5 Ways To Get Ready For The Holiday Season

Winter in Portland is often cold and rainy. But one good thing comes with the winter weather: holiday parties! Whether it is Friendsgiving, family photos, or a NYE out on the town, you will want to look your best.

Looking fabulous can take some extra effort this time of year. The winter weather can wreck your hair and leave your skin looking less than stellar. So in effort to help you be your most fabulous this party season, I have rounded up 5 ways to get ready for the holiday season.

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BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE
Sponsored Content: I have partnered with Smile Brilliant but all opinions are my own.

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SHED THE DEAD SKIN

I'm betting you have a lovely pair of strappy heels to go with all of those party dresses.  Unless you have been keeping up with your pedicures, I'm also guessing your feet could use a little love. Two to three times a year I do a foot peel. I've tried several different peels but I like that the Patchology one has a bigger treatment sock. You are going to want to do this three weeks before you need to wear those heels so nobody sees the peeling skin.

BREAK IN THOSE SHOES

Speaking of shoes, you don't want to be breaking in a new pair of shoes while you are at your holiday party. I've learned this the hard way. Go on a date night or wear them around the house to get them broken in. Your feet will really thank you for it.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR TRESSES

Blow drying your hair, straightening or curling with hot tools, and exposing your hair to the cold weather can leave your hair damaged. Before the party season make sure you have your hair cut and colored the way yo want. Getting in an appointment right before a big holiday, say NYE, can be pretty hard so book your appointments early. Also keep your hair healthy by using good hair products and doing hair masks.

BUY SOME BEAUTIFUL DRESSES

Personally, I just buy one dress for the season since the guests at all of my events don't usually overlap. However, you may find that you want to have at least two dresses if your event calendar is very full. Buy your dresses (or outfit) now so you aren't scrambling to find something to wear at the last minute.


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What To Buy During Sephora's Sale

This is the first year that I actually qualified for the VIB. Which really means, I've spent way too much money at Sephora. My makeup and skincare collection has exploded in the last year but I can always add a thing or two to my collection. I have my eye on quite a bit but I am going to do some more beauty research before I hit the check out button.

STOCK UP ON STAPLES

I plan on making sure I am stocked on my staples like primer, foundation, and powder. If you know you are going to use them, why not save on your purchase?



Cane+ Austin Mattifying Primer: If you have issues with your foundation sliding off your face, try a mattifying primer. This one is a bit higher priced so you'll want to get it during the sale.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Suffer from redness or have issues with texture? Try this primer. This one is my cart to buy for sure.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation: If you want a long wearing  and high coverage foundation that feels like you are wearing almost nothing at all, this is the foundation to chose.

Tarte Water Foundation: If you have oily skin and want to try a water based foundation this is a great option.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: A top rated setting powder and the one in my cart.

TRY SOMETHING NEW TO YOU

Sometimes I get a little nervous to try something that I haven't heard a lot about. I get equally nervous about trying brand new products that everyone else loves because I really picky.  But with the sale and with Sephora's return policy now is the time to take some risks.




Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette: If you want to try a Huda eyeshadow palette but don't want to commit to buying the larger Desert Dusk or Rose Gold palettes, these smaller ones are a great choice.

ColourPop Golden State of Mind Palette: If you like everything shimmer, get this palette. It's already a great price and with the added discount it is a steal.

Natasha Denona All Over Glow Face & Body Shimmer:  Want to look like a shimmering goddess for your holiday parties? This is a great way to try Natasha Denona without shelling out the cash for an eyeshadow palette.

GIFT SETS FOR YOURSELF OR A FRIEND

I love to get gift sets for myself because it can be a great way to try  a lot of new products.  Also sometimes they are a really great value. Of course you could actually give your gift set as a gift.




Caudalie Ultimate Anti Aging Trio: Need an eye cream? Pick this one up for yourself. The eye cream alone is worth the price plus you get two more great anti-aging products.

Sephora Favorites Lashstash: Who doesn't need this? I don't think you can ever have too much mascara.

Tarte Limited Edition Treasure Box Set: This box set has eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, highlight, bronzer, and a lip paint making it a really well rounded gift. Maybe for teenager that is just starting to get into makeup...

GIVE ME SOME SKIN... CARE PRODUCTS

This is where I am going to get honest. I'm having a fling with makeup but my true love is skincare. Invest in your skin and you will find yourself looking beautiful even without the full coverage foundation.




Dr. Brandt Skincare Microdermabrasion Age Defying Exfoliator: Keep dry flaky skin at bay with this hard working exfoliator. A little goes a long way making it well worth the price.

Sunday Riley Good Genes All In One Lactic Acid Treatment: If you have sensitive skin lactic acid is a better alternative to glycolic as it is less harsh.

Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum: I highly recommend this product for all skin types but especially if you have sensitive skin and find vitamin c serums too harsh.

