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Best of Pre-Holiday Style
PLUS $125 Equitance Giveaway!

Big changes happening around here! I'm thrilled to say that we have had a banner year at work and we find that we are bursting at the seams. Therefore my über-chic mentor/boss is expanding the business, bringing in more help, moving us all to new digs and adding a few perks to my particular benefits package.(Although, to be perfectly honest my favorite benefits are more along the lines of the gorgeous designer bags and scrumptious shoes she receives from clients and passes along to me!) But as she says,she couldn't do any of this without me and I am a valued employee/fashionista and as such deserve a few extra perks. (Her words, not mine.)

Now, I was seriously hoping that the few extra perks would include an expense account at, oh, let's say Tracy Reese, or perhaps a weekly visit to a fabulous spa . Or maybe a membership to the Designer Shoe of the Month Club (this is an excellent concept, by the way, which should be implemented immediately by Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin please). Alas, it seems that said extra perks are more along the lines of a free gym membership and some personal training sessions. But hey! That's fine with me! Now I'll look even better in my new designer jeans!

Interesting fact: My über-chic mentor/boss takes the "do not undertake physical exercise without first consulting your doctor" disclaimer quite seriously. To wit: I arrived at work this morning attired in a truly scrumptious sweater dress, cozy print leggings and très chic booties with my new favorite new bag slung over my shoulder, only to be handed running shorts, a sports top and a pair of trainers and hustled into the bathroom to change. Next thing I knew I was speed walking on a treadmill with a multitude of wires protruding from various parts of my body and a young (we're talking very young — think Doogie Howser) physician's-assistant-in-training with a white coat and clipboard hovering over a portable EKG machine and cranking the treadmill up to near vertical incline and ever increasing speed. As the sweat poured down my face and I wondered if my legs were about to turn into jelly he cheerfully announced, "Wow! You're in pretty good shape! Considering..."

Considering?? Considering what?? Considering that my carefully applied makeup is now running down my face in rivulets and my hair is plastered to my forehead? Considering that I just walked seventeen blocks in heels carrying a 25 pound work tote and had no idea I was about to train for a marathon? It had better not be considering that I am old enough to have been your babysitter, because if that's what you mean you are about to get drop kicked right out into the street! Honestly, if I weren't such a magnanimous twirty-something fashionista who always gives the benefit of the doubt, I might just be offended!

Well, I'm not about to let the tactless comment of an obviously clueless little boy affect my day, or my attitude. Besides, once the EKG was over and I had rinsed off, reapplied my makeup, slicked my hair back into a stylish high ponytail and donned my chic ensemble, I ran into Doogie out in the hallway and "accidentally" trod on his toe with the very solid heel of my boot…

Anyhoo, back to more important things. Like the upcoming holidays!! Yes, the holiday season is upon us – and as your inbox starts to become flooded with invitations to all sorts of social events, it is important to start thinking about holiday party protocol. What do you wear? What do you bring the hostess? Whether you are the host or a guest this year, luxury resort and ready-to-wear designer Marie France Van Damme has essential holiday party etiquette tips that will make your holiday season go off without a hitch.

Prepare ahead of time:  Make a checklist of anything you might need to buy the week before the party and always plan your outfit ahead of time to avoid any last minute stress.

Make sure you’re comfortable: The last thing you want to be doing is adjusting your clothes every two minutes. Choose elegant and decorative but comfortable tunics that allow you to move and eat as much as you want! I always opt for a sleek and chic silhouette over something flashy: it’s respectful and stylish.

Stay away from denim: People tend to dress too casually – you should try to find a happy medium between casual wear and cocktail attire. Never wear denim. Jeans are not right for a cocktail party or most parties — black pants are much more appropriate. No one is going to the trouble of hosting a party for guests to look like they rolled out of bed.

Travel lightly: Rather than a big oversized bag, bring a clutch. Smaller bags blend better than a big overstuffed handbag, and you can slip things in or out without drawing attention.

