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.