Today I just got a list of all the AMAZING Cyber Monday deals and steals that I cannot wait to share with you when the sales begin. What I can say for now is that there are many ways to save this holiday season! And on really high-end products as well. But for today, we are focusing on the beauty enthusiast in your life. That woman who could never have enough red lipsticks, or can identify the type of mascara you are wearing. That lady is special to us and we want to share which gifts will melt her beautiful heart.
Small Business Saturday has become increasingly popular over the years, and for an excellent reason. It is a great way to highlight local businesses that are making huge impacts on our economy. Did you know that 54% of our economy is run by small businesses¹?
Why Shop Small?
There are many reasons to shop small, from supporting local artisans and experts to keeping the neighborhood unique. Here are a few more reasons:
- Creates a healthier economy
- Tax money stays local
- One-of-a-kind pieces or services
- Higher quality goods
- Larger positive impact on family’s who run the businesses
My Favorite Small Businesses
For fashion, I have a few favorite New York City boutiques that are perfect for finding any holiday gifts and to shop on small business Saturday. However, the one that is my absolute favorite is Lexie located on 19th East 9th Street Between Fifth avenue and University. I love the hand selected and curated items that the shop carries. Plus the boutique’s luxurious atmosphere, from the chandelier to fur carpet, makes me want to browse for hours.
For spas treatments, check out Higher DOSE! It is an NYC local infrared spa that infuses the healing, meditative, and detox properties of infrared with music. Each individual season is $45 and there is a deal going on this weekend!
For toddlers, I am really loving these cute headbands and matching leggings from New York base designer van der Harten Kids. At an affordable price, they will make your little one look like a superstar. You can shop online through Esty, making it convenient for anyone to support this small business.
For workouts, check out IMAXShift where you can take a spin class in front of an IMAX theater. Located in Dumbo at 127 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. You can easily walk outside after class and find a plethora of cute cafes to unwind.
For Drinks, take a look at The Last Word. It is a speakeasy located behind a hardware store in Astoria-Ditmars. The small business is known for their delicious crafted cocktails and cool ambiance.
Where will you be shopping this Small Business Saturday? Let me know in the comments below.
You have the invite, now it is time for the perfect holiday host gift. It is commonly suggested to never go to a party empty handed. Even if it is a small token of appreciation, the host will notice your efforts. Host gifts are a great way to say thank you for providing a wonderful dinner, evening, or planning a gift gathering for you and friends. There is no need to splurge on the gift either, a bottle of wine, sparkling cider, or your favorite butter cookies will do the trick!
Here are three tips for picking the perfect host gift:
The start of the holidays is also the start of the big travel season! I love traveling. I love going somewhere new, seeing new things, and just honestly shutting my phone off for a few hours. I also really love the idea of leaning back, watching a movie, and ordering snacks delivered to my seat. I really live it up if you can’t tell.
So what should you bring to keep you cozy on the plane ride? Great question. Here are a few essentials I typically love to pack, the 2016 edition!
Top 5 Must Haves:
Trying cryotherapy has been on my list for awhile. When I met Katrina the owner of Elite Cryo Lounge in New York City, I knew it was time to give it a shot!
I’ve heard of the health benefits of cryotherapy prior to my visit but never knew the history. According to Katrina, Eastern Europeans have been using this technique for ages.
“We would go into hot saunas and get our body very hot then jump into the snow on a freezing day or night in winter. So this is like an alternative to it. There are many great health benefits including anti-aging, muscular pain relief, rejuvenation, weight lost (when done with the right excersising and diet).”
So what is Cryotherapy and the Benefits?
Holiday season is beginning! To avoid the dreaded last minute shopping here are some small holiday gifts that are perfect for everyone in your circle. Including bosses, mom’s, and that sorta friend you’re obligated to shop for. These also great stocking stuffers!
One of the many great gifts includes these beautiful signature candles from Henri Bendel, and for today only these candles are only $15 (originally $30).
Really be ahead of shopping schedule by preordering this amazing coconut holiday kit from Kopari (ps it is on sale!). This lush beauty kit is fully loaded with coconut oil that will heal and rejuvenate your skin (especially during the colder months). This is the perfect gift for any beauty lover or those who struggle with dry skin during the winter.
For The Guys
For the men in your life, try this Molton Brown Limited Edition body wash. This iconic brand is packaging a gift set at a reduced price just for the holidays. These beautiful washes smell fantastic as well.
Make it Personal
Want to customize your gift? Try Ray Ban new customization! You can create your own design for him, her or the kids!
Here are more small holiday gifts:
I am loving the latest sweater trend this season- long cardigan sweaters. It feels like you are wearing a big hug. Plus it looks super chic and it’s an easy way to dress up a casual look.
This sweater is from Gap (PS they are having 40% off sweaters sale). I found the length perfect and the thickness exactly what I wanted. Something comfy and warm that if I am not wearing a coat, I will still be okay. Of course, once winter hits I can double up with a long outer coat.
Who needs retail therapy? I feel like this is the most appropriate article for today. Shopping does the soul good. I also wanted to highlight the fact that we are merely weeks away from Thanksgiving and that other (shopping) holiday- Black Friday. While some still find the tradition of going to the stores to shop all the discounts exhilarating, I am quite fond of Cyber Monday. The day you can sit in your PJs and order copious amount of goods online. Hashtag living!
But where does one begin with shopping both massive sales days? Great question. To easy the overwhelming feelings of FOMO, I’ll be posting frequently upon where to shop for what during the holidays for the best discount. So stay tuned for that! In the meantime, here are three tips you can do now to prep you for the mega shopping days.
Form A Shopping List
Just as you would for a grocery run, form a list of what you are looking to buy. This can mean stuff you personally want for your closet, like OTK boots or a new winter jacket. It can also be last-minute holiday gifts for friends and family members. Such as a candle set for mom or the latest gadget for your spouse. Make sure you know exactly what you are looking for and write it down to stay focused. These are now your goals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Create A Budget
Be realistic in how much you want to spend in total and on each person (item). Believe me, this will take off loads of stress when it comes down to paying for each gift. Write down the number next to the list of items you’re looking to get. Having a specific budget in mind will help prevent impulse buys as well as keep you on track in getting everything you set out for. In a third column (or at the end of the page), add a little wiggle room for that one incredible sales piece you must have.
Stalk Your Favorite Stores
This is where your amazing Facebook stalking tactics finally come into play. Instead of stalking your crush or arch nemesis, start investigating your favorite stores. My personal favorite is Nordstrom because of their free shipping and return policies. I also tend to fit well in their clothes. Another favorite place I find incredible holiday gifts is Anthropologie. For jewelry, I really love Bloomingdales‘ collection. Lastly, for technology I am a fan of Amazon– again the free shipping for Prime members is amazing.
If you have the chance, go in store to try on the items or see what they look like in person before Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This will guarantee you’ll get exactly what you’re looking for. That’s it! Simple steps that will make shopping Black Friday and Cyber Monday a cinch.
Let Me Know
Tell me in the comments below where you love to shop during the holiday sales and I pay extra attention to those stores when creating helpful sale guides!
The colder months are here and that means it is time to break out the ultra moisturizing creams! But sometimes even the most hydrating skin creams don’t cut it. That’s why I’ve been on the hunt for a simple yet tactful way to keep my skin healthy and glowing all winter long. It has to be simple or I won’t follow through. None of that “12 steps to beauty” nonsense!
Enter Evian Spray! I was recently sent their facial spray that can be used for instant hydration, a makeup setter, or assist in doing fabulous at home facials. Intrigued by the concept, I gave it a whirl.