Friday, December 8, 2017

17 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

Are you guys ready for the holidays? I've done a lot of my shopping--but definitely not all of it! Finishing it all is my goal for next week. Otherwise, we're getting into the spirit! We decorated the tree last weekend, and this weekend, we're heading into the city and taking the kids to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockefeller Center tree. Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope it's great. Here's some fun links to check out in the meantime.

• My love for J.Crew's Tippi sweater is well established on this blog. (Reminder: It goes with everything, it can be dressed up or down, and it's super flattering.) And now they have a Tippi with a heart-eyes emoji on it! And it's on sale!

• Surprisingly, Ann Taylor has really good going-out tops. (And I mean tops that are good for, like, going out to dinner with friends. I'm not suggesting you shop at Ann Taylor for clubwear, people!) I love the sleeves on this one (should I get red or black though?), the cut-outs on this one, and the color of (and, well, everything else about) this one. They also always have amazing sales. (Right now, 40 percent off all full-price stuff!)

• This supersoft Barefoot Dreams cardigan is on my Christmas list. It basically feels like walking around in a cozy, cushy robe all day long. (Yes, please!)

• I loved checking out Grace's gorgeous holiday dinner and I'm SO excited about her giveaway: You could win a (gold!) Away suitcase stuffed with West Elm goodies. Enter here.

• Would you buy makeup from 7-11?

• Do you guys follow Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess? She's long been one of my favorite follows, but for the past few days, I have been absolutely riveted by her feed. She and her husband are currently in China adopting a baby girl, Nova, and it is the most beautiful story. I actually had tears in my eyes when she shared the first photo of Nova, and I check her feed several times during the day to make sure the Instagram algorithm isn't hiding anything from me! I get that this is slightly stalker-ish, but I bet once you read her story and follow along, you'll be hooked, too. You can follow her on Instagram here and read the backstory of the adoption here

• This multi-braided hairstyle is the coolest.

• This blogger photo shoot took places in Lowe's and it is chic AF!

• When holidays cards get brutally honest.

• Who else out there is old enough to remember Freezy Freakies, those color-changing gloves from the '80s? Well, they're back--and in adult sizes, too. I totally want a pair. Is that weird?

•  Loved this tour of Gray Benko's home--especially that gallery wall of oil portraits. So cool!

• The world's largest Starbucks is nuttttts!

• A dying woman asks to see the ocean one last time. Such a moving photo...

And in case you missed it, I...

• Shared 12 awesome beauty gifts to give--or receive.

• Introduced you to this gorgeous red velvet top.

• Highlighted a great deal (free holiday home and cleaning products!) on Grove Collaborative. **Secret inside tip: Even though, it's supposed to be over, you can actually still get the deal--and the free stuff--but only if you go through my link. (Shh!)

• Found tons of cute pajamas.

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide: The 12 Best Beauty Gifts

best holiday beauty gifts
1. Sephora sponge set // 2. Fresh lip set // 3. Elizabeth & James fragrance set // 4. Sephora palette // 5. Urban Decay Naked set // 6. Real Techniques sponge Set // 7. Peter Thomas Roth face mask set // 8. Drunk Elephant set // 9. Too Faced palette // 10. Pinrose fragrance twirler // 11. Diptyque candle set // 12. Ouai x Dyson set
Who doesn't love a beauty gift for the holidays? And there are so many good ones this year! I've spent the last few months attending holiday preview after holiday preview--so I've seen a ton--and these are my 12 favorites. Well, they're 12 of my favorites. I couldn't narrow it down, so I'll be doing a part two of the beauty gift guide soon!

For now, here's some fun ideas for your sister, your BFF, or (let's be honest) yourself. Enjoy!

1. Sephora Fox In The Box Sponge Set, $18. I practically cooed when I saw this at the Sephora holiday event. It's three makeup sponges in an adorable little fox box. CUTE OVERLOAD.

