Fashion Friday: Winter Beauty Essentials

The temps have finally dropped around here and the heat has come on– which means dry winter skin and hair.  But it also means holiday season, which is when you want to look your best.  So Nordstrom asked me to select my winter and holiday beauty favorites from their huge selection of brands and I had so much fun curating this grouping for you.  Because not all your summer products will work in the winter if you live in a place that has dramatic seasonal changes, it’s great to have an arsenal of seasonal favorites- so if you have one- comment!

Gift Guides 2014: For Him

It’s that time of year again!  One of my favorite things to do besides red carpet reviews are gift guides!!!  In another life I always wanted to be a magazine editor and I have to say, so far this year the gift guides I’ve seen in magazines have been kind of disappointing.  Either totally not realistic or fantastically blah.  I hope that mine will land somewhere in the middle- attainable, real gifts that you really could give.

So here are my picks for HIM!

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Instagram Contest Winners!

An esteemed panel of judges (being myself, Lindsey and Allison– and some feedback from Baxter and Oliver) picked the winners of the West Elm / EOS the book instagram contest! It was SO SO SO hard to only pick six of you (especially all of you who added your dogs in the pictures…) but we did it.  If you are listed as a winner please e-mail me at erin@eringatesdesign.com with your addresses!

1) The Terrace bar cart goes to @briannebarrett (how awesome is that latte???)

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The Holiday Kitchen: Must Haves from Sur La Table & Nespresso

We are approaching a VERY busy time in most kitchens- even if you aren’t hosting a holiday gathering, my guess is you still are doing a good bit of cooking and baking.  I love all the nesting that goes on this time of year- from the decorating to cookie making, and so to kick off the season I partnered with Sur La Table to gather up some of my must have items and got pretty crafty with a Christmas cookie project (I’m still wiping up icing)….
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I Want to Go To There: Babylonstoren

I’ve been dreaming of a getaway ever since returning from the book tour and came across the most MAGICAL place in South Africa that made me think that a stay there would change my life (granted, I also get that feeling sometimes at Whole Foods when loading up my cart with kale and organic face cream- a NEW LIFE!)
Babylonstoren is an one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms close to Cape Town. Renovated and made into a simply beautiful hotel, spa and working farm (not to mention the lauded restaurant and winery) it looks like a little slice of heaven.  Be prepared for some SERIOUS eye candy!
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