Thanksgiving sales deals and steals

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Gobble gobble! Thanksgiving is almost here and some of the most fashionable online shops have already started to celebrate! They are giving thanks by offering fabulous sales, deals and steals online now; before Black Friday! Love that!

Here are my favorite online which are happening now. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous ;-)

Alice + Olivia: Save 25% off site-wide and enjoy free shipping starting on 11/26 and going through 12/1! Shop online here.

ASOS: Save 30% from 11/26 through 11/30. Use code TGIBF at checkout. Click here to shop the sale.

Bloomingdales: Save 50% off selected merchandise 11/25 through 11/29. Click here to shop the Black Friday sale.

DVF: Save 40% off selected styles 11/25 through 12/1.  Click here to shop the sale.

Express: Save 50% off site-wide! Click here to shop.

Kendra Scott: Save 15% off site-wide. Use coupon code BFCM2014 upon checkout. 11/26 through 12/1. Click here to shop.

Madewell: Save 25% off your entire purchase. 11/25 through 11/30. Use code GIFTON upon checkout. Click here to shop the sale online.

ModCloth: Save 50% hundreds of new arrivals! 11/26 through 11/30 ending at 10am PST. Click here to shop.

Need Supply Co.: Save 30% off sale items. 11/26 through 11/30. Click here to shop the Black Friday sale.

Nordstrom: Big deals and steals through the site. Click here to shop.

Saks Fifth Avenue: Save 60% of select styles. 11/26-11/28. Save up to 50% off 11/29-11/30. Click here to shop.

Shopbop: Save up to 25% off. Use coupon code GOBIG14 at checkout. To shop this sale, please click here.

Zinke: Save 40% off almost everything on the website. 11/24 through 11/30. Click here to shop.

Nars Alogonquin winter 2015 nail polish review

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Pictured: Nars Alogonquin nail polish for winter 2015. 2014©

Nars Alogonquin nail polish from Nars’ “Laced with Edge” winter 2015 beauty collection is a beautiful, dark lavender hue with a generous amount of sparkles. It is soft enough to wear everyday, yet edgy enough to add a little bit of sass during winter’s dreary weather, and dark color palette. Love that!

I started using Nars lipstick and eye shadow back in the mid-1990’s. I always loved the color saturation and cutting edge palettes. For some strange reason, I never got around to testing out their nail polish! When the “Laced with Edge” winter 2015 beauty collection came out, I was actually looking for lipstick! Instead, I found three beautiful nail polish colors from Nars for the winter 2015 season. One of those colors is Alogonquin which is an amazing dark lavender, light purple hue, infused with a generous amount of sparkles. 

I fell in love with both the color and the wear of Nars Alogonquin nail polish. I used two coats of color and one base coat, no top coat, and wore the nail polish for seven days. I only received one small chip on my thumb on day seven! Nars Alogonquin held up really well, and if I had used a top coat, I am certain it would have lasted longer than seven days.

I will be testing out the other two nail polish colors from Nars “Laced with Edge” Winter 2015 beauty collection very soon; so stay tuned!

Nars Alogonquin nail polish can be found online here and here.

Holiday Hostess Gifts from Santana Row

The holiday party season is upon us, this means you may need to think about bringing a hostess gift to an event you are attending! Although it is common to bring a bottle of wine to an event as a hostess gift, this is really getting boring. Do you want to be that pedestrian? Plus, what if the host does not drink? Wine could actually be a bad gift!

So what is a fashionable party guest to do? Never fear, Santana Row is here! I have partnered with my favorite Bay Area shopping destination to bring you new hostess gift ideas which do not involve alcohol. Love that!

There are so many options when it comes to hostess gifts this holiday season. Scroll down to see my picks from Santana Row for the perfect hostess gift this holiday party season!

Anthropologie

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Pictured: Blankets / Mugs

Anthropologie is a fabulous destination for Hostess gifts this holiday season. The store is jam-packed with table top decor, home decor and gift items. For the hostess, why not present her with a warm and cozy blanket she can keep for after the party? The day after she hosts a party she will be tired from all that entertaining and appreciate a new, cozy blanket to snuggle up on the sofa with while she relaxes and reminisces about how she just threw the party of the year.

