On the 12th Day of Christmas …

Hey Dolls! Happy Holidays! I am in the throws of shopping, truly in the spirit of the season and wanted to share with you some goodies I will be gifting this year.

I recently saw a quote that said “Kindness is so Gangsta!” Truer words were never spoken. That said, these gift emanate kindness.

Starbucks Speak Your Kind Mug

Give your favorite tea or coffee drinker her preferred blend with the gift of kindness in a mug. (Available at all Starbucks stores. $12.95)

Image Courtesy of Starbucks

KIKOTI InnerKindness Athleisure Gear

I recently met Kathleen O’Quinn, the beautiful brainchild behind KIKOTO InnerKindness, at a baby shower. Her passion for spreading a message of kindness and gratitude was completely contagious.

KIKOTI InnerKindness Athleisure Gear clothing brand is inspired by the beauty of wearing our hearts in our sleeves. Each item makes a ripple effect for good, from clothing yourself in kindness to gifting a backpack to a student. That’s right, your purchase supports a backpack for young student. KIMOTI’s message, “Keep it kind on the inside.”

Be sure to check out both the Kindness and Element Collections.

rue21 Kindness Green Tea Candles

A set of rue21 Kindness Green Tea Candles scented with relaxing green tea make the perfect holiday gift.

Image Courtesy of rue21

Kindness is Free Journal

And for a little whimsy, I love this Kindness is Free … Journal from Cafe Press.

Image Courtesy of Cafe Press

Consider bundling the gift of kindness and gifting all of these goodies together.

And now, your 12 Day of Christmas Cocktail! Peep this mixology below.

The White Christmas Martini

The Ingredients.

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish

The Mixology. Pour the honey into a shallow dish and put the sanding sugar in another shallow dish. Coat the rim of the glass in the honey; then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Set the glass aside.

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add the vodka, white chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao and half-and-half. Shake vigorously and strain into the prepared martini glass. Serve and enjoy!

Until tomorrow, keep sharing the Pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

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On the 11th Day of Christmas …

Hey Dolls! I hope that you enjoyed yesterday’s gift of kindness. Today, I gifting you a little whimsy. A Doll loves sparkle and shine, so today I am gifting a little glitter. Peep my go-to glitter gift guide.

Starbucks Glitter Tumbler

These sparkly numbers arrived in Starbucks at the beginning of the holiday season. I grabbed the silver, and use it daily for the Light Ice Chai Tea Latte with Soy Milk. Something about a little sparkle makes any drink taste just that much better. The perfect stocking stuffer!

PaperSource 2018 Glitter Perfect Bound Planner

This time of year, Dolls start looking toward and planning for the New Year. Nothing beats a fab planner for New Year goal planning. Add some sparkle and shine – jackpot! This PaperSource glam planner includes monthly grids and daily spreads with hourly breakdowns, perfect for planning you schedule in style!

Vanessa Bruno Sequin Pencil Skirt

I am loving the fact sequins now work for day to night. This silver sequin pencil skirt is perfect for your fashionista family member or friend.

Marc Jacobs Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara Top Coat

Lamé Mascara Top Coat! Need I say more?! This is a must-have stocking stuffer for your favorite Doll who’s always on top of the latest on trend beauty products.

“Apply as a mascara top coat in ultra-reflective noir and golden micro-glitter. Lashes take on a true lame like luster.

Kim Seybert Set of 4 Gray “Geode” Napkin Rings

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These Kim Seybert Napkin Rings are causing full on swoon! Hit Bergdorf’s and gift these to the hostess with the mostest.

Princetown Glitter Slide Flat Mule

Slides and Mules have been all the rage; so why not gift a Gucci Glitter Slide. Consider gifting it early, so they can be paired with a fab ensemble for a holiday soirée.

And now, your 11th Day of Christmas Cocktail! Peep the mixology below.

The White Chocolate Snowflake Martini

The Ingredients.

