Best Black Friday Beauty Deals!

Black Friday is a great time to stock up on beauty essentials for yourself and they make the best gifts too! Sephora always has the best holiday sets at amazing prices, as well as some great discounts on cult favorites! Check out my top ten favorite deals below on some of my favorite beauty brands. Get them before they sell out!

People LOVE this brand, and these sets always sell out at the holidays.

Snatch up this cult fave at 50% while you can!

My favorite holiday sets are always from tarte. Such a great selection of products at an amazing price!

A gorgeous selection of Lancome favorites for the eyes: liner, mascara, primer and remover.

The best of the best in skin care. Try out lots and find your new fave!

This brand...everything they make is a home run.

A great little set of some of the best blushes around!

This is the gift to give to your teen sister, bff, or any makeup lover!

My all time favorite face wash. This stuff smells amazing!!

Comes in three color palettes, and each has a highlighter, bronzer and blush. Perfect for your on-the-go makeup kit!


Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Men

I kicked off holiday gift guide week with my one of my favorites: items for the home and today I am continuing with one of the more complicated (for me) subjects: men! Haha! I guess it can be easy if you have a guy who is into "stuff", but my husband is not! Luckily my brother is, so I do have fun shopping for him. Generally I look for things for my guys that are either something they have been needing (for my husband, it is wireless ear buds for running), clothing (because he hates shopping for himself), or things that just shout "I'm a man!" (like a survival toolkit). A few of the items I have picked for this gift guide are things my husband owns and loves, and I will let you know about them down below!

1.  'Ascot' Leather Slipper • UGG • $119.95
A really nice, high quality pair of slippers will really elevate your guys' everyday lounging situation.

2. PT Performance Short • Soffe • $16.99
Does your guy talk about "PT" (physical training) as much as mine? It may be an army/cop thing because my husband takes his PT seriously! That along with all the gear it entails; he is super picky about his workout clothes. He recently told me of this brand, Soffe, that makes military issue style PT clothing. These shorts are high on his list. Bonus: everything is super affordable!

3. Water Resistant UA Storm Hoodie • Under Armour • $59.99
I bought my husband a similar version last year (the year before? The years are starting to blur together) and he wears it all the time. It is one of his favorite items.

4. Chuck Taylor ® All Star ® 'Chuck II' High Top Sneaker  • Converse • $74.95
Another of my husband's favorite items are the new Chuck II's. He has always loved his Chucks, and when they came out with a new and improved version for the first time in their nearly 100 year history, he had to have them! The silhouette is relatively the same, but there is more cushioning and arch support inside thanks to Nike's Lunarlon technology. They come in various colors, but I like the classic black best, and love the new matte tone on tone eyelets!

5. Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Duffel Bag • Herschel • $59
For the traveler/gym goer, a trendy Herschel weekender is a nice pick. Or try a backpack for your guy on the go.

6. 'No Days Off' Graphic T-Shirt • Nordstrom • $21.60
Before our summer vacation this year, we went to Walnut Creek to go shopping and stopped in Nordstrom. My husband is a tshirt guy through and through, and he fell in love with this brand. They are soft and well constructed. He bought this exact shirt and wears it all the time. I'm afraid Target tees just aren't going to cut it for him anymore.

7. Sol Republic Shadow Bluetooth Headphones - Grey • $99.99
These lightweight and fully flexible earbuds are great for workouts.

8. Tool Logic Survival Card with Fire Starter, Light and Knife • Target • $14.99
This would be a cool little stocking stuffer. A wallet size card that has a fire starter, light, tweezers, toothpick and small knife inside.

9. The Art of Manliness Collection (Paperback) • $23.99
This giftable cigar box contains two Art of Manliness books and six coasters.

10. Ted Baker Wooden Effect Pen • Asos • $33
Why should girls have all the fun with office supplies? This wood-effect ball point pen from Ted Baker comes in a very nice box perfect for gift giving.

11. Wood'd Wooden iPad Case • $58
Crafted in Italy with a hand sanded wood finish. Beautiful!

12. Bickley + Mitchell X UO Sherpa Beanie • $32
This looks so warm and cozy, I think I want one too! I'm always on the hunt for warm hats for my husband, who shaves his head. It makes me cold just looking at him in the winter!

13. Hamilton Lace-Up Boot • Sebago • $105–199
LOVE these boots; your guy can dress them up or down. Sure to get lots of compliments!

14. Skull Planter • $19.99
Filed under one of the more quirky requests from my husband: a skull planter for his desk! Plop a succulent in top and you are good to go!

15. Men's Society Handsome Hands Manicure Kit • $33
This kit is like a manicure set packaged up to appeal to a guy. Included are nail clippers, two nail files and a woodsy, citrus scented 100% natural hand cream. Another fun stocking stuffer idea!

16. G-Shock GA-110 Military Black • G-Shock • $130
If your guy needs a heavy duty watch that can withstand anything, a G-Shock is the way to go. I love the rugged design of these as well.

17. Buffalo checkered PJ pants • Gap • $29.95
I always buy new pajamas for the family each Christmas. For the guys it's a nice new pair of flannel pj pants!

