Gift Guide: Best of Beauty

This gift guide is for the beauty lovers in your life and of course you! ;) It’s a roundup of my absolute favorite makeup items that I re-order time and time again from Nordstrom. These are my beauty cabinet staples, and will make perfect gifts for your loved ones. Most of them are under $100, and several are under $50 making them great stocking stuffers. PS if you love my robe you can get it here! Beauty gifts from Nordstrom: Fragrance My favorite perfume of all time is Diptyque “Eau Duelle.” It’s got a rich vanilla bourbon smell, and I get compliments on it from men and women everytime I wear it. For room spray, I love Diptyque “Baies.” I keep this in my bathroom, as well as our guest bathroom. For diffusers, I can’t get enough of the Antica Farmacista Vanilla, Bourbon and Mandarin reed diffuser. It’s not overpowering and makes your entire home smell divine. Candles My favorite candle is by Diptyque – it’s the Vanille scent. I talk about it nonstop for a reason – it’s pure heaven. If you’re over Diptyque, then I suggest Byredo’s Bohemia scented candle. It’s the chicest candle next to Diptyque and smells really subtle and sexy. Body I am constantly re-ordering this Aesop hand + lotion duo. It smells SO good and everyone comments how much they love it when they come over. It’s earthy, and nourishing. I recently bought the Necessaire body wash and lotion and let me tell you – it lives up to the hype. It left my skin SO soft, smells incredible, and is also a CLEAN beauty product. Win, win, win. Face I’m obsessed with the Tata Harper resurfacing serum. You notice an immediate glow right after using it. Plus it’s all natural. I also love the resurfacing mask. I got the gift set for my sister! For the woman who has everything…get the Sisley face mask. Google it and you will see the thousands of positive reviews. It instantly works, and leaves your skin feeling SO soft and supple. I’ve been using it for years. This Indie Lee face oil is also a clean product and a great stocking stuffer. It’s only $14 and super gentle. For the girl who is prone to breakouts and always traveling, get her this gem from Sunday Riley. I bring it on every trip and it immediately clears up a zit within minutes. I’ve been using the Dermalogica Microfoliant 2x a week for 8 years. It’s gentle, effective and makes your skin stay bright + clear. This little gift set is perfect for the skincare junkie! Vintner’s Daughter Serum. Elemis Cleansing Balm. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen. Hair I love the T3 ceramic curling iron! Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. For shampoo – I use a few, but I’m a big fan of R+Co and Alterna Caviar. Mason Pearson hair brush. Makeup YSL Saharienne eye palette. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Charlotte Tilbury highlighter and mascara. Bobbi Brown bronzer. Laura Mercier caviar eye sticks. Mac lipgloss in C-Thru. Cle de Beauté concealer. And if you’re looking for quick, one off gifts sets from Nordstrom under $100: I love this Bobbi Brown travel friendly kit. This is a fancier version of my fave YSL eyeshadow palette. A special edition BLACK Diptyque Baies candle. Laura Mercier bath + body skincare set. Tata Harper daily essentials set. Diptyque mini candle + perfume set. R + Co hair travel set. Gift sets under $50: Deborah Lippmman polish kit. Laura Mercier caviar stick set. Supergoop sunscreen kit. Basic purity energy cleanse meditation kit. Indie Lee discovery kit. Fresh lip balm set (a Nordstrom Beauty exclusive!) Be sure to shop my picks below and check out Nordstrom’s Gift With Purchase page which is full of extra goodies!
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Cyber Monday: What I Bought