  • 2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 2 oz. Godiva white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 oz. white creme de cacao
  • 1 oz.  half and half
  • Lemon wedge
  • Sanding sugar

The Mixology. Cut a half-inch slit into the lemon wedge and rub it around the rim of the glass. Pour sanding sugar into a shallow dish then dip the rim in the sugar to coat evenly. Gently shake off excess sugar. Add the vodka, chocolate liqueur, creme de cacao, and half and half into a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain mixture into glass.

Serve immediately, and enjoy with your favorite seasonal tunes next to a toasty fireplace!

Images Courtesy of PopSugar, PaperSource, Vanessa Bruno, Marc Jacobs, Kim Seybert, Neiman Marcus

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

L.

The Pretty Domestic

You Are Cordially Invited to Champagne Sunday!

Hi Dolls! It’s Sunday and on Sundays we drink champagne. Today’s Champagne Sunday Cocktail is perfect for the cool, crisp autumn days and nights we are experiencing on the East Coast! Peep the deets below for the The Harvest Sparkle! Don’t you just love the name!

The Harvest Sparkle

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Ingredients. 

Cider Honey Syrup.

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup orange juice

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Large Batch/Pitcher (Serves 18)

  • 2 1/4 cups whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 1/2 cups of the cider honey syrup (entire batch)
  • 2 1/4 cups prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine
  • 9 sprigs of rosemary

Single Cocktail

  • 1 ounce whiskey or bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cider honey syrup
  • 1 ounce prosecco, champagne, or sparkling white wine (or enough to top off the glass)
  • 1/2 sprig of rosemary

The Mixology. In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the honey, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and orange juice together until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

In a pitcher or shaker, mix the honey syrup and whiskey together with a good amount of ice so that it is completely chilled. Strain into a different pitcher or serving glass. (Note: caution that you don’t let the honey and whiskey mixture sit in the ice for too long so that it doesn’t get watered down.)

Keep refrigerated.

Just before serving, add Champagne or Prosecco to top off the glass and garnish with a ½ sprig of rosemary. Serve and enjoy!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Source: Fed + Fit

The Pink!

Hi Dolls! I know that I am late getting to this post, but seven days remain in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I’m sure that like me, you’ve been personally touched in some way by this insidious disease. Annually, I blog about beauty, fashion and lifestyle products, that if purchased, support breast cancer research and awareness. Once again, some of our favorite brands have teamed to raise money for organizations like the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Look Good Feel Good and City of Hope. Peep the deets below on some of products that have gone pink for October. Also, take a moment while to learn some of the myths vs. truths about breast cancer.

And remember, giving is gorgeous! 

The Breast Cancer Myth. Finding a lump in your breast means you have breast cancer.

The Truth. Only a small percentage of breast lumps turn out to be cancer.  But if you discover a persistent lump in your breast or notice any changes in breast tissue, it should never be ignored. It is very important that you see a physician for a clinical breast exam. He or she may possibly order breast imaging studies to determine if this lump is of concern or not. 

Take charge of your health by performing routine breast self-exams, establishing ongoing communication with your doctor, getting an annual clinical breast exam, and scheduling your routine screening mammograms.

Crème de la Mer Breast Cancer Campaign

Now, until December 31st, in support of the Estee Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign, La Mer will donate $10 from the purchase price of this limited edition Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream 0.5oz with a maximum donation of $52,680, to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

The Breast Cancer Myth: If you are at risk for breast cancer, there is little you can do but watch for the signs.

The Truth. There’s a lot that women can do to lower their risk, including losing weight if they’re obese, getting regular exercise, lowering or eliminating alcohol consumption, being rigorous about examining their own breasts, and having regular clinical exams and mammograms. Quitting smoking wouldn’t hurt either.

Some high-risk women also chose to have a prophylactic mastectomy to decrease their risk by 90%. They can take other proactive steps such as having regular MRIs, exploring chemo prevention with treatments such as tamoxifen, and participating in clinical trials.

Bobbi Brown Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzing Powder Set

Created by Bobbi in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign’s 25th anniversary,  with every purchase Bobbi will donate $11 dollars to BCRF with a maximum donation of $90,000. 