Dior Hydra Life Jelly Sleeping Mask: During the winter you are likely to need a touch more hydration, even if you have some oiliness in your skin. This sleep mask will hydrate without feeling greasy.

Lancome Energie de Vie The Illuminating & Purifying Exfoliating Mask: This mask exfoliates and hydrates the skin in under 5 minutes. This mask is seriously so good. I love it.

MAINTAINING YOUR MANE

One of the things I have been lucky to have it nice hair. I work really hard to keep it that way and I only use the best hair products. While Ulta has more selection in the hair department, there are some great hair products at Sephora too.


Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray: I have tried a lot of leave in conditioners. This one so far is the absolute best at leaving my fine hair tangle free without leaving it greasy.

Briogeo Don't Despair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System: I always use a cap when I do a mask. This cap however is loaded with extra goodies that leave your hair incredibly soft.

Bumble and Bumble Sunday Shampoo: If you get buildup, you need this product. Use it once a week to remove all of the left over dry shampoo.

This sale won't last long. In fact it ends 11/15! So head over to Sephora right now.




5 Things To Do Before Baby Arrives


 I've had two babies and each one of them has arrived before their due date.  So when it comes to making sure you are ready for baby, I almost feel like expert. Ha Ha. Just kidding. But really, I do feel like I know a lot. Some from doing things right and a bit from learning from my mistakes.

And so you don't have to learn the hard way, I am going to share my top recommendations for getting ready for baby.

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1. Baby Needs A Room...

The things you need to buy will vary depending on where baby will be sleeping. With our first, the baby and I both slept in the nursery. My youngest slept in the same room as me and my husband for the first year.

2. Do you love to do laundry?

For my first baby, I vastly underestimated the amount of clothes we would need. My oldest had really bad reflux so we went through a lot of clothes. I had only bought enough for two a day, which was not enough at all. Some days we would go through four or five outfits. I was doing laundry all the time.

3. Crunch the numbers.

For our first kid we were on a very tight budget. I made sure to know just how much I could spend. I also set priorities on which things I wanted to spend more on and which I wanted to spend less.

4. Gather up the usual suspects.

The usually suspects are things like car seats, strollers, baby carriers, diaper bag, diapers, wipes, and bottles. It can be easy to get wrapped up in the specifics of each of these purchases. For that I would turn to your friends for recommendations. Then you have to find what you like for the budget you have.

5. What's for dinner?

While I am trying to bring some levity to the situation, figuring out what you will be feeding your new baby is important. I really wanted to nurse but it didn't work out. Luckily I was prepared. I had signed up for Enfamil Family Beginnings and had received their welcome kit full of different formula samples. Even if you do plan on nursing, I really recommend having some formula on hand. Enfamil has great resources for parents, as well as information on all sorts of things, not just formula. The welcome kit is really great and has lots of samples, coupons, and helpful information. Right now you can win free formula for a year*! Who wouldn't want that? Enter here! The promotion ends December 31, 2017 so make sure you sign up soon!


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5 Places To Shop For Holiday Decor

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is decorating the house. I love picking our wreaths and garland. Themed Christmas trees? Yes, please! While I don't decorate until after Thanksgiving, now is the time to start shopping for holiday decor.

Of course it seems that I always drawn to the most expensive things. Am I the only one? But for this post I have rounded up my top 5 places to shop for holiday decor while making sure there is at least one affordable option.

1. When it comes to affordable decor, I absolutely have to include my favorite store: Target
I have my eye on the new Hearth & Hand line that will be launching on 11/05.



2.  Of course, I can't have a shopping guide without including Anthropologie.



3. If you are looking for the cutest stockings for the entire family then you have to check out Pottery Barn Kids.



4.If you are looking for unique items that are affordable then I highly recommend World Market. I also buy my stocking stuffers from here. They have so many tasty treats.



5. For those of you looking for more refined style, Terrain is the perfect place to shop for holiday decor.


I am so excited about decorating for the holidays. I will be mixing and matching from several stores to get the perfect look. Which store is your favorite for holiday decor?

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Money Is No Issue Holiday Gift Guide

Deciding to have a bit of fun, I put together the ultimate gift guide. If you are looking for the best luxury gift, then look no further. 

Vienne Mini Laser Cut Leather Tote: There is something about this bag that just says luxury. 

Bon Levy Diamond Stud Earrings: Diamond studs are classic. 

La Prairie Anti-Aging Precious Collection: The beauty lovers dream skin care products all in one beautiful package. 

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer:  This will dry their hair in record time, leaving more time for the actual date night.

Burberry Wool & Cashmere Duffle Scarf: This scarf will keep them warm and stylish.

A luxury gift guide for her

The hair dryer would be the most practical of all of the gifts. I personally love the luxurious scarf! Which luxury gift is your favorite?