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Boots for Every Budget
When winter officially sets in, boots become everyday basics. From riding boots to over-the-knee heels to little ankle booties you just can’t escape the call of the boot. But you also can’t ignore the call of your AmEx bill, so I’ve decided to focus on helping you find the perfect pair for whatever your boot budget may be!
$$$ - $350 and up
- Ankle booties: I cannot put into words how much I love Tory Burch, but these booties should help you understand why. Gorgeous! I want to wear them with some dark wash skinny jeans and a cashmere sweater. And you can see how this adds up fast. Sigh. While you’re passing out your paychecks, consider a pair of chunky-heeled suede booties. Perfect for just about any occasion and comfy to boot! (pun intended)
- Riding boots/flats: Frye makes gorgeous high-end boots, like this updated strappy riding boot. Frye boots will last and last—they are worth every penny. If you want a very classic, versatile riding boot try Tory Burch's smooth leather Sidney boot . They’ll go beautifully with a sweater dress and and a sweet stack of arm candy!
- Over-the-knee (OTK): Over-the-knee boots are excellent with leggings or skinny jeans. I’m loving the tasseled tie on the back of these gorgeous suede heels . If you’re worried about giving the wrong impression with an OTK boot I’d suggest you skip the heel, avoid anything patent and/or skin tight and go for a flat style—isn’t that sleek leather just gorgeous?
- Cold Weather: Leave it to Michael Kors to pump up the shearling winter boot. Yes, it may be a wedge heel but that intense rubber sole ought to keep you from slipping on any ice! Another option is this exquisite little Tory Burch fur-trimmed suede knee boot —style, sophistication and cozy comfort all in one!
$$ - $150-$300
- Ankle booties: Banana Republic’s sweet suede bootie is one of my favorites right now for its simple, elegant design. If you like it funky (but not too funky), Sam Edelman has a floral jacquard bootie that just might catch your eye.
- Riding boots/flats: Riding boots should have structure and simplistic style, and the Ariat York Boot is a shining example of both, plus it has a beautiful two tone style that sets it apart from other riding boots.
- OTK: A great, leather OTK boot can carry you through the fall and probably the winter, too. The OTK riding boot is a versatile flat style and neutral enough to be worn often without weird looks from your coworkers. Looking for something edgier? How about a snazzy OTK with a Southwest flair?
- Cold Weather: Here’s where UGG fits in as the classic cold-weather boot. But how much do you love these rugged leather boots by Kamik? I love, love, love them!
$ - Under $150
- Ankle booties: This sassy little leather ankle boots by Sperry will pair beautifully with skinny jeans or some leggings. Come to think of it, so would these suede wedges by Toms. I also like the fringy style of these Minnetonka mocs —and I’m a big fan of the price tag.
- Riding boots/flats: It’s not too difficult to find a good riding boot for under $150. Look for the classic harness and strap details to wear with both dresses and jeans. And if you shop around a little, you can find a beautiful chocolate leather boot like, say, this one by Naturalizer!
- OTK: The Gianna Boot by Tommy Hilfiger is an excellent and incredibly versatile OTK (or not!) boot! You can fold the cuff down or leave it up, wear it with skirts or leggings, etc. I’m a fan of the Steve Madden Orabela OTK with its suede paneling and stacked heel..
- Cold Weather: You can still get UGG boots for under $150 if you’re all about the name. I love the Classic Short and Classic Cardy collections. If you just want the classic UGG look but at a little easier pricepoint, try Bearpaw or an EMU Australia boot. Or try a different style altogether, like the Sperry Luca Peak Weatherproof: waterproof, insulated and a wedge heel for a bit of style. If you’re really on a tight budget go check out these sweet shearling style boots from Target for an ultimately-affordable cold weather boot!
Now go get your boot shopping on! My fingers are tired, phew.
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M·A·C Cosmetics Holiday Collection - M·A·C Nutcracker Sweet!
Now is the perfect time to plan your festive, winter beauty look. This year, M·A·C Cosmetics’ holiday collection is a whimsical and modern take on an age-old holiday tradition and we hope you’ll consider for any Holiday Gift Guides or Holiday beauty stories.
