Holiday Gift Guide for the Ladies

Who here thinks that buying gifts for the women in our lives is difficult? My hand probably went up faster than yours.  Ladies, we are a challenge!  But isn’t that because we would be happy with a gift card to have our kitchens cleaned daily for a year?  While I have no idea where to find that, and trust me I am still searching for that, I did manage to find a smattering of presents that is sure to please.

A quick note.  There are no cookware or kitchen gadgets on this.  In my family we had rules about gifting those specifically to the women, so check back for a gift guide specific to those!


These are all products I have and love and are perfect for any woman!

  1. Who doesn’t love a pair of these?  I know they are pricey, but they last FURever!  this style is my personal favorite.  Easy on and off!
  2. Hands down the best curling iron out there.  I know there are several competitors that everyone loves, but for me, these work the best and are universal for all hair types.
  3. This is perfect for the outdoor and wine lover.  Carry everything you need PLUS the wine all in one.  No leaks!
  4. These are on everyone’s list for a reason.  They are the BEST faux leather leggings out there.  No plastic feel and go with everything!
  5. This razor is perfect for the traveller.  The cartridges come in their own holder (no gunk) and have a charcoal strip to help keep you clear of bumps!
  6. I can’t say enough about these bracelets!  I wear one daily.  They are perfect for any gal on your list!
  7. Robes were on my list until I found this one.  I have it in a deep purple.  It’s so cozy and soft and keeps you warm!
  8. This hair dryer is AMAZING!  I use this on blow dry days for volume and shine.  And it dries super quickly!
  9. This makeup organizer is a life saver.  The compartments are height adjustable to fit any product and it spins so you can see everything you need.
  10. This is the perfect tote!  I have been using this for a year with the insert and it really is great quality.  The handles are soft and don’t cut into your shoulders.  Plus it fits a lap top and water bottle.  And you can have it monogrammed!
  11. THE BEST SLIPPERS!  I love these ones.  They release them every year.  I have had mine for a few years and they wear exceptionally well.  They are cushioned and soft too.  If glitter isn’t your thing, these are equally as comfortable and cozy!
  12. This pillowcase is a life saver.  Wake up with smoother skin and hair.  I was hesitant to jump on this bandwagon, but I am amazed and won’t be going back to my regular pillowcases.
  13. How many times have you heard about someone dropping their phone or tablet in the tub?  Yep, a lot over here too.  I love my bath holder, plus this one holds a wine glass!  Gift this with a candle and a book (or two) for the perfect relaxation gift!


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Holiday Look Book

The holidays are here!  Ok, fine, they have been here for a bit-but now that it’s December, nobody is going to side-eye you for wearing sequins on the daily.  I am joining up with some of my blogger friends to share our Holiday Look Books!  Today I am bringing you Part I!


I love sequins.  If I had been even a remotely good dancer, I could have been a dancer on the Vegas strip. Flashy and over the top just calls my name. But for real wear, I like to tone down my sequins.

In this Part I, I’m showcasing 5 looks that can be taken from day to night to any holiday function! Sequin, rich hues, and velvet are where it’s at!


Tone down the flash by pairing a denim jacket and some sneakers with an otherwise flashy skirt!  Print mixing can also add some quirk to settle the sequins down; keep on holiday theme by adding a plaid scarf!

If daytime sequins has you running for your sled, satin is a great choice! Slip skirts can be found everywhere and in so many patterns and colors. Since it’s the holidays, red is calling my name!  Want to know how to fit your bulky sweaters in your thinner skirts?  Tuck them into some Spanx!

Heading out for an outdoor event?  Sequined leggings are going to be your friend!  Not only are they comfortable, but they pair well with just about anything.  Layer them with a coat and dressed up top OR with combat boots and an ugly sweater!  I like to go middle ground by keeping my top half preppy and casual and my bottom half dressed up.

Oh hello velvet!  I fell in love with velvet a couple years ago and now it takes up about 25% of my holiday wardrobe. These pants have a tuxedo stripe to dress them up even more.  To keep the pants the star, I went with a matte sequined top and a complimentary snake print pump.  This outfit is a great canvas for any occasion- swap the shoes for sneakers or a patent red pump!

