Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – For Him

Holiday Gift Guide – For Him

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 For Him


ONE: Mark and Graham Classic Monogrammed Liquor Decanter $69 For the whiskey drinker in your life…or just because they are cool!

TWO: Dick’s Sporting Goods Ideal Premier Foosball Tabletop Game $41.99 No more worrying where to store it, since it’s a table top model.

THREE: West Elm Bamboo Wireless Keyboard & Mouse $99. For the eco-friendly person on your gift list.

FOUR: Gucci Snake Leather Wallet $460. What man doesn’t need a new wallet?

FIVE: Sur La Table Bacon Making Kit $19.95 How cool is this???  I want one.

SIX: Nordstrom The Art Of Shaving “Lavender” Initiation Kit $60. For that close shave.

SEVEN: Crosley Bound Grab and Go Turntable $179.96  Records are making a comeback.

EIGHT: Target Deep Sleep ll Whole Room $79.99 Sleep, everyone needs a good night of sleep.


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Homemade Coffee and Sugar Body Scrub with Printable


I’m kind of a nut when it comes to reading information on the internet and then giving it a try.  Sometimes they work and other times they are a huge failure!  A few years ago, I read that putting used coffee grounds at the base of rose bushes helps them bloom more, and what do you know, it actually helped.  Now, I have a new use for those coffee grounds!

I read that coffee can do wonders for the skin. Coffee is naturally an anti-inflammatory and a antioxidant, which when used on the skin can improve the texture (helps reduce cellulite, YAY!) and at the same time increase the circulation to your skin.

It got me thinking…  About that organic store that sells facial, body, and lip scrubs.  I love their products, but it can get a little costly.  I made my own little body scrubs and if I do say so myself they came out pretty great!  So, friends might or might not be getting these as hostess gifts for their holiday parties I’m attending.
Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub

It is so very easy to do, and I’m sure most people have all the ingredients already home.

Step One: Mix the coconut oil with the coffee grounds and sugar.  I like using raw sugar for it’s gritty texture, but you can use regular table sugar if that’s what you have on hand.

Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub

Step Two: Place the mixture in to a mini muffin tray or a ice cube tray and place the tray into the freezer to harden.  It took my coffee and sugar body scrub about 1 hour to set up.

Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub

They are a perfect size!

Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub

Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub
Serves: 9
  • ¼ cup organic coffee grounds (I used the ones I made coffee from in the morning)
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar (I used raw sugar)
  • mini muffin try
  1. Melt coconut oil slightly, so it easy to mix.
  2. Combine all ingredients together.
  3. In a mini muffin tin fill each ¾ full.
  4. Place tin in the freezer until hard.
  5. Makes 9

For my hostess gifts I put some coffee beans in the bottom of a small glass jar and then I placed a few of the coffee and sugar scrubs on top.  I even made a cute printable tag.Homemade Coffee and Sugar Scrub

Instead of using harsh scrubs with chemicals, isn’t it better to nourish your skin with natural products? And if you are like me and use the coffee grounds you made your coffee with, you are recycling – win,win!

Get your free printable here –> CoffeeBodyScrub

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Beauty Rules: Keeping Skin Safe In The Cold Weather

Beauty Rules, skin careIt’s that time of the year when there is a certain energy in the air!  Spending time with family and friends, indulging in foods we shouldn’t and maybe having a cocktail or two more than we normally do.

It is also a time of year when the temperatures have dropped and wind and rain are whipping around us.  This can leave our skin feeling dry, itchy, rough, and tight.   Now is the time to change your daily skin routine before it’s too late!

Skin is the barrier that helps keep germs and other foreign invaders out of our body, so we must keep our skin in tip top shape by keeping it healthy so it can do it’s job.

I’m going to share with you my beauty rules for this cold weather season.

One: There is nothing like taking a long hot shower or bath on a chilly morning, but it’s best for your skin to turn that water to lukewarm and avoid stripping away the delicate oils of our skin.