M·A·C Nutcracker Sweet features a candy-coated colorway with hues of sweet purple, pink and nude. Add a pop of glitter for a festive take on the smoky eye then seal the deal with a seasonal matte lip. As usual, this year’s collection includes an extensive selection of gift sets - from lip bags, to eye compacts and brush kits. With M·A·C Nutcracker Sweet you’re sure to find the perfect stocking stuffer for any girl on Santa’s Nice List.
And if you’re looking for gifts that give back, every cent of the selling price of M·A·C Viva Glamorous’ Viva Glam Lip Compact and Bag go towards the M·A·C AIDS Foundation to help women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM products goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Leave the Makeup for Your Face, Not Your Body
How often do you use makeup to cover up blemishes? Most women rely on makeup to conceal imperfections on their face, but some are also resorting to makeup to hide bruises or unsightly marks on their bodies. Makeup won’t heal a bruise, but instead it can ruin clothing and leave unsalvageable makeup stains. Before applying concealer to your body, consider reaching for DerMend® Moisturizing Bruise Formula instead to help improve the appearance of bruises.
DerMend® Moisturizing Bruise Formula, a dermatologist recommended cream, helps restore and rejuvenate the skin’s natural barrier to improve the appearance of bruised skin through its set of ingredients. DerMend®Moisturizing Bruise Formula is filled with ceramides, retinol, arnica oil and glycolic acid to rejuvenate the skin’s barrier that may have been lost due to aging, sun exposure and certain medications. Apply it onto the affected areas twice a day to improve the appearance of bruises and soften skin.
So, stop wasting time and money applying expensive makeup to mask bruised skin. DerMend® Moisturizing Bruise Formula retails for $29.99 and is available at Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Walmart stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.DerMend.com.
Comfy Christmas Gifts
Vionic Slippers for Men & Women
Holidays are the perfect time to show appreciation for those that deserve some rest and relaxation, and Vionic has the perfect gift solution: cozy indoor-outdoor slippers that are not only stylish, but healthy. Great for athletes who need extra support or those that want to stay cozy in the kitchen. Vionic's podiatrist designed slippers will make recipients look good and feel good with their advanced comfort technology and alleviate and prevent foot, ankle, knee and back pain.
Give the Gift of Younger-Looking Skin this Holiday Season with NEW Tensage Stem Cell Products
When it comes to choosing the perfect holiday gift for a loved one, don’t be afraid to splurge on gifts that will make a lasting impression. While many must-have luxury items lose their luster over time, the NEW Tensage® Stem Cell Line from Biopelle, Inc. will actually help turn back the clock and give the gift that keeps on giving: gorgeous, younger-looking skin!
The NEW Tensage® Stem Cell Line includes Tensage® Stem Cell Cream ($180) and Tensage® Stem Cell Eye Cream ($130), and features Cellpro™ Technology, a special ingredient containing signaling proteins exclusively harvested from the eggs of the Cryptomphalus aspersa snail (INCI: snail egg extract) in a patented process to assist the body’s natural ability to produce NEW skin cells via the body’s own stem cells1.
Tensage® Stem Cell Cream helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth rough texture, and even skin tone while helping to firm and plump skin. Similarly, Tensage® Stem Cell Eye Cream helps firm skin around the eyes and helps reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness. Both of these paraben-free products include retinol, peptides, caffeine, sodium hyaluronate, antioxidants, humectants, along with brightening agents and soothing botanical extracts. Working together,Tensage® Stem Cell Cream andTensage® Stem Cell Eye Cream help maturing skin look younger and “reborn.”
The NEW Tensage® Stem Cell line’s package is so elegant; you may not even need to wrap it! Adorned in dazzling silver and gold, the package says there’s something special inside. NEW Tensage® Stem Cell products are available through dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other healthcare professionals. For more information, please visit www.biopelle.com.
Beautiful Handmade Baskets by Songa Designs
Looking to beautify your home or office space? Songa Designs is proud to present the coolest, most funky and innovative collection of handmade baskets in the world, each meticulously weaved by bold and empowered women artisans in Rwanda. Baskets created in dull earth tones aren’t a true reflection of the Rwandan culture. Our artisans live in exciting vivid color, and we’ve made sure our baskets do, too!