Remember the casual sequined skirt from look one? It’s back! For the full on glam, grab a jewel tone velvet top and add in some statement jewels, ok A LOT of statement jewels.  If you can’t go overboard during the holidays when can you?



Check back next week for Part II and don’t forget to click the link below to see everyone else’s looks!


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Cyber Monday Showdown!

I love a good competition.  Just ask my husband; if I can ‘one-up’ him, I will.  At one point we even had a game we played where we would bet a point on whether something the other person thought was true.  We kept track on our phones and at the end of the year, the loser bought dinner.  What does this have to do with anything?

CYBER MONDAY is the ultimate markdown competition amongst retailers.  Sometimes, so much so that during the course of the day and item will go from 20 to 30 to 50 percent off.  I have rounded up all the sales and any coupon codes below!

Abercrombie & Fitch​  – 40- 50% off entire store (online only)

Amazon – Alexa deals, 200 of Dyson, and more

American Eagle​ ​ – 40% off online and in-store + free shipping (50% off sweatshirts and sweaters)

Ancestry – up to 50% off

Anthropologie​ ​ – Extra 50% off sale items; 30% off everything

Apple – Up to $200 in gift cards with purchase

Banana Republic​ – 50% off entire purchase

Baublebar – 30% off everything

Best Buy – $200+ OFF TVs, laptops, appliances

Chico’s – 50% off everything

Crate & Barrel​ – 20-30% off site-wide (furniture and select items excluded)

DSW – 30% off with code BCCYBER

Express​ – 50% off everything + free shipping

JCrew – 50% with code MONDAY

Kohl’s – 20% plus $10 off $50

Loft – 50% and free shipping with code CYBER

Macy’s​ ​ – 30% Off Online Only

Madewell​ ​- 30% off your purchase PLUS an additional 10%

NIKE – 25% off select items with code CYBER

Nordstrom​ – Up to 50% off AND they will price match!

Nordstrom Rack​ ​- Upto 60% off

NY&Co – 50-80% off everything!

Old Navy​ ​ – 50% off

QVC​  – Tons of deals!

Sephora​ ​ – Up to 50% off select items

Sole Society – 30% off everything

SOMA – 30% off everything and $29 cool nights PJs

Spanx – 20% off everything

Stella & Dot – 30% off site-wide

Steve Madden – 40%-50% off with code CYBER2019

Target​ ​- 30% off Clothing and Accessories

UGG– Up to 60% off classics

Walmart​– up to 60% off

Wayfair – up to 80% off

World Market – up to 40% off with code CYBER2019

And if anyone (Ahem, hubs) is wondering, I want that Dyson vacuum!


Loft Try On!

I headed into Loft last weekend for a little shopping and was NOT disappointed. I really feel like there are stores who deliver regularly for me and Loft is no exception.  I love this time of year because there is always a great plaid, some velvet, and a whole lot of deep colors.   Case in point! Look at this plaid!

And this one.

here again! (And I found a hat)

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Holiday Gift guide for Kids and Babes

Ah, the kiddos.  For me, they are the best part of the holiday season.  For them, it’s all about fun; no stress!  They are also so easy to get stumped on and go over you budget on.  In my house, we **try to follow the 4 gift rule of something you want, something you need, something to wear, and something to read.  But that doesn’t mean the gifts have to be BORING!