2. Fresh Sugar Lip Lovelies Set, $26. Fresh always has such awesome holiday gifts. I loved this one because I'm obsessed with the Sugar products (this one has a lip scrub, a lip balm, and a tinted balm), and I love the pretty Christmas-cracker packaging.

3. Elizabeth & James A Little Bit of Nirvana set, $48. Somewhat surprisingly, Mary Kate and Ashley really know how to make a fragrance! Here you get four minis--one of each of their Nirvana scents. My favorite is Nirvana Black. It's so sexy!

4. Sephora Into The Stars Palette, $49.50. I'm such a sucker for the massive makeup palettes that Sephora comes out with each year. This year's is really good! It has 130 different shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks--and costs less than $50.

5. Urban Decay Naked 4Some Set, $185. The Urban Decay Naked 3 eyeshadow palette--full of gorgeous rosy, super flattering colors--is my all-time favorite palette. But they are seriously all amazing.  In this set, you get full-sized versions of all four palettes. (And it's a deal! If you bought them separately, you'd pay $216.) *FYI: If you just want the #3 palette that I love, you can find it here.

6. Real Techniques Ultimate Sponge Set, $50. Any beauty girl loves a brand new (clean!) sponge for her foundation. This set comes with 12 different versions, so she'll always have a fresh one.

7. Peter Thomas Roth Meet Your Mask Samplet Kit, $25. Peter Thomas Roth masks are legendary, (Rose Stem Cell is my fave), and this kit has six different minis, so you can try them all.

8. Drunk Elephant A Skin Story Vol 1: Hot Date, $99. Such a good gift for anyone who is into clean, more natural, but still really, really effective skincare. (Or really, anyone who just wants to have great skin! I'm not exclusive to natural skincare, by any means, but I love this brand.) The set comes with four cult products: T.L.C Frambroos Glycolic Night Serum, Beste Jelly Cleanser, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, and Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil.

9. Too Faced Pretty Little Planner, $42. There's 15 eyeshadows (ranging from brights to neutrals), a Better Than Sex mascara (really good!), and an actual agenda with stickers, all tucked into the cutest little case. It's a $198 value for less than $50. 

10. Pinrose Twirl Whirl Rollerball Trio, $24. You get three perfume rollerballs in what is perhaps the happiest, silliest, most awesome packaging of all time.

11. Diptyque 3 Candles Holiday Gift Set, $210. Yes, it's super pricey. But the candles smell amazing, and they're sooo cool-looking. (Love the black and gold designs with the pops of color on the interior!)

12. Ouai and Dyson Blown-A-Ouai Set, $399. Ugh. This is SO good. I want it for myself! You get a bunch of awesome luxe hair products from hairstylist Jen Atkin's cool-girl line Ouai, plus THE hot blowdryer from Dyson that every pro stylist uses now. (And since the Dyson dryer usually costs $399 on its own, you are getting all of the products, plus a sleek carrying case, for FREE!)


Monday, November 20, 2017

Red Velvet Top

rag & bone boots
velvet top, Eileen Fisher (sold out, but similar herehere, here, and here); jeans, Zara (old; similar here and here); booties, Rag & Bone (way less expensive but very similar studded version here); clutch, old (similar here); nail polish, Essie Romper Roomrag & bone boots
beachy waves

gray jeans
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

I went to high school in the '90s, so velvet holds a special place in my heart. Back then, velvet was hugely popular, and I was hugely into it. I had velvet everyyyyything. Velvet baby doll dresses, a velvet patchwork shirt (yes, it was ugly), flowy velvet poet blouses, floppy velvet hats, velvet chokers, a velvet bra top that I wore peeking out from a flannel shirt when I went to concerts (don't ask), velvet scrunchies, and so on and so on. I was a walking Contempo Casuals ad, I was George Costanza ensconced in my beloved velvet (who remembers that episode?), and I loved every moment of it.

