Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty Edition

Hi everyone!

I put together some of my favorite beauty products in this holiday gift guide.  These make great gifts because they aren’t always something you would want to buy for yourself but would be thrilled to receive them as a gift.

First on the list is this tarte Limited-Edition Treasure Box Collector’s Set.   It includes a 24-piece eyeshadow palette, two bronzers, warm and cool toned blushes and a pearlescent highlighter.  Inside the storage compartment is a full size Sex Kitten Eyeliner and travel sizes of mascara and quick drying, matte liquid lipstick.  I do not have this set but I would love to find it under the Christmas tree!

Second on my beauty gift guide is the T3 Whirl Trio.  I got this a little over a year ago and it is the only thing I use to curl my hair.  It comes with three interchangeable barrels.  You can achieve any look you want, from want beach waves, spiral curls or full-bodied waves. It has 5 adjustable heat settings (260-410-F).  I use the second to the highest.  I have been wanting to try their straightener since I love the wand so much.

The next item on my guide is a product that I wrote a post on several months ago.  Smile Brilliant is a teeth whitening system that you can customize.  You choose according to your sensitivity and what level of staining you have.  I have pretty sensitive teeth, so I opted for the desensitizing gel which you can use after each use of the whitening gel.  They send you tray molds with a return label so you can get a custom fitted tray.  Unsure about the whole teeth whitening process?  Here are 10 facts everyone should know.  Click here  for any FAQs you might have. This is a great gift, especially going into the New Year.  #newyearnewme right?!

The Foreo Luna is a favorite in my house.  Even Anthony uses it!  It is a silicone facial-cleansing brush that deep cleans making your skin brighter, firmer, and more youthful-looking.  I love how soft my face feels after using it.  There is even a mini version for travel.  

Lastly on my beauty gift guide is an item that is actually at the top of my list for Santa this year:  The Glopro in limited-edition rose gold.  It stimulates skin’s natural healing responses to induce micro-rejuvenation deep within for a visibly firmer, smoother, younger-looking appearance.  Who doesn’t want to look younger??  What it does: As MicroTips pass over the skin, the rejuvenation process begins immediately.  I have been wanting to try this and now that it is available in rose gold, I am sold. If Santa should drop this off for me, I will do a post on it with my review. 

I hope this beauty gift guide was helpful.  I will be doing a few more over the next couple of weeks.  Are there any specific categories you would like to see?

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki

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A Day with Nuovo Salon

Hello!  I hope you are all having a great week so far!  I have been running around like crazy between errands and getting ready for Miami Swim Week this weekend.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see footage from the runway shows!

On Monday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to be invited to my salon for a little makeover.

In 2013, A friend of mine referred me to Nuovo, and I have been going ever since.  Our stylist, Scott, is THE BEST! He always knows exactly what to do with my color.  Hair can be extremely personal.  One wrong move and your entire image is ruined.  My mind is always at ease at Nuovo!  In just under 2 hours, my hair goes from feeling greasy and dulll, to looking revived and refreshed!

This visit, I decided to go a little brighter.  I told Scott that I wanted something that would look pretty in the sunlight since I am going to Miami Beach.  He did such a great job (as usual) and I am so happy with the cut and color.

Thanks to a little additive called Olaplex, I don’t worry about my hair getting damaged from dye and bleach.  It is mixed in with the color to restore compromised hair and to prevent further damage.  I never have a problem with my hair breaking or feeling too dry.

After Scott was done working his magic, I had my makeup done.  Aveda products are extremely lightweight on the skin.  You don’t even feel like you are wearing makeup!  I really liked the natural look I was given, with a little bit of a bolder lip.

Another amazing thing about, Nuovo, is their commitment to being Earth friendly.  They exclusively use Aveda products, which are cruelty-free and most ingredients are naturally derived. Not only that, all of their salons run on pollution-free electricity generated by local wind and solar projects and national clean energy provider Arcadia Power.  They also recycle everything!  From foils, to plastic bottles to hair.

Here is a look at my day at the salon:

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I would like to thank the entire staff at Nuovo for making me look and feel like a princess.  They are so kind, professional and extremely talented!  I highly recommend them if you are in the Sarasota area.

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki

 

This post was sponsored by Nuovo

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My Experience With Smile Brilliant

Hi everyone! Anyone that knows me, knows that I have to have a cup (or two) of coffee every morning.  Over time, that can be pretty damaging to your smile.  I have tried whitening strips in the past, but they don’t always do the trick.  I had considered getting my teeth professionally whitened but the cost seemed extreme… Especially for someone who doesn’t plan on quitting their coffee habits anytime soon.

I recently had the opportunity to try Smile Brilliant.  I am really happy with the results!  Everything you need comes in the box.  You have the option to professionally whiten your teeth from the comfort of your couch.  Or bed, or wherever prefer!