Whether you’re looking for an innovative magazine holder, whimsical jewelry box, vibrant storage for odds and ends, or a unique decorative basket to toss your keys in at the end of each day, our exquisitely designed eco-conscious baskets bring eclectic flair to any room.
MISSION Launches New Heating Line to Combat Colder Temperatures for Training and Competition
MISSION, the sports performance leader in Thermoregulation technologies, announces the launch of their new Heating line of Accessories & Gear powered by game-changing technologies to keep athletes super warm and dry in colder weather conditions.
The new Heating line includes a full range of Accessories & Gear, including High Performance Gloves, Scarves, Headbands, Beanies, Balaclavas, Neck Gaiters and Baselayer Tops and Bottoms. The ultra-lightweight and breathable Heating collection is entirely constructed to deliver superior warmth without the weight, while keeping athletes dry during training and competition.
As the global leader in Thermoregulation, MISSION is once again setting a new standard for microclimate management and temperature control to enhance performance and comfort for athletes at all levels of play. From its new Performance Gloves that are carbon-infused and promote 20% greater heat retention than standard fleece, to its new Performance Baselayer Tops & Bottoms that are powered by 37.5® technology and keep you super warm and dry, MISSION’s latest product innovations, further reinforce the company’s focus on cutting edge technologies for enhancing performance through temperature control.
Holiday Gift Guide Set From Elizabeth Arden
The holidays will be here before you know it and Elizabeth Arden is here to make finding gifts for your loved ones easier! This year, treat the special women in your life to the gift of beauty.
Elizabeth Arden Always Red Femme was expertly crafted for the trendsetter who is always on the move and sets the pace of the city. Through her black silhouette with accents of leather and lace, this city girl is unabashedly feminine and boldly takes an all-or-nothing approach to life. She’s ready for everything the city has to offer – and more!
Always Red Femme
Inspired by the intriguing and dynamic woman with a sexy, feminine sway in her step, ALWAYS RED FEMME opens with an irresistible blend of Black Currant Bud, Pear and Lemon. As the composition evolves, Davana LMR1, Muguet, Jasmine, Peach Blossom evoke intense femininity. The fragrance dries down to a rich, Vanilla, Moss, Cedarwood and Patchouli base.
*Holiday Gift Set*
ALWAYS RED FEMME Eau de Toilette Spray (1.7 fl. oz.) & Body Lotion (3.3 fl. oz.) $52.00 (Value: $90.00)
Luxury makeover for a men’s
fashion statement piece
A timeless piece of helicopter cord gets a luxury upgrade with America’s top designer. This understated bracelet is made from the authentic grade helicopter cord and the clasp is a replica of the recovery hook. For years, Survival Straps has been known to make the best and highest quality of paracord bracelets, and now they transition to luxury craftsmanship jewelry. The Helo Rescue Bracelet resembles a sense of masculinity with a sleek appearance.
For the past 9 years, Survival Straps has manufactured the highest quality paracord products here in America. We have always believed in using the best materials and putting out the highest quality product. The Helo Rescue Bracelet is no exception and takes things to a whole new level. This is a true statement piece that will last forever and give you a lifetime of service.
Sensible Stocking Stuffers
PROcure Epsom Salt Rub
Suffering from muscle pains after a long workout? No need to draw yourself an epsom salt bath, just use PROcure's Epsom Salt Rub as an easy an convenient spot treatment! With a combination of epsom salt and aloe vera, this soothing gel can be quickly applied to relieve any sort of aches or tension that come from overexertion. Available in the First Aid aisle at WalMart and Meijer stores.
PROcure Bruise Remedy
Bruise easily? PROcure's Bruise Remedy has got your back! This unique topical gel is infused with a mixture of Arnica Montana and the MSM Nutrient to dramatically improve the appearance of bruises in a fraction of the time. It also works to reduce the appearance of spider veins on the foot and ankle. Available at major retailers such as Walgreens, CVS, and RiteAid, and online at Amazon.com.
