Anyone who knows me knows that two of the things I love most are entertaining and giving gifts (year round). I especially love the Holiday season because there’s plenty of both. These are some of my favorite things:
For the friend who likes to entertain people at their home, look no further than the SodaStream Source (just $99, sodastreamusa.com). Seriously, though, what is more festive than adding bubbles to your menu? I personally love that I can turn ordinary tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling waters (saving money- hello!). With 60 flavors to choose from and a wide variety of styles to fit any holiday party theme and décor, it’s no wonder fans of SodaStream include Hollywood actresses Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson.
There’s really nothing quite like being super duper comfortable while you’re at home. Beauty & Style TV correspondent Jamie Krell agrees: ”My fiance and I gave these monogrammed Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Bath Robes to everyone in our family this year for Hanukkah (and they were a major hit!) Who wouldn’t want to cozy up by the fire in these? Not only are they super duper comfy, but they are personalized, great for both men and women and less than $100!”
If you’ve ever wanted to give a fragrance as a gift, actress Gwyneth Paltrow says the Holidays is “a nice time to try something new!” Paltrow is the new face of the BOSS JOUR Pour Femme fragrance from Hugo Boss ($78, HugoBoss.com). Actor Ryan Reynolds, the new face of BOSS Bottled, says that giving a fragrance as a gift means that you think very highly of that person ($67, HugoBoss.com).
Capture the spirit of NYC with Bond No. 9‘s limited-edition I Love New York for Holiday fragrance, a festive modern gourmet-floral blend… for BOTH men and women! This unisex fragrance has top notes of Mandarin, Osmanthus and Pomegranate blend and middle notes consisting of Nutmeg, Fennel, Patchouli and Freesia finish with Labdanum, Musk and Praline. Available at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Sephora, and BondNo9.com ($175 for 100ml, $105 for 50ml).
If you don’t want to spend that much — but still want to “wow” — the adorable Digix miniBOOM Bluetooth Speaker is a great bet! This tiny little wireless speaker is extremely powerful and convenient for the friend who loves their music on-the-go. I have mine in my bathroom and I love that I can wirelessly play music from my music library on my iPhone. Brilliant! Available at Radio Shack, for just $29.99!
It’s no wonder celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga are obsessed with Violent Lips. I personally wouldn’t wear them, but we all have that friend that would… She’s the girl who loves beauty and cosmetics AND has a penchant for pizzaz! I’ve already given a few pairs to my make up artist friends — and they went wild! Available online and in stores in New York and Los Angeles, Violent Lips are available in 7 different glitter lipstick applications, for just $5 a piece.
For more cosmetic luxury at an affordable gifting price, she will also love the Fresh Cosmetics Sugar Rosé Royalty Set (just $32.99!) and Sonia Kashuk‘s luxurious 10-piece limited edition “Lavish Luxe” set and 4-piece “Classic Chic” brush set ($21.99-$26.99, available at Target). Celebrity fans of the brand include Cindy Crawford, Tea Leoni, and Keri Russell.
VIDEO: Kim Kardashian in Valentino! Miley in Marc Jacobs! Lea Michelle in Calvin Klein! — Hollyscoop TV Celebrity Style Off
I joined Diana Madison and the Hollyscoop TV to dish on the most notable looks of the week. This week we discussed Lea Michele‘s comeback in Calvin Klein, Miley Cyrus‘ unexpected glam turn in Marc Jacobs at the Night of Stars, and Kim Kardashian‘s Valentino exclusive.
Like you, I know what I like when I see it. I’ve always loved (and am good at) shopping for food, clothes and party supplies. But, I never expected to love decorating my home as much as I do.
I’ve lived on my own in New York City for about four years now and I love the “lived in” feel of my apartment. I add life to my apartment with a bamboo plant or two, personal photos, an heirloom or two (I use my Father’s trunk from college as my coffee table), and scented candles (favorites include Diptique, Fresh and Jo Malone). But, one thing has been missing from my space all along: a graphic print area rug. I can’t seem to read a lifestyle or home decor blog or magazine without spotting all sorts of punky patterns and sensational shaped rugs. The more I see them, the more “rug-sessed” I get!
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We chatted about the latest “Pop Talk” entertainment news, including Paris Jackson‘s hospitalization, Justin Bieber getting denied from a Los Angeles nightclub, real life couple and stars of “Glee” Lea Michele sticking by her man Cory Monteith post-rehab, and who was noticeably absent from Kanye West‘s big 36th birthday celebration in NYC.
You’re probably thinking what the *&#^*&$* does a soda-flavored cupcake taste like!? Well let me tell you — Diet Pepsi hit the nail on the head with their limited-edition Baked By Melissa collabo, that debuted at New York Fashion Week just a few months ago.
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