Holiday Gift Guide: what I’m getting mom

Canvas Pop: The hardest part about this is deciding WHICH photo to choose.  This site takes your Instagram pics and turns them into a gorgeous canvas, perfect for anyone, really…

Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier: I got my mom the brown version of this bag for her birthday a few years ago and she became obsessed.  I love the maroon (e.g. super trendy oxblood) for an update on the bag…and I’m sure she still won’t let my sister borrow it.

LATHER Survive & Thrive Holiday Survival Kit: As you know, LATHER makes some pretty amazing products, so clearly, I wasn’t surprised when they came out with the perfect anti-stress kit just in time for the most stressful time of the year.  And who gets more stressed out than mom?  Muscle pain relievers, Clear Head Balancing Balm (which I adore), an aromatherapy calendar and some calming facial mist…LOVE.

Summer Obsessions

Frederick’s of Hollywood Bridget Stretch Cotton Thong: I am totally obsessed with these new stretch lace thongs from FOH…they’re like, seriously the most comfortable thongs ever and come in fun, summerish colors.

Maya Brenner Bi-Coastal necklace: A melding of my two favorite US states (New York and California), this necklace makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Fake Bake spray tans: Today, for the first time in about five years, I got a for real, butt naked in front of a stranger, spray tan…and guys, I’m back to being obsessed.  I used to go to Mystic Tan every week during my sophomore year of college but eventually just stopped going because it became annoying.  Sure, I love my DIY self tanner but nothing beats the results that you get after getting a customized spray…again, while you’re butt naked in front of a total stranger.  Not for the shy, obviously.

Kate Spade Changing Spots Hinged Bangle: We all know I love my leopard print but the white/gold colors make this bangle a little more subtle, plus I like the “changing spots” mantra engraved on the inside.

LATHER Sea Kelp & Ginseng All-Over Mask: I’m all about the MOISTURE this summer.  Moisture everywhere.  This is basically an amazing all-in-one mask that can be used on your body, face and even your hair to draw out toxins while restoring, yes, lost moisture.  The mask contains sea algae oil, which is great for antiaging as well as aloe vera and St. John’s Wort, which act as anti-inflammatory ingredients to ease red, irritated skin. The perfect summer product, if you ask me.

Holiday Gift Guide: The Perfect Hostess Gifts

Holiday parties can always bring a lot of pressure…what to wear, what to eat (or not eat) and what to bring as a sentimental thank you to the host of the evening.  Guys, I’ve been to a LOT of parties, and these three options are absolutely the BEST gifts any hostess could receive.

Vosges Dark Chocoate Truffle Collection : I discovered Vosges chocolate while working at a PR agency in NYC that always gifted editors with the special amazingness that IS their chocolate.  I adore this gift set because, let’s face it, 9 pieces is just the right amount.  It won’t make you gain 5lbs. but it’s still enough to curb your craving.  Plus, all of their chocolates are exotic and not your basic milk variety.

LATHER 12 Soaps-a-Sudsing: Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with 12 different (amazing) soap fragrances.  Like I’ve said before, I’m not a huge fan of bar soap but these are one of the few exceptions to my rule.  I’m loving the versatility and especially into the “wild mint” soap.

Diptyque Boxed Set of Mini Candles: I bought this mini set for myself back in New York (pre-recession) when I decided that I basically needed to love Diptyque candles.  Truth be told, I was right…and this mini collection is the absolute perfect way to introduce a newbie to the line since these are pretty much the best scents, according to me anyway.  It may appear pricey but these candles LAST, people.  Totally worth it.

Gift Idea: LATHER Planting Seeds gift set (for your mom)

So if there’s one thing that my sister and I gave my mother while growing up, it was a headache.  When I came across this adorably perfect Planting Seeds gift set from LATHER, I knew my mom simply had to have it.  The lavender-themed gift set celebrates the power of aromatherapy and LATHER’s founder’s discovery that lavender essential oil helped ease the pain of her migraine headaches.  It was actually with this discovery that she gained a passion for natural healing and decided to create LATHER out of a desire to help others and, as an added bonus, LATHER will donate $5 from the sale of each gift set to benefit the National Headache Foundation for headache awareness, education and outreach.  It really is the perfect gift…for $20 you get the Oatmeal Lavender Soap, Lavender Aromatherapy Candle and a little packet of Lavender seeds for your mom to plant come spring.

Fall beauty essentials

you may have seen my post on my summer beauty essentials?  Well, it’s getting coldish (meaning it’s 60 degrees at night) here in LA so I thought it was about time I let you guys in on my latest Fall must-haves.  Let me know your thoughts…yay or nay?

LATHER avocado mint hair repair is an intensive moisture therapy hair product that restores strength and shine after all those months spent in the summer sun.  Plus, it smells delish.

I’m not usually a fan of dietary supplements and not because I think they don’t work, but really because they usually taste disgusting.  BORBA Gummi Boosters prove me completely wrong.  These are DELICIOUS.  I was actually really sad when I ran out.  The skin-balancing confections feature Acai and are specifically formulated to work with your body’s unique chemistry to improve skin clarity, combat free-radical damage and increase the skin’s radiant look and feel.  Two thumbs up.

RIMMEL LONDON Glam’Eyes Lash Flirt Mascara is pretty awesome.  I love nothing more than a deep-pigmented black mascara and Glam’Eyes gives 2X blacker pigment and up to 80% longer lashes!  Love this.

LAVANILA The Healthy Lip Shine makes me happy. With 100% pure ingredients like apricot, jojoba and sunflower oil, lips get a super healthy shine.  The sheer wash of color is perfect for any occassion and all of the lipglosses are formulated without parabensand sulfates, making it a truly healthy lipgloss.

Maybe you read my review of ARCONA spa on TheFairest.com blog?  Well the ARCONA Eye Dew is equally as awesome.  The protective anti-aging formula is ideal under makeup and for hydrating and revitalizing the eye area.  Shea butter and hyaluronic acid act as a barrier to the elements.

CLARINS Beauty-Flash Balm is the ideal pick-me-up to erase the signs of stress and fatigue.  I’m loving this for those mornings I feel like crap and those after-work parties where I need a quick refresher.  So chic.