Get rid of distractions:  Never bring your cell phone into a party.  Not only do cell phones cause unnecessary distractions, but they also tend to disrupt conversations. When I entertain I have guests put their cell phones in a box. The holidays should be enjoying the company of your family and friends.  Plus the stresses from outside life will not be as present if you leave your cell phone at home or in the car! 

Don’t show up empty handed: Always bring a gift for the hostess to show your appreciation for her hard work. The gift doesn’t have to be over the top – a small gesture, such your favorite designer chocolates, goes a long way.

Never over stay your welcome:  Be respectful of the hosts and leave when the party is over. Be sure to thank the hosts for throwing the party and offer to help whenever you can!

Happy holiday kick-off darlings!

xoxo,

Shop Girl

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Favorites from
Shop Girl and She She Me!

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!!


Get Your Pumpkin Fix with ARCONA's Pumpkin Body Lotion!

With fall in full swing and Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s officially time to start incorporating pumpkin into your skin care routine. Embrace the fresh fall ingredients and scents of the season with ARCONA’s Pumpkin Body Lotion! This pure and natural highly active body lotion is infused with pumpkin extracts and glycolic acid to help improve tonal quality and elasticity in the skin. The Pumpkin Body Lotion is also excellent for regenerating and repairing sun-damaged skin from your summer travels.

 


Find Your Mane Full of Frizz?
Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall
The Frizz Fighters from Ouidad

Frizzy hair isn’t just a summer conundrum.  The spring, fall and winter weather can cause the same results.  All year long, with the lack of moisture in the air, the hair often becomes prone to static, split ends and frizz.  Ward of frizz with the new Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner, a duo that deposits shine and diminishes frizz with use. 

The Climate Control Defrizzing Shampoo and Conditioner contains Ouidad’s exclusive Humidity Shield Complex that acts as a protective barrier against heat, humidity and other environmental factors.  This sulfate free shampoo has gentle cleansing agents, naturally derived from coconut and glucose, which cleanse the scalp of sebum, allowing the hair follicles to breathe.  The Ouidad Climate Control Defrizzing Conditioner defies even the highest humidity, simultaneously detangling and defrizzing the hair while promoting softness and shine. 


Quiksilver | Roxy | DC present
BLACKOUT SALE
Pre-Black Friday

Quiksilver, Roxy and DC believe that your time is best spent with friends and family. This holiday season we encourage you to get all of your holiday shopping done BEFORE Black Friday so you can spend more time surfing, snowboarding, skating and hanging out with your family.

Dates: 11/23 + 11/24
Promotion: 50% off Entire Store
Exclusions: Snow, hard goods and gift cards
Participating Stores Only


Get The Look: Bold Brows

Bold Brows are back and better than ever. With stars like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins appearing in films and gracing fashion magazines with their defined and full eyebrows; this look has not gone unnoticed.

Eyebrows frame the face and a well-manicured brow can enhance your look that much more. With Sensai’s Eyebrow Pencil (available in black and brown) you can easily and minimally recreate this stylish look and transform your appearance.

Sensai Eyebrow Pencil: This special oval-shaped lead has soft, powdery consistency and a spiral brush to perfectly articulate the brows. Ideal for natural-looking lines.


Braids for Fall

It is another season that braids are making a big presence on women – everywhere. This trend is great for all hair textures and lengths and can be the perfect accessory to any style or look.

If you want to get this look at home, here are some key products to try out:                                      

 
UNITE Second Day: This finishing cream creates a texture of hair like it was washed just one day ago – perfect for any braid style.
 
UNITE Tricky Spray: If your hair is on the limp or fine side, spray this wax / hairspray combination for definition and separation
 
UNITE Expanda Dust: Add a ton of volume before braiding off  any hairstyle with this weightless.

Clean Slate for the Holidays

Mama Mio Clean Slate High Protein Aloe-rich Cleanser 

With the change of seasons and wardrobe update, starting with a Clean Slate is most important. De-clutter your closets, dressers and vanity and start fresh. 

Mama Mio Clean Slate: This super gentle, sulphate-free cleansing gel cleans deeply and effectively without leaving skin feeling tight. It gently removes make-up and impurities without over-drying or unbalancing skin.