Two: Moisturize Immediately after your shower.  I like to use baby oil on my skin prior to drying off, wait a few moments and then towel dry.  Throughout the day moisturize your hands and face as these areas are the most exposed to the elements.  Apply a replenishing moisturizer to your entire body in every evening.

Three: Drink plenty of water!  This is so very important.  I know there is nothing more tasty than a warm drink (like a chestnut praline latte) but our skin needs to stay hydrated from the inside out to stay healthy, and water is the best way.  A great way to start the day is to drink a warm cup of water with a half of lemon juice squeezed in.  The lemon juice contains vitamin C which can help boost the body’s collagen, a protein that maintains skin.

Four: Exfoliate dead skin, especially on face, hands, and feet. A moisturizer will not be able to penetrate through several layers of dead skin cells.  Use a exfoliating mask once a week on your face and hands and don’t forget about your lips, I love this one for the lips, then use a lip moisturizer or chap stick.  I put Vaseline on my lips at night to keep them moisturized.

Five: Change your skin care products to more moisturizing ones in the cold months.  For people with Eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis winter months are extra harsh on your skin. Make sure you are using products for sensitive skin, don’t forget about including your laundry detergent in those products.

Until Next Time…



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Favorite Autumn Fashion

Favorite Autumn Fashion

Handbag ||  Vest || Earrings || Bracelet || Jeans || Watch || Boots

Many of you know Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I just love the cool crisp days (I’m sure they are coming to Southern California soon!), and with cooler days come cozy Autumn fashion which is one of the reasons I love this season so!

The look of vests this year layered over any comfy long sleeve T-shirt paired with a darker jean is “the look” for the season.  And booties along with the handbag will help pull the whole Autumn cozy look together.  A few accessories and you have the perfect Autumn style for attending a football game or just hanging out with friends.

This Autumn fashion looks handbag:

Years ago when I was living in Europe I bought myself a Longchamp bag in Paris.  I had used that handbag as my everyday bag for years, it held up like a champ!  They are definitely worth every penny.

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Links I Love ~ Halloween Edition No. 10

For those of you who’s favorite holiday is Halloween, here are some of my favorite links just for you!

links i love

  1. 8 Spookiest Hotels Around The World House Beautiful Magazine
  2. How to Make Your House Look Haunted PopSugar
  3. 30 Minutes of Dark Suspense Scary Creepy Horror Music YouTube
  4. 2015’s Most Outrageous Halloween Costumes Huffpost Weird News
  5. 13 Spookiest Horror Flicks Streaming On Netflix This Halloween Wired
  6. Which Halloween Candy Is Your States Most Popular? WQAD8


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My New Obsession ~ Periscope!

I have a new obsession!  You ask, what’s your new obsession?

My new obsession… Periscope!

I can’t stop watching it, I can’t stop talking on it!  I’m still not 100% comfortable, but I’m loving every darn minute!

Periscope is one of the fastest growing new social media platforms for Smart Phones!

You may be asking, what is Periscope?

Periscope is an App that allows you to view and do live videos broadcasts from and to anywhere in the world.

I for one love it because those who are watching you live can ask questions and make comments in real time.  You can also send Periscopers love in the way of hearts that stream up the side of the screen, to do this all you need to do is tap on the screen.

So do you want to know how to use it?  Do Ya?

First you need to download the App.  You can do that here for IOS, and Android here.

When you open the Periscope App, you can log in with twitter or your phone number.  I recommend you using your twitter account.  If you have more than one Twitter account you get to choose which one Periscope is attached to.

To Broadcast:

It is so much fun to broadcast live what you are doing in the moment, share your experiences with others from all over the world.

It is easy to do, just the press of a button and you are live.  Your followers will be instantly notified through twitter you are broadcasting and they can tune in. They can also invite their twitter followers to follow you.

To View:

Just imagine this just for a minute: you can watch someone surfing in Australia…then switch over and watch someone taking a hot air balloon in Napa Valley, CA…then switch over and watch a concert in Milan, Italy. All while making comments, asking questions, and sending hearts!  Isn’t it all incredible?

