Kestrel Cosmetic Bags: A Luxe Look For Less

kestrel makeupbag I love Kestrel Cosmetic Bags. I discovered them last fall at my local Nordstrom Rack store. There are a bunch of different styles and fabrics, but what I love the most is that they are very high quality at a very low price point. When I first saw them in store, I was instantly drawn to the display. The bargain shopper that I am, I immediately looked at the price tag and did a double take. I expected it to say something like $30, marked down from $50+. So imagine my shock when the price tag said $10. I quickly picked up another bag and checked that price tag to see if a mistake had been made.

Nope…no mistake. Although the design, fabrication and hardware are luxe, Kestrel bags only look like you broke the bank. So I did what any expert shopper would do: I loaded up my cart with variety of styles for holiday gift-giving. Every December, I run into the same problem – I have a ton of friends, co-workers and kids’ teachers to thank, and I can only afford presents that cost about $10 each. But most gifts under $10 are utter crap and you’d rather give nothing at all than give someone a $10 piece of junk. Kestrel bags are the perfect solution to this Christmastime conundrum. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Charmed, I’m Sure

Handbag charms are the new hot trend – and I’m totally on board. I’m a handbag hoarder and my habit can get expensive. But with handbag charms, you can give your purse some new pizzazz for a fraction of the cost of new bag.

Here are a few of my favorite charms to sweeten up your arm candy:

For more expert gift picks, check out Spoiled Pretty’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015!


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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Garrett Popcorn

Every October, I start planning Spoiled Pretty’s annual Holiday Gift Guide. And although I’m open to just about anything that will be of interest to readers, I don’t typically include food items on the list. But this year, I was contacted by the folks at Garrett Popcorn Shops to see if I’d like to try a sample for possible inclusion.

Garrett Popcorn Shops is a gourmet popcorn company that hand-crafts small batches in-shop daily, using only the highest-quality ingredients and signature blend of non-GMO kernels. This holiday season, Garrett Popcorn Shops is offering two limited time flavors:

White Chocolate-Covered CaramelCrisp®


Peppermint Frost (debuting for the first time this year)

The company sent me tins of both to try and they were SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS! (more…)

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Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Give the Gift of Gorgeous Skin With First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty Peace Joy & Fab KitThis holiday season, give the gift of clear, smooth, radiant skin.

I was not acquainted with First Aid Beauty until I was sent their limited-edition Peace, Joy & Fab Kit (pictured above) to review. But after testing these skincare products for the past two weeks, I’m not quite sure how I lived without them. And I can’t be the only one who has recently become enlightened because this particular gift set is completely sold out at (check your local store to see if it’s still in stock…you may get lucky).   (more…)

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