Mom and me, circa 1979
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday and I’m so excited. Not just because Mr. Spoiled Pretty and my son, Westley, are treating me to a decadent brunch. But because it’s an opportunity to celebrate my hero, Andrea Stamps.
I must admit that until two years ago, Mother’s Day was just another CONTINUE READING
At Christmastime, I agonized over what to get my son's daycare teachers. There are 12 of them - and even though he has his two main teachers, they all have interaction with him and take excellent care of him. So I needed to buy 12 gifts to show my appreciation, without breaking the bank. $10 each seemed doable, except CONTINUE READING
As a beauty expert, I’m embarrassed by how late I am to the BB Cream party. In the past year, so many friends and colleagues have asked me about BB Creams—what’s the buzz, which brands are the best, etc. —and they would look at me funny when I admitted to not having tried BB Creams yet. I mean, they CONTINUE READING
I’m very fickle about my fingernails. Before I paint my nails or get them professionally did, I spend a inordinate amount of time pondering my polish options. I consider the season, recent trends, my wardrobe that week and anywhere special I might go. But despite all of this planning, I’m usually over my polish choice before it even dries.
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After beauty products, handbags are my secondary addiction. But when it comes to arm candy, I have discriminating taste. For me, the perfect handbag seamlessly marries fashion with function, is handcrafted from high-quality materials, has really unique hardware and is classic but edgy - all at the same time. I don't like to carry the of-the-moment "it" bag. I CONTINUE READING
Earlier this month, Kate Spade (aka creator of cuteness and the reason why I can't seem to keep money in my wallet), launched a brand new line called Kate Spade Saturday.
Kate Spade Saturday is a new global lifestyle brand created to channel the spirit of Saturday seven days a week. This younger, more accessible sister to kate spade new CONTINUE READING
Holiday time is my favorite time of the year. I love scurrying from store to store, playing Santa and getting the must-haves on everyone’s list. I’m a present-wrapping superstar; if there were levels, I’d be a third degree black belt. And the holiday specials at Starbucks (Caramel Brulee Latte, Eggnogg Latte and Peppermint Mocha are my faves!) make the season even sweeter.
But throwing together last-minute ensembles for holiday shindigs? That’s when my inner Scrooge comes out. Here’s the problem – and you can probably relate. You hate everything in your closet; it either doesn’t fit properly, or it’s not festive enough for the party’s dress code. On the other hand, there’s a recession going on and you can’t justify buying an entire outfit for one holiday get-together. Makes you wanna say “bah humbug” and just RSVP with regrets.
Luckily, LOFT is here to rescue you from holiday fashion disaster.
In case you haven’t heard, Ann Taylor Loft is now LOFT. They’ve re-named and re-branded the company, and upped the style ante. And one of the many great things about LOFT that I love is that they’ve got petites! Can I get a hallelujah, shorties?
Anyway, LOFT has some amazing pieces that you can pair with something already in your closet – to create a chic, festive outfit without breaking the bank. For example, pair this Sequin Sparkle Tank with a pair of jean or black pants and layer a blazer or cardigan on top. This Sequin Scarf is only $29.50 and will jazz up just about anything in your wardrobe. What about that go-to little black dress your friends have seen you wear countless times? Take that dress from wah-wah-wah to wow with one of LOFT’s statement necklaces. My favorite is the Clear Gem Bib Necklace with Black Chain – I can think of 10 “new” outfits I could create with this accessory alone!
To celebrate their new name and image, LOFT is having a contest called Blog Wars. Starting today at 4pm, visit LOFT’s Facebook fan page (here’s the link to the actualpoll), and vote for your favorite blog (hint: your favorite blog is Spoiled Pretty). On Friday afternoon, the blogger with the most votes wins a $500 LOFT gift card. Child, you know mama loves to shop…so help me out here!
To get you motivated, I’m doing a giveaway too! Go to LOFT’s website and find a festive holiday item. Then come back here and tell me (in the comments) how you’d pair that item with something already in your closet to create a holiday party ensemble. On Friday evening, I’ll award one of the commenters with a $100 LOFT gift card!
Top makeup artists recommend the award-winning Tweezerman Slant® Tweezer for expert brow shaping. The perfectly aligned, hand-filed slanted tips grab every hair, every time with exact precision. This holiday season, tweezing aficionados and novices alike will adore these festive Tweezerman stocking stuffers at a range of prices:
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The new Winter Print Mini Slant® Holiday Tweezers ($15) are the perfect holiday beauty treats, are petite enough to fit in the palm of your hand and come decorated with either a snowflake or star motif in shades of red, blue or green.
Special Offer! Get 10% off your entire order at tweezerman.com. Get free shipping when you spend $40, and a free gift when you spend $75.
Holiday News Alert! Just in time for the festive season, Sephora is launching an exciting digital initiative aptly called Sephora Claus. Sephora Claus has taken over @Sephora on Twitter and is surprising fans with free beauty products every day until December 18th.
To submit your holiday wish, simply tweet on Twitter with an @Sephora message and tag your wish with a #sephoraclaus “hashtag.” One wish* will be granted per day. For the full Sephora Claus Holiday experience, go to sephoraclaus.com.
Feeling Merry? Become a Sephora Facebook fan, share your Sephora Claus wish with your Facebook friends, and receive one of three deluxe samples – Yves Saint Laurent Black Mascara, Philosophy Inner Grace Body Lotion, or a mini Nars Duo Lipgloss – with any sephora.com purchase.
I don’t know why anyone would actually spend $17 on this, but let’s say you do…when the dog bites and the bee stings and you’re feeling sad, thank your lucky stars that you didn’t pay full-price ($25) for this hot mess…and then you won’t feel so bad.
MAC is offering 25% off two of their limited-edition holiday kits. Go get you some at maccosmetics.com.
Enchanting Vermillion: 5 Basic Brush Set Medium-sized red-orange patent brush canister with wine satin stripes. Includes five professional brushes featuring red gloss handles and a black MAC logo: the 129SE, 219SE, 239SE, 266SE and the 316SE. Limited edition. Was $40.00 Now $30.00
Charming Garnet Glamour Basics A wine satin zip-around wallet with red-orange patent stripes. Includes regular-sized iridescent powder in Belightful, and Slimshine lipcolour in Bare. Features a mini Zoom Lash Mascara in Zoomblack along with the 181SE Mini Buffer Brush. Limited edition. Was $40.00 Now $30.00
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