And now, velvet is huge again, and I. am. living for it. This burgundy top was my first nostalgic velvet purchase. (It's sold out, but you can find a similar one herehere, here, and here.) I love toughening it up by wearing it with gray jeans and black boots, but it could also be dressed up with black pants and heels. So good for a holiday party!

Who else is super into velvet right now? And who else was into velvet during the '90s, like me? (Anyone??)


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Here's How To Get *FREE* Mrs. Meyer's Holiday Products From Grove Collaborative

grove collaborative

Years ago, when I first moved to New York, I worked at the flagship, 5th avenue location of a national clothing store during the holiday season. Needless to say, working there during the holidays was rough in many ways. It was crowded, there were never-ending lines of cranky people, and the hours were long enough that I often found myself folding sweaters late into the night while my friends were enjoying themselves at holiday parties. But there was one aspect I loved: The store I worked at sold incredibly beautiful holiday candles, which they scattered all around the store during the season, and kept burning all day long. It was heaven. Because love holiday scents

I love the crisp smell of a fresh Frasier fir that hits you when you open your door. I love walking into someone's home and smelling mulled spices. I love the bracing smell of peppermint. If that's you, too--and if you love free stuff like me--you will love the holiday deal I have for you today. (Details below...)

grove collaborative

Many of you guys have heard me talk about Grove Collaborative before, but if you're new here: Grove Collaborative is a site that carries natural products for home and body, and somehow, manages to offer these high-end, normally-pricy brands at very competitive, very affordable prices. (They carry lines like Mrs. Meyer's, Method, Caldrea, Seventh Generation, Acure Organics, Burt's Bees, and many more.)

The other awesome thing about Grove is that, from time to time, they offer these kind of unbelievably amazing, limited-time free gifts just for trying out the site. And I have a good one for you today where you can get the limited-edition Mrs. Meyer's holiday scents for FREE!

The three Mrs. Meyer's limited-edition holiday scents (Peppermint, Iowa Pine, and Orange Clove) are so good, and make washing dishes or wiping down countertops noticeably less grueling. 

If you'd like to try them out for free, I've partnered with Grove once again to bring you this deal, which they are only offering through November 19

With your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative using this affiliate link, you will get the following (full-size!) items for FREE in your choice of scent:

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday hand soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday dish soap

• Free Mrs. Meyer’s Holiday multi-surface spray

• Free Grove seasonal kitchen towel

• Free Shipping & 60 Day VIP Trial (VIPs get free shipping on every order, free gifts, exclusive sales, and more)

The products are worth over $30, so it's a great way to check out some really nice home products that you might otherwise never have tried.

*FYI, if you're already a Grove Collaborative customer, you aren't eligble for the deal above (sorry!). BUT *if you use this link,* you'll get a FREE set of Grove's awesome Walnut Scrubber sponges.

grove collaborative

You can cancel anytime, so honestly, it's worth at least placing one $20 order and getting all the free stuff! Then you can decide later whether or not you want to continue ordering through them. (That's what I planned to do when I got my own deal way back when, but I've totally stayed on and I order all of my cleaning products through Grove now.)

I'll also be doing a Facebook Live later this week talking about this deal, these products, and Grove, so make sure you've liked and followed me on Facebook so that you get a notification. It should be fun!

Don't forget: This offer ends November 19th, so grab your free products now!

Note: This is not a sponsored post and I was not paid to feature these products, however I will receive a small affiliate commission from any purchases.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Here's How To Upgrade Your Sleepwear Game

Karen Neuberger Buffalo Check Family Pajamas (My pj set, my daughter's unisex onesie, my son's unisex "Elfie" set)
Karen Neuberger Plaid Dog Fleece
P.J. Salvage Ski School Flannel Pajama Set and Faux Fur Slippers
Lauren Ralph Lauren Plaid Flannel Pajama Set and Ugg Dakota Slippers

PJ Harlow cardigan, pj pants, and tank; P.J. Salvage Faux Fur Slippers

Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe // All photos by Will Carter

When it comes to sleepwear, I'll admit it: Until recently, I had kind of "let myself go." See, I'm perfectly happy sleeping in a t-shirt and sweatpants--not that there's anything wrong with that. But over the years (yes, years), my go-to rotation of sweats has gotten old, stretched out, and even less-cute than when I started wearing them. (And let's face it: They weren't that cute to begin with.) I am well aware that I have an ugly-pj habit, but I've been reluctant to quit it, because they're just so darn comfy.