The Breast Cancer Myth: Breast cancer always comes in the form of a lump.

The Truth. A lump may indicate breast cancer (or one of many benign conditions), but women should also be on the alert for other kinds of changes that may be signs of cancers. These include swelling; skin irritation or dimpling; breast or nipple pain; nipple retraction (turning inward); redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin; or a discharge other than breast milk. 

Breast cancer can also spread to underarm lymph nodes and cause swelling there before a tumor in the breast is large enough to be felt. On the other hand, a mammogram may pick up breast cancer that has not outward symptoms at all.

BCA Faux Fur Slides


From the Breast Cancer Awareness collection, Forever 21 will donate $1 from the purchase of every item sold between now and October 30th. Proceeds will be donated to The Keep A Breast Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. A mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread.

The Truth. A mammogram, or x-ray of the breast, currently remains the gold standard for the early detection of breast cancer. Breast compression, while getting a mammogram cannot cause cancer to spread. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The benefits of mammography, however early, always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of  harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low.

The standard recommendation is an annual mammographic screening for women beginning at age 40. Base your decision on your physician’s recommendation and be sure to discuss and remaining questions to concern you may have with your physician. 

David Yurman Starburst Single-Station Cable Bracelet with Pink Sapphires, 3mm

During October 2017, David Yurman is donating 20% from the purchase price of this Starburst bracelet with pink sapphires to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Men do not get breast cancer; it affects women only.

The Truth. Quite the contrary, each year it is estimated that approximately 2,190 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 410 will die. While this percentage is still small, men should also check themselves periodically by doing a breast self-exam while in the shower and reporting any changes to their physicians.

Breast cancer in men is usually detected as a hard lump underneath the nipple and areola.  Men carry a higher mortality than women do, primarily because awareness among men is less and they are less likely to assume a lump is breast cancer, which can cause a delay in seeking treatment.

Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion


In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this luxurious formula is paired with a pink BCA key ring. $10 from each purchase is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Drinking milk (or dairy) causes breast cancer.

The Truth. Several myths persist about the correlation between dairy intake and the increased risk of breast cancer.  Over many decades, studies have shown that dairy consumption does not increase the risk of breast cancer.  

Alex and Ani Spiral Sun Charm Bangle

Beginning in January and continuing through December 2017, ALEX AND ANI will donate 20% of the purchase price* from each Spiral Sun Charm sold, with a minimum donation of $25,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation whose charitable purpose is to fund the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you are likely to develop breast cancer, too.

The Truth. While women who have a family history of breast cancer are in a higher risk group, most women who have breast cancer have no family history. Statistically only about 10% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of this disease. 

If you have a first degree relative with breast cancer: If you have a mother, daughter, or sister who developed breast cancer below the age of 50, you should consider some form of regular diagnostic breast imaging starting 10 years before the age of your relative’s diagnosis.

If you have a second degree relative with breast cancer: If you have had a grandmother or aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer, your risk increases slightly, but it is not in the same risk category as those who have a first degree relative with breast cancer. 

If you have multiple generations diagnosed with breast cancer on the same side of the family, or if there are several individuals who are first degree relatives to one another, or several family members diagnosed under age 50, the probability increases that there is a breast cancer gene contributing to the cause of this familial history.

Beautyblender Bubble


We love a Beautyblender for everything from concealer and foundation application, to contouring. With a purchased of this blush-toned  bubble, Beautyblendwr is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale each to Look Good Feel Better.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Breast cancer is contagious.

The Truth. You cannot catch breast cancer or transfer it to someone else’s body. Breast cancer is the result of uncontrolled cell growth of mutated cells that begin to spread into other tissues within the breast. However, you can reduce your risk by practicing a healthy lifestyle, being aware of the risk factors, and following an early detection plan so that you will be diagnosed early if breast cancer were to occur.

Venus et Fleur Floral Arrangements


I have been obsessed with Venus et Fleur floral arrangements since I started seeing pics of them posted on IG. So unique and stunning, the gorgeous suede boxes are full of perfectly pink roses that live up to a full year — no watering required. Venus et Fleur is donating 20 percent of the proceeds on the sale of its pink-collection boxes for the month of October to breast cancer research at City of Hope.