18. The North Face ETip Glove • The North Face • $45
Touch screen compatible, although I think almost all gloves are these days! A great everyday glove without too much bulk.

19. Jack Black Travel Essentials Set • Jack Black • $24
A nice travel set of men's toiletries always ends up on my lists. Such a classic and useful gift.


Treat Yourself: Jcrew Factory 50% Off Sale

J.Crew Factory is having a 50% off sale, plus free shipping today only with code GETGIFTING. (Although I'm sure there will be a few more of these days in the near future). It seems that many retailers are pulling out pre-black friday punches. I've received mailers from Old Navy and Gap for 50% off sales going on for card holders as well. Below are a few outfit ideas to get you ready for the holidays. One lounge outfit for cuddling at home, one casual outfit for running errands, and one dressy outfit for a holiday party. Treat yourself girls!





Holiday Gift Guide: For The Home / Under $50

Over the next few weeks I will be posting my annual holiday gift guides. First up are items for the home, which make perfect gifts for almost anyone on your list. I like to gift items that are either useful (hand held spiralizer), quirky (You Look Good bath rug), personalized (Monogram mug) or something a little more luxe than someone would normally buy for themselves (gold handled scissors). All of the items I have shared below are under $50. Enjoy and Happy Holiday season!

Makes "On the Rocks" a little more literal. 

I love this because on the inside rim it reads "I am grateful for.." which is a great thought to ponder when getting ready for the day.

A beautiful desk accessory is always a winner.

This looks beautiful displayed with or without flowers.

Sherpa and buffalo plaid. You can't go wrong!

A beautiful hand poured candle made in the USA.

These gorgeous glass boxes can be used to display a variety of items, or look beautiful just on their own.

Cheese knives are another favorite gift of mine. They are great for the hostess/entertainer, and I truly believe you can never have enough!

For your most discriminating friend. Pure! Natural! Finest!

I am a big calendar giver, I just love them!

For your health conscious friend, gift this along with a spiralizer cookbook.

How cute are these?!

For special occasions, recovering from sickness or just enjoying a lazy weekend, a bed serving tray is a must!

Keeps drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 12! Great for the girl on the go.

Lots of cities to choose from including San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and New York.

A beautiful tea pot is such a classic gift.

I am all about the essential oils, and a diffuser is a must! This one has a great sleek and modern look and also comes in white.

Your little morning pat on the back. Now get out there and slay girl!


10 Under $50

I'm calling this weeks' 10 under $50 the "Let's get cozy" edition. I still can't believe that a mere week ago I was still wearing tees and sandals, and now it is so cold that I've officially put our winter clothes back in rotation. I'm suffering from seasonal whiplash over here! This most wonderful time of the year is, in my opinion, best spent cuddled up at home spending time with the ones you love. Enter, Gap's "purebody" collection. It is by far my favorite place to go to stock up on warm, cozy lounge wear. Gap is currently having a 40% off sale online only, with code "REVEAL", so now would be the perfect time to buy some of the pieces I am featuring today! Get ready, because I take my lounge wear very seriously.

Ok, so this all may look boring to some of you, but believe me, these items will give you lyfe when you want to be warm and cozy at home this winter! Prices shown are before the 40% off discount, so all of these pieces will be well under $50!

This is a piece that you can wear lounging around the house on Sunday, and then just swap your pj pants for jeans for a quick store run to pick up wine and cheese. You know, the essentials.

I love these tees, they are so soft, and are great for layering. Yet another top for lounging that you can wear out as well.

For cold winter nights, I love to layer a long sleeve lounge dress like this over a pair of leggings. The extra length of the dress adds more warmth that just a regular top. 

File this under "when you wish you could just wear a blanket". Gah, I just love anything sherpa lined.

Here comes my trifecta of lounge pants in the next three links. First up, a pair of loose flannel pants, which are great for, say Thanksgiving night or after a day of baking Christmas cookies. Catch my drift ;)

Old lady alert: I have an arthritic knee (I know, I'm only 34, I never thought I'd be having health issues like that already!) that in the winter gets really achy when the temperatures drop. For those days, a nice snug pair of leggings helps give my knees the warm hug that they need to feel better. Arthritis or not, it's still nice to feel like you are wearing a warm hug, right?

Last week I posted these, and this week I saw this pair and I'm like "I want them all and I want them now!" Sweater leggings are a nice in-between of leggings and flannel pants. They are still a bit snug, but are warm and fuzzy and have a bit of stretch. Winning.

This is a nice alternative to a robe in that you can also wear it out in public without looking like a slug! Believe me, if it was acceptable to wear a robe in public, I'd be all over it.

Um, did I mention I love robes? I've always got one on over my lounge wear in the winter. Now I have my girls wearing robes around the house in the mornings and I could almost die from the cuteness. One of my favorite things is to cuddle on the couch with them in our robes and read Christmas stories. The. best.

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If you are not a fan of big floppy slippers then these sweater socks are the way to go! They have skid proof padding on the bottom to make them more slipper-like than just plain socks. Love the geometric prints!