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Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List!

Well my dear girls, we are down to the wire! Honestly, it doesn't matter if I start my holiday shopping in August or wait until three days before Christmas, there will always be those last minute gifts that I just have to get! My sister-in-law told me that she had all of her holiday shopping done AND wrapped (and safely hidden away) before Halloween, but then realized that she hadn't gotten gifts for her kids' teachers! Major faux pas sweetie! Unless you want your kid relegated to blackboard cleaning duty and the back desk next to the smelly coatroom you had better snag those teachers a little something to show your appreciation for their care and attention to your little ones! A word to the wise (from a friend who is a teacher): most teachers already have a drawer full of "best teacher" mugs and tee shirts. No need to go overboard, however; just a gift that shows a little thought and appreciation, like a Starbuck's gift card or mani/pedi spa certificate is a great idea. No need to "one-up" the other parents!

As for the other people on your list, check out a few of our last minute holiday gift favorites:

For Mom:

  • Total relaxation: The L'Occitane Lavender Spa Set provides relaxation head to toe, this kit includes:- Lavender Foaming Bath 16.9 fl.oz - Lavender Hand Cream 1 .oz - Bonne Mere Lavender Soap 3.5 .oz - Lavender Perfumed Sachet 1.2 .oz - Organic Lavender Body Lotion 8.4 fl.oz
  • Aquaovo Glass Thermos: Aquaovo designed a sleek glass mug to keep your tea hot or cold when you’re on the go. It even comes with a removable, stainless steel strainer for your tea-leaves and holds up to 500 ml of tea. Since it’s made of double-paned glass, it’s always comfortable to hold, even if you pour boiling water right into it.
  • Keurig 2.0 K450 Coffee Brewing System, the first Keurig system that lets you brew a carafe with the same ease and convenience that you brew a single cup. Keurig 2.0 system brews a single K-cup or a 4-cup K-carafe pack. Keurig 2.0 Brewing Technology reads the lid to deliver a perfect beverage every time. Strength Control setting lets you brew a stronger cup.

For Dad:

  • Kindle Fire HD - if Dad hasn't yet joined the notebook wave the Kindle Fire HD is a great way to put technology in his hands without overwhelming him! Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz, Beautiful 7" HD display, front and rear cameras, no more worrying about storage space, best selection of digital content, stay connected and productive.
  • A new wallet — with a few choice gift cards inserted! What man wouldn't love a new leather wallet, and what dad wouldn't love that you thought of a few of his favorite things to go in it?!
  • Slippers! Seriously, Dad will NOT think you are lame by giving him these awesome sherpa lined fleeces slippers. Cozy for cabin or city streets. Thermolite® insulated outers of rib knit wool and water-repellent suede. Indoor/outdoor rubber sole goes to the mailbox and then some.

For Your Guy:

  • Really awesome headphones: Master Tracks by SOL Republic are sonically accurate for music creators and passionate music fans. Rugged, 6-foot pro cable comes with 1/4-inch adapter. Slim-line finish and elegant design. Inline mic + music control compatible with Apple® and many other devices.
  • Amazon Fire TV Streaming 1080p media player with voice search, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, games, and more! Great for the tech-challenged because it is easy to set up and use, with instant streaming, a massive selection of content and voice search that actually works!
  • Kiehl's Men's Starter Kit: Includes Ultimate Man Body Scrub Soap (3.2 oz) Facial Fuel Moisturizer (2.5 oz) Facial Fuel Cleanser (2.5 oz) Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (1.0 oz.) White Eagle Shave Cream (2.5 oz)

For the Kiddies:

  • Little ones: These adorable Baby Moto motorcycle boots from Stuart Weitzman! Your little one will be the best dressed kid on the block!
  • Pre-teen and Teen boys: Wireless Speakers — great for the music lover in the house! The PUNK Wireless speaker from SOL Republic is deceptively small, ferociously loud, is water, dust and shock resistant, has all day 8-hour battery life and a wireless range of up to 60 feet!
  • Teen daughter: This gorgeous Contour Key Ring brings a jangle of unconventionality to the pedestrian act of gathering your keys. Closes neatly with a screw clasp. Wear the ring around your wrist or clip it to your belt.

