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Our Bougie Babes Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the holidays and sometimes you gotta splurge. Whether it’s for yourself, a coworker or dear friend, here’s a round up of some of my favorite luxe gifts that make me feel like a million bucks! Also head to glamour.com to see some of my other holiday beauty picks!

Venus et Fleur 

Venus et fleur rosesThese flower arrangements are magic. Beautifully packaged roses in every color that are real and they last a year! I told you they were magic. I have the four rose style from Saks  but they have loads of different arrangements on their site. And they smell like a fresh cut bouquet! I’ve had mine for two months and they still smell as beautiful as the day I got them. No watering or maintenance needed. So good!

Thompson Ferrier Candle

I’m big on candles (you should see my collection), Thompson Ferrier candles go a step beyond! They are works of art and so edgy, I love them all!!!!! But if I had to choose the elephant, skulls, pineapple, and buddha heads are my favorites! That’s actually not true, every time I’m on their site I have new ones I’m lusting over. You can check them out at Bloomingdale’s, Barneys and Shopbop, but I also saw certain styles discounted on gilt.

Last Minute Must-Have Beauty Stocking Stuffers

beauty stocking stuffersI hit up so many amazing holiday previews recently and from SpaceNK (who by the way is offering some great discounts and has a curated holiday page HERE), Sephora (my complete Sephora guide is HERE), Ulta to department stores and beyond here are some of my favorite beauty stocking stuffers I’ve scouted. You can also head to glamour.com to see some of my other holiday beauty picks!

Cricket Hair Tins, $8.95

Fun tins holding anything from 75 bobbi pins to 50 hair ties with fun sayings like “IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED, FIX YOUR PONYTAIL AND TRY AGAIN.” (that one includes a pack of 50 black hair ties) to “LIFE STATUS: CURRENTLY HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER WITH ONE BOBBY PIN.” (which contains 75 bobbi pins in that tin). They have a few other funny saying tins, and as someone who’s always traveling and looking for hair ties and bobbi pins, this set is a total winner!

Holiday lips with Clarins

Clarins red lipstick and lip oilRed lips or shimmer? The usual debate of my holiday lips. Why not both? Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in shade Joli Rouge might as well be called Jolly Rouge, because it’s the happiest red. My lips are always so dry and chapped in the winter and this formula is so creamy and moisturizing and goes on so smooth. It features Mango Oil and organic Marsh Samphire to condition and nourish lips for 6 hours.

Top it off with their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in shade Honey Glam to create the perfect lip look for all your festive gatherings. Their lip oils are infused with 100% pure plant oils to nourish, sooth and plump lips. Honey Glam adds just the right amount of shimmer and shine making it the perfect top coat for your holiday parties.

7 Ways to AMP up your Energy in Minutes

I always think it’s so funny when people think I have a lot of energy. Yes, I’m driven and active with a lot of events and projects but that’s all the more reason why I’m so conscious of how I take care of myself and also what I put in my body. AMP Energy Organic is an USDA-Certificated organically caffeinated energy drink that’s offers the perfect afternoon pick me up. Available in four flavors, Pineapple Coconut, Citrus, Grape and Tropical Burst, it tastes so good (Tropical Burst and Citrus are my favorites)!

amp energy drinkI’ve partnered with AMP Energy Organic to share my tips on how I boost my energy to keep my stamina up when I start to feel sluggish.

1. Be conscious of your caffeine type – I can do coffee in the AM but try to slow down by the afternoon. Other energy drinks have ingredients you can’t pronounce mixed into their caffeinated beverages that aren’t good for you. Instead opt for an organically caffeinated AMP Energy that balances energy with simpler ingredients. Each beverage has only 5 ingredients: Organic Caffeine, Organic Cane Sugar, Citric Acid, Carbonated Water and Natural Flavors.

2. Power play – Charlie (my pup) and I do sprints throughout the day when I’m feeling low energy. We run full speed down the street and back to get our heart rates going and our blood pumping. Jumping jacks for a minute or a quick cold shower are also great power plays to boost blood flow. If you’re feeling adventurous, try Cryotherapy.

3. Supplements –From natural root powders (I love Dope Naturally) to Vitamin B blends (B12 and B6 are my favorites), that help the body convert food into glucose, which gives you energy. Investing in some good energy powders and capsules are great for the mind and body.

4. Monitor your sleep – Sleep and its correlation to energy fascinates me. I use a BeautyRest SleepTracker to make sure I’m getting the 7-8 hours I need to be a functional human being. Any good tracker looks at your breathing rate, heart rate as well how long you’re asleep for and breaks down your light sleep, REM and deep sleep. When you’re more aware of how you’re sleeping and how you feel the next day you’re able to take control of it and make adjustments to give your body what it needs.

5. Aromatherapy – There’s isn’t a shortage of essential oil boosting energy lifts, including orange, lemon, ginger, eucalyptus, cedarwood, grapefruit, mint, basil and many more. Personally I like the Focus Essential Oil Blend from 21 Drops. It comes in a roller-ball and mixes peppermint, rosemary, frankincense and jojoba that help perk me up.

6. Fun people – this may sound funny (and granted not a tip you can usually make happen in minutes), but whenever I’m feeling really low energy I push myself to meet up or work around my friends. Not the ones that suck the life out of me, but the ones that whether we’re going for a walk or out to dinner, we just laugh the whole time. It’s always those nights when I expect to stop by for 30 minutes that I find myself getting lost in time when I’m around good energy. And it’s contagious. Sometimes getting out for a bit helps me come home and be more productive than had I stayed home in front of my computer the whole time.