If a blanket does not seem like your hostess’s thing, why not a personalized mug! Everyone needs a mug, and she will be receiving one she can enjoy hot cocoa in this cold weather season, or wake up to with a warm cup of coffee.

Please visit the Anthropologie store at Santana Row or call 408.249.0436.

C. Wonder

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Pictured: Tea Set / Cake Stand / Glasses (in-store only, similar here) / Godiva (in-store only) / Bottle Stoppers / Monogram Plates

C. Wonder is a fabulous destination for gifts all year long. Therefore, it is only natural that it is a one-stop-shop for gifts this holiday season! In addition to holiday gifts, it is the perfect place to go to find the ideal hostess gift. Since everyone else is bringing wine (yawn), why not bring a bottle stopper? Or a pie stand with a box of cookies from Cocola? Monogram gifts are on-trend this season and these cute little dishes are perfect for the hostess on your list. My picks from C. Wonder are featured above, but there is plenty more in store!

Please visit C. Wonder at Santana Row or call 408.246.1754 for more information.

Paper Source

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Pictured: Peace Love Joy Mug / Grinch Mug 

Paper Source is a fun place to find cards, wrapping paper, and gifts for the holiday season. They also have a great selection of hostess gifts. I love the mugs pictured above. The “Peace Love Joy” mug is ideal for any hostess while the “Grinch” mug will be perfect for the hostess on your party circuit with a sense of humor.

To shop, please visit Paper Source at Santana Row or call 408.241.9000

Z Gallerie

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Pictured: Cutting Board (in-store only) / Bunny Trinket Box

Z Gallerie is always a good place to find gifts for the home decor enthusiast on your list. Why not bring your hostess an unique cutting board which can also double as something to display on a kitchen shelf? The fabulous cutting board pictured above will make your hostess’s jaw drop! Or, why not give her a fabulous trinket box! You can write, and then roll up, a thank you note for the party invitation and place it inside the trinket box before you give it to her. She will love the surprise when she opens it!

To shop these selections and more, please visit Z Gallerie at Santana Row or call 408.615.9865

There you have it! For more hostess gift ideas, please visit Santana Row.

* Brought to you by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

flopZ flip flops review

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Pictured: c/o flopZ flip flops

One of my favorite shoe styles on casual days is a pair of flip flops. They  are easy to slip on and off and seem to match almost any casual outfit. Another way I use flip flops is as a comfort shoe. If I have been wearing high heels all day or doing a lot of walking or standing, a pair of flip flops is an easy, nonrestrictive shoe to wear and let my feet take a breather. So, when I was introduced to this hot new flopZ brand, I was thrilled!

flopZ is a new collection of upscale, luminescent flip flops. Although they look chic and cool on the outside, there is something that makes them special on the inside. There is an unique gel insole which treats feet to a soothing massage while walking. Love that!

I tried flopZ flip flops after a long day on my feet and they were amazing. The flip flops made my feet feel so good and it instantly relaxed me as I walked around. I am also in love with the colors. They are vibrant and downright happy! Definitely a fun way to relax my feet after a long day. Of course, a girl can never have just one pair of flip flops, so I have my eye on a couple more colors from the collection. They will also make great holiday gifts for my loved ones this Christmas season!

Each pair of flopZ comes with its’ own shoe bag; making them easy to pack into a tote bag or suitcase. Love that! To shop the flopZ collection, please visit flopz.com.

Rituals Happy Mist Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume review

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Pictured: c/o Rituals Happy Mist in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume. 

Rituals is one of my favorite bath and body brands. So, when they contacted me about reviewing their Happy Mist in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu, light bed and body perfume, I was thrilled! After all, what in the world is “light bed and body perfume?”

I love fragrance, in the form of perfume. I also love home fragrance, but all in one? I was not really sure what to expect. I was thrilled when I found Rituals Happy Mist in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume worked as a beautiful, light citrus body fragrance and also worked well as an air freshener for the bed. Love that!

