Gift Guides 2014: Stocking Stuffers

Here it is, the last one of the year!  Andrew and I always love doing fun, funny stockings for each other so I had fun finding small, inexpensive gifts for this reason!  I hope you’ve found these guides helpful for your shopping list this year- if you need to review here they are : FOR HER, FOR HIM, FOR HOME, FOR KIDS & PETS and UNDER $100!

And, it’s a Christmas miracle, I finally got my new master suite and addition photographed yesterday so the big reveal will be coming early next week!!!!

 

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What’s In Your Products?

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I will full admit that until recently, I have pretty much ignored the whole “toxic ingredients” chatter surrounding the beauty and personal care industry.  I sometimes felt it was a bunch of scare tactics and honestly, didn’t have time to fret about what was in my deodorant.  But recently the wife of a friend/vendor I adore chatted with me about her work with Ava Anderson and really opened my eyes about changes we can all make to create a safer environment for ourselves.  I had no idea that Europe bans 1,371 chemicals from their personal care products and the US bans only 11!!!  I know a lot of you are interested and focused on this too (having seen your comments on my Instagram about my Vaseline lip balm and such! so I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you about this topic and what I’m doing to try to improve my health in this way.

In reality, I’m not going to get rid of every beauty product I own (long live Clea de Peau and my belief in moderation), but I have been making smarter choices and swapping out what I easily can for safer items- most notably my deodorant, body wash, body lotion, home cleaning supplies and face moisturizers.  What I find interesting about Ava Anderson is that they are incredibly vocal about being more focused on educating the public about toxins than selling the product, in fact the owners of the company don’t even take a salary and instead to roll all the money back into the company and product development and education.  Not to mention the company’s namesake and founder, Ava,  started this company when she was just  14 (read more about it here, so interesting) !!!  I love young, women owned businesses like this!

Color of the Year Do Over.

So last week Pantone announced it’s Color of the Year for 2015… and it was met with a loud groan and a whole lotta “huh????”. “Marsala” was inexplicably the chosen winner, and most of the design community seems to be left scratching their heads. A dusty rose, this color just does nothing for me. Perhaps a deeper shade of burgundy, or a brighter orange red, but this neither-here-nor-there color just looks… mushy.
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Fashion Friday: The Joy of Holiday Dressing with J. McLaughlin

Many of you who follow me on Instagram asked about my outfit in a picture I posted of us on Thanksgiving.   This holiday we decided to do the “casual dress up” for our small, cold Connecticut turkey day in fabulous finds from J. McLaughlin.  I always trend towards preppy during holiday season, something about it brings out the Miss Porter’s graduate in me. I opted for an amazingly comfortable and flattering zip neck dress (that I now want in every color) with boots and a hint of fur and Andrew went the typical “dude” route in a plaid flannel paired with a a zip neck sweater and grey dress pants.  We’ll probably rock something very similar for Christmas too…

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