For your Bestie:

  • A gift card for a mani/pedi or spa treatment. Better yet, get one for yourself as well and spend some quality girl time relaxing and catching up!
  • Jewelry Tray: This hold-everything tray is the perfect place to stash your wear-it-every-day jewelry (aka all those stacking rings). Inspired by the look of horn, each one is uniquely patterned and totally one of a kind.
  • Help her keep her fingers nice and cozy with hand-knit and embroidered handwarmers in pretty, tonal patterns. Especially fabulous because they are lined in fleece.

Just for YOU!:

  • Über-comfy jams. A PJ Salvage pajama set, styled in wild leopard-print flannel. A notched collar flows into the buttoned placket. Long sleeves. Coordinating pants. A drawstring cinches the covered elastic waist.
  • A gorgeous new handbag. I have to admit that I give a fabulous one to myself every holiday season!! Hey, I've been a good girl all year and I totally deserve it!
  • The perfect pair of pumps. Classic and sophisticated, definitely an investment purchase!

Happy holiday shopping darlings! Have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year!


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Cozy Slippers With a Healthy Bonus from Vionic

Give the gift of supportive healthy footwear that feels good on! Vionic with Orthaheel Technology are the coziest slippers that are perennial favorites for male and female holiday gifts. To bring the holiday heat, this year Vionic has come out with stylish and healthy pain reducing versions that help give to charity*.

Barrow Suede Slipper in Chestnut & Dark Grey $99.95
* Vionic donates a portion of all after-tax profits to the Weil Foundation.

Relax Luxe in Pink $69.95, Gemma Luxe in Tan Leopard $69.95
All Vionic slippers are indoor/outdoor and help alleviate and prevent foot, ankle, knee and back pain through their Podiatrist design which provides alignment and support. Vionic slippers are endorsed by the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association) and health guru, Dr. Andrew Weil

Stuff A Stocking With Oil Essentials

Give the gift of gorgeous and glowing hair, skin and nails. Oil Essentials is your one-stop beauty essential that will have your nearest and dearest thankful this holiday. Their petite packaging make them the perfect little stuff for a stocking!

Oil Essentials is a collection of natural beauty oils that nourish and heal to deliver healthy, shiny hair and youthful hands and nails. Packed with powerful yet gentle extracts from Mother Nature’s most nourishing plants and fruits, these luxurious oils inspire the senses with essential oils while providing glowing beauty benefits. These oils are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic colors and are safe for sensitive skin. Oil Essentials is complete with six different oils to deliver outstanding results:

  • Seabuckthorn Berry & Borage
  • Omega 3,6,9 & Evening Primrose
  • Neroli & Avocado
  • Argan & Wheat Germ
  • Sweet Almond & Macadamia
  • Lavender & Rose Hip

Last-Minute Gift Ideas From Elizabeth Arden


A deeper, more sensual interpretation of UNTOLD features luxurious floral absolutes, red plum and black raspberry accents work in perfect harmony with its magnetic amber base, speaking to the more glamorous and captivating side of today’s modern woman. Its beautiful packaging and petite make it perfect for adding a little luxury to a holiday stocking.

UNTOLD Eau de Parfum Spray

Ceramide Lift & Firm Moisture Holiday Set

This collagen-boosting gift set offers best-selling and award winning Ceramide products encased in a chic, gold keepsake bag.  Including full size Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Cream SPF 30 and deluxe size Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, Ceramide Lift & Firm Eye Cream SPF 15, and Ceramide Purifying Cream Cleanser, this set delivers a full skin regimen that is ceramide-rich for smoothing and lifting skin and diminishing wrinkles. 

Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restorative Holiday Set
This day and night skincare collection includes full size Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum and deluxe size Ceramide Lift & Firm Day Cream SPF 30, Ceramide Lift & Firm Night Cream, and Ceramide Lift & Firm Eye Cream SPF 15.