Enter Bare Necessities to save me from myself. They recently challenged me to find sleepwear that's just as comfy as my old standbys, but infinitely cuter and more flattering. So I went on a mission!

I started searching and trying on a bunch of different pjs, robes, and loungewear sets. And now...I feel like a convert! All of the styles shown above are just as comfortable and easy as my old faithfuls, but so much better looking. This is a big deal for me, since I often work at home, so my sleepwear regularly goes into overtime and becomes daywear (don't judge!). I now know that I'd much rather spend the morning in a flowy cardigan than ratty sweats.

So, if your sleepwear wardrobe is lacking like mine was, consider giving it an upgrade. And since we're entering holiday season, now's the perfect time to treat yo'self. Nice, new pjs will look better and you'll feel better in them, too. 

A few of my favorites to check out:

-PJ Harlow blush-pink loungewear set - I love the cardigan for lounging around the house (honestly, though, it's cute and substantial enough to wear outside); the silky pants and tank are great for sleeping.

-Lauren Ralph Lauren Plaid Flannel Pajama Set: The colors of the plaid are gorgeous, and the fit is amazing. I actually went a size down in this one, because I loved the way they looked a little more fitted. I also liked that the fabric felt a little lighter, thinner, and crisper; it's not super heavy flannel. And these Ugg slippers are one of my favorite things out of everything I'm wearing in these photos. They're lined with sheepskin, so they're super cozy, but they have enough structure that you could even wear them to run outside to grab the mail or something. 

-PJ Salvage Ski School Flannel Pajama Set: Thick, supercozy flannel that's perfect for supercold winter nights. And I love the retro ski print!

-Karen Neuberger Buffalo Plaid Family Pajamas: While we're at it, holiday is also the perfect time to wear matching family pajamas. I mean, how cute are they?? My kids and I were obsessed with them, my dog had mixed feelings (!), and my husband refused to join in on the fun (well, at least for the blog photos!). You can find my two-piece pj set here, my son's unisex "#Elfie" pj set here, my daughter's unisex onesie here, and my dog Easton's outfit here!

And finally, to start your updated sleepwear wardrobe off right, I've partnered with Bare Necessities to give away this Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe like I'm wearing in the last photo above. I've actually owned one of these robes for going on ten years and I can attest that they are THE BEST. So soft, so comfy--since Barefoot Dreams also makes super cushy blankets out of the same material, these robes are literally like wrapping yourself in a cozy blanket. What's better than that?

To win one for yourself, enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. (Open to U.S. entrants only.) Good luck! [GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED]

Thank you to Bare Necessities for upgrading my sleepwear game--and partnering with me on this post!

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I Love This Giant Pink Sweater!

oversized sweater
sweater (also here) // jeans // clutch // booties
oversized sweater
oversized sweater

oversized sweater

oversized sweater
clare v pink stripe clutch
Photos by Lydia Hudgens

There are big, oversized sweaters--and then there is this sweater. It is nothing short of ginormous. And I love it.  It's SO comfy. It's SO big. And it's SO pink and cushy and just all-around great. It's also under $150! (One note: I recommend sizing down when you order it. I wear a medium in 99.9% of clothes. but I'm wearing a small here, if you can believe it. The medium was a little too big for my taste.)

