Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Under $25.

Holiday Gift Guide ~ Last Minute Gifts Under $25.00

Holiday Gift GuideManners Simply ~ Which Fork Do I Use? $24.95  The perfect gift for newlyweds or young’s adults on their own for the first time.

World Market ~ Live Ivy Topiary Ring With Red Bow. $19.99   It is always nice to receive a live plant.

Sees Candy ~ Gold Fancy $10.00  Nothing beats this gift!  if you have never had Sees candy pick up a box for yourself too!

ZGallery DRUNK? Coasters Set of 6. $20.00  These are adorable coasters for friends who like just one too many!

Sur La Table Light-Up Holiday Bottle Stopper $14.00  This wine stopper will be the talk of your holiday party!

JORD ~ Have You Got The Time?


Do you have a person on your gift-giving list this year that is difficult to buy for? They either have everything or when you ask them what they want, they tell you they don’t know.

I have a person very close to me like this; it’s Handsome.

I had been going crazy looking for something to buy him for Christmas. Then the wonderful people at JORD said they would send me this stunning handcrafted Zebrawood and Maple Wood Watch from their Fieldcrest series. I was so excited I couldn’t contain myself, but I had to or else I would wreck Handsome Christmas morning surprise.


Wait. Back up. You have never heard of JORD Wood Watches? 

These wood watches are absolutely a stunning work of art.  The craftsmanship and spectacular designs are second to none. I was pleasantly  surprised by just how lightweight the watch is. The wood watch will look great on Handsome when he wears it into a board meeting or just hanging out with his friends at the bar to watch his beloved Vanderbilt Commodores play.

The packaging it self looks like a gift.  Just look at the impressive presentation of the maple wooden box engraved with the JORD logo.


When you received your beautiful wood watch in it’s maple wood box, you will also be receiving:

  1. A card to remind you to hashtag all your fun times while wearing your JORD wood watch.
  2. One year warranty card
  3. Cleaning cloth
  4. A cool pillow for your one of a kind wood watch to rest on while it’s in it’s box.



Ok, now that I have told you how great these watches are I’m going to let you in on a little secret!  I have been eyeing these wood watches for quite some time now and while I am absolutely thrilled that the wonderful people at JORD were kind enough to send me a wood watch for my Handsome, I am a tiny bit jealous he is the one getting this beautiful watch.  Maybe on Christmas morning I’ll give him a BIG hint that for Valentines Day I would love to have the CORA series maple & silver of my very own.

An added benefit; JORD offers custom sizing and FREE worldwide shipping!

So, If you you have someone special in your life give them the gift of something truly special…A JORD Wood Watch!


**I received this beautiful JORD Wood Watch in exchange for this post.  The opinions are all mine.  I must tell you I have been interested in a JORD wood watch for quite some time and I couldn’t be happier that I was asked to review one.

Decorating for Christmas

Happy Decorating For Christmas Season!

How fast did this year fly by?!  Thanksgiving is over and now it’s time to start thinking about Christmas and all that goes with it, including decorations.  I know many people like to put their Christmas decorations up the weekend of Thanksgiving.  And then, there are the stores, who seem to put up Christmas decorations around Halloween.

I myself, like to take down my fall decorations Thanksgiving weekend and give myself a breather before the Christmas decorations go up.  So this weekend is the weekend my decorations go up.  I did however go up into the attic and pull the decorations down so I can go through them and see what I need to replace or add.

There are so many Christmas decorations I love, I thought I would share with you some of my favorites from my favorite stores. Want to know the best part?  Many of the stores already have their Christmas decorations on sale, so no need waiting to get your favorite items after the holiday is over!

When your family and friends come to visit you need a beautiful wreath greeting them at the front door.  I fell in love with this one from Pier 1 Importsdecorating for ChristmasJust yesterday, I was at a very high end garden store in Newport Beach, CA and they were selling very similar wreaths for over $100.00!  I think this is a deal at $37.46!

Pier 1 Imports also have this Pinecone Garland I fell in love with.

decorating for Christmas

It is indoor/outdoor so it’s perfect to decorate the back patio.  And it’s only $18.71 for 72″.

I am in love with these Elegant Scroll Dinnerware.  They are so pretty and can be used anytime of the year.

decorating for Christmas

They would be perfect for New Years Eve!  They range in price from $10.95 to $11.95

How cute are these Glittery Jingle Velvet Stockings?

Decorating for Christmas

I really like the monogrammed stockings! $19.99  Monogram might be an additional charge.

I NEED this!  I’m in love.  How cute is this Santa Clause Velvet Hat and Bag?decorating for ChristmasIf I only buy one holiday decoration this year this has to be it!  Cost…$19.50  Monogram is an additional charge.

What is your favorite item on my list?

This is not a sponsored post.  I just thought these Christmas decorations were pretty and I wanted to share them with you!

Until Next Time…


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.


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

Until Next Time…


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.

Until Next time…


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 Halloween Edition!

  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 Wired
  6. Which Halloween Candy Is Your States Most Popular? WQAD8


What is your favorite thing about this spooky holiday, do you love to get scared or just like to scare others?  Do you like a scary, cute or sexy costumes?  What’s your favorite candy?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Have a spooky Halloween and don’t let the strange noises scare you…


Until Next Time…



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!

Until Next Time…


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?

Until Next Time…