The Breast Cancer Myth. If the gene mutation BRCA1 or BRCA2 is detected in your DNA, you will definitely develop breast cancer.

The Truth. According to the National Cancer Institute, regarding families who are known to carry BRCA1 or BRCA2, “not every woman in such families carries a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, and not every cancer in such families is linked to a harmful mutation in one of these genes. Furthermore, not every woman who has a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation will develop breast and/or ovarian cancer.But, a woman who has inherited a harmful mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 is about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than a woman who does not have such a mutation.” For people who discover they have the harmful mutation, there are various proactive measures that can be done to reduce risk. These include taking a hormonal therapy called Tamoxifen or deciding to take a surgical prevention approach which is to have bilateral prophylactic mastectomies, usually done with reconstruction.  Most women will also have ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as well since there is no reliable screening test for the early stages of developing ovarian cancer.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water


To support Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Smashbox dressed up their best-selling Photo Finish Primer Water with the iconic pink ribbon exclusively for the Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign. For every sale, Smashbox will donate $5 to BCRF.

The Breast Cancer Myth. Antiperspirants and deodorants cause breast cancer.

The Truth. Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are not aware of any conclusive evidence linking the use of underarm antiperspirants or deodorants and the subsequent development of breast cancer.

Estée Lauder Pink Ribbon Knockout Eyes Gift Set


The most colorful way to support breast cancer research: a deluxe collection with shades and essentials for high-style eyes. Estée Lauder will donate 100% of each purchase of this product to the BCRF.

And some more fun goodies!

Bumble & Bumble Pink Ribbon Bb Thickening Spray Pre-Styler


When you buy the limited-edition pink ribbon spray, we’ll donate 20% to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

S’well x Swarovski Brilliance Jolie


Encrusted with over 6,000 pink Swarovski crystals and adorned with a white crystal Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon, the Brilliance bottle is the epitome of stunning. S’well is proud to contribute 100% of the net profits of this limited-edition bottle to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission.

I hope that Dolls will make a purchase of at least one product on the list!

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Source: National Breast Cancer Foundation

This is L-I-Y-A-H …

Hi Dolls! I don’t know about you, but I love a new product/makeup release. Some, I purchase immediately. Others, I wait and check out the online reviews; and yet other’s I never purchase. But sometimes there is a product release that whether you need or not, you make the purchase. Enter Aaliyah X MAC! Yes, you heard correctly, MAC will be honoring the late R&B star with the Aaliyah Collection.


The backstory. For sometime a petition has been circulating on Change.org requesting that MAC honor the “One in a Million” songstress. 26K + signatures later and MAC has teamed up with her estate to launch a makeup collection set for a summer 2018 debut. 

Announced on the eve of the 16th anniversary of her passing, MAC shared via Instagram, “Aaliyah is truly one in a million—an unstoppable icon whose groundbreaking work in R&B music and film inspires us all. Today we join Aaliyah’s countless fans in celebrating her with the announcement of the MAC Aaliyah collection.” Fans quickly picked up on the hashtag #AaliyahforMAC

Known for her sultriness, beautiful face, tresses and edgy fashion, it is expected that MAC will capture Aliyah’s spirit with a collection to match.

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

Smoothie Monday!

Hi Dolls! Happy Monday! I traveled to New Orleans this weekend and let’s say, it was difficult to pass up the Gumbo (with white rice), Beignets, and adult beverages. I worked out while I was there, but not enough to make up for what I’d eaten. That said, it was time to get serious this morning. On tap, Celery, Cucumber and Lemon Water and my smoothie of choice – the “Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie. Uber green and healthy. I’ve been sipping on both all day. Peep the mixology below.

