Gift Guide: By the Numbers

By |December 20th, 2011|Gift Guide|

We’re down to the wire, people.  If you still have a few folks left on your list, chances are that you’ve either already spent all of your money on everyone else, or you were saving the best for last (wink, wink).  Whatever the case may be, it can be completely overwhelming to walk into a crowded department store, let alone the internet, full of so much stuff that you don’t know where to even begin.  So, if you’ve got a strict budget to follow, or you’re just cheap, I have sorted out some fun and festive last minute gifts that you can scoop up and save yourself from the surname of Scrooge.  This will save you the trouble of picking out something that you can’t (or don’t want to) afford.  You’re welcome.  Consider this my gift to you.


1. Cry About It Bandages, $7, 2. bumble and bumble Pin Tin, $15, 3. MoMA Design Store Cubes Perpetual Calendar, $15, 4. Voluspa Boxed Votive in Crisp Champagne, $7, 5. Banksy Notecard Box, $15.95,  6. philosophy Marshmallows for Toasting, $16, 7. The Modern Cocktail Champagne Topper, $9.99, 8. Salt&Pepper Bank, Oinks! Millions in the Making, $12.99, 9. Archie Grand for J. Crew Blogs Notebook, $10

 1. Monopoly Sephora Edition, $23.25, 2. D.L. & Co. Naughty/Nice Journal, $40, 3. Sonia Kashuk Silver Holiday 6pc. Brust Set, $22.99, 4. Stila Music’s Biggest Night Makeup Player, $50, 5. Bike Navigation System iPhone Case, $45, 6. Little Black Dress Hanging Jewelry Organizer, $24.99, 7. Fresh Mini Sugar Kissing Trio, $28, 8. Bodum Eileen 8 Cup French Press Coffee Maker, $49.95, 9. Stott Pilates Eco-Friendly Mat, $44.99

1. Balenciaga L’Essence Candle, $65, 2. Michael Kors Textured Leather Passport Holder, $60, 3. Minnetonka Softsole Sheepskin Moccasins, $67, 4. Alexander McQueen Enamel Skull Key Ring, $95, 5. Gaga’s Workshop x Barney’s Diamond Teacup, $65, 6. Jonathan Adler Carnaby Porcelain Hollywood Coasters, $68, 7.  Cynthia Vincent for Piperlime Pouch, $58.99, 8. Club Monaco Michelle Beret, $60, 9. Rebecca Minkoff Set of 2 Best Friends iPhone Covers, $68,



1. Jennifer Meyer Gold ‘Love You’ Bracelet, $600, 2. Lounge Lover Travel Babe Modal and Cashmere Lounge Set, $475, 3. Portolano Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves, $125, 4. Jonathan Adler Needlepoint Backgammon Game, $295, 5. Bobbi Brown Fall 2012 Beauty Trunk, $1,000, 6. D.L. & Co. Rotten Luck Dice, $209, 7. Balenciaga Classic Skinny Leash, $275, 8. Jimmy Choo Teddy Glitter Finished Leather Luggage Tag, $195, 9. CC Home Furnishings 4 Person Eco Friendly Picnic Basket, $156.99,

Get your shopping done so you can get to what’s really important.  Eggnog.





Beauty Buzz: Straight Shooting

By |July 29th, 2009|Beauty Buzz|


For years I have tried (and for the most part managed) to tame the “beast” that I call my hair.  I have naturally wavy/curly hair by nature, but it isn’t pretty curly wavy hair a la Gisele. It’s a bit schizophrenic. Some parts wavy, some parts curly. Therefore, I typically blow my hair straight and/or use a flat iron.  I also have a lot of hair, so this takes quite a bit of time.  I’ve probably used just about every product that’s out there and I’ve found them all to work just about the same.

Recently, I kept reading about a new brand called Living Proof.  I ignored it the first couple of times, figuring it would be the same as the rest, but after a stop into Sephora to pick up some sugar scrub,  I had to try it out. There was a huge display and photos of before and after.  Being the sucker that  I am, I purchased the Straight Making Styling Cream for Medium to Thick Hair.

The special buzz behind this product is that it was created by a group of hair experts led by an MIT professor.  They’ve created a formula that uses new technology to banish frizz from your hair. The majority of the products on the market have been using silicone based ingredients for years to no avail. The team at Living Proof used science to create the biggest breakthrough in frizz control in over 30 years.

So you’re wondering if it worked, right?  I blew my hair straight last night.  Before I had really even begun to blow dry, I noticed that my hair was already laying smoother and straighter. Blow drying was easier than usual and I only had to go over my hair with a few strokes of the flat iron to get any stray strands. (*Bonus- less damage).  It’s pretty humid in New York these days, and my hair was perfectly straight and yes, completely frizz free.  Today, my hair is till bone straight.  Typically, I get really hot when I sleep and wake up with wavy hair in the morning which requires me to break out that darn flat iron for a touch up. No need.  My hair is soft and smooth. This is the first time I have felt the need to rave about a hair straightening potion.

The company makes products for fine to medium hair, medium to thick hair, and thick to coarse hair, so it will work on all hair types.  Also, they make a a product for when you want to wear your hair wavy as well. I haven’t tried it out just yet, but you can bet I probably will.

If you are like me and have been battling your unruly tresses for years, I suggest you take your lunch break to Sephora and pick up a bottle.