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A few days after answering some questions about my teeth and sensitivity, the at home whitening kit arrived at my door.  I made my teeth molds and sent them back in the provided envelope.  About a week later, I received my custom whitening trays and was able to start the whitening process.  First, I use the whitening gel.  You can leave it on anywhere from 45 minutes up to 3 hours!  I have really sensitive teeth, so I never went over an hour at a time.  After the whitening gel, I use the desensitizing gel.  That only needs to sit for about 15-20 minutes.  I did this every other night.  I began to see results after the third or fourth session.

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I love the convenience of Smile Brilliant.  I can pop the whitening trays in and do some cleaning, work on my blog, take a shower, or just lounge around and watch tv.  You can purchase an at home whitening kit for as little as $129.  That’s hundreds less than having them professionally done, and you get the same results.  After purchasing the initial whitening kit, you only have to buy whitening gel refills (as low as $19-$35).  Your custom whitening trays are reusable!  Use code andislist15 to receive $15 off of your order of trays!

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Want a chance to win a whitening kitClick here to enter a customized tray creation kit*. ($139 value!) 

*Giveaway is open for one week. You MUST enter through the link to be counted.  Giveaway is for $139 credit- and is open to USA, UK, Canada, and Australia residents*

Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki

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The Ruffled Red Silk Top

Hi Everyone!  Yesterday I took Andi to Disney again.  She had the best time!  She got to meet Mickey, Elena, Cinderella and we even got to see Belle again.  Head over to my Instagram to see more of our day at Disney.

I wanted to play with a fabric that I don’t wear too often, so this silk shirt was really perfect to experiment with! This red silk top also comes in white, if you aren’t super comfortable wearing bol colors!  I love the button & tie details on the back.


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These jeans are my among my favorites now! The dark wash is just so pretty and perfect for any time of the year.  Did I mention they’re high waisted? 🙂

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I’m also wearing my Rebecca Minkoff Rockstud lookalikes again – they’re really cute and worth it!

I hope you have a great rest of your week! Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki

Top: Club Monaco also here | Jeans: Citizens of Humanity | Sandals: Rebecca Minkoff | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Lips: Charlotte Tilbury Iconic Nude Liner with Kim KW lipstick and Blondie gloss |

 

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DreamDry NYC x SC 2017

Hi everyone! While in New York for fashion week, I got the opportunity to spend the afternoon at DreamDry NYC with my Style Collective ladies.  Founded by Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes, DreamDry is a salon experience where you can enjoy a glass of champagne, get a blowout, braid or updo and even shop for some beautiful jewelry or candles before you go!

This was an absolutely wonderful thing to do this NYFW trip. Founded by Rachel Zoe and Robin Moraetes, DreamDry is a salon experience where you can enjoy a glass of champagne, get a blowout, braid or updo and even shop for some beautiful jewelry or candles before you go!

There are five locations based in New York City, Chicago, and Atlanta.  If you are ever in any of these areas, you have to check them out!  The whole experience felt very personalized and relaxing. I am so happy that I am a member of Style Collective and was able to attend this special event.  They are an amazing group of women; each so supportive and inspiring.

Keep scrolling to see my photo gallery from the event!

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Thanks for stopping by!

xx Niki

Photos by Bora Images

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Christmas Gift Inspo: Ralph Lauren Red

Hi Everyone! Today’s holiday blog is all about Ralph Lauren Red!

We are getting so close to Christmas!  I literally just got done putting our tree up.  Luckily, it has lights already attached because I only put one ornament on it – Andi’s Princess Elena ornament.  She really stands out against our white tree!  I just didn’t have the time to drag all of the decorations out this year.

Aside from getting the tree up last minute, I have also finally finished Christmas shopping.  I am giving Anthony the Ralph Lauren Red cologne.  It smells amazing!  When Ralph Lauren asked to partner with me, I did not hesitate to accept.  Their fragrances always smell so good, and we love the quality of their products.  Anthony has never used Red before, but we were not disappointed.

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It is a blend of spicy red saffron, fresh red grapefruit, and deep redwood.  Ralph Lauren Red was the winner of the Fragrance Foundation’s  Fragrance of the Year and & Consumer Choice Awards.  I can definitely see why!

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They sent it in a really nice travel bag, perfect to take our next trip.  It is a great size to fit all of his toiletries.  The bottle looks so sleek and you can even add personalization as an added touch to make it the perfect gift for the special man in your life.  We got the 4.2 oz, but it also comes in 2.5 oz, 1.36 oz and a 6.7 oz that comes with a beautiful tray.  The bag also included a sample of Ralph Lauren Blue, which is another great scent.  It features a blend of melon de Cavaillon, basil, verbena, and washed suede.  Then there is always the legendary Polo, with blends the very best of wood, leather, and other natural scents.

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All in all, Polo always makes a great gift for anyone on your list.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

xx Niki

This post was sponsored by Ralph Lauren.

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Our Cinco de Mayo Outfits

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! We won’t be going out for margaritas this year, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dress a little festively! Anyway, we may celebrate with some tacos and refried beans later.  🙂  So far, Andi is a huge foodie so I think she will enjoy it. It’s really wonderful that she’ll eat just about anything– makes life easier (and tastier) for us all!