Ceramide Premiere Moisture & Renewal Holiday Set

This gift set includes a full size Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture & Renewal Active Cream SPF 30 and deluxe size Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, Ceramide Premiere Overnight Regeneration Cream, and Ceramide Premiere Regeneration Eye Cream to deliver a luxurious skin care collection.

Ceramide Premiere Moisture and Renewal Holiday Set

Eight Hour Cream Protectant Beauty Set

This train case is your ticket to moisturized, nourished skin from head to toe. Your hands and body will feel smooth and hydrated, your lips will love the extra moisture and you, like beauty editors worldwide, will rave about our Original formula. 

The Gift That Gives Back

Chico's FAS and our family of brands, Chico'sWhite House Black MarketSoma and Boston Proper are proud to introduce, the Miracle Bear

Our Miracle Bear is fearless. Protective. Loving.
It was inspired by everyone who cares for sick or injured children. These caregivers are best friends, great listeners and amazing supporters, no matter what.  They make things happen and have a knack for making every day better than the one before.  This holiday season we want to thank all the miraculous caregivers who help save children’s lives because they make us believe in miracles.

What gift could be better than one that directly impacts the lives of children and families right in your own community.  When you purchase a Miracle Bear for $25 at any of our brands boutiques in the U.S., or online, we will donate $15 to your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Every minute, 62 children enter a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital for treatment – that’s one child every second.  Chico’s FAS and our brands have proudly supported Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and their 170 hospitals across North America since 2011.

The Miracle Bear can be purchased right now at all Chico’s, White House Black Market, Soma and Boston Proper boutiques in the U.S. as well as on each brands individual websites, while supplies last.

Stuff Your Stocking with
Burt's Bees Newest Lip Balms!

Inspired by nature’s purest ingredients, Burt’s Bees has moisturized, nourished and hydrated your lips for over 30 years with the original Beeswax Lip Balm. Throughout the years, Burt’s Bees has been adding flavors varying from Coconut and Pear to Eucalyptus and it won’t stop now. Introducing Burt’s Bees newest Lip Balm flavors – Wild Cherry and Vanilla Bean

Wild Cherry Moisturizing Lip Balm: Made with rich cherry oil—cold pressed from cherry seed kernels—this balm’s sweet, natural flavor with just a hint of tartness will invigorate your senses and pamper your lips.

Vanilla Bean Moisturizing Lip Balm: A luxuriously complex and comforting lip balm bursting with all-natural vanilla. Couple that with moisturizing Shea Butter and soothing Vitamin E, and you’ve got a true treat for happy lips.

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Lumene’s Bright Now Vitamin C Beauty Drops and Instant Lift Serum for a powerful boost to your complexion! 

Match your candy canes to your mani AND the Salon Clip Bow from Scunci!

 Scunci Assorted Jeweled hair pieces for the inner glamazon in you!

Scunci The Hollywood Roll. A super fun and creative hairstyle for everyone!

Conair Infiniti Pro Argan Oil Treatment Strip Finishing Brush for smooth strand, 
TouchBack Marker  for root cover and Streekrs for fun colors, stat!

Simply let the glosses do the talking! Smashbox’s amazing Be Legendary Lip Glosses in
holiday colors
(with or without sparkle!) and Sun Bum’s lip balms!  

Last but not least! Bling it out (or just use the regular paddle brush) for Christmas with Conair!

Celebrate the Holidays With Avon!

This holiday season, Avon and mark. have all of your shopping needs covered with fabulous finds that will be sure to wow whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend, loved one or even yourself.

For the Girly Girl:

Avon Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying 3-Piece Gift Set

Pamper yourself or someone you love with the online exclusive 3-piece gift set. Set includes:

Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying With Dead Sea Minerals Face Scrub 2.5 oz. A $10 value.
Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying With Dead Sea Minerals Face Mask 2.5 oz. A $10 value.
Planet Spa Perfectly Purifying With Dead Sea Minerals Body Scrub 6.7 oz. A $12 value.

mark. On the Dot Lip Gloss Compact:

 A holiday exclusive, this best-selling compact gets lippy once again in time for holiday giving with nine all-new sheer glosses in bright pink, barely-there nude and every gorgeous coral in between.

