Being itchy and scratchy as a result of the winter weather is brutal. Imagine this: You’re lounging on the sofa snug as a bug in a rug with your colorful new throw blanket and you can’t get completely comfortable because your back is dry. This annoys you for a variety of reasons. Mostly, your irritated because Rudolph is on and taking a rake to your back during the “why am I such a nitwit” scene is not an option. Scratch. You’ll suffer. As you embark upon your bedtime skincare ritual, you notice dry, red elbows and cracked hands. Your back looks a scaly shade of ash. Scratch, scratch, scratch. You decide to slather on some lotion. What’s a human alligator to do?
Next time you’re out holiday shopping, grab yourself a tube of Bliss Body Butter. If you’re particularly dry and flakey, run… don’t walk. Why I love it: The maximum moisture cream is light in texture, paraben free and goes on velvety smooth. Greasy film? No way. The Lemon & Sage (bright & fresh, but not in an artificially lemony way) and the Vanilla & Bergamot (warm and woodsy) are equally lovely. I’ve had success with Bliss products in the past, so I scooped up both scents (purchased at TJ Maxx!). Since it’s the season of giving, why not include Bliss Body Butter into a spa basket for someone special? Fa-la-la-la-lotion!
I never thought I’d find myself lamenting about lotion on the internet, but I felt it necessary to share this simple delight. Remember, not all moisturizers are created equal, and keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Which moisturizing cream do you swear by?
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Sweet dreams are made of cheese. And so are the kitchen accouterments that accompany a fine cheese plate.
For the cheese monger in your life (the one who gravitates towards the stinkiest cheeses at the market), consider putting together a cheese-themed gift idea. There’s nothing more exciting than discovering a new flavor (blueberry cheese? it exists) than displaying your finds like a work of art.
The perfect pairings for your fromage friend:
- Start with a wooden cheese board. The more rustic the better.
- Then add in some unique cheese-slicing and smearing utensils. I love the cork detailing on these.
- Finally, allow your guests to pile their plates sky high with buttery bries and sharp cheddars, warm baguettes and herb-flavored crackers on appetizer plates and a pop of pizzazz with colorful paper napkins.
Before presenting your gift (choose one item or gift them all in a wicker basket and bow), make a quick pit stop at the grocery store for 2-3 different varieties of cheeses. Don’t forget a fresh-baked baguette or box of assorted crackers.
London Print || Body Butter | Window Seat | Kate’s Issa Dress (Alternative)
Holy, Pantone! Those fancy color enthusiasts declared Radiant Orchid the 2014 color of the year. An understated, yet opulent selection that will surely look chic in your home or on your hangers. I adore the punchy pink undertones. Mix this color with a dollop of navy and stir in some fresh citron or bright lime. There is something soothing about this hue, as well. Basking in radiant orchid might result in the same calming effects as a day at the spa. And that is never a bad thing.
What do you think about the newest Pantone pick? Are you in?
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Holiday decor is so wonderfully over-the-top. And I love that December fashion takes a cue from the twinkling lights and swaths of silver and gold. From now until the end of the year, it’s perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) to bare your beaded skirts at every holiday occasion.
Office party that lasts til midnight? Sequins.
Double-date night in the city? Sequins to the 2nd power.
New Year’s Eve celebration with champagne? Dip yourself in a bath of sequins. Make it rain sparkles! You should be coughing up glitter the next morning. It’s the mark of a really great party.
When the lights dim, get ready for your close-up. You’ll be giving that stagnant Christmas tree in the corner a run for its money. *wink wink*
Balloons | Champagne Cakes | Stowaway Box | Luxe Fur Hats & Boots
I know you’re probably in holiday shopping mode, but there are babies born everyday. Stinking cute tiny people. If you know someone who has recently had a little one, you know it’s super easy to splurge on something for the baby. How adorable are those faux fur booties and hats from the unlikely Restoration Hardware? Far too cute!
But what about the momma? You know, the awesome woman who carried the little bundle of joy for approximately 40 weeks. If you’re heading to the hospital to visit a new mom (or even visiting the new family at their home after some settling in), a small token for her is a thoughtful gesture. I think bringing food to the hospital is a good call – they tend not to cook well at those joints! If you have time, why not personalize a gift? Monogrammed anything can be a perfect keepsake for this type of special event. If there is a big brother/sister, I typically purchase them a fun book!
Everyday there is a “new baby celebration” somewhere, and that’s a pretty nice thought! What gift(s) do you typically bring to a new mom?
Decanter | Mugs | Plates | Necklace | Cutting Board
What’s thoughtful, alphabet-friendly and can’t be re-gifted? It’s a personalized gift. Show your loved ones you’re onto them. They know who they are.
Kidding, that was the pumpkin pie talking. Too many slices of a certain Thanksgiving dessert can make a girl see red when she can’t button her work pants on the Monday morning after a holiday weekend. (I’m speaking for a friend.)
Something personalized is my biggest go-to gift for the hard-to-buy people in my life. You know, like dads who can buy themselves whatever they want (and usually do). Or crafty sisters, whiskey-loving husbands, newlywed friends, hard to impress in-laws. Nothing says I put a lot of thought into this like a giant “A” emblazoned on a mug or a decorative “B” on a white porcelain dinner plate.
Etsy is a great place to start when you’re looking for something hand-made, high quality and very affordable.
As the cool air rushes in and stirs the trees outside, all I can think about is the sweet satisfaction of spending a night indoors. It’s my happy place. No makeup, no heels, no nothing except the flickering light of the television, a warm blanket and my loved ones.
For a most perfectly perfect night in, may I suggest:
1. Slipper socks (for toasty toes)
Greatest remedy ever for people who suffer from “icicle feet” or have wood floors.
2. Pink polish (for a no fuss mani)
No need for perfection, feel free to take a cue from your nieces and nephews by coloring outside the lines.
3. Elastic pants (don’t sweat the extra helpings)
One slice, two slice, three slice, four. The forgiving construction of comfy pants make it easy to indulge in an extra helping of pie. With whipped cream.
4. Shelf your contacts (four your eyes only)
Your contacts won’t mind an extra night in the “jacuzzi” (aka, a pool of saline).
Whether you’re traveling near or far or staying put this week, we hope you find the time for a little and most definitely deserved R&R.