Want to see who is currently broadcasting?  Just click on the world icon and this is what you will see:



If you miss a live broadcast of someone that you wanted to watch, have no fear because you can watch them on replay for 24 hours, after that they are forever gone into Periscope infinity {never to be seen again}.  Although, if you are the broadcaster you can save your Periscopes to your camera roll and save them for prosperity!

You’ll be surprised how many of your friends are already using Periscope.  Follow back the users who follow you, it’s a great way to build your following.  I would love for you to follow me, I promise I follow back!  You can find me @itsaboutpretty.


Hope I to see you on Periscope soon!

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Links I Love No. 8

Happy October!

These are all the Links I Love this week!Links I Love No. 8

  1. What is your favorite Presidents Net Worth? Inside Gov  You are never going to guess who the richest President is and how much he is worth!
  2. 5 Classic Books To Get In The Mood For Fall. Real Simple  If you live in an area like I do where it’s hard to tell one season from the next, maybe reading one of these books will put you in the mood!
  3. What Do Our Dreams Mean?  How Stuff Works SCIENCE  Do you have a reoccurring dream?  Do you dream you are naked walking down the street?  Find out the answers to this questions and others.
  4. How To Apply False Lashes Beautylish  Ever wonder how to apply false eyelashes?  It will be a breeze once you see these easy 7 steps.
  5. The One Must-Eat Food In Every State  Find out what your State’s speciality is!
  6. Fall Foliage Map Florida, the leaves changing colors is not looking so great for you!
  7. When White Doesn’t Work! Design mistakes.
  8. Gossip Girl Characters: Where Are They Now? EllE XOXO Ever wonder what happened to certain members of the cast?
  9. Americas Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs. Forbes  Do you have one?

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Why Autumn Is So Awesome!

Why Autumn Is So AwesomeHappy Autumn!

Today on this first day of Autumn, I thought I’d share with you why Autumn is so awesome and why it’s my favorite season of the year.


Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

If Autumn is not your favorite season, here are some reasons for you to fall in love with Autumn too.

Watching the leaves change colors ~ Crisp fall air ~ Homemade pies ~ Carving pumpkins ~ Pumpkin bread ~ Go to a pumpkin patch ~ Apple picking ~ The smell of a wood burning fire place ~ Friday night lights ~ Stepping on crunchy leaves ~ Making s’mores ~ Sweaters ~ Hot chocolate ~ Caramel brûlée lattes ~ Turkey ~ Boots ~ Baking ~ Halloween ~ Octoberfest ~ Cuddle weather ~ Scarves ~ Mulled wine ~ Hay rides ~ Visit a corn maze ~ Pumpkin spice latte ~ Flannels ~ Carve pumpkins ~ Walk in the crisp evenings ~ Hayrides ~ Turkey Trot ~ Halloween parties ~ Macy’s Day Parade ~ Thanksgiving food ~ Pumpkin seeds ~ Soup ~ The harvest moon ~ Blankets ~ Black Friday ~ Roasting marshmallows ~ Hot tea ~ Leather jackets ~ Rainy days ~ Ghost stories ~ Hiking ~ Fall table arrangements ~ Pinecones ~ Pomegranates ~ Getting together with family & friends ~ Oversized sweaters ~ Sweaters for dogs ~ Thunderstorms ~ Autumn sunsets ~ My birthday ~ Halloween Oreos ~ Grilled cheese sandwiches ~ Holding hands to keep warm ~ Uggs ~ Candy Corn ~ Fall flowers ~ Carmel apples ~ Football Tailgating ~ Reading while it’s raining ~  Bobbing for apples ~ Popcorn balls ~ Go wine tasting ~ Hot Toddy ~ Wearing onesies ~ Candle lit baths ~                  …Just to name a few!

And finally, Christmas is that much closer!

What are your favorite things about Autumn?


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Links I Love ~ No.7

This weeks Links I Love are 6 links that I enjoyed and I thought you might too!