“Celery, Cucumber + Kale, Oh My!” Smoothie

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The Ingredients

3 celery stalks

  • Excellent source of antioxidants and beneficial enzymes
  • Source of vitamins and minerals – Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate and Vitamin B6
  • Provides dietary fiber that boosts digestion and weight loss
  • Prevents dehydration and reduces bloating

1 cucumber

  • Helps with hydration
  • Flushes out toxins
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Revives puffy eyes
  • Stabilizes blood pressure
  • Refreshes breath
  • Smooths hair and nails
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain

4 kale leaves

  • Low in calories, high in fiber, zero fat
  • High in iron
  • High in Vitamins K, C, Calcium
  • Filled with powerful antioxidants 
  • Great anti-inflammatory food
  • Great for cardiovascular support
  • Great detox food

1 apple

  • Helps in the production of healthy cells and reduces the chance of chronic diseases
  • High in fiber, fights hunger and aids in weight loss
  • Regulates blood glucose, stabilizes blood sugar levels
  • Promotes healthy teeth
  • Great source of Potassium 

1 lemon

  • Promotes hydration
  • Good source of Vitamin C
  • Improves skin quality
  • Supports weight loss
  • Aids digestion
  • Freshens breath
  • Prevents kidney stones

1 inch of ginger

  • Powerful mainstay against heart attacks and stroke
  • Combats indigestion and nausea
  • Helps strengthen compromised respiratory and immune functions
  • Prevents bacterial infections
  • Works to cure stomach ulcers
  • Anti-pain properties

The Mixology. Place all ingredients into your juicer. Remember to remove the rind of the lemon first and juice away!  If you don’t have a juicer at home and don’t want to buy green juices at the store, blend this recipe in your blender. Add water or coconut water to help liquefy. You may also want to add 1/4 cup of pineapple or another apple to slightly sweeten it. (I definitely added the pineapple.) Pour and enjoy!

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Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD

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Smoothie Monday

Hey Dolls! Happy Monday! If you’re like me, it’s just harder to eat healthy during the weekends. I am working to improve – this weekend, turkey burger instead of hamburger, no bun or cheese, just sautéed mushrooms and onions. Even still, it’s challenging. That said, I use Mondays to reset from any weekend missteps. 

I’ve really been enjoying trying different smoothies, but am challenged in one area, most recipes include the use of bananas. I cannot over-emphasize how much I dislike bananas. I have become quite adept at searching for, and finding, smoothie’s sans bananas. 

My go-to’s, Pinterest and POPSUGAR. This week’s Smoothie Monday recipe – the Clear Skin Smoothie is compliments of POPSUGAR – one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.  

Th Clear Skin Smoothie is a “three-fer.” No bananas, good for your inside and works to achieve the glowing skin we all crave. Peep the mixology below.

The Clear Skin Smoothie 

The Ingredients.

2 cups raw spinach

  • Diabetes management
  • Cancer prevention
  • Asthma prevention
  • Aids in lowering blood pressure
  • Supports bone health
  • Promotes healthy hair and skin

1/4 avocado

  • Help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality
  • Promotes a healthy complexion and hair
  • Increases energy and overall lower weight

1/2 cup red grapes (fresh or frozen)

  • Slows or prevents many types of cancers
  • Works to fight heart disease
  • Helps to fight high blood pressure
  • Reduces risks associated with Type 2 diabetes

1/2 cup frozen strawberries

  • Supports healthy vision
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Works towards preventing arthritis and gout
  • Fights cancer and tumor growth
  • Supports healthy brain function
  • Effective and lowering blood pressure
  • Fights heart disease
  • Promotes weight loss

1 tablespoon almond butter

  • Source of Calcium & Copper – good for brain cell communication; nervous system and muscle functions; supports a strong skeletal system
  • Source of Vitamin E & Magnesium – promotes bone health; helps produce energy; supports health communication between cells
  • Healthy fats and fiber contributing to cardiovascular health
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels

1 teaspoon flax meal

  • Protective effect against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer
  • Significant blood pressure-lowering effects
  • Improves blood sugar levels
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces the intensity of hot flashes

1 cup water

The Mixology. Place all ingredients in a blender, and mix well. Serve and enjoy! 

Until then, keep sharing the pretty,

TPD