Stories by: Liz

BeautyRahua

We were recently introduced to Rahua by one of our savviest friends who always amazes us with her haircare findings. The secret comes from the Amazon, women of the Quechua-Shuar tribes use Rahua (Pronounced “ra-wa”, best described as a “highly potent, restorative oil”) to keep their hair thick, shiny and healthy. In the 1990s. this magic serum was passed on to New York colorist stylist, Fabian Lliguin, hailing from Equador of Quechua descent.

Now with a full line of Amazon Beauty products featuring Rahua as a key ingredient it will save you (and your carbon footprint!) the trek into the rainforest. Not only is the product all natural, organic and free of synthetics but it creates sustainable business partnerships with many nations of Amazonian women and a percentage from each sale goes towards protecting the Amazon Rainforest.

Already feeling warm and fuzzy? Rahua won’t just make you feel good, it will make your hair look amazing. Because it is alcohol free there is nothing but volume and shine – helmet-head is a thing of the past! Also, don’t be worried about it smelling too “natural”, the scent is certainly part of the appeal. Our favorite product so far has to be the Voluminous Spray ($28)!

BridalWedding Belles

We’re already feeling overwhelmed by the long list of engagement parties, showers and bachelorettes leading up to the many weddings we have on the horizon this summer! Stay stress-free and above all stylish with our picks to streamline your shopping list and subsequent wedding prep this spring. Cheers – bring on the celebrations!

{Shower Gifts} One Kings Lane never ceases to amaze us with their exciting giftables, we recently purchased personalized coasters from Preppy Plates at a fraction of their regular retail price.

{Wedding Gifts} Bright, cheerful and customizable, Mattie Luxe offers items to spice up your dining room including placemats as well as melamine and lucite trays, $99.

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Accessories, JewelryWanderlust + Co

Wanderlust + Co, a new Australian accessory powerhouse, offers a wide array of affordable baubles that are beautifully glamorous! We were delightfully surprised by the accessible pricepoint. Stack your wrists with their wrap bracelets and add a pop of color with the Bejeweled Bracelet — or wear it on its own.  For a mere $25 each, order at wanderlustandco.com.

Gift GuidesShare the Love on Valentine’s Day

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas this year? We have a few suggestions for gifts to show your loved ones – from your sister to your mom – that you care.

KiraKira exudes femininity from their elaborate luxe jewelry to their timeless, wearable pieces. We love rose gold and what better way to say I love you (even if it is to yourself!) than with this Rose Vintage Key Pendant ($89).

Preppy Plates is a perfect place to find classic home accents with a twist. We were wowed by their custom plates, platters, trays and coasters available in both primary and bright colors as well as traditional and whimsical fonts. Our heart skips a beat for their Summer Picnic with interlocking monogram set of 50 pressed paper coasters at $74 (add $10 for the additional acrylic holder).

CHANEL’S GARDÉNIA scent is irresistible, especially for lovers of flowers who may not have a green thumb. Sweet and romantic, this intense fragrance of vanilla base, gardenia petals accented with coconut. Available in a collectible 2.5 oz. flacon ($110), perfect for travel or 6.8 oz. ($210).

Post-it personalizes their classic notepads in two different sizes starting at $6.95. We had fun choosing from their over 3,000 different styles that can be customized for any occasion so give it a try for yourself or your sweetie-pie.

Rosena Sammi Jewelry shows their love with their pink Sitara wrap bracelet in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Feel good this Valentine’s Day by spoiling your val-pals with adorable wrist-wear and a 30% donation to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research campaign for $49.99

BeautyTranquil with Waterworks

Are you on a staycation over the holidays or in need of a perfect hostess gift for the friend with the cozy chalet? Say thank you and spoil someone rotten with Waterworks’ luxurious giftables. We love the Tub Tranquility Set, taking you away with uplifting fragrances of Lemon Verbena, and soothing sea salts for a spa-like soak. Included is one oversized, natural sponge to cleanse and exfoliate, fragrant Lemon Verbena Candle and Hand Soap, Tub Tea to soothe every muscle and a lavishly long looped terry tub pillow for a soft spot to rest your head.