Links I Love #7

  1. Shop For Sunglasses By Your Face Shape, {Neiman Marcus} ~ Look your best whether your wearing sunglasses for function or function.  Which of the four face shapes do you have?
  2. Everything You Need For A Fantastic Tailgate, {The American Tailgater} ~ Be the best tailgater in the parking lot or in your backyard with these amazing tailgating items!
  3. Mindy Kaling’s Guide to Killer Confidence, {Glamour} ~ It’s Mindy!  What else needs to be said?
  4. #TheList: 15 Books For Fall, {Bazaar} ~ You won’t want to miss reading these books.  Let me know which is your favorite!
  5. 6 Secret Tricks You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Could Do, {Time} Good to know!
  6. The 10 Best Things About Spending A Friday Night At Home, {Huff Post} If I’m not doing Friday night lights this is where I love to be.  Got to love the Golden Girls and Freaks and Geeks.

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Best Tips For A Safe Mani/Pedi

Best Tips for a Safe Mani-Pedi, manicure, pedicure, nail salon, pampering

I’m not here trying to scare you, but………

Millions of women and men take their hard earned money to enjoy lives little luxuries and a mani/pedi is definitely one of those luxuries.  So, before you go to your favorite salon take a look at my best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

  1. Arrive early to your appointment to make sure the salon is maintained properly. Watch how the footbaths are cleaned and disinfected between each client. Also, great indicator is the restroom, if it is kept clean chances are the rest of the salon will be too.  Make sure trash containers are not overflowing and that the shelves are dusted.  A clean salon is a great way to tell the owner and technicians value cleanliness.  If the salon is not clean, chances are the footbaths and implements aren’t either.

  2. Salon License should be posted in plain site on the wall, along with the technicians licenses.

  3. Single Use Items Emery Board, Buffing Block, Orange Sticks, Pumices and Toe Separators.  These items should never be used on more that one client.  They all can harbor bacteria and fungus with the potential to be passed from client to client if used on more that one person. Cuticle oil should be used with a dropper rather than a brush.  Brushes are not sanitary to use on more than one client.

  4. How does the technician sterilize their tools?  You want to make sure they are using a bottle of disinfectant.  The disinfectant should not appear cloudy or dirty looking.  The most effective way to make sure the implements are clean it to bring your own and clean them yourself.  Just purchase what your technician uses on you at your local drug store.  No salon should have a problem with you bring your own tools.

  5. Make sure the technician washes her hands before she gets started on your nails or feet.  Request that they wash their hands or wear gloves.  Be very careful of a technician with fake nails, it is very hard to clean the area between the real nail and the fake nail.

  6. Don’t shave your legs 24 hours prior to getting a pedicure.  Small cuts from shaving can leave small skin openings where bacteria can enter.  If you have a cut, wait until it is completely healed before getting a pedicure.

  7. Whirlpool footbaths  You should NEVER place your feet into a footbath with jets.  It is impossible for a salon to clean the jet area completely.  The jets are suppose to be cleaned by a 10 minute bleach bath in-between each and every customer (most salons do not have time for this, they try to get you in and out as quickly as possible).  This type of footbath puts your health at risk each time you put your foot in one.  In an extreme case in Texas, a woman died after contracting a staph infection from a whirlpool footbath.  The safest footpath is the basin type where the technician places a bag over the tub.  When they are done with each client they just throw out the bag with all the water.

  8. Don’t let the technician cut your cuticles! Cuticles are a barrier of protection for your nails.  When your cuticles are cut you are opening the door to infection.  Cutting your cuticles can also cause ridges on your nails, white spots, or white lines.  Push back your cuticles when you are in the shower and the cuticles are soft.

  9. Don’t let the technician scrape callused skin off of your feet!  Doing this can put you at a higher risk for infection.  This procedure needs to be done by a podiatrist only.

  10. Some salons dilute their nail polishes when they become dry or clumpy with nail polish remover.  This practice compromises the quality of the nail polish, causing the polish to chip easily.  The best way to make sure you are getting a color that will last, and to avoid any spreading of germs, bring your own polish (this way you have the correct color for touch ups)

Always practice best tips for a safe mani/pedi!

Until Next Time…


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