Since Rituals Happy Mist in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume is safe on textiles, hence the designation “bed perfume,” It is OK to spray on after getting dressed; or even when wearing crisp, white clothing! Ritual Happy Mist in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume is made to be sprayed on both the body and fabric. This means that is will not stain textiles (fabric) and does not contain alcohol. This added benefit makes it ideal for sensitive skin. Love that!

The Mandarin & Yuzu scent is fresh and pretty. I am looking forward to trying more products by Rituals in this fragrance group. I am also looking forward to trying more light bed and body perfume from Rituals!

Rituals Mandarin & Yuzu in Organic Mandarin & Yuzu light bed and body perfume can be found online here.

Casual cold fall day

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Pictured: Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Petal” / Earrings: Ippolita / Necklace: Ippolita / Shirt: Express / Jacket: Rebecca Minkoff / Nail Polish: Chanel Exception / Handbag: Coach / Jeans: 7FAM (old, similar here) / Boots: Prada (old, also love SAVE or SPLURGE)

The weather has finally started to feel like fall! This past week, temperatures have finally dipped into the 60’s and 50’s, offering crisp fresh air and the opportunity to wear warm clothing. Love that!

Since we are experiencing a drought here in the San Francisco Bay Area, we have had an unusually warm year. We started to get spring-like weather as early as January! So, when the cooler temperatures started to hit last week, it felt refreshing; and a relief!

This warm pink moto jacket by Rebecca Minkoff is ideal for the current temperatures. It not only keeps me warm, it is both edgy and girly at the same time. Love that! I also love how it looks with this Coach shoulder bag; which is how I am wearing the painted handbag trend this season. 

How is your weather pattern? Have you had the opportunity to wear your fall clothing yet?

Chanel Intention nail polish fall 2014 review

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Pictured: Chanel Intention nail polish from the late fall 2014 beauty collection. 2014©

Chanel Intention nail polish is a new, neutral nail polish hue from Chanel. The sparkling, peachy hue was introduced as a late fall 2014 color.

Chanel Intention nail polish is limited edition and an ideal nail polish color to add to your nail color wardrobe by offering a slight twist on classic nude nail polish. Instead of offering a beige base, Chanel Intention offers a sweet, peachy hue which acts as a nude yet steps outside the traditional nude nail polish boundaries. Intention by Chanel has a slightly sparkling yet creamy finish with high gloss shine. It is a great color to have as an alternative to nude nail polish this season.

I tested out Chanel Intention nail polish from the late fall 2014 beauty collection with two coats of color, one base coat and no top coat. The nail polish lasted five days before chipping. Since the color is soft, the chips were extremely unnoticeable. Love that!

The verdict? Chanel Intention nail polish is a fabulous nail polish color to keep on hand for those times when you feel like a nude nail polish, but want something with a little more sass.

Chanel Intention nail polish can be found online here and here.

Party Attire from Santana Row

The holiday party season is officially here! This means it is time to think about finding the perfect outfit, or outfits, for all of those holiday parties we have RSVP-ed to! When shopping for holiday attire, one place in the San Francisco Bay Area comes to mind; Santana Row.

Santana Row has ideally curated shops which carry sparkling attire perfect for formal evening gala’s as well as casual house parties. This makes Santana Row a one-stop-shop for holiday party dressing. Love that!

Some of my favorite stops at Santana Row for holiday attire include Penelope Boutique for formal wear, Anne Fontaine for cocktail attire and Calypso St. Barth for holidays parties held at home. 

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How amazing are the formal dresses in the photo above? They are all at Penelope Boutique at Santana Row. The sparkling cocktail dress on the right is absolutely fabulous, and the style has been spotted on celebrities such as Paris Hilton. Penelope Boutique is definitely the place to go to find formal and cocktail attire for the holiday season. In fact, they have an amazing selection of little black dresses; always perfect for the holidays.

Penelope Boutique can be found on Santana Row. For more information, please call 408.554.0054.