Last Minute Thanksgiving Treat

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and nothing brings on that warm fuzzy feeling more than a Thanksgiving meal with friends and family.  Treat loved ones to decadent seasonal flavors from Dana’s Bakery in, Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie and Jelly Donut. These mouthwatering flavors are as delicious as they sound!

The last day to order and have in time for your holiday feast is on Sunday, November 24th, and as an extra show of seasonal goodness, Dana will include a complimentary macaron 4 pack with any order placed between now and Sunday!


Princess Vera Wang Fall Style at Kohl's

Fall is officially in season including top trends like opulent accents, shades of grey, black and white everything and tomboy inspired style. Princess Vera Wang has trendy & affordable pieces for under $50 including embellished blouses and sweaters in rich jewel tones, black and white styles and sweaters in bold shades as well as the season's favorite neutral, grey.


A Mask Like No Other!

 

Don’t let these fall cold months dull your skin. Thanks to Radical Skincare, created by two sisters on a mission, Liz and Rachel Edlich your skin never has to look or feel dull again. This intelligent Instant Revitalizing Mask is based on Trylacel technology and knows where your skin needs the most work. It bubbles where your skin has trouble, infusing powerful actives and vitamins to enhance skin performance. Now what other mask do you know does that?

This wonderful easy to use mask will hydrate and nourish hungry skin with vitamins and oxygen, leaving your skin smooth and glowing within in minutes.

Radical Skincare is also very excited to announce their new home in Sephora and Sephora.com.


A Fine Fragrance for Your Locks
Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo

 

Philip Kingsley One More Day

Your body isn't the only canvas for an exquisite scent.  Follow the fragrance to your hair routine with the new Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo.  This light weight spray works to refresh the scalp and is formulated with Poudre Irisee Parfum, which contains floral, woody, spicy and citrus notes.  This soft aroma, fresh and lightly floral, has enough substance to effectively neutralize hair odor, but is mild enough that it won’t overpower perfume.  Formulated with unique and carefully selected ingredients, it reduces excess dirt, oil and odor while providing volume and texture, leaving the hair beautiful, shiny and deliciously fragrant for one more day. 


Scents of the Season!

 

Thanksgiving is almost here and tempting treats can be found everywhere. Let Lavanila’s 100% Healthy Roller-Ball Fragrance be your guilt-free indulgence this season.

The Healthy Fragrance Roller-Ball: Travel friendly. Purse friendly. Skin friendly. Blended with exotic essential oils and skin soothing botanicals for timeless expressions of nature that captivate the senses and nurture the skin.

LOVE this mini set! Four fabulous fragrances perfectly sized to slip into your handbag or even your pocket! Vanilla Lavender, Pure Vanilla, Vanilla Coconut and Vanilla Grapefruit. With this great selection you're sure to find the perfect fragrance for each and every holiday occasion!


Celebrity Perfection - Beautiful Skin on a Budget

 

Andrea Pomerantz Lustig has spent twenty years as a beauty editor, and her contact list is packed with the names of the most exclusive stylists in the business.In How to Look Expensive, she combines her own experience with highly coveted secrets she's learned from the experts to help readers achieve buttery highlights, luminous skin, flawless makeup, and more, all on a budget. Delivering red-carpet looks without putting readers in the red. Check out a few of her favorite pampering products to help you look your most fabulous this holiday season:
Cleanse:
Use a cleanser daily in the morning and before going to bed. Use “cleansers without the drying surfactant (soap) ingredient, sodium lauryl sulfate that do not strip your skin and make even oily skin feel dry.” Try Le Couvent Des Minimes: Rinse-off Cleansing Cream
Treat/Moisturize:
Apply moisturizer daily in the morning and before going to bed. Pick a cream that has anti-oxidants to replenish and revive the skin. Try Skin & Co. Roma: Truffle Therapy Cream Anti-Aging Regenerative Face Cream
Protect:
If your moisturizer does not contain an SPF, make sure to always apply a sunscreen on top of your moisturizer to prevent pre-mature aging – yes, event in the winter! Pop this stick in your purse for all-day, on-the-go protection – Sun Bum: Sunscreen Face Stick SPF 30

Dazzling Blue For Your Home!

