For Heroes.

INTRODUCING ADVOCATE

The Hero Scent in the Archetypes Fragrance Line Now Supports America’s Heroes

It’s no secret: Of all 12 personality-driven Archetypes fragrances, Advocate is one of the most compelling. It’s the hero scent: hopeful, vibrant and utterly eco-conscious. And while it might be anyone’s favorite fragrance, if you love the bright, splashy quality of citrus, fresh green notes and making a difference, it will feel perfectly yours — the kind of scent you’ll want to wear forever, one that will never feel borrowed or randomly chosen.

What makes it even more beautiful? Archetypes is donating proceeds from this addictive, all-natural fragrance to Stand Up for Heroes and the Bob Woodruff Foundation to help injured veterans and their families. “By donating the profits from Advocate, our hero fragrance, we’re starting a movement,” says Archetypes founder Cristina Carlino. “It’s a call to other companies to also stand up for America’s heroes in a big and meaningful way by donating profits from their best-selling hero products.”


Avon Anew Power Serum

Patented with Advanced Boost Technology this serum helps maximize your daily anti-aging regimen by detecting visible age damage on skin and delivering powerful, visible anti-aging results. ANEW Power Serum works by targeting five key areas:

  1. Hydration                                      
  2. Texture
  3. Radiance
  4. Lines and wrinkles
  5. Firmness

 


Get Ready to Lounge in Style with Sumolounge Sumo Otto!

As you know, I am an avid fan of the fantastic beanbag chairs and accessories from Sumolounge. I own about seven different models after all! Recently I received the adorable Sumo Cord Otto, a nifty ottoman perfect for use with several different Sumolounge models. It is the perfect height for use with the larger Sumolounge beanbag chairs, as well as a great stand-alone ottoman in front of my family room sofa! The corduroy cover is great for keeping the ottoman clean and comfy and comes in four different colors. Makes a great holiday gift as well!


French Skincare Gift Sets

Check out these amazing gift sets from French skincare brand Filorga, which recently launched in the U.S. 

 

FILORGA
Radiance Set

Restore your skin's radiance for a more youthful complexion with this limited-edition set by Filorga.

Set includes:

- Full-size Sleep-Recover® Anti-Fatigue Night Balm (1.7 oz.): a balm that regenerates skin while you sleep, fighting the signs of fatigue and leaving your skin feeling fresh and well-rested.

- Bonus C-Recover® Anti-Fatigue Radiance Concentrate (0.34 oz.): a concentrate that harnesses the full power of pure, fresh vitamin C for radiant and visibly younger skin.

FILORGA
'Time Filler' Set

This wrinkle-fighting set by Filorga features three products that work together to visibly smooth wrinkles, leaving you with a younger-looking complexion and enhanced skin quality.

Set includes:

- Full-size Time-Filler® Absolute Wrinkle Correction Cream (1.7 oz.): a cream that contains all of the brand's non-surgical, anti-aging expertise in one convenient product, fighting wrinkles and dryness.

- Bonus Meso+ Absolute Anti-Aging Serum (0.34 oz.): a serum that works to restore skin tissue for global wrinkle correction.

- Bonus Time-Filler Eyes® Absolute Eye Correction Cream (0.14 oz.): a correcting eye treatment inspired by the latest medical techniques and formulated to bring you younger, wider-looking eyes.


Simply Vera Vera Wang Holiday Gift Guide

Cold Weather Gifts

Jewelry Gifts

Handbag Gifts

Simply Vera Vera Wang Apparel

Princess Vera Wang

 

 


Spread Holiday Cheer with Dove 2015 Holiday Gift Sets

Give the gift of soft, hydrated skin this holiday season with Dove!

Cool Moisture Gift Set

  • go fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash
  • go fresh Cool Moisture Beauty Bar
  • Nutritive Solutions Cool Moisture Shampoo
  • Nutritive Solutions Cool Moisture Conditioner


Deep Moisture Gift Set

  • Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
  • White Beauty Bar
  • Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Shampoo
  • Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture Conditioner


Shea Butter Gift Set

  • Purely Pampering Shea Butter Body Wash
  • Purely Pampering Shea Butter Beauty Bar
  • Nutritive Solutions Nourishing Oil Care Shampoo
  • Nutritive Solutions Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner

Moroccanoil Holiday Gift Sets

This season, give the gift of beauty with Moroccanoil Holiday Gift Sets. Between December 3rd and 18th*, purchases of $65 or more will receive a FREE gift. Each day will be a different gift so shoppers are encouraged to sign up for Moroccanoil newsletters and/or follow @Moroccanoil on social media as that’s how they can find out about the deal!