For the Sophisticated Friend:

Give Me Some Lip Gift Set:

Draw attention with easy-on-the-lips twist-up crayons in 3 must-have party shades. Add kiss-me holiday shine by topping your color with glossy goodness! Comes in gift box.
Ultra Color Lip Crayons
in Reddy for Me, Pouty Plum and Mod Mocha. Each, .098 oz. net wt.

Avon Luck Fragrance for Her:

A new, sparkling fragrance for the woman fortunate in love and life. The luxurious scent instantly seduces with dazzling notes of sparkling citrus and luscious red berries blended with creamy white florals and warm sandalwood

For the Makeup Maven:

Gilded Treasues Makeup Set:

This exquisite gift has an exceptional assortment of coordinated shades. Drawers contain 3 palettes which include: 

1 Mini black eye liner pencil
3 Mini lip glosses
1 Bronzer with half-moon brush

mark. Eye Divine Soft Shimmer Shadow:

Flecked with metallic shimmer for a multidimensional, luminescent finish, these shades will put an intensely celestial spin on your holiday looks. Color goes on sheer or builds to full coverage. Available shades include: Pink Sugar, Amber Rock and Rolling Stone.

For The Fashion Lover:

Avon Raising the Bar Tote: 

Large patent-leather like top-handle tote with faux pony-fur accent and goldtone hardware. Removable shoulder strap lets you wear as a tote or a crossbody

mark. Grand Entrance Lace Dress

It's not just a color - it's a state of mind! With a pretty, fitted black-lace top and a slightly flared solid black tulip skirt, this figure-flattering, party-perfect twofer dress guarantees you’ll wow from the moment you walk in the door.
· Body: 100% polyester
· Secondary: 94% polyester, 6% spandex

Platinum-Plated Diamond Pendant Necklace

It's on every girl's wish list!  An genuine diamond encrusted square pendant in an exquisite platinum-plated setting. Comes in an elegant red velvet gift box.
· Pendant: 5/8" L
· Chain: 19" L platinum-plated with spring ring closure
· Pendant: 1/10-carat genuine diamonds

For Your Guy:

Avon Luck Fragrance for Him:

For your other half, Avon Luck for Him is a new, confident and sophisticated fragrance that captivates for hours. Notes of aromatic fresh Mandarin and cool spices blend effortlessly with intoxicating woods for a uniquely modern scent that exudes cool and confidence

Avon ANEW Men Skincare Collection:

 A simple yet high performance skincare line designed to meet the unique needs of men’s skin. The products work hard to protect skin’s health and moisture. The line includes: ANEW Men Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 50, ANEW Men 2-in-1 Gel Cleanser, ANEW Men Daily Moisturizer and ANEW Men Daily Eye Gel.

New Petite Votives From Le Feu de L'Eau

THINK: Uniquely scented votives for a warm holiday glow

WHAT THEY ARE: Exquisite, hand-crafted candles in an elegant votive size. French for “The Fire of the Water,” boutique candle company Le Feu de L’Eau was created by Jo Strettell, a veteran fashion and celebrity makeup artist, and Wendy Polish, a designer with a background in fine art. Together, they create their signature candles with a one-of-a-kind process, sculpting each one by hand under water. The innovative method was first invented by Polish’s father over five decades ago, and is used to create the distinctive, sculptural shapes and sophisticated, organic designs that make Le Feu de L’Eau’s candles so unique.

Inspired by the custom-blended fragrances used in their full-sized candles, the creative minds behind Le Feu de L’eau bring you a new line of perfectly petite candles that effortlessly complement any décor. Use individually for a gentle glow, or set the mood by creating a display. With a creamy ivory color and chic glass jar, the natural, soy-based candles in the new Petite Votive Candles collection last for four to six months, and are available in all eleven scents from the original celebrated line.