The Holiday Set You Need This Season

kleenex facial cleansing wipesThe holidays are all about being merry and bright – and that includes your skin! I want you all to glow this season, and Kleenex® Facial Cleansing has made it easier and more affordable than ever! They launched the cutest Very Merry Cleansing Collection, which features five super convenient cleansing fabrics to wash, scrub, and remove your skin’s Grinches away. The Very Merry Cleansing Collection (a $45 value for $25 + free shipping!) includes:kleened daily cleansing cushions and exfoliating cushions set

  • Daily Cleansing Cushions Dispenser (15 count), a daily cleansing cushion you activate with water and then massage onto your The tiny purifying blue dots gently scrub to loosen dirt, while the soft, massaging pillow lifts it away, leaving skin super smooth.
  • Exfoliating Cushions Dispenser (12 count), their award-winning, double-sided exfoliating cushions feature a textured blue side that deep cleans dull and dead skin and a white side that instantly smooths and polishes.
  • Facial Cleansing Wipes Dispenser (25 count), alcohol free, pre-moistened face wipes featuring their unique layered textured fabric that remove 3x more dirt, oil, and makeup than regular liquid cleansers alone.
  • Eye Makeup Removers Dispenser (60 count), dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, these moisture-infused eye makeup removers gently lift even the toughest waterproof formulas effortlessly.
  • Cotton Soft Pads (85 count), hypoallergenic cotton soft pads featuring a textured microfiber fabric that’s so soft and durable they can be used wet or dry. The multi-tasking pads are great for everything from applying toners and makeup to removing nail polish.

All of these products are dermatologist tested and ideal for all skin types. And again, the whole collection is only $25! I also love that they sell refills for all of the product’s dispensers which makes re-stocking that much more affordable. Kleenex makeup wipeskleenex eye makeup remover pads

Kleenex® is the OG trusted brand of 150 years helping with bringing comfort and care.Whether it’s blotting our lipstick, drying our eyes, or helping us with a cold, their tissues are what revolutionized the industry. And their line of facial cleansing products feature the same level of durability. The fabrics are next level, textured, and multi-layered with a pro-vitamin complex that gently cleanses.

One of my cardinal rules of skincare is never go to bed with your makeup on. What I love about this collection is you can keep the cushions in your bathroom for a deep clean and the facial cleansing wipes by your bed if you’re feeling lazy to ensure you’re not waking up with raccoon eyes and sad looking skin. When you sleep, your skin does some pretty vital maintenance work, so you don’t want dirt and makeup interfering with that. It can trap dead skin cells, which you want off to make way for new skin cells to come up to the surface. The exfoliating cushion are also great for removing that extra layer of dead skin!

Check them out at KleenexFacialCleansing.com and see what cool things they are up to on their Instagram account @KleenexFacialCleansing.

Sparkle tops, tassels and how to resurrect dry hair

Eliza J Pants // Nu New York top // Baublebar earrings and necklace // Stuart Weitzman boots

It’s been a long week wrapping up projects cooped up in my office so on Friday I finally got a blowout and starting playing with some of my black friday purchases — how good are these Eliza J pants? I round up my favorite sparkle tops below but quick side bar I have been in hair hell lately. Overly processing my hair finally caught up with me during my last session and the stylist left in my toner too long (and then tried to fix it by literally murdering my strands).

First Look: Oscar de la Renta Bella Blanca

Come March Oscar del la Renta will introduce a new floral fragrance, Bella Blanca. Packaged in an exquisite white bottle featuring three dimensional white flowers on it, and housing a scent that smells like spring. Floral and feminine, the scent is inspired by Oscar’s love of gardening and love of strong women and features his favorite notes.

Detoxing through your feet

Yesterday morning I posted a video about the Detox Foot Pad I did and my DM’s blew up! I was mostly expecting messages of disgust but to my my surprise every reaction was wanting to try it. In fairness it was pretty cool. It’s cheap and rids your body of toxins while you sleep. What’s not to love? A friend recommended it to me and I fond it on Amazon with high reviews, so I went on with bag of 100 (50 applications, one for each foot) is $40, so a set comes out to less then a $1 a set! It’s a great pack to split with a friend which is what I did.

5 Super Fan Lady Date Ideas that are Winter Weather Friendly

Baby, it’s cold outside… and minus hitting the bar or picking out a fab new brunch spot I have five fun (depending on your definition) indoor activities that make for the perfect lady date. These are specific to NYC but most cities have comparable options!

1. Hit the Spa – Call it a cliche but it’s so not over-rated!  I recently blew off a Friday afternoon and went to Oasis Spa with my friend Milly (check out her blog!) — that’s us above, don’t we look relaxed? IT WAS THE BEST! She got a Swedish Massage and I got a Deep Tissue and the only thing we couldn’t agree on is who had a better time. Hands down the perfect way to end the week and so relaxing. We both really needed the down time and girl hang. I’ve been to Oasis several time and it’s never disappointed.

Blogger advice Part 1: What it takes to be a full time influencer.

First off thank you for all of your DMs and questions when I announced I was writing this post. I clearly underestimated how many I was going to get so in an attempt to get to everyones questions, this will be a 2 part (or maybe 5 part post if the questions keep coming in).

For most of you that know me well, online and offline, you know starting this blog has been an incredible roller coaster which I started a decade ago. Back then there were only a handful of us and now it feels like you’re a minority if you don’t have a blog, youtube or at the very least Instagram where the goal is free product, being paid to do promotions with the dream of this being your full-time gig.

Like you, I follow a bunch of influencers on Instagram and I have read tons of inspirational captions over the years of how they started a year, two years… blah blah blah years ago and are now full-time and if they can do it so can you.

I think that’s terrible advice.