Blue is back and it's Dazzling Blue as the Pantone Color of the Year for 2014!

Add a little blue to your bedroom with the NEW Lorena Gaxiola (www.lorenagaxiola.com) home collection, that launched this week. An artistically, fashion-forward designed home collection with products in tabletop and bedding created by internationally acclaimed artist & interior designer Lorena Gaxiola has hit the color right on its decor mark.

Cielo Bedding
Layered with bold graphics in a variety of motifs and colorways, the bedding collection, was inspired by the mystical interpretation of dreams passed from generation to generation in Lorena’s family. Cielo, gently patterned in blues, GRAYs and white, comes from a recurring dream her ancestors experienced depicting a sense of floating among the clouds. Representing forgiveness and relaxation, it suggests empowerment, and improvement of one’s mental and physical health.

Cielo Accent Pillow

Cielo Euro Sham

Cielo Embroidered Sheets

Cristal Bedding
Layered with bold graphics in a variety of motifs and colorways, the bedding collection, was inspired by the mystical interpretation of dreams passed from generation to generation in Lorena’s family. The Cristal collection was conceived to spread positive energy by accentuating the glittering crystals, and splashing royal blue throughout to stimulate a sense of protection, as well as revitalization during sleep.


Great Thanksgiving Prep With Workout Wednesday!

Move over Black Friday and Cyber Monday – here comes Workout Wednesday. American Council on Exercise (ACE) launched their Workout Wednesday program to encourage the public toward a collective effort to get moving and engage in fitness activities on Nov. 27, the day before Thanksgiving.

To inspire participation, ACE is hosting a photo contest on Twitter and Instagram beginning today. Everyone who uses the hashtag #ACEWorkoutWed alongside a photo of themselves participating in a fitness activity will be automatically entered to win prizes each week in November.

On Workout Wednesday, Nov. 27, a grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the ultra-luxury wellness and spa resort Zoëtry Agua Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

ACE has compiled a suite of resources to aid in practicing moderation during the holidays and workout ideas including:


You're Invited: Nordstrom Pretty Party

This weekend - November 22nd and 23rd — swing by your local Nordstrom for their Pretty Party! Join Nordstrom Beauty for one-on-one time with their trend-savvy beauty experts and industry insiders. They will share the latest beauty tips and tricks while you're pampered with a free makeup or skincare consultation. Afterwards, get access to FREE deluxe samples and exclusive gifts with purchase (while supply lasts). Admission is free — so don’t miss it! 

To RSVP or for special accommodations, simply call or stop by your favorite cosmetics counter, located within Nordstrom.

Join the fun this weekend at

Nordstrom Freehold
3710 U.S. Highway 9
Freehold, NJ 07728
732.308.1117
Nordstrom Park Meadows
8465 Park Meadows Center Drive
Lone Tree, CO 80124
303.799.3400
Nordstrom Pentagon City
1400 South Hayes Street
Arlington, VA 22202
703.415.1121 
Nordstrom South Bay
1835 Hawthorne Boulevard
Redondo Beach, CA 90278
310.542.9440

Gilt City San Francisco Warehouse Sale!

It’s time again for the Gilt City San Francisco Warehouse Sale on November 23rd at the Sutter Room. This event features Gilt’s top brands—from men’s and women’s fashion to home accessories—at up to 90% off retail.

CONTEST: Attendees are also invited to tweet and instagram a photo of what they purchased from the Warehouse Sale by using the hashtag #RaidtheWarehouse to enter to win $100 of Gilt credit.

  • Saturday, November 23rd, 9:00am - 9:00pm
  • Shop hundreds of top brands for women, men, kids and home — all at up to 90% off retail prices.
  • For the ladies, think Helmut Lang, Missoni, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, Carolina Herrera, Rachel Roy and more.  
  • And for the men, you'll find John Varvatos, Paul Smith, and GANT among others
  • Ticketed Shopping Event for $10 with
  • Refreshments, snacks, on-site mini-spa and live music!

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