  1. Let’s talk about my favorite toy as a kid.  I still remember seeing these stacked in the family room on Christmas morning.  Santa brought them for the house, and they were seriously, THE BEST imaginary play item.  We made houses, a swimming pool, a cave, and a spaceship.
  2. We try to have a game night once a week.  We also try to keep the games active.  This is an old stand by that always has one of us laughing.
  3. Brandon is OBSESSED with this puzzle.  There is an option to have sound to help guide or silent.  I think this has bought me 20-30 minutes of ‘free time’ while he play, and laughs.
  4. I had to solicit my daughter’s advice for some of her favorites.  These are an LOL meets Hatchimal.  She swears they are so fun, and the packaging isn’t excessive.
  5. Baby Shark has to come into play, right?  This plushy plays Baby Shark (so you don’t have to) and there are no buttons to have to fidget with!
  6. Scout has been Brandon’s best friend for a year.  This dog is great for an infant and a preschooler. It’s also programmable for your babe’s favorites and name!
  7. I wish this had existed when Lily was younger.  She had a toy vacuum that sucked up plastic balls. This guy actually cleans your floors.  Imaginative play AND a clean hallway?  YES PLEASE!
  8. If you are nervous about an actual vacuum, this set of cleaning toys is a great choice.  I loved these when Lily was younger.  We would sweep and mop the family room for hours!
  9. I’ll be real with you.  These make me nervous.  I remember when this was on Lily’s list and I just could NOT go through with it.  Luckily, her grandparents did and she has been cruising since.  There are a lot of scooters.  This one is adjustable for multiple ages, and isn’t covered in plastic or characters.  Lily has had hers for 5 years now and still yes it.
  10. If you have a kid obsessed with magic, this is so fun!  I like it because it’s something they need you for.  You can help them create a wand and have fun with them!
  11. Back to the youngins.  I love a good puzzle, and this doubles as a ride on, so more bang for your buck!
  12. All ages. (yes even adult) love a crawling tunnel.  We have one and it is used on the daily.  You won’t regret this!
  13. Do you know how much a Lego hurts to step on?  Me too.  That’s why I love these.  Building Tys without the pain?  I’ll take em.  They also are magnetized, so no breaking a nail trying to pry a piece apart!



Winter Fab Fit Fun Box Review

Subscription boxes may be a weakness of mine.  Remember when they first came out and they were the Uber-tiny sample sizes?  Me too.  I discovered FabFitFun about 5 years ago (honestly can’t remember when because it was THAT long ago) and have not looked back since.

FabFitFun is a seasonal box (4X/year).  The Winter 2019 FabFitFun box is AMAZING!  The box cost is $49.95  (save $10 with code WINTERFUN) and has well over $300 worth of products.  Plus just look at how cute it is under the tree!


Well let’s just start this box off on a high note, shall we?  A planner!  I LOVE paper planners.  There is something so gratifying about putting pen to paper and mapping out my life.  I am STOKED for this one!

The FabFitFun crew always includes a few beauty finds that I have had my eye on or intrigue me.  This go round they offered a Makeup Eraser and a waterless brush cleaner, Color Switch.  Both of these promos to streamline your beauty routine.  I can’t wait to try them both!

Ok, the box just gets better and better.  I have been wanting to try R+Co haircare for MONTHS now.  Counting down the days til wash day so I can lather up with these!

Speaking of hair care… before I had Brandon, I was a regular at DryBar.  Now, I am lucky enough if I have time to get my hair all the way dry.  BUT what I do remember is how GOOD the Pep Rally detangled smelled and how well it worked on my perpetually tangled tresses.

As always, FabFitFun hit it out of the park with their bath products.  The first is a coffee body scrub.  Maybe it’s just me, but I prefer an earthier scent to my body scrubs.  The next is a lavender epsom body wash.  I regularly soak in Epsom salts, so this should be a welcome change.

FACE MASKS!  I am a sheet mask lover.  I really have never tried a bad one (unless you count one that was dried up!).  This set is T W E L V E masks (6 eye; 6 face).  I have one on right now.  I feel so relaxed!

This is wear the FabFitFun wins me over every time.  The boxes are seasonally appropriate and always include something you are really going to use.  This time it’s a hat and fingerless gloves.  But not just any random ones, they are Rebecca Minkoff.  Pom hats are a great way to keep warm and look put together in the winter.

Lastly, are these COZY animal print lined cable knit slippers.  WHOA thats a mouthful.  They are roomy enough for larger feet, and the fluffy insides allow for smaller feet to not feel overwhelmed.  And they are so so soft.

FabFitFun also offers up to 70% off add-ons and frequent allowances to customize your box!  Sign up for FabFitFun HERE and don’t forget to use WINTERFUN to save yourself $$$$



Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Anyone else have an unspoken competition with their spouse during the holiday season?  Me too.  After the wrapping paper is cleaned up and the cinnamon rolls are consumed, we proclaim one of us the winner.  All the years I have won, I have stuck to a formula of comfy basics, fun, and upgraded staples.