I already shared my concise list of Black Friday sales on here over the weekend, but I wanted to share a few extra ones that I found out about, PLUS what I actually purchased myself from the sales. Trust me, you’re not going to want to pass up these screaming deals! Beauty Buy one Diptyque candle, get one half off at Space NK – yes please! I ordered a few of my favorite Vanille scented candles. They also have tons of holiday gift sets – like this Byredo mini candle trio! Violet Grey is offering $15 off when you spend $100, $50 off when you spend $250, and $100 when you spend $500. I ordered this lash food, this Necessaire body lotion, the Augustinus Bader rich cream, and this Tom Ford shimmer body oil that I drench myself in all summer long! If you don’t already have Vintner’s Daughter serum – get it – it’s a cult beauty product for a reason, and I use it every night! Nordstrom is offering this T3 ceramic curling iron for 15% off. I switched from my Hot Tools iron to this T3 last month because my hairdresser noticed my hair was getting more damaged and she said that ceramic irons are way better for you! Fashion I bought this Fleur du Mal silver dress for my birthday and New Years Eve because it’s now 20% off! I’ve been needing an ultra long winter coat, but didn’t want to spend a ton of $$$. This one is PERFECT and under $200. I just got this simple ivory cashmere sweater, this chic tank, and another pair of RE/DONE jeans for 30% off from the Intermix sale. Scoop’s line with Walmart is offering 25% off everything! Get my favorite black booties, v neck sweater, teddy coat, or this chic black blazer with gold buttons. My favorite houndstooth coat is 50% off at Banana Republic. Thomas’ favorite navy blue winter coat is also 50% off, as well as his quilted AND waterproof navy blue jackets. The Ann Taylor coat I’ve been wearing nonstop is 50% off. And I just picked up this printed silk scarf for myself! I just got Thomas these Chelsea boots from Bloomingdales – they are under $100 and the perfect gift for the man in your life! Alo Yoga is offering 30% off site wide so I couldn’t resist stocking up on the black high waisted workout leggings I wear 24/7 and their sports bras. Shopbop is offering 25% off orders of $500+ – take 25% off this gorgeous beige Mackage coat I always get a million compliments on. It’s also a great time to get these Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots I wear almost everyday during the winter. Home I got a few of these Ralph Lauren silver picture frames to give with sentimental photos as gifts to loved ones because they’re offering 30% off orders of $100+. And I couldn’t resist splurging on this cashmere blanket + eye mask + pillow travel set for myself!!! For those of you who love my gold bamboo picture frame that’s in my entry – you can get it here on major sale! And I bought a few of these for our kitchen! I bought a friend who loves entertaining this Jenni Kayne Pacific Natural book because she’s offering 20% off sitewide. Shop more of my picks below as well as all of my holiday gift guides here!
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Black Friday Sales

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving :) I’m out in Connecticut for the weekend enjoying quality time with Thomas and his family. Charlie is loving every second out here – he can’t get enough of their beautiful backyard. We’re going to do a bit of Black Friday shopping in town tomorrow, but I’ll be doing the majority of my shopping online. I always score the BEST fall/winter clothes and Christmas presents during this weekend. I wanted to share what I’ll be buying and a few of the BEST Black Friday sales with you. Black Friday Sales Abercrombie is offering 50% off everything I can’t get enough of their plaid button downs, bodysuits and henleys. The quality and price point are amazing – trust me!!! I also really love this jacket. Ann Taylor is offering 50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY Get this pretty cream coat that I’ve been wearing nonstop, and this printed scarf that you can tie around your neck, a leather purse, or even frame as a home accessory. It’s also a great gift item. Banana Republic is offering 50% off all full priced items I love this houndstooth coat, this men’s navy car coat (Thomas has it and loves it), and this men’s puffer jacket. Bloomingdales is offering up to 25% of f when you spend $400+ This coat is a STEAL for only $125 – and it looks 10x more expensive. This is a stunning cream sherpa coat for under $150 and these are the perfect black pumps – I have them and wear them all the time. Intermix is offering up to 75% off sale items and $50 off when you spend $250 This Self Portrait dress is swoon worthy and I love these simple black heels. J Crew is offering 50% off sitewide I highly recommend getting these leather gloves (great gift!) and this cashmere v-neck sweater. Net-a-Porter is offering up to 50% off sale items I’m eyeing these leather and gold sandals for summer and these classic jeans. Nordstrom is offering up to 50% off select styles I love these faux leather leggings and these Sperry rain/snow boots. Serena and Lily is offering 25% off sitewide Get my favorite baskets which I use as hampers, this classic bar cart, and this chandelier.
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Neutrals + Cashmere

This outfit combines two of my favorite things…neutrals + cashmere. It’s been SO nice being able to actually wear my fall pieces this season (last year I was living in LA and barely touched any of them because it was so warm!) I recently added this dreamy Mackage coat to my wardrobe, and I cannot tell you how much I love it. It has a gorgeous sheepskin collar which is sooooo luxurious and the longer cut makes it look super elegant. Neutral CoatsI’m also loving this Mackage coat and this one – both would make great Christmas gifts for the women in your life (or yourself!) I’m wearing the first one here! FYI if you’re between sizes, I’d recommend sizing down in these coats since they tend to run a bit on the bigger side. I’m wearing a size small here, which is great with a thick sweater underneath – but I could have probably sized down even further if I wanted to wear lighter tops underneath. Cashmere ScarfI wrapped a grey cashmere scarf around my neck for an extra layer of warmth. This scarf is hands down the best item to travel with. It keeps you so cozy on the plane, and can be curled up into a pillow if need be. It comes in a zillion other colors and would also make a great gift this season. Ivory Leather BagThis ivory Hunting Season bag sold out almost immediately after I posted it on stories…it’s so darn cute isn’t it?! There’s only one left in stock here at Moda Operandi, but it does come in several other classic color combos. I’m considering pre-ordering this tan one for the spring…. I love how subtle this purse is, and the fact that it goes with legit everything in my wardrobe! I linked to several other affordable ivory bags below like this one, this one and this one. Shop the rest of my outfit below!
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