All packaged in a Palm White Wash Tray for $150 at  www.waterworks.com.

AccessoriesKeep Warm in Missoni

Far from the average Christmas scarf that disappoints year after year is Missoni’s ombré crochet-knit scarf. Soft in both texture and hue, this scarf transitions beautifully from fall leather jacket weather to thicker layers come wintertime. A blend of wool, mohair and nylon, this luxurious scarf will keep you cozy all season long.

Retails for $440 at Net-a-Porter.com.

BeautyMs. & Mrs. Minimergency Kit for Moms

Give your mommy friends not only an adorable gift but a practical one this holiday!  This cute kit will be sure to keep mom sane, especially during the craziness of the season. The new Minimergency Kit for Moms by Ms. & Mrs. is a survival essential to help avoid melt-downs. Contained is an amazing assortment of 17 personal (and kid-friendly) care items to avoid disasters on-the-go: lip balm, breath freshener, dental floss, emery board, clear elastics, earring backs, mending kit, stain remover, deodorant towelette, pain reliever, caffeine gum, facial tissues, adhesive bandages, hand sanitizing towelettes, thermometer, mini crayon set, mini playing cards.

Retails for $16 at www.msandmrs.com.

Accessories, JewelryLockett Jewels

We can’t get enough of Lockett Jewels! From friendship bracelets to bridal headdresses, we want it all. At the top of our long list are Lockett’s great necklaces in a wide variety of motifs including our favorite bows and anchors. They are also available customized names for everyone on your holiday list, and in your preferred metal – sterling silver or 18K gold fill. Get them at: www.LockettJewels.net.

Paper GoodsCandy Girl Greeting

Bonnie Marcus brings us stylish holiday cheer with a wide variety of greeting, thank you and invite cards for every occasion. Whether you’re hosting a festive fete or just want to drop someone a jolly holiday note – the Candy Cane Girl cards are playful and always in good taste with a portion going towards The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Get 25 5×7 cards and matching white envelopes, printed on recycled stock for $37.50 – perfect for sending out all your holiday greetings to your loved ones!

FashionStocking Stuffers for Everyone

Do you have lots of stockings to fill this holiday? We have some ideas for everyone on your list!

Mom: Though we may be in a digital era filled with culinary apps, nothing makes a kitchen feel cozier than cute, custom recipe cards. Help your mother keep her secret family recipes beautifully organized with Invitation Consultants’ personalized recipe cards in a variety of styles (10 for $15).

Dad: Prefect for that dapper dad that prides himself in the fine state of his footwear!  He’ll be looking sharp with this complete Croft & Barrow set packed in a convenient case including brown polish, black polish, 2 applicators, shoe brush, edge brush, polishing cloth. $25.00 now on sale for $17.50 available at Kohl’s.

Dog:  Give your pooch the second best thing to a real lobster dinner with Boots and Barkley Plush Lobster Dog Toy. This will keep your family Fido occupied for hours with joy in every chew! Available at Target (prices vary by store).

Brother: For your brother who committed to Head & Shoulders years ago and is afraid to make the switch– treat him with the Redken For Men Classics Gift Set. This gift set includes some of his soon-to-be favorites: Go clean daily care shampoo, Grip tight holding gel and cleanse acid-balanced cleansing bar. Suggested retail price: $20 at Redken.com.

Sister: Paul & Joe Ornamental Self Select Eye Color are not only gorgeous jewel-toned shades but are perfectly packaged in a paper lantern to add to the tree and disguise the little present inside! Control the shade intensity with this easy to apply creamy powder shadow that she will be sure to love.  Available for $20 at B-Glowing.com.

BF/Hubby: We have lost far too many of our own lip balms to keep sharing. Luckily for us, Jack Black is proudly introducing the latest collection of bestselling balms with two new flavors! Moisturizing and complete with SPF 25 these four flavors will keep your sweetie-pie’s pucker in tiptop shape. Four full-size tubes for $25 available at GetJackBlack.com.

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