Fall in Love With Your Skin

Skinn Cosmetics’ Fusion Settling Veil and Moisture Rush Volumizing Wand

Summer is long gone but it's easy to keep that summer glow and bring back the moisture with Skinn’s latest products to help renew your skin. The Fusion Settling Veil and Moisture Rush Volumizing Wand seek to improve the complexion’s appearance and leave your face looking and feeling more refreshed than ever.

This talc-free translucent Fusion Setting Veil isn’t your ordinary powder—it is extremely lightweight and is infused with anti-aging treatments along with brightening properties, giving you a beautifully radiant and smooth complexion. The yellow core is jam-packed with a stable form of Vitamin C, Argan Oil, and antioxidant properties, helping to promote naturally existing collagen while visibly decreasing lines and wrinkles, allowing skin to feel and appear more balanced, hydrated and nourished.
The first-ever Moisture Rush Volumizing Wand is designed to help fill in and plump parts of the face and body that appear to have sunken or caved in over time. This silky formula is created with the technology of Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which help skin recover its volume and fullness, delivering encapsulated and time-released Hyaluronic Acid for that beautifully smooth and supple appearance. Additionally, this formulation is infused with brightening pigments that instantly help illuminate and brighten the look of your complexion.

How to Train Like a Pro Surfer with Tia Blanco

We've all seen them, the long, lean, gorgeous girls of summer. I'm talking about those amazing surfer girls with their finesse and sheer grace who make it all look so easy. But surfing is anything but easy. It takes dedication, stamina and innate athleticism combined with intense training and an impeccable sense of balance, both physically and mentally to be able to surf at a professional level. We've got Tia Blanco, pro surfer and Ambassador for REEF footwear here to share her tips on training like a pro surfer:

To be a pro surfer you have to stay dedicated and work very hard. I train twice a week with my trainer at Forged In Fitness. My trainer and I work on getting my legs and core strong. For my legs I do plenty of tuck jumps, forward lunges, and mountain climbers and for my core we hold planks, do pikes, and curl ups. For surfing it is also important to work on your hip and ankle mobility. We are constantly engaging my hips in my exercises and we use a stretching band to work my ankle mobility. I also like to go on a long distance runs at least once a week to build up endurance. Along with that, I love to go to yoga consistently throughout the week. Stretching is very important because you do not want your muscles to be tight while you are surfing. My surfing always feels stronger and looser after yoga. I usually go surfing everyday.

Surfing is a fun and great way to stay active. It is good for the mind, body and soul. Whatever I am doing, I never can go a day without being active. I always want to stay active and be in good shape because if I am not, it can affect my results in competition. The ocean is constantly changing and throwing new things at you, so it is smart to be prepared and ready for it. For example, if the current in the water is strong that would involve a lot of paddling and running around. Next, eating healthy plays a key role in being a pro surfer because what you eat is your fuel. I think it is important to become fueled with healthy foods so you can surf at your highest level. I eat a vegan diet that consists of eating lots of fresh/clean foods. My diet includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, legumes, and fruit. These clean foods help me to stay nourished and compete at my highest capacity. By staying active and healthy you can train like a pro surfer.

More About Tia Blanco

Blanco, a Trestles local, has become one of the hottest up and coming West Coast surfers. Being a daughter of a Coast Guard, Blanco was born in Puerto Rico and has lived in Hawaii as well as several spots in Southern California. This graceful goofyfoot is a member of the prestigious Surfing America team. She also an Ambassador for Reef¹s boots, shoes, and fashion-forward sandals that combine exotic styling with instant comfort. Additionally, Blanco is committed to Surfing America Prime and NSSA events, she is extremely well rounded, enjoying painting and yoga while living a vegan lifestyle. While she is focused on a National title and maintaining her 4.0 GPA at Connections Academy, her long term goal is to make the ASP Women¹s World Tour.

Instagram: @tiablanco
Twitter: @tia_blanco



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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 skirts out of daddy's shirts to creating an orchid terrarium or making basil mint lemonade, 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 out one of their latest projectsmini wall art tutorial: turning a blank canvas into a great backdrop for your displays. Step-by-step instructions along with photos will take you through the process, proving just how easy it is to be a DIY expert!


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