PROFOOT Heel Rescue
Your daily moisturizing routine shouldn’t just be for your face and hands; your feet need some love too. The Heel Rescue foot cream is specially formulated to penetrate, moisturize, and repair even the toughest cracks and callouses. The non-greasy formula, made with anti-oxidant rich Argan Oil, will leave you feet feeling soft, silky-smooth, and revitalized.
Sweet Stocking Stuffers from Mally Beauty
The holiday season is around the corner, and the last thing you want to worry about is getting the right gift for everybody on your list. Fortunately, Mally Beauty has the perfois gift sets to keep your friends and family looking gorgois this holiday season.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Eyeliner Trio
This trio of beautiful pencils are Mally’s go-to eye brighteners. Use these shades to create festive holiday looks that will last the whole night.
Shades include: Midnight, Milk Chocolate and Sailor
||Mally Beauty H3 Lipgloss Trio
Designed to give your lips a smooth finish while nourishing them with a triple punch of moisture, the formula is glossy, yet light, giving you the perfois shine every time
Shades include: Orchid Berry, Perfect Nude and Tea Rose
Get ready for your most perfect pout yet! Mally's three-piece Perfect Lip kit gives you the essentials to create the most luxurious lips you could ever dream of. And, the best part? Your lip look will be fierce, thanks to the included Evercolor Lip Defender.
Mally Beauty Evercolor Shadow Stick Exta Five Piece Collection
All of your holiday eye shadow looks are included this one set. This collection features wearable, buildable shades, that will take your makeup from day to evening in seconds.
Shades include: Bliss, Brownstone, Mahogany, Moonlight and Timeless Taupe
Change in Season, Change in Skincare
As the days get colder, it’s time to protect and nourish our skin! Keep your skin looking and feeling great with these skincare essentials that are perfect for the change of weather.
||Don’t get caught with a dry, flakey face – moisturize your skin with KORRES Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream. This deeply moisturizing Greek Yoghurt Moisturizing Face Cream contains full-fat, Greek yogurt—a natural source of proteins, vitamins, and minerals to nourish and provide instant hydration to dry skin. It is enriched with vitamin E, olive oil concentrate, and macadamia nuts for antioxidant protection, and can be used every day as a part of your daily skin care routine.
Give your whole body the nourishment it needs with LAVANILA Laboratories The Healthy Fragrance-Free Body Butter. This super soft, all-natural body butter absorbs instantly for deeply hydrated, luxuriously soft skin. 100 percent pure shea and cocoa butters blend with powerful antioxidants and essential oils for long-lasting hydration. Super soft scents and a non-greasy formula create the ultimate indulgence. Layer with any LAVANILA Healthy Fragrance to enhance your scent experience.
Perfect Gifts for Every Occasion
this Holiday Season
||Senteurs d’Orient Mint Tea Soap Leaves
The Mint Tea scent is instantly refreshing, mixing soft green notes with sweet floral notes, creating a tingling delight for your senses. Each package contains 30 individual, hand-cut leaves—perfect for travel and daily use. Housed in a luxe box, the individual leaves are stunningly handcrafted, making the set a thoughtful and elegant hostess gift.
Box of 3 Ma'amoul Soaps
Our trio of handcrafted Ma'amoul soaps make the perfect gift or are ideal for indulging yourself. With shapes and designs inspired by the traditional Lebanese pastries of the same name,they are at once sophisticated and whimsical.
Perfect to use as a hydrating hand soap, each bar is formulated with Olive oil, Vitamin E and Shea butter. This set includes miniatures of our Amber, Orange Blossom and Rose of Damascus pure vegetal soaps.