  1. The coziest thermal – This is my husband’s favorite cozy thermal.  Comfy enough to wear a home and nice enough to wear paired with a vest for some outdoor fun.
  2. Magnetic holder – I love a good home project.  I especially love the ones I can hand off.  This screw and nail holder will help your man get that list done faster, and with minimal help.
  3. Grooming kit – When I was younger, this was on my dad’s list every year.  This is great for the traveler or the man who always needs a smooth face.
  4. Super Nintendo – Elder millennials will swoon over this.  All the classics in one console, a no blown on the cartridge!
  5. Comfy Sneakers – These sneaks are incredible!  They feel like a comfortable trainer but look sleek enough to wear out to a casual dinner.
  6. Bluetooth hat – Runners, outdoor enthusiasts, and stroller dads alike all need a hat they can pair with their iTunes subscription.  These come in so many colors, but I am liking this 90’s grunge pattern and color way.
  7. Hair Clippers – My husband told me to put these on here.
  8. Loungewear – Another cozy basic, these joggers and sherpa zip-up are so soft and wear well.  I grab new ones every year and the hubs wears them forever!
  9. Fun socks – Truth be told my husband has repeatedly asked me to stop buying him novelty socks.  But now that I know he isn’t a fan, I feel the need to go out of my way to find him ironic ones like these.  They even come in a pizza box!
  10. Cool guy shades – The men in my life have a hard time spending money on themselves.  My husband has had numerous pars of cheap sunglasses; spoiler, they break.  These are a classic style that suits any face shape.
  11. Drill bits – Actual quote from my husband: “You can never have too many drill bits.”  All drill bits wear down with repetitive use.  These have lasted us for YEARS, and we use them a lot!
  12. Brewmaster – For the beer lovers, this kit is a great way to start brewing your own recipe.  Pair it with some custom beer steins too!
  13. All weather slippers – Elevate his slippers with these soft, durable ones.  These can be worn outside (no excuses not to take out the trash), have amazing cushion, and are so durable!

Happy shopping!


Holiday Gift Guide for Teens & Tweens

I always thought having a tween meant stressing out over what she would like.  Turns out it’s the opposite (at least for this year).  When I let it slip that I was putting together gift guides for her age group, Lily gave me LIST of everything that she wanted and is ‘cool.’

  1. Wall Organizer – This is the perfect gift for any busy teen.  Bulletin board for mementos, calendar for social activities, weekly planner for tasks, and a doodle board.  If they ask, just tell them it’s retro!
  2. Portable Phone Charger – I have a love/hate relationship with my daughter’s phone.  I love that we can get in touch at any time.  I hate that it always seems to be at 20% battery.  This portable charger works quickly and isn’t so small that it will get lost!
  3. Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit – Want a way to connect without seeming like you’re nosy?  Harry Potter.  We play this once a week in our house and it’s a great way to trigger conversation.
  4. Backpack – Just like when I was a teen, backpacks (especially mini ones) are all the rage.  I love this brand.  They were designed to be effortlessly cool.  And they come in so many colors.
  5. Art Supplies – Tech is everywhere; it’s nice to take a step back.  Your teen may roll their eyes at this, but I can assure you, they will love these once you turn your back.  This brand of pencils is my personal favorite.  Soft, bendable, and come in a range of colors.
  6. Bluetooth Speaker – Teens and tweens alike will love this speaker.  This pairs seamlessly with any device, is waterproof, and portable.  Great for any tween who likes to have aspartame’s party in the tub or sing at the top of their lungs in the shower.
  7. Instant Camera – Before cell phones, digital cameras, and advantix, there were instant cameras.  They took forever to process and the quality was terrible.  Flash forward and that is now a desirable, go figure.  There are a few instant cameras on the market, but this one has the best film and picture accessories.  SO RETRO!
  8. Hydroflask – For every VSCO girl and boy.  Just add stickers!
  9. Mario Party – For those of us with gamers… I don’t play video games, but everyone else in my house does.  This game is fun for all ages and has multiple ‘parties’ you can play depending on levels, time, and players.
  10. Scrunchies – Have you heard about how cool scrunchies are again?  I hear it daily.  They can be worn as a hair or wrist accessory, and traded.  This set has a whole wardrobe of scrunchies to fit any mood.
  11. Pura Vida Bracelets – These charitable bracelets come in so many colors and options.  Lily says that rainbows are very cool, but if that’s not your thing, there is even the option to give the gift of a monthly bracelet club.
  12. Slippers – These OG Steve Madden slippers are at the top of someone’s list over here.  Fluffy and loud, these are perfect for cozying up.
  13. Sneakers – Chucks are perennially cool.  If you are lost, grab a pair of these and some fabric markers so they can personalize them!