These booties are another one of my favorite things, right now. They're Nine West (yes, really!) and they are so comfy and cool-looking. They are $139. but Nine West is running a great sale right now: You can get 20% off one item, 30% off two, and 40% off three! (BTW, if you're looking for another cool pair, I also bought these boots at the same time and I love them, too. In person, they look way more expensive than they really are!)

Here in NYC, the weather finally turned cold yesterday (even though it's November). And while I'm not typically a fan of the cold, I am a fan of sweaters. So, bring. it. on.


Friday, November 3, 2017

14 Cool Things You Need to Click On Today

halloween zombie snow white costume

Did you guys have a good Halloween? We went trick-or-treating with my Zombie Snow White and my "Zombie Prince From Snow White" for about 45 minutes (during which they still managed to scoop up over 100 pieces of candy each...!), and then spent the rest of the evening at a friend's house. (And I did the zombie makeup! My daughter's is a combination of gray eyeshadow from a Cover Girl smoky eye palette, fake Mehron blood, and temporary wound tattoos. My son freaked out when he saw my daughter's makeup, but I did talk him in to a cartoonish zombie and ghost drawn on his cheeks with eyeliner.)

This weekend, my parents are in town, and I also have a ton of work to do to prep for a very important houseguest we have coming next week. (More on that later!)

Whatever you're up to this weekend, I hope you make it a great one. Here's a few fun links to check out when you have a moment.

• Although it is 74 degrees today (thanks, global warming), you're going to need a coat sooner or later. That means, now is the perfect moment to scoop one up. Just in time, J.Crew is having a BIG sale on coats right now (they're already marked down 25% and then you get an additional 15% off with code MOREISMORE). I love J.Crew coats and have worn them pretty much exclusively for the past few years. I currently own two: 1) This black puffer coat, which is really warm and pretty much as flattering as a puffer coat can be. (I love it!), and 2) This chateau parka, which I tend to wear on cold-but-not-deathly-frigid days. (Though it is still really, really warm.) I have a tan version, but I love the gray, the burgundy, the pink, the green, and the black--all of them, really. 

• AG makes my favorite jeans, but they're on the expensive side and I rarely see them marked down. So I'm super excited because this pair is on major sale right now. Run!

• Speaking of major sale, these faux-leather leggings are marked down to $18 right now. That's right: EIGHTEEN DOLLARS. 

• Who doesn't love a good face mask? And who doesn't love a good face-mask selfie? This one is perfect for that: For a limited time, Boscia's detoxifying, brightening charcoal mask comes in a hot pink version. So fun!

• Obsessed with these camo leggings. And they're on sale, too!

• Every holiday season, SK-II comes out with a limited-edition bottle for its cult-favorite, skin-transforming Essence. I just got a peek at the 2017 limited-edition design and it's SO cool. Love the inspiring mantras and the awesome graffiti writing!

• I visited the Winchester Mystery House with my family as a child, and have been obsessed ever since. (You must go next time you're in the San Franciso area!) Now, it's going to be a movie, and I am SO excited.

• What a simple--and adorable!--idea to make a simple scoop of ice cream even more fun for kids. (You can get those edible googly eyes right here, BTW.)

• I shared my favorite new beauty products launching this month on Total Beauty.

• These gender-reveal fails cracked me up!

• This Halloween makeup is insaaaaaane!

• I so want to try these 15 kid-friendly recipes that use Trader Joe's riced cauliflower. (I want to try them for my kids and me!) 

• If you live in New York City, you may have heard the recent story of a dog named Cash who broke free from his leash in Brooklyn, ran across the Brooklyn Bridge, and then took a solo tour of Manhattan for the next seven hours. It was actually a work friend's dog (!)--so I was glued to my Facebook that day for hours looking for updates--and it's the craziest story. (With a happy ending!) A must-read!

• All the new mattress-in-a-box companies that have sprung up recently (Casper, etc) have increased competition, and apparently, they've started mattress wars with lawsuits and more. This story was fascinating!