Burt's Bees Kissable Color Gift Set
The Kissable Color Gift Set features a trio of our best-selling Lip Shimmers, so she always has the right color on hand for every festive occasion. Available in two shade options:
A cool trio of Apricot, Grapefruit, and Watermelon Lip Shimmers
A warm trio of Peony, Rhubarb, and Fig Lip Shimmers
Where to buy: grocery, drug, and mass retailers, and via www.burtsbees.com.
||The Essential Burt’s Kit Gift Set delights travel-weary guests with must-have, tried and true favorites in airplane-friendly sizes:
Soap Bark Deep Cleansing Cream Mini–Deeply cleanses as it softens skin, with natural Soap Bark, Chamomile and Aloe
Hand Salve Mini–An all-natural salve to moisturize rough, dry skin with Botanical Oils, Herbs and Beeswax
Milk & Honey Body Lotion Mini– Naturally nourishing, with Milk, Honey, Vitamin E, Coconut, and Grape Seed Oil, for up to 24 hours of clinically proven hydration
Beeswax Lip Balm– Nourishes lips as it delivers our signature peppermint tingle, with Beeswax, Vitamin E, and Peppermint Oil
Coconut Foot Cream Mini–Rejuvenates feet with Coconut Oil, Rosemary, and Peppermint Extracts
Where to buy: grocery, drug, and mass retailers, and via www.burtsbees.com.
2016 Holiday Beauty Buys for Every Budget
Gifts Under $50
Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in 'Cardinal': A red lip can make all the difference. With this plant extract and peptide infused shine, your lips will not only feel quenched and moisturized but will also appear more voluminous. The formula contains a sheer-to-medium coverage which is gorgeous worn alone, or as a top coat to deepen another red lipstick. The perfect red holiday lip!
Arbonne It's All in the Eyes Eye Shadow Duo: Gorgeous high-performance shadows to create a party-ready smokey eye. Formulated with antioxidant-containing botanicals, these high-pigment, long-lasting shadows do more than just look pretty. Each shadow easily pops in and out of the magnetic quad or duo so you can refill favorites or change them with your mood. Refillable, interchangeable, beautiful!
Arbonne SeaSource Detoxifying Rescue Wash: A perfect way to cleanse and detox after all of the holiday binging! This body wash includes sea algae extracts that will help improve your skin radiance while removing surface impurities and toxins. Its hydrating formula provides a moisture shield for soft, smoothed feeling skin.
Gifts Under $100
Arbonne Intelligence Nourishing Facial Oil: Who wouldn't love opening a present with a new product to add to their daily skincare routine? This sheer, dry oil enhanced with ingredients containing omega fatty acids and antioxidants to help support luminous skin. Like a superfood for your skin, this illuminating oil provides the essential amount of hydration and moisture where it's needed most; while improving the look of skin texture to help create a more even-toned complexion. Need I say more? ($75, arbonne.com)
RE9 Advanced® for Men Anti-Aging Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 Sunscreen: A great gift for the man in your life! This refreshing, lightweight moisturizing lotion improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, firmness and suppleness while protecting against UVB/UVA rays with broad spectrum 15. Not only does Anti-Aging Moisturizer improve skin's overall appearance and deliver lasting hydration (without the grease!), the sunscreen component helps to prevent sunburn and early signs of aging. ($52, arbonne.com)
Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra: A cutting edge ultrasound tool that makes skincare work smarter, faster and better by reaching into the ridges of skin that fingertips cannot. Through a warmed applicator, Genius Ultra emits 300,000 gentle ultrasound waves per second to apply products more directly and effectively, boosting the performance of skincare on eyes, face, lips and neck for lasting results.
Healthy Holiday Hair Tips
Check out these healthy hair tips from wellness expert and author of A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures, Sophia Gushee:
- Avoid products that contain parabens and fragrance, which can work as a filter to weed out many unhealthy options.
- Men may find that coconut oil is a good alternative for hair gel.
- Reduce the use of hair products by washing less often and discarding what you don’t really need. For example, can you skip hair spray or use it less often?
- Make sure to start off your routine with Sun Bum Beach Formula Shampoo and Conditioner
Beach Formula Hair Care paraben-free products are infused with a blend of beneficial botanicals. Each product helps to provide UV protection and is infused with Coconut Oil, Banana Leaf pulp and peel, Quinoa Protein, and Sesame Seed Oil.
The Silver Loft is now OPEN!!!
Welcome to The Silver Loft! Affordable keepsakes in modern styles! Jewelry here is designed not only for wearing, but to spark a special memory and even show off those people and things that you love the very most. Isn't it fun to be able to help create something? We make jewelry that can be ordered with your preference of color, initial and many special touches to make it just right. We make jewelry that is inspired by YOU!
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