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Anne Fontaine always has the most beautiful and crisp attire stocked in their boutique. I love the extremely high quality and attention to detail found in every Anne Fontaine piece. The red dress above is timeless and can be worn season after season. It is ideal for a holiday cocktail party this season and is sure to turn heads! Of course, Anne Fontaine also has a wide variety of black and white ensembles and dresses which are classic and perfect for the holiday party season.

For more information, please visit Anne Fontaine at Santana Row or call 408.296.6043.

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Calypso St. Barth is a fabulous destination for the holiday season. The styles in store at Calypso St Barth are all unique and offer both sparkle and comfort; making them ideal for holiday parties held at home or in a casual setting this season. Love that!

Calypso St. Barth also has a wide variety of faux fur and scarves in stock which will work perfectly with any type of holiday ensemble from formal attire to jeans paired with a sequin top. For a holiday cover-up, I have my eye on this one by Georgie. It would look amazing over a sequin cocktail dress or paired with jeans like the model is wearing on Calypso St. Barth’s website. The Santana Row store has all sizes in stock!

There is also a wide selection of dresses and all-black looks which will be chic and festive for every holiday event this season. For more information, please visit Calypso St Barth at Santana Row or call 408.551.0024

If you do not see what you need this holiday season at Penelope Boutique, Anne Fontaine or Calypso St Barth, please visit BCBG, Anthropologie or H & M at Santana Row for fabulous and sparkling holiday ensembles. Happy Holidays, and stay fabulous ;-)

*Brought to you by Santana Row. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Puffers jackets and vests for winter 2015

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Pictured, puffers for winter 2015: Navy Puffer Coat / Black Puffer Jacket / Raspberry Puffer Vest

Now that winter is well on its’ way, it is time to think about serious outerwear for the cold weather season. One of the coziest, and trendiest, types of outerwear for the winter 2015 season is the puffer.

Puffers come in many different forms. Puffers come in three distinct styles; coats, jackets and vests. There are also different types of puffers including down, part down, synthetic down, natural stuffing and synthetic stuffing. In addition to styles and stuffing, puffer coats, jackets and vests come in different levels of warmth and many different colors! Whew! That is a lot to think about when shopping for a warm puffer this winter season!

Some of my favorite trends in puffer coats, jackets, and vests this winter season include asymmetrical zippers, winged collars, and mixed quilting. These three trends for winter 2015 in puffer coats help to make this traditional, puffy outerwear both fashionable and attractive. Love that!

I found a few amazing puffer coats, jackets and vests around the web and put them together in order to create the shopping widget below. Many of these styles are selling out fast; so now is the perfect time to buy a puffer coat, jacket or vest. I am trying to decide which one to buy myself! which style of puffer is your favorite for winter 2015?

Agraria Bitter Orange candle in woven crystal review

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If you have been following along lately, you may already know I am a huge fan of Agraria home fragrance. I have Agraria AirEssence Diffuser’s in my home already, so I really wanted to try one of Agraria’s candles in order to experience more of Agraria’s home fragrance products. I love burning scented candles in the cool, late-fall, and winter weather. There is something warm and comforting about a candle in cold weather. Since one of my favorite fragrances to wear is orange, I thought it would be amazing to scent my home with an orange laced candle.

I was thrilled when I received my Bitter Orange scented candle from Agraria. Not only did the candle smell amazing, it was housed in a beautiful woven crystal jar. I love the idea of a formal candle and I decided to display it in my formal living room with a crystal turtle, and next to one of my kids baby pictures. Not only did the candle look amazing on my end table, it filled the room with a fabulous, bitter orange scent. Love that! 

Although I tend to wear citrus scents in the warm, summer months, there was something warm and inviting about the Bitter Orange scent from the Agraria candle which fit perfectly into the cool weather. 

This beautiful candle is housed in woven crystal with a silver-plated cap. The cap features Agraria’s crest stamped onto the top. Agraria’s Bitter Orange candle in woven crystal not only looks amazing in my home, it smells amazing too. I cannot wait to fill my home with more candles from Agraria! I also plan to pick up a few to give out as Christmas gifts this year. Perfection!

Agraria’s Bitter Orange candle in woven crystal can be found online here and here.