Makeup Monday – Get Ready with Me!

Years ago I had a YouTube channel.  You know, back before people had 6 million followers and were hating on each other.  Anyway, I posted tutorials, reviews, and rants.  And then one day I deleted it all.  I regretted it instantly.  Flash forward to 10+ years later and I am back with my first full face look.

This achievable makeup look is my go to when I want to up the drama and don’t want to look over done.  What’s the secret? BLEND BLEND BLEND!



And the hair!


I’ll be breaking this down over the next few weeks with some really helpful hints.  Happy viewing!


Primer –

Foundation (2W2)

Concealer (Snow and Honey)

Under Eye Powder –

Eye Primer –

Eye Base (Bad to the Bronze) –

Eye Shadow Palette –

Eye Liner –

Setting Powder –

Bronzer (Dark Chocolate) –

Highlighter (Exposed) –

Blush –

Brown Pen (Lingering) –

Brow Set (Girl Boy) –

Mascara –


Sponge ––s42rC1JQ

Brushes – and

Eyelash Curler –


Old Navy Try On

Once again, Old Navy has stolen my wallet with their fabulous (an affordable) holiday line.  Cozy, casual, and colorful was the theme!

If there is one thing to snag from Old Navy, it’s a pair of their Rock Star jeans.  They have a variety of rises, lengths, and washes.  The cut on rockstars is flattering on EVERYONE.  I am loving these ankle length distressed ones.

Old Navy sweatshirts are an old standby in my closet.  They wash and wear well, don’t pill, and aren’t too thick for mild weather.  I always size up one to et a loose, but not overly baggy fit.

So glad they brought this shirt back (and in more colors).  This is an easy top to dress up or down- think baseball with leggings and sneakers to date night tucked into high waisted jeans and statement jewels!

Turtlenecks are everywhere right now.  This sweater is gorgeous; the material is beautiful and NOT ITCHY!  This will work well with leggings or leggings and boots and with slacks for the office.

See what I mean?  TURTLENECKS!  This sweater reads like a J Crew or Madewell sweater, but at an Old navy price!  This reminds me of the 90’s in a happy way.  This is definitely casual sweater; perfect for the pre-holiday festivities where you sit around!

Every time I wear pink I say I am not a pink person.  This cardigan has made me a pink person.  Boyfriend cardigans are everywhere, and this is a welcomed change.  It’s boxy but flattering.  I tucked it into jeans to treat is as a v-neck pullover here, but I can see it with a sequined cami and high waisted pants.

Love a good seasonal print.  Buffalo check is also everywhere, and this shirt is dressed up enough to take you from the office to happy hour.

I have already worn this top twice-including in our family photos.  This was a total surprise for me.  The color reads more tan than mustard, so if you’re on the fence with mustard, this is a gateway blouse for you.  I love the billowy fit on this paired with a skinny jean or pencil skirt.

Old Navy does active and athleisure so well.  This funnel neck top is so soft and feels like pajamas.  It’s also luxe enough to wear to a PTA meeting!

This cardigan should be on everyone’s holiday wish list.  I have a few Old Navy cardigans and they are all a thicker knit, which is limiting in California.  This guy is perfect year round.  These pull-on pants are also a winner.  They come in a few colors and look expensive.  This pair has a side stripe, keeping them more casual; I was blown away by how much I loved them.  Well, I was blow away by how much I loved EVERYTHING, again!

Happy shopping!