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^^ Andi’s “stinky” face!

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Andi’s outfit is totally perfect for the spring weather here in Florida. It’s light, airy, and has some floral on it! Here are the details:

Dress: Gap |Headband Bow: Billy Bibs–comes in a set of 3 | Sandals: Jack Rogers | Giraffe teether: Little Giraffe–also comes in blue

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It was so sunny outside today that my Dior sunglasses and these Spanish-inspired turquoise earrings were the perfect details to finish off this outfit with.

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I opted to match with Andi today by wearing this beautiful Lilly Pulitzer dress that features white bauble details and some on-trend ruffles. As you can see, our Cinco de Mayo outfits don’t scream a “theme” corresponding to the holiday, but pretty embroidered floral details and white baubles are both Spanish-inspired.

Dress: Lilly Pulitzer | Shoes: DSW–ON SALE! also similar at Macy’s | Bracelets: Lilly Pulitzer–$38 J.Crew $29.50 plus additional 25% off with code GETSHOPPING | Earrings: BaubleBar | Lips: Claudia and Pink Tulle

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And this next photo is a total behind-the-scenes as a mom! Andi dropped her teether and I thought we could get another photo in before The Meltdown.  Nope! Hey, at least our Cinco de Mayo outfits still looked cute no matter what.

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Let’s talk shoes for a minute: I am IN LOVE with these shoes from DSW.  I also ordered them in the deeper Cognac color just so I could pair them with more outfits depending on the look I’m going for.  They are so comfortable!  I am also digging this new nail polish I just got from Smith & Cult.  The color is “Regret The Moon”.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  We hope you have a fun and safe night!

 

xx Niki and Andi

 

 

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The Striped Dolman Sleeve Dress of My Dreams

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Happy Hump Day! Today’s topic is quite a mouthful but you’ll want to know the term “dolman sleeve dress” for the next time you go shopping.

I am excited to share this striped dolman sleeve dress from ILY Couture with you . This dress also comes in black and blue, which really tempts me since I am OBSESSED!  It is extremely soft and so comfortable. Best part: It is only $48! You can pair it with sandals for a casual look or dress it up with some fun wedges.  If stripes aren’t your thing, they also have a similar solid dress here that comes in several colors.

Check out how I styled this look below:

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And we can’t forget about the little details, so here are some things I couldn’t forget to mention.  I LOVE this Bobbi Brown lipgloss, which I had on throughout the day.  It feels amazing on my lips. Other pros include great coverage and a slightly minty so  I highly recommend it!

I find that gold jewelry and tassels work best with this outfit, especially since the necklace hangs down low enough to bring some structure to the dress. A quilted Rebecca Minkoff flap bag is also the perfect accessory since it’s luxuriously reminiscent of Chanel without the hefty pricetag!

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Dress: ILY Couture Shoes: Tory Burch Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Watch: ILY Couture Jelly Tassel Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer Bracelet: Sold out but similar and on sale ($8.99) here Earrings: $3! here Life changing lipgloss: Bobbi Brown

Thanks for stopping by!

xxNiki

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Slipsilk giveaway!!


Hi everyone!

I am so happy with my Slipsilk™ pillowcase, that I wanted to give you a chance to win one, along with the matching eye mask!

The winner will receive one pink pillow case (Queen size) and one pink eye mask.  A $120 value!  I am excited to share these amazing products with the lucky winner. 🙂 One person will be drawn at random by Rafflecopter and I will contact you for shipping details as soon as I know who the winner is. Maximize your chance of winning by completing all of the entries.  Enter below.

Good luck!

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xx Niki and Andi

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Trend Alert: Ruffles and Stripes

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Happy Saturday!! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.  It is going to be a rainy day for us, so we are enjoying a relaxing day inside – the perfect weather for writing a trend alert blog for you all while Andi is playing.

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These jeans by Hudson are currently my favorite!  They have the perfect amount of stretch and the wash is just right, so they were an obvious choice to base my outfit around.  I paired them with with this Kate Spade top, which now comes in black.  The best part? It’s under $100! My suede lace up flats are M. Gemi, and come in 4 colors!  USE THIS LINK TO GET $40 OFF OF YOUR ORDER!

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Now here’s the exciting part – there’s more to this outfit than meets the eye. Sure, it’s comfortable, classic, and fitted, but it’s also very on-trend for a few reasons. Nudes are in, so my flats were the best choice to pair with this ruffled back top! Talk about a trend alert! Ruffles and stripes are in, so I jumped on this top as soon as I saw this killer combo in one garment.
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Jeans: Hudson Ruffle top: Kate Spade Shoes: M. Gemi Necklace: Lilly Pulitzer Crossbody: Lilly Pulitzer Earrings: Similar here Lipgloss: Dior Bag: Prada

Andi’s PJ’s: Roberta Roller Rabit



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