 


Gifts Under $50

Verloop hats and "Pair and a Spare" gloves can be found at: verloopknits.com

Wool and the Gang knit kits and ready-made knit apparel, accessories, and home décor can be found at: woolandthegang.com

Skeem Design candles, "Pure" perfumes, and matches can be found at: skeemshop.com

Cocktail rings can be found at artisangemsboutique.com


Gifts Under $25


Skeem Design candles, "Pure" perfumes, and matches can be found at: skeemshop.com

Spinster Sisters beauty can be found at spinstersistersco.com


Gifts Under $15

Skeem Design candles, "Pure" perfumes, and matches can be found at: skeemshop.com

Spinster Sisters beauty can be found at spinstersistersco.com


Gife Yourself the Gift of Glowing Skin!

Give yourself a warm glow and sculpted look this fall with the newest innovations from PÜR Cosmetics. The Epic Illusion Artist’s Blush & Contour Palette and Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation are easy to apply, blendable and add flawless dimension and depth to your natural features.

  Epic Illusion Artist’s Blush & Contour Palette: Create bold cheekbones, a sculpted jawline or a more petite nose with this full contouring palette. Six blendable shades of highlighters and shadows make it simple to create natural-looking definition everywhere you like. Apply the lighter shades everywhere the sunlight naturally falls, such as under your eyes and across your forehead, and contrast with darker shades under your cheekbones and on the sides of your nose. Then, simply blend into the skin for a sculpted look.
Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation: Enhance your natural highlights and lowlights with this dual-ended contour stick, specially designed to add close-up-worthy depth and dimension. Spotlight skin’s highlights while blurring imperfections—thanks to the brand’s proprietary Ceretin® Complex filled with age-defying nutrients, the foundation delivers a flawless, sculpted look without drying out skin.
Available shades: Light, Medium, Tan, Dark and Deep

Josie Maran Gift Sets

Josie Maran
Argan Sugar Balm Body Scrub

A hydrating and revitalizing exfoliating scrub featuring 100 percent pure argan oil and delicate sugar crystals.

 

 

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Color Essentials

Embrace the strength and beauty of natural Argan oil with this colorful collection for your skin, lashes, lids, and cheeks. Each item is infused with cold-pressed Argan oil, helping to balance, nourish, hydrate, and protect your skin.

Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Skincare Essentials

Treat your skin to the very best with this collection of Josie’s top-selling Argan-infused products.

 

 


ARQUISTE Holiday Candles

Art Deco Velvet

Developed with Nicole Mancini and Yann Vasnier, the fragrance opens with notes of juniper berry oil, revealing a heart of blond tobacco, vanilla absolute and oakwood. Rich amber finishes the fragrance with a warm, lingering scent.

Mexican Baroque

Developed with Nicole Mancini, Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier, Mexican Baroque captures the scents that fill the kitchen, blending cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, and smoked chilies together with cedar wood and red clay.

Dark Galleon

Developed with Nicole Mancini and Rodrigo Flores-Roux, the scent evokes the legendary ship that inspired the new Nanban Eau de Parfum. The woody and leathery scent of the candle features notes of fiery Persian saffron and the finest Spanish leather, balanced with tropical sandalwood, precious Frankincense, and dark cade.

 


Lauren B. Nail Polish Collections

LAUREN B. THE NUDE COLLECTION

The natural, clean-manicure look is huge this season – here’s how to master it once and for all. Our “rainbow” of nude shades, from porcelain to espresso brown, looks insanely flattering and refined on every skin tone. So it’s easy to wear your perfect match or veer unexpectedly lighter or richer and still stay perfectly on trend. 5 polishes, $75 (a $105 value!)

 

LAUREN B. THE LUXURY NAIL COUTURE COLLECTION
A perfect, glossy finish says elegant lady; sultry purples and glitter telegraph cool girl. (No wonder we love to mix them together.) The stars of this set? Our flaw-disguising Nail Perfecter; Pacific Palisades, a cool, lush shade of orchid violet (and Pantone color of the year); Mulholland Drive, a deeply sexy purple hue that isn’t too inky; Hollywood Boulevard, a multicolor glitter that’s super-chic layered over dark polish or worn simply on its own; and our Gel-Like Top Coat, for a quick-drying, salon gel manicure effect that lasts and lasts. 5 polishes, $75 (a $117 value!)

 

LAUREN B. THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT COLLECTION 

7 time-saving botanical breakthroughs: These guarantee that your nails are worth showing off – with or without polish. Use the botanically-powered Nourishing Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Oil daily to smooth and soothe. Our Nail Polish Remover Pads hydrate skin and smell like flowers; our Nail Growth Serum saturates nails with amino acids and vitamins to spur growth; and our Nail Perfecter is so good at disguising flaws that you may want to skip colored polish entirely. Plus, our high-tech Gel-Like Top Coat creates an exceptionally long-wearing, high-gloss finish. 7 treatments, $195 (a $212 value!)

 


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